Minor League Wrap (4/8-18/10)

Jay Yencich · April 19, 2010 at 6:05 am · Filed Under Mariners, Minor Leagues 

The wraps are back again, for a second minor league season. It’s your one-stop shop for all the data you need on the past week in minor league action, distilled into a more easily digested form (but littered with box scores for the more curious among you). As per usual, I’ll try to be around as much as I can to field questions about this and that when it comes up. Unless it’s about Rafael dePaula, because I haven’t heard anything lately.

To the jump!

Tacoma Rainiers (5-6):

The “Week” in Review:
Thursday, April 8th 2010
Colorado Springs 2 (COL), Tacoma 0
W: Chacin (1-0, 0.00); L: Pauley (0-1, 3.60)

Friday, April 9th 2010
Colorado Springs 0 (COL 0), Tacoma 4
W: French (1-0, 0.00); L: Deduno (0-1, 2.25)

Saturday, April 10th 2010
Colorado Springs 3 (COL + 1), Tacoma 1
W: Escalona (1-0, 0.00); L: Shell (0-1, 5.40)

Sunday, April 11th 2010
Colorado Springs 3 (COL 0), Tacoma 4
W: Seddon (1-0, 3.38); L: Roe (0-1, 7.20)

Monday, April 12th 2010
Sacramento 10 (OAK + 1), Tacoma 7
W: Mortensen (1-0, 7.50); L: Bray (0-1, 4.50)

Tuesday, April 13th 2010
Sacramento 2 (OAK + 2), Tacoma 0
W: Mazzaro (1-0, 0.00); L: Pauley (0-2, 3.27)

Wednesday, April 14th 2010
Sacramento 5 (OAK + 3), Tacoma 2
W: Demel (1-0, 2.25); L: Speigner (0-1, 7.20)

Thursday, April 15th 2010
Sacramento 1 (OAK + 2), Tacoma 2
W: Bray (1-1, 2.57); L: DiNardo (0-2, 6.75)

Friday, April 16th 2010
Tacoma 13, Salt Lake City 11 (ANA – 3) (ten innings)
W: Speigner (1-1, 5.14); L: R. Rodriguez (0-1, 3.60)

Saturday, April 17th 2010
Tacoma 6, Salt Lake City 2 (ANA – 4)
W: Olson (1-0, 0.00); L: Albano (0-2, 6.55)

Sunday, April 18th 2010
Tacoma 7, Salt Lake City 10 (ANA – 3)
W: Rodriguez (1-1, 3.00); L: Cordero (0-1, 7.94)

Hitter of the Week:
SS Josh Wilson, R/R, 3/26/1981
10 G, 40 AB, 3 R, 14 H, 5 2B, 3B, 6 RBI, 7/0 K/BB, .350/.341/.525

Sure, I could have picked a guy who walked, once at least, or at least gone with somebody whose OBP was higher than their average, but picking the other J. Wilson seemed to make sense in this instance, in deference to the fact that he’s leading the team in doubles. He’s also tied for fifth in the league in that area, though it’s early enough in the season to have plenty of guys competing with him for the top spot in average. Of course, three of those doubles came in the April 16th, ten-inning 13-11 affair, where he still accounted for 60% of the team’s double output and drove in three, which is more than anyone else did on the night. Wilson’s in a bad position though, because he doesn’t have any more option years left and isn’t on the 40-man, which means that Tui or Hannahan is likely to beat him out for the back-up spot unless injuries become part of the equation. Until that time, he’s stuck with Woodward and Travis Denker, doing the veteran triple-A infielder thing.

Decent Peripherals in First Triple-A Run Mention:
3B Matt Mangini, L/R, 12/21/1985
9 G, 30 AB, 4 R, 7 H, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 5/3 K/BB, .233/.303/.500

Pitcher of the Week:
LHP Garrett Olson, 10/18/1983
1-0, 3 G (GS), 0.00 ERA in 10.0 IP, 6 H, 10/2 K/BB, 9/9 G/F

Credit where credit is due here: Olson has been the best pitcher on the Rainiers staff since the get-go, and it hasn’t been all that close. After logging five innings in relief, allowing five hits and striking out six in that span, they moved him to the open spot in the rotation, and he responded by going five innings, allowing just one hit, walking two, and striking out four. Part of his success has probably been that he’s come out of the gate throwing strikes, seventeen of nineteen pitches thrown in his first two-inning stint, and around 69% of his pitches overall. Strike-throwing Olson is quite a lot better than not-strike-throwing Olson, considering he has eighty walks in triple-A now over the course of 221.2 innings there, or a little over half his entire minor league career. At the same time, I feel like I’ve been lied to in the past by his numbers, never to this degree, but they predicted more success than he’s yet had. Let him keep his spot in the rotation for now, and we’ll reevaluate in a few weeks.

