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You know what makes you feel like an idiot?  When you accidentally delete a Minor League Report, mere seconds before publishing it.  No, I hadn't saved a draft.  Yes, I know how important it is to do so.  Thanks for mentioning it.

In any event, let me tell you: it was good stuff.  Revolutionary, even.  Just take my word that this was one of the better articles you'd have ever had the pleasure of reading.  Buzz Bizzinger himself would have changed his tune on Internet writing had he seen it.  And now it's gone.  And I don't have it in me to hammer it all out again.  So, with that said, here comes an abridged version of all four games, with exactly seventy-five words devoted to each.


Pawtucket 6  Syracuse 2

David Purcey was good.  The bullpen was not.  Purcey managed six frames of two-run, six strikeout ball, only to leave trailing 2-1.  By the time he got out of the shower, Bubba Nelson and Mike Gosling had let things get completely out of hand allowing four runs on five hits in the seventh.

Buck Coats homered and Sergio Santos had an RBI double.  Oh, and Mike MacDonald provided two innings of shaky but scoreless relief.


New Hampshire 5   New Britain 6

Two different Ricky Romeros.  Bad:  Three runs, five hits, with one out in the first.   Good:  Sixteen of next seventeen retired.  Take that, Troy Tulowitzki!  Ricky left after seven: 7H, 4R, 1BB, 6K.  No relief, though as New Britain walked off with two in the ninth.

Offensively Anthony Hatch homered, Jacob Butler and Scott Campbell each drove in two.  And Travis Snider made contact.  0-for-3 without any strikeouts for 2009 AL Rookie of the Year.


Dunedin 0   Vero Beach 2

Four singles and a walk was all the offense could provide.  Chris Emanuele had two hits.  Everyone else should have stayed home.

Gustavo Chacin made his best rehab start going five innings, allowing seven hits, two runs, two walks while striking out just one.  Clearly, old Gus still needs some Amy Winehouse-level rehabilitation.  The bullpen was perfect for the final three innings but it was hardly worth their while.  Need more words.  Uh, screw Flanders


Beloit 1   Lansing 4

Randy Boone ran his scoreless inning streak to fifteen in working seven frames with an unearned run on six hits with four strikeouts.  No decision, though as Lansing put up three in the eighth.  Edgar Estanga picked up the win.

Justin Jackson starred at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI.  .942 OPS now for the 2011 AL Rookie of the Year.  Matthew Liuzza also drove in two with a double.


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ANationalAcrobat - Monday, May 05 2008 @ 12:20 AM EDT (#184329) #
Thanks for the abridged version, I always appreciate this style. As a casual follower of the minor leagues, I like to know who's hot and who's not and I don't mind it when complete non-prospects get ignored, even when they have game winning singles or something.

I don't mean to offend with the feedback, I appreciate all reports, however this is the style I happen to prefer.
rtcaino - Monday, May 05 2008 @ 02:37 AM EDT (#184336) #
I particularly enjoy the player's name in bold.
MatO - Monday, May 05 2008 @ 09:20 AM EDT (#184349) #
Romero gave up 2 ground ball singles and a infield hit in the 1st among those 5 hits so he was a bit unlucky.
Mike Green - Monday, May 05 2008 @ 09:33 AM EDT (#184351) #
Scott Campbell went 3-4 and has put up a very nice line so far in double A.  He hits RHP very well, and may have a career as a utility infielder.
ayjackson - Monday, May 05 2008 @ 10:32 AM EDT (#184357) #

Scott Campbell went 3-4 and has put up a very nice line so far in double A.  He hits RHP very well, and may have a career as a utility infielder.

I have been thinking about this a lot lately and wonder if Scott doesn't profile as a late bloomer.  He is a Kiwi who never played high school ball.  He didn't take it up until he got to Gonzaga.  As far as I can tell - he didn't make the team until his Junior season either.  He was recruited (if memory serves) to play collegiate soccer.

