Minor League Wrap (4/18-24/11)

Jay Yencich · April 25, 2011 at 8:30 am · Filed Under Mariners, Minor Leagues 

In the last wrap, people mentioned that they looked on these as a sign of hope in a troubled time for Mariners baseball. This week, the affiliated went 8-18. Whoops. Some positive things came of it all at certain levels, but one has to root around a bit in order to dig those up in some cases.

To the jump!

Social Media Hub:
I don’t really have any particular storyline this week that caught my eye, so here’s something different. When I was on the Lumberkings’ website recently, I noticed that someone had organized all the official blogs and twitter accounts for the Mariners affiliates and put them on one convenient page. The Mariners themselves tend to dominate the Twitter conversation, but you can get some other voices in there too on occasion. Like a lot of what social media has to offer, it seems at least theoretically useful.

Tacoma Rainiers (1-6 this week, 4-14 overall)

The Week in Review:
Monday, April 18th 2011
Sacramento 7 (OAK + 2), Tacoma 6
W: Eyre (1-0, 0.00) L: Delcarmen (0-1, 4.50) S: Bateman (2)

Tuesday, April 19th 2011
Colorado Springs 6 (COL – 3), Tacoma 3
W: Reynolds (1-0, 3.00) L: Seddon (0-1, 0.96)

Wednesday, April 20th 2011
Colorado Springs 3 (COL – 4), Tacoma 4
W: Paredes (1-1, 10.50) L: Miller (1-1, 8.44) S: Smith (2)

Thursday, April 21st 2011
Colorado Springs 13 (COL – 3), Tacoma 1
W: Billings (2-2, 4.15) L: Castro (0-2, 8.03)

Friday, April 22nd 2011
Colorado Springs 6 (COL – 2), Tacoma 5
W: Miller (2-1, 7.62) L: French (0-3, 4.29) S: Johnston (2)

Saturday, April 23rd 2011
Tacoma 8, Salt Lake 9 (ANA + 6)
W: Browning (2-0, 2.53) L: Bautista (0-2, 7.71) S: Jepsen (2)

Sunday, April 24th 2011
Tacoma 5, Salt Lake 10 (ANA + 7)
W: Diaz (3-0, 0.57) L: Aardsma (0-1, 23.14)

Hitter of the Week:
LF/DH Mike Carp, L/R, 6/30/1986
7 G, 26 AB, 6 R, 11 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, SB, 5/2 K/BB, HBP, .423/.467/.769

So Carp was miffed or something that Peguero got the call and he didn’t, I don’t really know, but this was the result for the past week. It’s especially odd considering how low his season line remains, .231/.329/.415 to this point, but he’s apparently seeing and making contact well right now, so who’s to say if the previous eleven games meant anything at all? The samples aren’t even really worth talking about at this point, but because this space should be filled somehow, Carp was awful at hitting left-handers last year and is presently .333/.412/.600 in fifteen at-bats against them, which is something. Another thing which may or may not mean anything: he’s .303/.324/.606 with the bases empty, .156/.333/.219 with runners on, and .095/.259/.190 with runners in scoring position. He belongs on this Mariners team.

First Taste of Triple-A Mention:
1B/OF Johan Limonta, L/L, 8/4/1983
5 G, 18 AB, 2 R, 7 H, 2 2B, RBI, 2/3 K/BB, .389/.476/.500

A Good Week Mention:
3B Alex Liddi, R/R, 8/14/1988
7 G, 25 AB, 5 R, 7 H, 4 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 9/3 K/BB, .280/.323/.560

Pitcher of the Week:
RHP Chaz Roe, 10/9/1986
0-0, GS, 3.00 ERA in 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2/4 K/BB, 9/3 G/F, WP

Pitching for the Rainiers this week was a disaster, to the extent that I find myself speaking of Chaz Roe. Were this his second start of the last wrap, I’d be okay with it, because he had a 5/1 K/BB in six innings back then, but this, I’m less keen on (the first start of the season was much, much worse). Roe has only had command every other start thus far, but on the plus side, he got through this one without allowing a home run. I would have expected that moving from Colorado Springs to Tacoma would have the opposite effect as what we’ve been seeing, between the home runs and the limited command. I’m not really holding my breath on the Jose Lopez trade being a great gain for us so much as addition by subtraction.

