Geez, I’ve been blogging for seven years? Here’s the first post, if anyone still cares…
Triple-A — Portland 9, Las Vegas 3
Will Venable (CF): 1-for-4, BB
Chase Headley (3B): 1-for-2, HR, 2 BB, E
Brian Myrow: 3-for-3, 2B, 2 HR, 2 BB
Chip Ambres (RF): 2-for-4, BB
Vince Sinisi (LF): 3-for-5, 2B
Matt Antonelli: 1-for-4
Cesar Ramos: 6.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 2 BB, 3 SO
Mauro Zarate: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 1 SO, HBP
Venable moves up to the #2 hole… Headley seems to be seeing more action at the hot corner of late; conspiracy theorists should enjoy that… I don’t care how old Myrow is; the guy still rakes…
Double-A — Corpus Christi 3, San Antonio 2
Drew Macias : 2-for-3, BB
Chad Huffman: 0-for-4
Kyle Blanks: 0-for-4
Craig Cooper: 1-for-4
Seth Johnston: 0-for-4, E
Colt Morton: 1-for-4, 2B
Steve Garrison: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1-for-1, 2B, SH
Mike Ekstrom: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO
Garrison is quietly putting together a nice little season in the Texas League. The K/9 is a shade low (6.49), but not in the danger zone.
High-A — Inland Empire 4, Lake Elsinore 3
Javis Diaz: 0-for-4, SB
Cedric Hunter: 1-for-4
Eric Sogard: 1-for-4, 2B
Mitch Canham: 2-for-4
Kellen Kulbacki (DH): 1-for-3, BB
Nathan Culp: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 3 SO (9 GO)
Nice to see Sogard knocking doubles again.
Low-A — Dayton 5, Fort Wayne 4
Luis Durango (DH): 1-for-3, BB
Drew Cumberland (SS): 3-for-3, 2 BB, E
Lance Zawadzki (2B): 1-for-5, 2B
Felix Carrasco: 0-for-4, BB, E
Yefri Carvajal: 2-for-5
Shane Buschini: 1-for-4, 2B
Justin Baum (PH): 0-for-1
Aaron Breit: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 2 SO
Mat Latos: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 3 SO
Robert Woodard: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 2 SO
Cumberland moves into the #3 spot and responds in a big way… Good to see Latos back in action. He gave up a ground ball single and walk to start the fifth before striking out the next three batters. Latos took the loss because the first batter he faced in the sixth reached on an error by Carrasco; a subsequent reliever allowed the runner to score.
The Padres have reached contract agreements with Allan Dykstra and Jaff Decker. The U-T also confirms that the Padres are looking to spend some money in the Dominican.
Awesome. Not sure why, but I’m particularly excited by the Decker signing.
any word on Brett Mooneyham?
Milton Bradley is still bi-polar:
Happy Blogging Anniversary GY.
He sure is.
#2@Richard Wade: I like Decker, too. They’ll have to watch his weight, but he’s more athletic than his body suggests.
#3@sdsuaztec4: It will be shocking if Mooneyham signs at all, let alone before mid-August.
#4@Marsh: I’ve been one of the biggest Milton Bradley supporters but I guess it was just a matter of time before his first explosion.
Re: ‘conspiracy theorists’; Headley is raking. Hairston, Gerut, and even P-Mac are all hitting well. And Kouzmanoff has been brutal. Geez, I wonder why Headley played 3B for the second time in 4 games.
I doubt they would bench Kouz permanently because he can get hot (5 HR’s in 7 games recently) and his defense has been very good but I’d like to see Headley get at least 2 starts a week at the hot corner (and 3 starts/week in LF) once he arrives so he’s not taking too many at bats away from the guys that are actually hitting right now. Maybe Kouz just needs rest. He’s had like one day off all season. But he’s looked awful lately and he’s stranded like 78 runners (slight exaggeration) since the SF series.
There’s really no excuse to not bring Headley up at this point. This is ridiculous…
MadFriars on Drew Cumberland …
Drew Cumberland reached base five times in the loss, collecting three singles and drawing two walks to remain perfect for the day, extending his hitting streak to 11 games in the process. The shortstop has five multi-hit games in his last six and is 18-for-42 â€“ a .429 average â€“ over that span. He has also drawn six walks and has gone six games without striking out. He also scored a run and drove in one on Wednesday but did commit his 16th error of the season. He has an error in two straight and five over his last seven games.
… sweet … ‘cept for the E’s, of course.
Also … GY … looks like the DSL (Dominican Summer League) has started up … Padres are off to a 6-3 start there … they seem hard to follow / relate to …
Put another notch in the schlaylie (sp?) – another hit for Antonelli
Headley more at 3B? Hmm…perhaps some teams are inquiring about Kouz?
The UT said Dykstra will get about $1.4 million and to be honest I think it will take in that ballpark to get Moonyham. I can’t see the Padres ponying up anywhere near a $1 million for a draft pick that low but seeing how Latos has worked out so far I would like to hold out a little glimmer of hope that they take a chance on a kid with a similar build and arm who is left handed to boot.