Yet in his two seasons at Gonzaga, he showed good progress and has shown amazing growth this year (Lansing to New Hampshire in two months).  And at AA, he has hit .373 in 90 PAs.  He has shown excellent strike zone discipline and has slugged .506.

Due to his late exposure to the game, should we not view his prospect status as though he was 21-22, rather than 23-24??

I am eagerly waiting for the esteemed Mr. Hulet or Mr. McDonald to "get the goods" on Scott Campbell's development.  I'd love to read an interview with him.  Ta, in advance.

Maldoff - Monday, May 05 2008 @ 03:56 PM EDT (#184382) #


Looking forward to the further update on the progress in Lansing. With reagrds to Pettway (and maybe LugnutFan can chime in, as well), do you think he has a reasonable shot at making it to the show after his switch to the mound? The numbers seem to be OK, but with a very low strikeout ratio.

Mike D - Monday, May 05 2008 @ 04:26 PM EDT (#184385) #

2009 AL Rookie of the Year

I know (or I hope) that this might be tongue-in-cheek, but keep this in mind about Travis Snider: 

Evan Longoria, the consensus Brightest-Future-In-Baseball pick among position players, is 22 years, 7 months old.  Travis Snider will be 22 years, 7 months old in September.  September 2010, that is.

Travis Snider is the youngest Fisher Cat, and the only one born in 1988.  There are no Fisher Cats born in 1987, either.

My point?  He could be a Double-A whiffin' machine by September of next year and it would still be not only too early, but way too early, to worry about his K rate.

Lugnut Fan - Monday, May 05 2008 @ 05:52 PM EDT (#184393) #


I think that it is too early to give an honest assessment on if Pettway has a shot of making it to the show as a pitcher.  I can tell you that he was promoted to Dunedin this weekend and that was something that he wasn't able to do as a position player. 

His numbers have been good this season and he seems to get stronger with every outing.  We'll just have to wait and see.

I'm disappointed because I was trying to meet up with Gerry yesterday at the game and I missed him.  I wasn't able to attend the game tonight and was hoping to meet up with him tomorrow, but since it is a 10:35 AM game and I have to work, I don't think I'm going to meet up with him on this trip.

Mike Green - Monday, May 05 2008 @ 07:19 PM EDT (#184408) #
Brett Cecil and Justin Masterson are locked up in a pitcher's duel halfway done in Portland.  Could this be the first of many?
ayjackson - Monday, May 05 2008 @ 11:00 PM EDT (#184432) #
Benitez and Pettway both pitched tonight for Dunedin.  Both did well.
Gerry - Tuesday, May 06 2008 @ 12:20 AM EDT (#184443) #

It was a quiet game in Lansing tonight.  After six innings the Lugnuts trailed but had only given up three hits, it was the eight walks that killed them.  The highlight of the game was Justin Jackson's play at shortstop, he made several excellent plays.

I forgot to mention yesterday that the starting shortstop for Beloit, Chris Cates, is 5'3".  He is definitely exceeding expectations.  His presence is more interesting because Beloit have a dutch pitcher who is 7'1" tall.  The Snappers have both ends of the spectrum covered.

Maldoff - Tuesday, May 06 2008 @ 09:06 AM EDT (#184458) #
Adam Calderone has been promoted from Lansing to Dunedin, leaving the Lugnuts with only 3 outfielders on their roster (Chavez, Mastroianni and Sierra). Dangerous move for a ballclub, no?
Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, May 06 2008 @ 09:21 AM EDT (#184460) #
That is the way that it was at the beginning of the season, so I'm not sure how dangerous it really is.  Manuel Rodriguez can play outfield if need be in a pinch.  Maybe Eiland is coming to Lansing in the near future?
TamRa - Tuesday, May 06 2008 @ 09:22 AM EDT (#184462) #
Wonder if that means Eiland or at least Zeskind or someone will be added to that roster?

Marc Hulet - Tuesday, May 06 2008 @ 11:58 AM EDT (#184472) #
Zeskind was released in the off-season. Raul Barron is the fourth outfielder, having added that to his utility player resume... which also allows him to get more at-bats. He's in center field today.
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