Unearned Runs! Mention:
LHP Luke French, 9/13/1985
0-1, GS, 1.50 ERA in 6.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R (ER), 2/0 K/BB, 10/7 G/F

From The Training Room:
Peguero was called up, as you were probably aware of, and that left Daren Brown down yet another outfielder, so they promoted CF Brandon Haveman from Jackson. 3B/1B Matt Mangini also got activated and optioned, which meant UT Jetsy Extrano going away again. Hey look! RHP David Aardsma! He hasn’t been pitching well 🙁 Sunday evening, the M’s optioned Lueke and called up Dan Cortes, and also shipped Peguero back to bring in Smoak. Cortes has a 9/4 K/BB in 8.1 innings and nine hits allowed, so this may be a move of no major significance, other than it gives Lueke an opportunity to get his head straight while the rest of us wait for Chris Ray to depart.

Strange Happenings:
Mike Curto had meditations on the recent 13-1 loss in the vein of Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” and as a recent admission to the UW’s poetry MFA, there’s no way I’m not linking that… Tui has a 11/9 K/BB in his last ten games… For an alternate take on Liddi, check out what Churchill wrote up earlier in the week. In summary, Liddi has been hitting better this week, but has been scouting worse over the years and it’s hard to tell what’s up … Seddon gave up seven runs in 10.2 innings this week. So much for that!

Jackson Generals (4-3 this week, 8-9 overall)

The Week in Review:
Monday, April 18th 2011
Jackson 6, Montgomery 4 (TB – 5)
W: Kasparek (2-0, 1.93) L: Barnese (0-1, 8.22) S: Patterson (1)

Tuesday, April 19th 2011
Jackson 4, Montgomery 5 (TB – 4)
W: Bush (2-1, 5.06) L: Richard (0-1, 3.00)

Wednesday, April 20th 2011
Jackson 10, Montgomery 11 (TB – 3)
W: Schenk (1-0, 6.43) L: LaFromboise (0-2, 4.26) S: Quate (2)

Thursday, April 21st 2011
Jackson 7, Montgomery 3 (TB – 4)
W: Ramirez (1-0, 2.37) L: Cruz (0-3, 15.55)

Friday, April 22nd 2011
Jackson 2, Montgomery 1 (TB – 5)
W: Penney (2-0, 4.15) L: Quate (0-1, 5.14) S: Fields (1)

Saturday, April 23rd 2011
Mobile 8 (ARI + 6), Jackson 4
W: Roemer (3-0, 2.88) L: Kasparek (2-1, 4.24)

Sunday, April 24th 2011
Mobile 3 (ARI + 5), Jackson 15
W: Vasquez (1-2, 4.12) L: Henry (2-1, 6.75)

Hitter of the Week:
1B Luis Antonio Jimenez, L/L, 5/7/1982
5 G, 21 AB, 5 R, 7 H, 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4/2 K/BB, .333/.391/.810

Where did he come from? The South, Lara, where he hit .312/.475/.548 over the winter. Before that, he was in the East, Nippon Ham in 2009, then nothing. He travels around. He has been part of seven different organizations, six of them before he was twenty-six. Why has he come? I don’t know. I just don’t know. But he’s always been able to hit the ball. He is feared for his hitting of the ball. There were reports of him in spring training. No one knew who he was or how he came to be there, but when he hit the ball, the people knew. How long will he be here? I would not turn your back on him, for he may disappear in an instant, only to resurface in another organization, in another uniform, hitting the ball.