The Rangers would be crazy to sign Jenga to a long term deal.
#5@Oside Jon: Thank you, sir!
#7@Tom Waits: Decker’s swing is impressive. And yeah, I’ll be surprised if we sign Mooneyham.
#9@Matt: It’ll be soon, methinks.
#10@LynchMob: Good to see Cumberland finally hitting. Not too worried about the errors, as long as he is getting to balls… Thanks for the heads-up on the DSL; I’ll have to start tracking that as well.
#11@Loren: Shillelagh. Can’t tell if other teams are inquiring about Kouz, but the Padres have to be worried about his splits and his walk rate. Beating up on LHP is great, but you’re only facing them 20-25% of the time.
#12@KRS1: It might take more than 1.4.
We now have 4 regulars, or almost-regulars, over 100 OPS+: Both Gonzalezes, OG, McAnulty. Gerut is almost there.
$1.4 Million would brobably be a coup.
Another setback for Latos
Mat Latos looked sharp in his first inning back from the disabled list, striking out the side while hitting the low 90s with his fastball.
His second inning didnâ€™t go as well.
The right-handed pitcher left the game with a left intercostal strain after throwing a strike to Michael McKennon in the Wizardsâ€™ 5-4 loss to Dayton.
â€œEverything was fine the first inning. It looked fine, I felt fine. I was a little overexcited about being back. That second inning, the first pitch fastball to the second hitter, the ribs popped again,â€ Latos said.
â€œIt feels like there is a knife in my ribs right now. Itâ€™s the same area, the bottom ribs.â€
Latos walked behind the mound in obvious discomfort after throwing his second pitch in the sixth inning. He had entered the game in relief of Aaron Breit one inning earlier.
The No. 3 prospect in San Diegoâ€™s organization according to Baseball America, Latos had been on the disabled list since May 22 with a similar injury. Coming into the game, he had an 0-2 record with 3.42 ERA. He had allowed 23 hits, walked seven and struck out 20.
Manager Doug Dascenzo said the team should know more on the injury Thursday.
- By LaMond Pope of The Journal Gazette
#4@Marsh: Yeah, the broadcaster takes an unnecessary shot at Bradley, so Bradley goes looking for him. What a terrible guy.
#14@Geoff Young: re: DSL … here’s some names that the MadFriars drop’d back in Feb …
The most interesting names that I know of – and I don’t claim to know them all – are Pedro Martinez, Juan Herrera, Carlos Montero, Severino Perez, Jhonaton Spraud, Daniel Garce. There are likely more but I am not well versed in all of them just yet.
… and then this from March …
I believe the best player of the bunch has yet to be seen by anyone – Rymer Liriano.
WTH is up with Latos? injury prone or something?
#19@Richard Wade: I’ve been a big Jenga supporter, but I’m not sure what the KC announcer did qualifies as a “shot.” I can understand him going after Winters last year; the guys three feet away and he calls you a piece of crap (edited for filter). What Lefebvre said doesn’t strike me as anything to induce a confrontation; in fact Jenga deciding to go after him basically supports what Lefebvre said, that he doesn’t appear to have gotten a handle on his temper.
Bradley was reportedly taunting the KC fans. Is the home announcer not allowed to comment on that?
#21@Loren: He hurt his oblique and it sounds like he came back too soon. They need to shut him down for much longer this time. Don’t want him altering his delivery around pain.
I’m not fussed about limiting his innings, even if this isn’t the ideal way to do it.
#15@Tom Waits: You think it would take that much to sign Mooneyham? That’s more then Tim Alderson or Michael Main made (the 22nd and 24th picks) and I think they were higher regarded then Mooneyham. His scouting report from Baseball America says that some clubs had him as the top lefthander on the board but that he wasn’t even the best starter on his own high school team and also walked 43 in 46 innings.
The Padres have now signed their top 3 picks. Interestingly, I’m now not so sure that Dykstra was a “signability” pick as he signed for just $100,000 less then the 17th pick (1B David Cooper of Cal by the Blue Jays).
#22@Tom Waits: I’m with you on Milton Bradley. He’s obviously nuts. He belongs in either a mental institution or he is going to end up in prison. It’s just too bad because now fans are going to be on him even more and he’ll be unable to ignore it. At least the inevitable blowup with be entertaining.
#24@Schlom (Mooneyham): It doesn’t matter what Alderson or Main got. What matters is how much money Mooneyham wants. He was considered virtually unsignable by almost every team. Latos, for example, had much less interest in going to college and it still took 1.2 million to land him.
#24@Schlom: (Bradley): I never said he’s nuts. But he wasn’t justified in seeking a confrontation with the announcer. If it was an unfair or derogatory comment, that’s different, public people don’t have to turn the other cheek. But what Lefebvre said hardly warranted Jenga going after him to the point that his manager and GM had to restrain him.