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Things started off well at the top with Las Vegas creaming Oklahoma, but the other affiliates dropped the ball and went 0-for-3.

Las Vegas 10 Oklahoma City 1

He may have stunk up the joint in Toronto, but Brian Burres had a good night for Las Vegas by allowing no runs on three hits and one walk over six innings of work. He also struck out three batters. Jonah Bayliss worked two scoreless innings with one strikeout. Offensively, Buck Coats, Randy Ruiz, Kyle Phillips, and Brett Harper each had three hits. Both Coats and Harper had two doubles. Harper had four RBI. Good ol' Howie Clark had two hits, as did Jason Lane - who also drove in two. J.P. Arencibia went 1-for-5.

Trenton 5 New Hampshire 3

Reidier Gonzalez just keeps plugging along. He allowed four runs - but just one earned - over six innings. He allowed five hits but did not walk a batter. Gonzalez stuck out two and allowed an unusually-high number of fly balls (9, compared to 7 GBs). Davis Romero, demoted from triple-A, worked two scoreless innings and struck out three. Second baseman Brad Emaus had two hits, as did Brian Jeroloman and Al Quintana. Brian Dopirak had an RBI pinch-hit double. David Cooper was 1-for-4 with a single.

Brevard County 3 Dunedin 0

Andrew Liebel fell to 0-6 but he actually threw a good game by allowing just one earned run on two hits over six innings. He struck out five, but three walks hurt him. Dan Farquhar also struggled with his control and walked two in one inning of work, which led to two unearned runs. Darin Mastroianni continues to play well and he had another two hits, although he was caught attempting to steal. Moises Sierra went 1-for-3 and was hit by another pitch. Manny Rodriguez had two hits. Kevin Ahrens and Jon Jaspe had the only other hits. Justin Jackson was 0-for-4, as was John Tolisano. Both players also had their (11th!) errors of the season. A move to left field is probably not long in coming for Tolisano.

Clinton 6 Lansing 4

Chase Lirette continues his comeback trail from surgery and he allowed just one run on five hits and one walk over five innings of work. He struck out five batters. Yorman Mayora was hit around for two runs in one inning. Hunter Moody and Frank Gailey also allowed runs. Markus Brisker went 1-for-5 but it did not help the average much (.118). Mark Sobolewski played second base and went 2-for-4. Justin McClanahan (playing LF) and Balbino Fuenmayor also had two hits a piece. Fuenmayor had two RBI and jacked a homer. Brian Van Kirk also had a home run.

The Three Stars:
3. Brian Burres for six shutout innings.
2. Brett Harper for three hits and four RBI
1. The June Amateur Draft, which is two weeks away and should help improve the pitching depth in the lower minors

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China fan - Saturday, May 23 2009 @ 11:37 AM EDT (#200448) #
I feel badly for Davis Romero, and disappointed that the Jays could not find room for him at Las Vegas at least.  The fact that he's now pitching in the bullpen -- and the fact that the Jays couldn't even find him a spot in the Las Vegas bullpen, but demoted him instead -- suggests that his major-league chances are officially dead.  This seems rotten luck for Davis, who has always pitched well at every level of the Jays system.  He's never posted an ERA of worse than 3.83 since the age of 19.  His career numbers include 9.3 strikeouts per 9 innings, 2.5 walks per 9 innings, and a WHIP of 1.192.   But it seems that he couldn't overcome the lingering biases against small pitchers (he's listed at 155 pounds), not to mention the lingering effects of his injury, which delayed his career to the point that he is now 26, probably too old to be considered a prospect anyway.  His talent hasn't disappeared, but the fates were against him.
Mylegacy - Saturday, May 23 2009 @ 12:00 PM EDT (#200450) #
This Oklahoma we beat - would that be the place where, "the wind comes sweepin' down the plain" OR is it the place where "the waving wheat can sure smell sweet, When the wind comes right behind the rain"... OR perchance could it be both those places?

As to Davis ... sigh... I've always been a fan, and not only because my mamma and papa's last name was Davis - as is by coincidence mine... BUT I've always been a big booster of the little guys and they don't come much littler. NOW - lets hope Tim "Bit" Collins can make it - looks like all our eggs are now in his little, teeny, tiny basket.

zeppelinkm - Saturday, May 23 2009 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#200455) #

Davis Romero seems like the perfect guy to package with another arm or two and go after a guy like Nick Johnson. I agree with Chinafan, I feel badly for him and don't think he was ever given a fair shot to crack the Jays team after his injury trouble. He was great for the Jays (albeit in a super small sample size) a few years ago. He could be a useful LHP out of the pen. The Nationals desparately need pitching help, would Romero + League + <Decent Starting Prospect> get the ball rolling? Still too early to be thinking about things like this?





92-93 - Saturday, May 23 2009 @ 01:42 PM EDT (#200457) #
No, it's not too early. If a Delcarmen for Johnson swap was discussed, the Jays should have an arm or two that would entice the Nationals to dump his salary, which is more than affordable for the Jays. Johnson's LHB and on base skills would work really well for the Jays and would help keep Snider down in Las Vegas for development.
TamRa - Saturday, May 23 2009 @ 07:03 PM EDT (#200470) #
I agree about D-Ro completely and I agree I'd love to see him end up in an organization with a lot of opportunity.

As for Johnson, despite being made of glass I've always wanted him here. To me the ideal situation might be to go ahead and acquire him and then in July, if Nick has held up well and Delgado is still on the shelf maybe you turn around and flip Overbay to them for something else along about the same time you want to bring Snider back.

If Snider stays down through the break then he won't be a FA until after 2015 which is almost worth the price of acquiring Johnson by itself.

Then if you don't re-sign Johnson in the winter you send Lind to work out at 1B over the winter and open up your possibilities for DH (be that Dopirak or something or an import)

Waveburner - Saturday, May 23 2009 @ 07:12 PM EDT (#200471) #

Sorry, asked this question in a non-minor league thread so thought I'd try again. Any word on Joel Carreno and Castillo Perez pitching anytime soon? The visa issues must be done by now, I recall Carreno specifically was coming to North America the same time as Kenny Rodriguez, who is pitching for Dunedin. They can't possibly be much worse than the likes of Ryan Koch and Josh Wells in Lansing, or Ryan Page in Dunedin.

Also this is probably just my ignorance, but why isn't Kyle Ginley pitching? Long-term injury?


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