Greater Average Mention:
OF Jake Shaffer, L/L, 8/16/1987
7 G, 35 AB, 6 R, 13 H, 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, CS, 5/2 K/BB, .371/.405/.657

Lesser Average Mention:
OF James McOwen, L/R, 9/26/1985
7 G, 29 AB, 6 R, 8 H, 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 3/3 K/BB, .276/.344/.620

High Average, Sans Peripherals Mention:
RF Johermyn Chavez, R/R, 1/26/1989
6 G, 25 AB, 3 R, 11 H, 3 2B, RBI, SB, 2 CS, 6/1 K/BB, .440/.462/.480

On-Base Machine Mention:
1B Rich Poythress, R/R, 8/11/1987
7 G, 24 AB, 8 R, 7 H, 2 2B, 2 RBI, SB, 6/5 K/BB, 2 HBP, .292/.452/.375

Doubles! Mention:
2B Kyle Seager, L/R, 11/3/1987
7 G, 28 AB, 3 R, 9 H, 6 2B, 7 RBI, SB, 5/1 K/BB, .321/.345/.536

Pitcher of the Week:
RHP Andrew Carraway, 9/4/1986
0-0, GS, 0.00 ERA in 5.0 IP, 3 H, 4/0 K/BB, 4/2 G/F, WP, HB

Carraway didn’t begin the year in the rotation, despite being a starter for nearly his entire minor league career. He only moved in once Hensley got injured. Still, he was pretty good in High Desert last season given the context (5.33 ERA, but a 4.71 tRA), and deserves the shot, in my opinion. One caution though, his rotation debut for the Generals, he gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and three Ks in three innings, which isn’t so hot. We’ll have to wait and see which one is more representative of him in double-A,

Old Reliable Mention:
RHP Jarrett Grube, 11/5/1981
0-0, GS, 1.50 ERA in 6.0 IP, 3 H, R, 6/2 K/BB, 4/5 G/F

Good Start, Bad Start Mention:
LHP Anthony Vasquez, 9/19/1986
1-0, GS, 3.00 ERA in 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 5/1 K/BB, 6/5 G/F

From the Training Room:
I’ve already mentioned Haveman, and taking his spot in Jackson was Luis Antonio Jimenez. OF Eddy Martinez-Esteve also landed on the DL, again, which had UT Jorge Agudelo making the trip up from extended.

Strange Happenings:
The Generals were averaging nearly seven runs a game this week, so of course the story was going to be offense. Triunfel has a seven-game hit streak but remains not quite cool enough to mention above even though nearly half of his hits have gone for extras (I use a .800 OPS cutoff, which is vaguely scientific). I hope to mention him in a more official capacity soon… Nate Tenbrink had four hits in twenty at-bats last week. He also walked seven times and was hit by a pitch. And one of his hits left the yard. But he also struck out eight times. Outcomes!.. I have avoided dishonorable mentions in the past year or so because I don’t think it’s cool, but holy crap, Brian Moran has allowed twelve runs in seven and a third innings on fifteen hits, five walks, and five Ks. Three of those hits have left the park! Dingers aside, it’s between him and Paredes for the worst reliever to start the year… Oh, and on that note, if anyone wants to know how Fields is doing, 7/8 K/BB, but only two hits allowed in 8.2 innings!… In more positive news this week, slightly more at least, Erasmo Ramirez struck out six in seven innings this week, he just allowed ten hits while doing it… At one point this week, the Generals were facing Matt Bush on the mound. Haha, Matt Bush.

High Desert Mavericks (2-4 this week, 8-9 overall)

The Week in Review:
Monday, April 18th 2011
Lancaster 12 (HOU 0), High Desert 8
W: Robinson (1-1, 6.06) L: Stanton (1-1, 6.52) S: Clark (4)

Tuesday, April 19th 2011
Lancaster 13 (HOU + 1), High Desert 3
W: Donovan (1-1, 5.79) L: Gillheeney (1-1, 3.86)

Wednesday, April 20th 2011
Lancaster 3 (HOU +2), High Desert 2
W: Buchanan (2-1, 1.61) L: Sorce (1-1, 1.89) S: Clark (5)