Not Getting Extreme Groundballs, but Not Walking Anyone Mention:
LHP Luke French, 9/13/1985
1-0, 2 GS, 0.71 ERA in 12.2 IP, 10 H (HR), ER, 8/1 K/BB, 15/12 G/F

From the Training Room:
Yusmeiro Petit hit the DL before even making his first start of the season, which led Andy Baldwin to replace him for the first outing, and then Olson. After playing around a bit with the extra pitching spot, the M’s bought RHP Brian Sweeney off an indy league team. You may remember him from the ’03 team, or if not that, the trade that sent Jeff Cirillo to the Padres. He’s spent the last three years pitching for Nippon Ham in the NPB. Brad Nelson landed on the DL with a strained calf, and that brought up Travis Denker out of extended, giving the Rainiers three guys who can play the middle infield, but heck if I know what they’ll do now that they only have two first basemen. Hannahan and Langerhans have both been playing and have hit .250/.400/.625 and .222/.417/.333 in eight and nine at-bats, respectively.

Strange Happenings:
Halman has morphed into one of the weirdest three outcome hitters you’ll ever see. Through thirty-seven at-bats, he’s only hitting .108, and is running a bizarre 17/8 K/BB, and slugging .297 in spite of his inability to make contact… As of this moment, Saunders is the worst hitter in the Tacoma lineup, posting a .406 OPS. Tweaks to his batting stance may still be in progress… Tacoma leads the league in strikeouts, but only by six, and they haven’t cracked triple digits yet, unlike the D-Jaxx.

West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (4-6):

The “Week” In Review:
Thursday, April 8th 2010
West Tenn 7, Jacksonville 5 (FLA)
W: Littleton (1-0, 0.00); L: Parcell (0-1, 40.50)

Friday, April 9th 2010
West Tenn 16, Jacksonville 8 (FLA – 2)
W: Rohrbaugh (1-0, 0.00); L: Allison (0-1, 9.00)

Saturday, April 10th 2010
West Tenn 2, Jacksonville 6 (FLA – 1)
W: Jennings (1-0, 10.80); L: Rivera (0-1, 9.00)

Sunday, April 11th 2010
West Tenn 6, Jacksonville 0 (FLA – 2)
W: Fields (1-0, 0.00); L: Rosario (0-1, 5.40)

Monday, April 12th 2010
West Tenn 1, Jacksonville 2 (FLA – 1)
W: Peterson (1-0, 0.00); L: M. Rivera (0-2, 5.79)

Tuesday, April 13th 2010
Off day

Wednesday, April 14th 2010
Mississippi 7 (ATL – 3), West Tenn 5
W: Gustafson (1-0, 0.00); L: Paredes (0-1, 3.86)

Thursday, April 15th 2010
Mississippi 10 (ATL – 2), West Tenn 7
W: Cofield (1-0, 5.79); L: Hill (0-1, 15.88)

Friday, April 16th 2010
Mississippi 3 (ATL – 3), West Tenn 5
W: Robles (1-0, 2.89); L: Diamond (0-1, 6.00)

Saturday, April 17th 2010
Mississippi 8 (ATL – 2), West Tenn 5
W: Thompson (1-1, 7.71); L: M. Rivera (0-3, 9.45)

Sunday, April 18th 2010
Mississippi 11 (ATL – 1), West Tenn 2
W: R. Sullivan (1-0, 3.97); L: Hensley (0-1, 1.93)

Hitter of the Week:
RF Carlos Peguero, L/L, 2/22/1987
10 G, 36 AB, 10 R, 14 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, SB, CS, 9/4 K/BB, .389/.476/.722

Opinion held that, of the sluggers who were likely to leave High Desert after last season, Peguero was among the less likely to succeed. There was some reasoning behind this, after all, he had roughly two times the walks and home runs at home as he did on the road, leading to an OPS differential of over .300, and his strikeout rates were among the worst in the league, with 172 in 544 plate appearances. He was also coming off his second tour of the Cal League, which is rarely a predictor of future success. Nevertheless, it’s been Peguero that has adjusted best and Peguero who has made himself into one of the more feared hitters in the lineup. He’s not even having all that much difficulty against left-handers either, though he never showed much of a platoon split in the first place. The strikeouts are down to one every four at-bats and the walks are up, putting him on pace for one of his best months for his career. I don’t know that he’ll be able to keep it up long enough to stay in contention with that big pack of prospects gunning for a 40-man spot in the offseason, but I’d kind of like to have that problem.

