minor lines, 5/18/07

AAA: Fresno lost to Salt Lake 12-5

Fresno: 2B Luis Figueroa: 3 for 4, HBP, CS
Fresno: LF Justin Leone: 3 for 4, HR, 3B
Fresno: SS Ivan Ochoa: 0 for 4, GiDP, 3 E
Salt Lake: 2B Howie Kendrick: 1 for 5, HR, 2 SO
Salt Lake: SS Brandon Wood: 1 for 5, HR, SO
Salt Lake: C Jeff Mathis: 2 for 3, 2B, BB

Fresno: RHP Matt Palmer: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR
Fresno: RHP Carlos Hines: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Patrick Misch: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Fresno: LHP Erick Threets: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Brian Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Figueroa raised his AVG to .333, while felow middle infielder Ochoa may have his worst game of the year.  Three fielding errors?  Leone hit his 7th HR and improved his season line to .271/.385/.534.  He's hit .382 over his last ten games with 7 of his 13 hits going for extra bases.  The rehabbing Kendrick went deep in the 2nd inning for a HR, but is hitting just 2 for 11 otherwise on his rehab.  Top Angels prospect Wood hit his 5th HR.  Mathis, who a couple years ago looked like the Angels' future starting catcher, had a good game last night but is hitting just .260/.303/.366 in 131 AB on the year.

Palmer had his worst start ... well, in perhaps his entire pro career.  I don't recall a start for him like this before.  Plus, he's worked in relief a fair amount of his pro career.  He threw 56 pitches (34 strikes) in two innings as his ERA rose to 4.59.  Hines made his first appearance of the year.  I didn't realize he was such a groundball pitcher.  His GO/FO line was 8/0 last night.  He had a 2.21 GO/AO ratio last year.  Amidst the offensive onslaught, Misch and Wilson briefly stemmed the tide as they lowered their respective ERAs to 2.16 and 3.18.  Threets seems in better control out of the bullpen as he threw 22 of 35 pitches for strikes.  He retired the first four batters he faced.  The fifth batter he singled, but he picked him off, only to have him safe on the first baseman's throwing error.  A couple Ochoa errors and a passed ball later, and three unearned runs had scored.

AA: Connecticut defeated New Britain 2-1

Connecticut: LF Carlos Sosa: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO, E
Connecticut: C Stephen Holm: 2 for 4, 2B, SO

Connecticut: RHP Darren Sack: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Osiris Matos: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Brian Anderson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
New Britain: RHP Kyle Waldrop: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

My recollection is that Sosa can be a bit streaky.  He's hit .357 over his last ten games (seven starts) with 5 of his 10 hits going for extra bases.  Hitting .325/.413/.500 in May has improved his season line to .284/.348/.383.  Holm is off to a slow start in limited playing time this year (52 AB).  I think this may be his first multi-hit game of the season.

An effective start lowered Sack's ERA to 5.85 after he had allowed 13 of his 21 ER in his previous two starts.  His K/BB remains unimpressive with 17 BB and 22 K in 32.1 IP.  Matos lowered his ERA to 2.00 while getting his first hold.  Anderson collected his 7th save.  Waldrop, the Twins 25th round pick in 2004 out of high school, had a successful double-A debut.  His GO/FO line was 16/3, after he had 2.38 GO/AO ratio  with a 2.86 ERA in eight Florida State League starts this spring.

A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 8-6 (10 innings)

San Jose: RF Michael Mooney: 2 for 5, HR, SO
San Jose: 3B David Maroul: 1 for 4, HR, BB, IBB
San Jose: 1B William Thompson: 2 for 4, BB, 2 SO

San Jose: RHP Dave McKae: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
San Jose: LHP David Quinowski: 0.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Sergio Romo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Taylor Wilding: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Wayne Foltin: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Nothing like a trip to High Desert to help a slumping offense.  Mooney hit his 2nd HR of the year, while Maroul hit his 6th HR.  He also drew a rare walk, albeit intentional, as he has a line reminiscent of Marquis Grissom with 6 HR and 7 BB among 131 AB.  His line is now .237/.282/.481 with over half his hits for extra bases.  Thompson raised his AVG above the Mendoza line.

McKae had his sinker working last night as his GO/FO line was 15/1, and improving his GO/AO ratio to 2.35.  He has now allowed 2 ER or less in all nine of his starts, giving him a 1.84 ERA for the season.  A rough night for the bullpen as Quinowski failed to retire either batter he faced.  Romo and Wilding both were credited with blown saves before Foltin received his 5th save of the season.  Wilding allowed just his 3rd ER of the year to raise his ERA to 0.85.