Thursday, April 21st 2011
High Desert 15, Lake Elsinore 5 (SD – 5)
W: Cooper (1-0, 4.00) L: Sullivan (2-1, 3.46)

Friday, April 22nd 2011
High Desert 1, Lake Elsinore 12 (SD – 4)
W: Lollis (1-3, 5.06) L: Medina (0-3, 7.45)

Saturday, April 23rd 2011
High Desert 5, Lake Elsinore 4 (SD – 5)
W: Housey (1-0, 6.23) L: McBryde (0-1, 5.11) S: Jimenez (2)

Sunday, April 24th 2011
Off day

Hitter of the Week:
CF Denny Almonte, S/R, 9/24/1988
6 G, 24 AB, 7 R, 8 H, 2 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, SB, 10/0 K/BB, .333/.308/.875

During spring training and throughout the regular season thus far, Michael Saunders has been commended for taking a new and somewhat uncomfortable approach and sticking with it until it yielded dividends. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have Almonte, who I’ll remind you didn’t strike out until his third game. There are upsides to what he’s doing, like the fact that he’s hitting the absolute cuss out of the ball, but that assumes he continues to make contact as he has. He has one walk and twenty-two strikeouts now, and the sac flies this week meant that his OBP was lower than his average. Tell me if that seems sustainable. The more things tend to go like this, the less I feel interested, and I’d expect that his eventual promotion to double-A runs the risk of being ugly indeed.

Newfound Plate Discipline #1 Mention:
SS Nick Franklin, S/R, 3/2/1991
6 G, 21 AB, 5 R, 6 H, 3 2B, 2 RBI, SB, 5/6 K/BB, .286/.444/.429

Newfound Plate Discipline #2 Mention:
OF Daniel Carroll, R/R, 1/6/1989
6 G, 23 AB, 7 R, 9 H, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 5 SB, 6/4 K/BB, .391/.481/.565

Pitcher of the Week:
RHP Daniel Cooper, 11/6/1986
1-0, 2 G, 3.60 ERA in 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, (2 ER), 4/2 K/BB, 9/1 G/F

The starters sucked this week so let’s talk about something else. Like Cooper! The line itself isn’t all that interesting, but on Thursday he turned in a four inning performance where he only allowed a hit and a walk while striking out four, and that pretty much won the game for the Mavs. That’s kind of cool on its own, but Cooper is getting five balls on the ground for every one in the air. That’s not a out ratio like I usually do, that’s what’s happening for all his balls in play, and even the best of the groundballers tend to get line drives or pop outs from time to time. Cooper isn’t, and didn’t in the five-game stint he had in High Desert last year. I don’t know if this means anything, but it seems neat.

De Facto Closer Mention:
LHP Jose Jimenez, 3/23/1987
0-0, 4 G, SV, 1.93 ERA in 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (ER), 4/1 K/BB, 6/3 G/F

From the Training Room:
I think of the Mavs’ transactions this week as a kind of mad tea party where every so often, someone screams “TRADE PLACES!” On Wednesday, 3B Mario Martinez came off the DL and IF Matt Browning went on it, and on Thursday, LHPs Donnie Hume and Nick Czyz traded spots, with Hume making his first start since 2009 on Saturday.

Strange Happenings:
To get into the weirdness of walks for a second week in a row, Carroll has twelve of them now and had nineteen in eighty-one games for Clinton last year. Franklin has ten and recorded fifty last year in Clinton. Fun facts that are actually fun!… While glancing over transactions for the week, I found that a familiar name, Harold Williams, had turned up with Inland Empire. Williams didn’t pitch the last two years and was known mainly to me as a) a former track and field javelin star with horrific command (90/72 K/BB in 76.2 IP in 2006!) and b) a guy trying to support his mother and younger siblings while trying to make it in lower minor league baseball, which is never a good combination. I’ll be rooting for him to stick around as long as he can. Also, the Sixers additionally have a Mike Piazza pitching for them who is of no relation.