Forget the Average, Check the Walks and the Power Numbers Mention:
LF Mike Wilson, R/R, 6/23/1983
10 G, 31 AB, 12 R, 7 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB, 12/12 K/BB, .226/.432/.613

Pitcher of the Week:
RHP Michael Pineda, 1/18/1989
0-0, 2 GS, 1.93 ERA in 9.1 IP, 6 H (HR), 2 R, 12/4 K/BB, 5/9 G/F

Trying to decide between Pineda and Robles is like trying to decide between two delicious pieces of cake. Both had their strong points (moving away from the cake simile), Robles inducing more groundballs and winning a game, Pineda with the slightly cleaner line, but you couldn’t really go wrong in either case. I ultimately opted for Pineda because, even though they have pitched the same number of innings, Pineda has been kept to a pretty strict pitch count and has yet to throw more than eighty pitches in any game thus far, while Robles hasn’t been under that. Ponder on that for a moment: in a start where Pineda graciously allowed two runs to score against him on six hits (HR), a walk, and six Ks, going six innings in all, Pineda only threw 76 pitches. Even in an outing that would be considered to be slightly off his usual game, he managed to throw nearly three-quarters of his pitches for strikes and work into the sixth inning. They’re going to take things slow with him, but he may not be long for the league anyway.

Co-pitcher of the Week:
LHP Mauricio Robles, 3/5/1989
1-0, 2 GS, 2.89 ERA in 9.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 12/3 K/BB, 9/4 G/F, 2 WP, BK

Closing Stud Mention:
RHP Anthony Varvaro, 10/31/1984
0-0, 4 G, 2 SV, 0.00 ERA in 4.1 IP, 2 H, 9/3 K/BB

From the Training Room:
RHP Wes Littleton hit the DL pretty early, after getting roughed up in his second and third outings. Coming into replace him have been RHP Luis Munoz, who already pitched in High Desert and Tacoma, and RHP Chris Sorce, who was a 26th-round pick last year.

Strange Happenings:
The D-Jaxx lead the league with 108 strikeouts by their hitters, and are only one of two teams to have cracked double-digits as of Sunday afternoon. Halman isn’t even on the team anymore…. Of the team’s six losses, Mumba Rivera is responsible for half. He is not a good pitcher… With nine games in the books, Ackley is the worst hitter in the lineup. He’s also seeing more pitches than anyone. He’ll come around… With five walks in the book, Triunfel has drawn as many free passes in the first week-and-a-half as he did in his first forty-three games in Wisconsin in 2007… Hensley’s command has been off this season, a 4/8 K/BB in 9.1 innings. He was also pushed back two days in his second start.

High Desert Mavericks (6-5):

The “Week” in Review:
Thursday, April 8th 2010
High Desert 3, Lake Elsinore 4 (SD)
W: Breit (1-0, 9.00); L: Mortimore (0-1, 4.50)

Friday, April 9th 2010
High Desert 8, Lake Elsinore 2 (SD 0)
W: L. Munoz (1-0, 0.00); L: A. Lara (0-1, 45.00)

Saturday, April 10th 2010
High Desert 4, Lake Elsinore 3 (SD – 1)
W: Cleto (1-0, 1.80); L: Fetter (0-1, 5.79)

Sunday, April 11th 2010
High Desert 2, Lake Elsinore 3 (SD 0)
W: A. Lara (1-1, 22.50); L: Hann (0-1, 0.00)

Monday, April 12th 2010
High Desert 4, Inland Empire 3 (LA + 1)
W: LaFromboise (1-0, 1.50); L: Blevins (0-1, 6.00)

Tuesday, April 13th 2010
High Desert 4, Inland Empire 3 (LA 0)
W: Wild (1-0, 3.72); L: Redding (0-1, 5.00)

Wednesday, April 14th 2010
High Desert 1, Inland Empire 2 (LA + 1)
W: Koss (1-0, 3.60); L: Richard (0-1, 11.57)

Thursday, April 15th 2010
Lake Elsinore 6 (SD + 2), High Desert 5
W: Breit (2-0, 1.50); L: Penney (0-1, 2.25)

