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The 2007 draft class was on display last night - some good, some bad, and some ugly.

Syracuse - Day off

Portland 9 at New Hampshire 5

Brett Cecil got the start for the Fisher Cats.  He got through the first three innings without allowing a run giving up just 1 hit and hitting a batter.  In the fourth inning Portland got to Cecil for three runs on a walk, single and home run.  Cecil now has pitched 20.2 AA innings and has 20 Ks, 8 BBs, and 2 HRs allowed for a 3.92 ERA.  That's a pretty good start, and if you wanted to toss out the first start due to nerves it'd be even better.

NH got most of their runs by the long ball with Snider, Butler, and Smith all hitting solo shots.  2B Scott Campbell continued his hot streak with 2 more hits upping his line for the year to .343/.412/.482.  That's especially good considering that he skipped over Dunedin and hit .279/.390/.397 last year in Lansing.  He's a pretty decent prospect right now for having been a 10th round pick 2 years ago.

St Lucie 3 at Dunedin 7

Adrian Martin started for Dunedin and gave up one run over 6 innings.  He struck out 4 and walked none.

At the plate JP Arencibia went 3-3 with a double and a walk.  Cory Patton stayed hot with a 2-4 night; he's 8-12 in his last three games.  Emaus and Shoffit each also had two hits.

Lansing 11 at Dayton 8

Justin Jackson had his best game in awhile after a mini-slump.  He went 2-4 with a double, 2 walks and a SB.  Kevin Ahrens went 3-6 with all three hits being doubles.  Eric Eiland went 2-3 with 2 doubles and 2 walks;  I guess he was ready to leave extended ST.  So a good night all around for the 07 draft class?  Not entirely - Tolisano had 5 Ks in his 5 ABs (platinum sombrero?  Horn o plenty?  What is 5 Ks called?).  Barron, Luizza, Sierra, and Manny Rodriguez each had two hits.

Speaking of struggling players from the 07 class, Trystan Magnuson gave up 5 runs in two innings.  His ERA stands at 7.62 in Lansing.  Not exactly what you're looking for someone out of the sandwich round who was a college senior.

3 Stars!:
3 - Adrian Martin
2 - Justin Jackson, Kevin Ahrens, and Eric Eiland
1 - JP Arencibia
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Samir - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 09:50 AM EDT (#185679) #
I believe 5 strikeouts in a game is referred to as the "olympic rings"...
Rich - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 11:31 AM EDT (#185688) #
On my team it's called a "Sombrero and Soup" (4 K's being the Golden Sombrero).  I've never seen 6 before, but we've always said it would be a Sombrero, Soup, and Salad.
uglyone - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 01:34 PM EDT (#185696) #

What do you guys think the plans are for Campbell?

Do you think they're at all looking at bumping him up to AAA mid-season? or are they going to take it slow and leave him at AA for the year?

Marc Hulet - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 01:45 PM EDT (#185699) #
What's the rush on Campbell? He already skipped a level to begin the year. After hitting .390 in April he's back down around .300 for May. He doesn't hit lefties at all (.167 in 2008). His walk % has also dropped from 14.8 last year to 9.5 this year. He has limited power and speed so the average needs to be .300 or better for him to project as a starter... and he is likely headed for a utility or platoon role in the majors so it wouldn't hurt for him to get some experience at some other positions as well... maybe 3B, LF, etc.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 01:53 PM EDT (#185701) #
Eiland's start is very exciting.  There's nothing like a 19 year old centerfielder in full-season ball with a positive W/K, good speed, and some pop.  It is only 7 games and the .455 batting average will fall, but the promise is most definitely there.
ayjackson - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 02:05 PM EDT (#185704) #
Travis Snider went 3 for 4 with 2 HRs, a double and a K in New Hampshire's win this afternoon.  He's now got 7 HRs at AA and eleven total for the year.
uglyone - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 02:20 PM EDT (#185709) #

If my calculations are correct, that means his AA line is up to this for the season so far:

101ab, 7hr, 21rbi, .228avg, .350obp, .465slg, .815ops

not a bad line at all for a 20-year old's first 100 bats in AA.

BrandonTheTool - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 02:23 PM EDT (#185711) #
Can't argue with a 10 TB game, can you?  Go Snider!
Pistol - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 02:37 PM EDT (#185715) #
I agree completely with Marc regarding Campbell.

I obviously don't know where Snider's HRs are going, but right field in NH is a pretty short shot.  It'll be interesting to see his home/road splits over time.
ayjackson - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 02:49 PM EDT (#185718) #

I obviously don't know where Snider's HRs are going

According to the Recap, they both went to right field.

Sister - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 03:29 PM EDT (#185723) #
Six of his seven HRs have been at home, though I am not sure if they are all to rightfield (they have all been hit off of RHP).

His line for May: .275, .381 .623 for an OPS of 1.004., with 7 HRs and 21 RBI.

Mike Green - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 03:58 PM EDT (#185730) #
I checked.  All of Snider's EL homers have been hit to right-field except the first, which was hit to right-centre. 
Marc Hulet - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 04:29 PM EDT (#185738) #
The Jays have promoted Chris Gutierrez to Triple-A (not bad for a non-drafted college player) and signed minor league veteran infielder Jeff Bannon who had been playing for Durham (Tampa Bay) before his release.
rtcaino - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 08:02 PM EDT (#185755) #
The Platinum 'Try Cricket'
greenfrog - Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 10:19 PM EDT (#185759) #
Snider went 3-4 tonight with 2 HR and a double, and 3 RBI.
R Billie - Friday, May 23 2008 @ 11:40 AM EDT (#185784) #

It's possible that short right field has made Snider a little pull conscious in his new home ballpark.  That could explain the high K-rate and less patience early on.  It could also explain the lack of extra base power versus lefthanders as it is generally not a great idea for a lefthanded hitter to try to pull lefthanded pitchers.

I think Snider is going through a Delgado like phase (although Delgado at his age was still in Dunedin) where he has to learn his bat speed and natural power is good enough for him to allow the ball to travel and hit it to left field more often, especially against lefties.  He'll get there I think.  He's adjusting to AA, maybe the second half will see him becoming the more complete hitter he can be.

I like Campbell's season so far but a lot of his average is padding by an extremely hot first two weeks or so.  If he can sustain a large average then great.  I don't really much mind if he doesn't do great against lefties.  Curtis Granderson doesn't hit lefties and I don't think the Tigers have a problem playing him.  There's plenty of room for a guy who's a plus offensive player against 75% of the league's pitching.

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