Clinton Lumberkings (1-5 this week, 5-12 overall)

The Week in Review:
Monday, April 18th 2011
Cedar Rapids 4 (ANA + 1), Clinton 3
W: Schugel (1-1, 6.14) L: Burgoon (1-1, 1.93) S: Johnson (2)

Tuesday, April 19th 2011

Wednesday, April 20th 2011
Cedar Rapids 3 (ANA + 2), Clinton 1 (seven innings)
W: Tillman (2-0, 2.92) L: Maurer (1-1, 3.00) S: Roach (1)

Cedar Rapids 3 (+ 3), Clinton 0 (seven innings)
W: La Tempa (1-0, 4.63) L: Mieses (0-1, 2.00) S: Johnson (3)

Thursday, April 21st 2011
Clinton 4, Kane County 8 (KC – 3)
W: Odenbach (1-1, 2.35) L: Martinez (0-1, 7.00)

Friday, April 22nd 2011
Friday rain

Saturday, April 23rd 2011
Clinton 3, Kane County 10 (KC – 2) (seven innings)
W: Santiago (2-2, 5.03) L: Snow (0-2, 7.13)

Clinton 3, Kane County 2 (- 3) (seven innings)
W: Fernandez (1-0, 4.82) L: Simmons (0-3, 6.97) S: Burgoon (2)

Sunday, April 24th 2011
Off day

Hitter of the Week:
CF/RF Julio Morban, L/L, 2/13/1992
6 G, 18 AB, 2 R, 5 H, 2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, SB, 6/3 K/BB, .278/.381/.500

Last week, I found it appropriate to gripe about Morban’s plate discipline, which seemed pretty bat at the time, what with the 14/2 K/BB to that point. This week, he drew a bunch of walks. This is a step in the right direction for him, certainly, as he’s closing in on a career high in walks (hint: he’s never played that much), but now I’m starting to look at the strikeouts as slightly concerning, since they’ve popped up in about a third of his at-bats now. Morban himself seems to be concerned by this, as he got ejected for arguing a strikeout on Saturday. He’s been squaring up on the ball a bit more of late and is beginning to drive it, which would suggest that he’s getting comfortable at the plate again. If he keeps doing this, Morban might turn into one of the system’s biggest stories of the year.

First Baseman, Stealing Bases Mention:
1B Tim Morris, L/L, 12/11/1987
6 G, 18 AB, 3 R, 6 H, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 SB, 4/2 K/BB, .333/.381/.444

Small Sample Excitement Mention:
C Steve Baron, R/R, 12/7/1990
4 G, 11 AB, R, 5 H, 2B, RBI, 1/3 K/BB, .455/.571/545

Pitcher of the Week:
LHP Anthony Fernandez, 6/8/1990
1-0, 2 GS, 3.48 ERA in 10.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 9/4 K/BB, 15/1 G/F, WP, BK

It was an interesting, though not very positive week for the majority of the Lumberkings pitchers, as most had some yips in their command. Fernandez had some yips too, though not so severe, but when one considers that he had under two walks per nine last season, having four in ten and a third seems like a bigger deal. At least Fernandez is still getting grounders in the bunches, and he has the best rate there of any of what would be called the starters for the Lumberkings. This has actually been a trend throughout his career, but it’s really taking off now. I suspect that relative to his peers, Fernandez might be a little underrated at the moment, assuming his command straightens out. He got the team’s only win this week and that’s surely something.

Some Ks, Unearned Runs Mention:
RHP George Mieses, 5/3/1991
0-1, GS, 1.80 ERA in 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (ER), 8/1 G/F, 4/3 K/BB

From the Training Room:
There was finally some transaction news, but nothing positive, as RHP Fray Martinez landed on the DL on Friday evening. RHP Jonathan Arias came off to replace him, but has yet to pitch.