Friday, April 16th 2010
Lake Elsinore 4 (SD + 1), High Desert 10
W: Carraway (1-0, 4.50); L: E. Davis (0-1, 7.27)

Saturday, April 17th 2010
Lake Elsinore 8 (SD + 2), High Desert 7
W: Vincent (1-0, 2.84); L: Mortimore (0-2, 10.80)

Sunday, April 18th 2010
Lake Elsinore 7 (SD + 1), High Desert 10
W: Wild (2-0, 5.52); L: A. Bass (0-1, 4.58)

Hitter of the Week:
3B Nate Tenbrink, L/R, 12/21/1986
10 G, 43 AB, 6 R, 18 H, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, SB, 4/4 K/BB, .419/.468/.605

Decision-making is always so much easier when one of these guys decides that he’s going to hit over .400 for a week. Tenbrink made the choice obvious, and is adjusting better to the league than one might have ever expected. Sure, there were a few of us that thought he stood a chance for it, but the early eye numbers are better than expected. Tenrbink struck out 107 times last year and drew forty-seven free passes. While I believe it’s silly to “project” season numbers based on a week-and-a-half of data (though still fun), I can at least point out that going off of last year’s numbers, he should have struck out nine times by now. One thing that unfortunately has remained about the same is that Tenbrink’s extra-base hit rate is still at about a third, which is not at all good for someone who is mostly limited to the infield corners, DH, and a little bit of left. Either position versatility will help him win a job or hitting for more power will, and it’s hard to tell right now which way that will break.

Slightly Less Power, More Versatile Mention:
IF Kyle Seager, L/R, 11/3/1987
10 G, 40 AB, 12 R, 14 H, 3 2B, HR, 3 RBI, CS, 6/6 K/BB, .350/.435/.500

Pitcher of the Week:
LHP Bobby LaFromboise, 6/25/1986
1-0, 2 GS, 3.60 ERA in 10.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 11/3 K/BB, 10/8 G/F

An injury made me decide to snub the “favorite”, so to speak, which brought me the issue of LaFromboise versus Carraway. LaFromboise allowed fewer hits, but Carraway hasn’t walked anyone yet, showing off the same strong command that he did in his debut last year. Unfortunately, he’s been giving up three fly balls for every one grounder, which is one of the more dangerous things a pitcher can do while pitching half their games in Adelanto, so LaFromboise it was. The complication is this: he got his groundballs, 7/3, while starting in Inland Empire, which is the most pitcher-friendly park in the league owing to the winds blowing in, while he ran a 3/5 in his home game in Mavericks Stadium. Why? I don’t know, but three of the Mavs starters have shown clear flyball tendencies so far, and LaFromboise is the only one here who is actually going against his career tendencies. If this stays about the same, the Mavs could be in for an interesting season from their pitchers.

Co-pitcher of the Week?:
RHP Andrew Carraway, 9/4/1986
1-0, 2 GS, 4.50 ERA in 10.0 IP, 14 H (HR), 6 R (5 ER), 11/0 K/BB, 4/12 G/F

From the Training Room:
Cleto was placed on the DL with a hurt pitching shoulder. This, after two starts that had him with a 2.08 ERA in 8.2 innings, a 9/2 K/BB, and a stunning 16/1 G/F. May he return as soon as possible. I feel like I should get a copy of Mulder’s “I Want to Believe” poster and photoshop Cleto’s head sticking out of the UFO. LHP Nick Czyz was called up from the Lumberkings in response and will probably be taking Cleto’s spot in the rotation. Feierabend might instead. it’s hard to tell. With Luis Munoz bouncing around the high minors like some kind of errant cue ball, Ryan Moorer was called up from extended.

Strange Happenings:
Tenbrink isn’t even leading the league in hitting. That distinction goes to Modesto’s James Cesario, who is hitting .455/.514/.667 in his first ten games… The Mavs themselves are leading the league in OPS, hardly a surprise, but decent considering the roster is not high on star power. More surprising might be that they’re also running a 3.29 ERA right now… Johermyn Chavez is running a 6/5 K/BB through 35 at-bats. Based on career rates, he should have ten Ks and only three walks. Something may be happening.

