Right-hander Mark Prior is scheduled to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. Bummer, but given his injury history, this was a likely outcome. Here’s hoping he can find health and resume his career at some point.
With the amateur draft looming, I’m thinking back to when the Twins took Joe Mauer #1 overall in 2001. Remember the fuss made because they snagged him ahead of Prior that year? Sometimes the “signability” pick turns out to be the better pick. Not always, of course, or even most of the time, but sometimes…
Triple-A — Portland 8, Las Vegas 4
Will Venable (CF): 0-for-5
Chase Headley (3B): 1-for-5, HR
Brian Myrow: 1-for-4, 2B
Chip Ambres (CF): 2-for-3, HR, BB
Vince Sinisi (LF): 1-for-4, BB
Nick Hundley: 2-for-4, HR
Matt Antonelli: 0-for-2, BB
Craig Stansberry: 1-for-1, HR, HBP
Wade LeBlanc: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 8 SO, HBP
Paul Abraham: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 1 SO, HBP
Adam Bass: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO
Joe Thatcher: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 1 SO, HBP
Good to see LeBlanc finally arrive at the party…
More coverage at the Portland Oregonian.
San Antonio @ Arkansas, postponed.
High-A — Lake Elsinore 10, Inland Empire 5
Javis Diaz: 3-for-4, HR, SF
Cedric Hunter: 0-for-4, BB, E
Eric Sogard: 3-for-4, HR, SB
Kellen Kulbacki: 1-for-4, HR
Ernesto Frieri: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO
Storm pitchers finished with zero walks and zero strikeouts. That’s hard to do.
Low-A — Fort Wayne 4,
Lance Zawadzki (SS): 1-for-5, SB
Felix Carrasco (DH): 1-for-4, BB
Justin Baum: 1-for-4, 2B, BB
Yefri Carvajal: 0-for-4
Shane Buschini: 1-for-4
Robert Woodard: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 4 SO, WP
Carrasco has fanned 62 times in 175 plate appearances this year. That’s a spiffy 35.4%. Russell Branyan is at 34.9% for his career, in case you’re wondering.
No real news on the Mat Latos front…
Draft Watch: Ike Davis
- Baseball America (sub), 30
- Brewerfan.net, n/a
- PG Crosschecker, 23
- John Sickels, 18
Davis, the son of former big-league reliever Ron Davis, draws praise for his raw power and defensive abilities. Primarily a first baseman in college, Davis is viewed as a potential right fielder because of his overall athleticism and a strong arm.
- Bio and stats (Arizona State U. web site)
- Scouting report with video (MiLB.com)
still reading your blog. Have to say that I really like your writings concerning the draft. It’s nice to get some “insight” to this whole proces because it’s something I’m not familiar with. Here in Europe we don’t have anything even remotely like it.
Anyways is it possible you also put the Cashner link in the Ike Davis post? I’m not trying to be a wisenose or anything just thought I’d mention it.
#1@Arne: Ah, good catch. I’ve fixed the link — thanks so much!
Reason for encouragement ? Last year the Beavers were not really competitive. The Portland Beavers, having been red hot for about 1 month, are 29-26 and in 2nd place.
Overall, Josh Geer has done reasonably well in a hitters league and newly returned Vince Sinisi is making his presence felt.
Seems worth reposting the link to DePo’s blog …
Nothing new since Friday’s post about the draft …
We need to keep a watch on the next time Antonelli actually hits a ball
I like Ike … seems very unlikely he’s available at #23 … if he’s available and the Padres pass, I’ll be bum’d …
Here’s “Padres draft primer: Best Player Available” from MadFriars …
#3@JP: .333/.375 isn’t exactly a positive “presence” from a right fielder. It’s only been 18 PA, though, so it’s not like that matters.