Strange Happenings:
On the note of the three outcomes, Steve Kohlscheen pitched 5.2 innings this week and had a 8/5 K/BB in that span, with one of his four hits leaving the yard. Interesting, but not worthy of POTW mention… Similarly, you have to raise an eyebrow to Carlos Ramirez now having more than twice as many walks as strikeouts, and more walks than hits and Ks combined, but I don’t know where else to go with that… Thursday evening, the Lumberkings collected four extra-base hits. All of them were triples. Somehow, in spite of this, they’re still two shy of the league lead… If anyone was wondering, Flavor Flav has apparently abandoned the Clinton operation after being disappointed with how it was run, and is now striking out on his own in the restaurant business. This is all quite silly and I won’t write any more about it.


20 Responses to “Minor League Wrap (4/18-24/11)”

  1. codybond31 on April 25th, 2011 10:06 am

    Where was Taijuan Walker placed?

    He didn’t pitch much at all last year after being signed, and now?

  2. mwinkel on April 25th, 2011 10:08 am

    I always look forward to the minor league wraps; one of my favourite aspects of UssM. That being said, if there was 1 thing I would comment on, it would be that every single Mariners fan wants to know how Dustin Ackley is doing. We all want to know how things are going for him, no matter what the results are. We have an emotional investment into this man who is a big part of the future for this organization, and I want to know how he is doing.

    Thank you kindly

  3. EnglishMariner on April 25th, 2011 10:25 am

    I agree with the previous comment, however I would go further and include Franklin as well.

    Great work as always Jay.

  4. Paul B on April 25th, 2011 10:54 am

    For me, the most interesting and hopefully encouraging news is about AA Jackson.

    Most of the interesting prospects who might actually become ML’ers tend to be at AA, while the AAA club usually has a number of less interesting AAAA players (like Carp).

    So I’m encouraged by all the good hitting in Jackson.

  5. joser on April 25th, 2011 10:57 am

    Just took a look at that “social media hub” and saw this:

    HDMavs Piniero on the mound, Griffey in the house & $1 food specials! Maverick Stadium is the place to be tonight!!!

    Apparently it’s “Ebmeyer Munchie Monday.”

    High times in the ol’ Mojave this evening.

  6. maqman on April 25th, 2011 11:20 am

    Not a great week, or year so far, on the farm. Is there a trickle down theory at work? Nick Czyz! I skate on Z’s un-spellable surname by just using Z, if this guy does ever make it to the big team he’s just going to have to be C. Unfortunately that is also the letter used by the head of British intelligence services in the Bond films. Nah, nobody could confuse those two.

  7. Jay Yencich on April 25th, 2011 11:29 am

    Ackley had an off-week, which happens now and then. .258/.333/.310 with nine Ks. When players don’t show up here, there’s probably a reason for it.

    Where was Taijuan Walker placed?
    He didn’t pitch much at all last year after being signed, and now?

    Didn’t break with a full-season team, wasn’t expected to, will probably turn up in Everett. No need to rush him.

    Nick Czyz! I skate on Z’s un-spellable surname by just using Z, if this guy does ever make it to the big team he’s just going to have to be C.

    I think it’s pronounced “Chez”. That phonetic, not the weird French version of the same word.

  8. dgood on April 25th, 2011 12:05 pm

    Will we have Taijuan Walker and James Paxton in Everett? if so I’m going to enjoy Aquasox Games this year (living in Mukilteo afterall).

  9. Jay Yencich on April 25th, 2011 12:16 pm

    Paxton will probably skip Everett entirely unless they really take it slow with him.

  10. eddie on April 25th, 2011 2:15 pm

    Speaking as one who has been getting a little too involved with the Mariner farm system for his own good, I wouldn’t mind it if 1) USSM changed their link from West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx to Jackson Generals (they changed their name) and 2)there would be some way to link first to Tacoma Rainiers, and then from the Tacoma page link to Jackson, then from the Jackson page link to High Desert, etc.

    I guess that ain’t USSM’s bailiwick is it?

    Looking forward to Minor League Wrap in Poetry Format.