Clinton Lumberkings (5-6):

Thursday, April 8th 2010
Peoria 5 (CHC), Clinton 4
W: Whitenack (1-0, 7.20); L: Gillheeney (0-1, 7.36)

Friday, April 9th 2010
Peoria 4 (CHC 0), Clinton 5
W: Cooper (1-0, 0.00); L: C. Martin (0-1, 9.00)

Saturday, April 10th 2010
Peoria 2 (CHC – 1), Clinton 8
W: Housey (1-0, 0.00); L: Nagel (0-1, 9.00)

Sunday, April 11th 2010
Clinton 2, Wisconsin 8 (MIL + 2)
W: Krestalude (1-0, 3.60); L: Hesketh (0-1, 9.64)

Monday, April 12th 2010
Clinton 7, Wisconsin 4 (MIL + 1)
W: Stanton (1-0, 4.50); L: Arnett (0-1, 8.31)

Tuesday, April 13th 2010
Clinton 4, Wisconsin 2 (MIL 0)
W: Gilheeney (1-1, 5.19); L: Heckathorn (0-1, 9.00)

Wednesday, April 14th 2010
Quad Cities 4 (STL + 5), Clinton 2
W: Fornataro (1-1, 3.00); L: Vasquez (0-1, 1.69)

Thursday, April 15th 2010
Quad Cities 16 (STL + 6), Clinton 6
W: Blazek (1-0, 6.43); L: Blandford (0-1, 9.95)

Friday, April 16th 2010
Quad Cities 10 (STL + 5), Clinton 11 (eleven innings)
W: Josselyn (1-0, 0.00); L: Terry (0-1, 6.00)

Saturday, April 17th 2010
Clinton 3, Beloit 4 (MIN 0) (eleven innings)
W: Tone (1-1, 5.14); L: Jimenez (0-1, 1.69)

Sunday, April 18th 2010
Clinton 0, Beloit 3 (MIN + 1)
W: Ibarra (2-1, 5.40); L: Josselyn (1-1, 2.35)

Hitter of the Week:
SS Nick Franklin, S/R, 3/2/1991
11 G, 46 AB, 5 R, 15 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, SB, 9/2 K/BB, .326/.354/.587

I opted for the actual prospect this week. I know, it takes some arm-twisting sometimes, but really, why shouldn’t we take an opportunity to relish in the fact that our organization has an actual shortstop prospect who can seem to hit? Franklin has been doing just that since day one, but overall, I’m more fond of his day three, when he went 4-for-4, and had the opportunity to hit for the cycle, but instead opted to hit home runs from both sides of the plate. If the opportunity is there, I’d rather take that, but it raises an interesting point about him. Franklin right now is hitting .143/.143/.571 against left-handers. He hasn’t struck out yet, but the one home run is kind of skewing his slugging numbers. When I saw him in Everett, I noticed that his left-handed swing was quite unlike his right-handed swing, and while some players can manage doing this without any particular difficulty, not a whole lot do. I’ll take him being better from the left side, but this should be something to monitor as we go through the season.

Thisclose to Getting Folk Songs Written About Him Mention:
LF Kalian Sams, R/R, 8/25/1986
11 G, 45 AB, 8 R, 13 H, 3 2B, 6 HR, 11 RBI, SB, 17/2 K/BB, .289/.319/.756

Pitcher of the Week:
LHP Brian Moran, 9/30/1988
0-0, 3 G, 0.00 ERA in 8.1 IP, 4 H, 13/0 K/BB, 6/4 G/F, WP

The temptation here was to pick a starter. Why shouldn’t I? Well, Moran has pitched more than two of the starters anyway, and the numbers kind of speak for themselves. Moran has faced twenty-eight batters: only four of them have reached, and nearly half have struck out. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, what better candidate to pull a Mark Lowe, starting out in A-ball and making the big leagues in a year, or at least, why the heck aren’t they starting him? Despite being an seventh-round pick, Moran’s ceiling is a little limited. He never started a single game in college, and his fastball is nothing special. Rather, it’s his deception that allows him to mow down same-handed batters, who are hitting .091 off of him, and account for seven of his strikeouts out of eleven faced. Right-handers are hitting him twice as easily, which isn’t saying much yet, and he’s recorded three times the groundouts against them. He may be able to work against both sides, but even if he can’t, he’s one of those high-floor guys who should be able to make it.

Senior Signing, Could Move Mention:
LHP Anthony Vasquez, 9/19/1986
0-1, 2 GS, 1.69 ERA in 10.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), 12/3 K/BB, 10/7

From the Training Room:
I say Vasquez could move, but LHP Nick Czyz already did, after a hit, three walks, and ten Ks in 7.2 innings. The command isn’t totally there after missing most of last season with off-field stuff, so this might be a temporary thing. The organizations 2009 Pitcher of the Year, Nicaraguan right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, came up to replace him in the bullpen. As was probably expected with the knee injury, Dennis Raben has been playing only at DH and first so far.