A-: Augusta defeated Hickory 5-4

Augusta: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 SO, E
Augusta: 1B Matthew Weston: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 SO

Augusta: RHP Kevin Pucetas: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR--1 HB
Augusta: RHP Ryan Shaver: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Augusta: LHP Steven Calicutt: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR--1 HB
Augusta: LHP Jared Cranston: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR--1 WP
Augusta: RHP Juan Trinidad: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Rohlinger and Weston raised their respective AVGs to .213 and .297.  Despite last night's game, Rohlinger shows few signs of heating up offensively as his AVG is lower in May than in April.  By contrast, Weston has hit .339 in May after hitting just .266 in April.

I wondered after seeing Sosa and Clayton start different games earlier this week, but it appears that the tandem system in Augusta may be over.  The team appears to be moving towards the more typical five-man rotation.  Pucetas improved his ERA to 1.13 and his W-L record to 5-0.  He also improved his K/BB to 7.00 with 28 K and 4 BB in 40.0 IP.  Under the old tandem system, Shaver might have been allowed to get the three inning save after he pitched two perfect innings.  Calicutt was ejected after facing three batters, and Cranston failed to retire either batter he faced.  That set up the opportunity for Trinidad to record his 7th save.  Retiring only two of four batters he faced, he did allow his only inherited runner to score, but he also maintained his spotless 0.00 ERA.

And since it is Saturday morning, a little extra today.  Here are the 40 pitchers with the most IP, ranked by K/BB ratio.  (Note: This includes a player's stats with only one affiliate.)  

K/BB    IP     K    BB     Team    Player
16.00  25.2    16      1    CT      Chris Begg
7.00    40.0    28      4    Aug    Kevin Pucetas
6.33    22.0    19      3    Fre    Dan Giese
5.83    42.1    35      6    SJ      Paul Oseguera
5.38    38.0    43      8    Aug    Benjamin Snyder
4.88    31.2    39      8    SJ      Taylor Wilding
4.71    19.2    33      7    SJ      Kelvin Pichardo
4.50    33.1    36      8    Fre    Patrick Misch
4.33    26.2    26      6    CT      Eugene Espineli
4.18    31.0    46    11    Fre    Tim Lincecum
3.71    45.1    26      7    Aug    Adam Cowart
3.71    32.1    26      7    Aug    Daniel Griffin
3.50    53.2    49    14    SJ      Dave McKae
3.33    48.1    30      9    Fre    Matt Kinney
3.25    18.2    13      4    Aug    Ryan Shaver
3.06    53.0    52    17    SJ      Joseph Martinez
3.00    28.0    18      6    Aug    Robert Grace
3.00    18.2    15      5    Fre    Scott Atchison
2.92    37.2    35    12    Aug    Henry Sosa
2.88    20.2    23      8    CT      Justin Hedrick
2.78    20.0    25      9    CT      Alexander Hinshaw
2.70    21.1    27    10    SJ      David Quinowski
2.50    34.2    30    12    Aug    Clayton Tanner
2.50    22.1    15      6    Aug    Paul Lussier
2.40    16.2    24    10    Fre    Billy Sadler
2.13    49.0    34    16    Fre    Matt Palmer
1.88    16.0    15      8    CT      Brian Anderson
1.85    35.0    24    13    CT      Ben Cox
1.83    37.0    22    12    CT      Garrett Broshuis
1.82    43.2    31    17    Fre    Travis Blackley
1.75    33.0    21    12    Aug    Steven Calicutt
1.67    39.1    30    18    SJ      Ronnie Ray
1.67    21.0    10      6    CT      Brooks McNiven
1.50    32.1    24    16    SJ      Gregorio Martinez
1.50    18.0    12      8    CT    Osiris Matos
1.37    23.1    26    19    SJ      Yosandy Ibanez
1.29    32.1    22    17    CT      Darren Sack
1.25    37.2    25    20    CT      Nick Pereira
0.60    22.2      6    10    Fre    Brian Bowles
0.40    20.0      2      5    Fre    Scott Munter

a) Another sign of how well Dan Giese has pitched in relief for Fresno.
b) Tim Lincecum's ratio is inspite of his walks.  He got that many strikeouts.
c) Wow, I would not have expected Adam Cowart and Daniel Griffin to have the same K and BB numbers.
d) I didn't realize Joseph Martinez had walked so many hitters.
e) Given his previous control problems, Alexander Hinshaw ranking ahead of several other notable relief prospects is quite notable.
f) Given his reputation, Brian Anderson being towards the bottom of this list is particularly surprising.
g) Brooks McNiven doesn't walk many, but he is still low because he strikes out so few.
h) A year ago Osiris Matos would have been at the top of the list.  This year he's at the bottom.
i) How about Nick Pereira being at the bottom after his San Jose stats last year?  What a difference.
j) No surprise that Scott Munter is at the very bottom, but his strikeout rate as gotten extremely low.

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