  11. John09 on April 25th, 2011 3:00 pm

    Nice work Jay. If we can’t enjoy the Big League club this year, it’s fun to have something to pay attention to that appears to be moving in a positive direction- the farm system.
    Since the M’s appear to be heading to a top-5 minium draft pick in 2012, are there any uber-prospects out there to keep an eye on? Anybody in the Harper/Strasburg mold that makes the race to the Number One pick interesting?

  12. jordan on April 25th, 2011 3:29 pm

    Good news is that Lueke is headed to Tacoma and Dan Cortes got the call to Seattle.

  13. neo-realist on April 25th, 2011 7:42 pm

    Since the M’s appear to be heading to a top-5 minium draft pick in 2012, are there any uber-prospects out there to keep an eye on? Anybody in the Harper/Strasburg mold that makes the race to the Number One pick interesting?

    Billy (Nick) Williams-Ball HS-TX–Darryl Strawberry 2.0-potential 40 HR 100 RBI hitter

    Trey Williams-Valencia HS-CAL–Excellent all around hitting tools–can supposedly flat out hit

    Lance McCullers Jr.–Jesuit HS-FL–Touches 98 mph with the FB and possesses a nasty slider.

    The silver lining of a shot at Nick Williams is something to salivate over as a Mariner fan.

  14. Adam B. on April 26th, 2011 1:34 pm

    Attempting to handicap the 2012 draft before the M’s have even selected for the 2011 is an exercise in futility.

    New talents emerge, highly-taughted prospects crash and burn, teams win-loss records and needs fluctuate wildly. Heck, there’s still no certainty about who should go #1 this year.

    It really wont be til late next Winter or early Spring when the 2012 draft front-runners start to emerge, and probably up until the draft itself before there’s any credible idea what the M’s are looking to do.

  15. msfanmike on April 26th, 2011 2:45 pm

    Attempting to handicap the 2012 draft before the M’s have even selected for the 2011 is an exercise in futility.

    True enough, but the fact that “neo-realist” has provided some names to track and follow is inspiring enough for the moment. If nothing else, it’s good information to have available.

    A high school kid who throws 98 mph? Cool!

    I wonder though, can there be anybody else that Nick Williams can be compared to – other than Darryl Strawberry? I am sure his mother would want it that way.

    The Mariners are likely going to have the 1st or 2nd pick in the 2012 draft – so why not start to throw out some names for public consumption. Last years names that were bandied about are now this years likely top pick(s). Top HS pitching prospects usually flame out faster than a fart on a skillet, though.

    Thanks Neo

  16. Chipanese on April 26th, 2011 4:59 pm

    Hey, productive 4th hole hitter!

  17. Jay Yencich on April 26th, 2011 10:07 pm

    Attempting to handicap the 2012 draft before the M’s have even selected for the 2011 is an exercise in futility.
    True enough, but the fact that “neo-realist” has provided some names to track and follow is inspiring enough for the moment. If nothing else, it’s good information to have available.

    Red Sox fans were doing this in the first week. That should give one all the reasons one would need to stop doing it.

    Looking forward to Minor League Wrap in Poetry Format.

    This will never, ever, ever, ever happen. The other parts, I’ll try to e-mail Dave about. I don’t have access to the sidebar type stuff, that I know of… but I could check I guess.

  18. Mike Snow on April 27th, 2011 2:50 pm

    I’ve updated the link to the Jackson Generals, and added Pulaski while we’re at it, since it looks like they have some amount of local content. Beyond that, stuff like the AZL team site isn’t really worth it, might as well just use the milb.com stats pages. As far as how the affiliated sites link to each other, that’s out of our control. I don’t even know if I can make WordPress display the links here in something other than alphabetical order.

  19. Jay Yencich on April 27th, 2011 5:02 pm

    Thanks Mike, much appreciated.

  20. eddie on April 30th, 2011 7:02 am

    Hey thanks for changing that link, I appreciate it!

    And I don’t think you should rule out baseball poetry, there’s a lot of subject matter there largely untapped.

    John Donne
    By a 95mph

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