Strange Happenings:
Steve Baron came into camp with something of a defensive reputation, renowned for being perhaps the best glove among a solid crop of backstops in last year’s draft. In nine games, he’s made five errors and passed five balls. I have no idea what’s going on… Tyler Blandford is running a 9/6 K/BB in 6.1 innings… Jonathan Hesketh, who rocked every league he pitched in last year, currently has 17.18 ERA in 7.1 IP, with nineteen hits allowed in that span.


10 Responses to “Minor League Wrap (4/8-18/10)”

  1. 200tang on April 19th, 2010 6:15 am

    Any word on why Franklin was removed after his first AB yesterday? I noticed it yesterday in the game recap but couldn’t find any reason why.

  2. Chris_From_Bothell on April 19th, 2010 7:21 am

    I’m not really up on minor league players at all, so this is quite a huge, rich source of info. Going to take me a couple reads through to absorb it all. Thanks so much, Jay!

    Also, I can’t be the only one slightly depressed to read player stats and read things like “born 1986”, “born 1991”, and so on. Ow my back, damn kids get off my lawn, etc. etc.

  3. Jay Yencich on April 19th, 2010 7:44 am

    Any word on why Franklin was removed after his first AB yesterday? I noticed it yesterday in the game recap but couldn’t find any reason why.

    I’ve checked the local papers and a few other go-to sources and haven’t read anything indicating why.

    Thanks so much, Jay!

    Also, I can’t be the only one slightly depressed to read player stats and read things like “born 1986?, “born 1991?, and so on. Ow my back, damn kids get off my lawn, etc. etc.

    You’re welcome, and I started getting “slightly depressed” as you say when players around my age stopped being drafted.

  4. JH on April 19th, 2010 8:28 am

    Tenbrink’s not athletically limited at all. He’s more than athletic enough to handle third base. The problem is he’s the kind of guy who will make a ridiculous error on a routine grounder, followed up by a barehand charge on a swinging bunt that would make Adrian Beltre proud. Offensively he’s a project, but defensively he’s infuriating.

  5. Jay Yencich on April 19th, 2010 9:26 am

    They’ve had Tenbrink start games here and there at shortstop and second, but I don’t know that they’re going to make a thing of it.

  6. TomG on April 19th, 2010 9:57 am

    How has Liddi looked? I know the hitting line looks a bit ghastly (.229/.250/.514); should we be optimistic that some of the power seems to have translated over from his 2009 campaign or should we be fearful of his Halmanian 1/13 BB/K ratio?

  7. Jay Yencich on April 19th, 2010 10:13 am

    I just heard from someone who had been listening to the game that Franklin was only pulled due to dehydration, which is good news, even if he ought to be taking better care of himself.

    How has Liddi looked? I know the hitting line looks a bit ghastly (.229/.250/.514); should we be optimistic that some of the power seems to have translated over from his 2009 campaign or should we be fearful of his Halmanian 1/13 BB/K ratio?

    It’s been up and down for him so far. He’s had good games and he’s had terrible ones, which is about what I would expect given his history. He’s also been a mess on the field at times, and made three errors in a single game yesterday. So, yes, it’s true he’s not doing well right now, but Lo and Dunigan have also looked awful, as have Triunfel and Ackley, walks aside in both case.

    In other leagues, you might be able to get a gauge on players after a couple of weeks of play, but in the Southern League it’s particularly difficult. For one, you have to account for the leap from advanced-A to double-A, which is widely regarded as one of the most difficult ones, given that you can have more veteran players in the high minors just because of how roster rules work. For another, you have every team playing a five-game set with their opponent every time out, which means that the dataset is going to be chunkier and more easily skewed (though easier to compare starting pitcher to the next on each team).

    I wouldn’t panic about any of these guys yet. I’d like to see them succeed, certainly, but if they aren’t doing it, it’s not the end of the world.

  8. tres_arboles on April 19th, 2010 1:37 pm

    Is Kyle Parker out of the system now or injured? I can’t seem to locate the kid on any of the teams’ rosters. Thanks.

  9. Jay Yencich on April 19th, 2010 3:58 pm

    Parker’s on the DL, along with a lot of other fellows.

  10. Greeff on April 20th, 2010 5:52 am

    would be nice for Cleto to stay healty for some time!

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