minor lines, 6/22/07

AAA: Fresno lost to Portland 5-3

Fresno: 2B William Bergolla: 2 for 4, HBP, 2 SB
Fresno: RF Justin Leone: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SB
Fresno: C Elio Sarmiento: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, PB

Fresno: RHP Sun-Woo Kim: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 Er, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR--1 HB
Fresno: LHP Erick Threets: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Fresno: LHP Patrick Misch: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Dan Giese: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Hitting 8 for 18 in the four-game series versus Portland, the 24-year-old Bergolla raised his AVG to .299.  Another solid game for Leone.  He raised his team-leading SB total to 14.  Sarmiento, who surprisingly to me remains the backup catcher in Fresno despite having no experience above the AZL before this year, had a nice game in his second start.

Kim still has an ERA above 6.50.  Threets, Misch and Giese combined for 2.2 perfect IP.  Has Threets become perhaps the best relief prospect in Fresno?  As a reliever, he has 7 H, 11 BB and 17 K in 17.1 IP with a 1.04 ERA.  That compares quite favorably to Misch's 2.15 ERA and Giese's 1.76 ERA.

AA: Connecticut defeated New Britain 8-7

Connecticut: 2B Eugenio Velez: 2 for 5, 2 3B, 2 SO
Connecticut: CF Trey Webb: 2 for 4, 2B, SF
Connecticut: RF John Bowker: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, CS
Connecticut: SS Jake Wald: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO
New Britain: SS Trevor Plouffe: 2 for 5, 2B, E

Connecticut: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR--1 HB
Connecticut: RHP Taylor Wilding: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Osiris Matos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

After breaking the SAL record with 20 triples last year, perhaps Velez is on his way to setting another league record for triples.  He already has 6 triples in 31 games, but missing more than a month this season sets him back a fair amount.  Webb raised his AVG to .219.  Bowker connected for his team-leading 20th double.  Wald connected for is 4th HR.  The Twins' Plouffe continues to have his best minor league season, hitting .279/.324/.430.

Broshuis saw his ERA rise to 3.49.  His K/IP fell even further below 0.50 as he has 35 K in 80.0 IP.  In his debut in the upper minors, Wilding was credited with a blown save for allowing a run in the 8th inning.  With a perfect 9th inning, Matos picked up his 2nd save.  Wilding is about two and a half months younger than Matos.

A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 11-6

San Jose: CF Antoan Richardson: 1 for 5, HR, 2 SO
San Jose: LF Benj Copeland: 4 for 5, 2 HR, 2B, SB
San Jose: C Pablo Sandoval: 5 for 5, HR, 2 2B, CS

San Jose: RHP Ronnie Ray: 5.0+ IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Kelvin Pichardo: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
San jose: RHP Sergio Romo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Two hitters had particularly big nights for the little Giants, and there was nothing little about their lines, except for the number of outs.  Sandoval improved his season line to .270/.277/.476.  Although he led the NWL in RBIs in 2005, there were questions whether he would hit for enough power (then as a third baseman).  He seems to be answering those questions now with 22 XBH and 7 HR among his 50 H and 185 AB.  The blemish in his line is that he has just 3 BB.  Copeland improved his line to .322/.424/.490.  With 2 HRs, he doubled his season total.  There still remains some question about his power as he has 14 XBH (4 HR) among 48 H and 149 AB.  There is far less question about his ability to control the strike zone as he has 26 BB and 26 SO.  FWIW, he does have a huge platoon split so far this year, as he is hitting just .222/.267/.222 in 27 AB vs LHP.  Richardson joined in the long ball fun connecting for his 1st HR on a fly ball to right field.  He had 2 HRs last year.

Ray pitched well through five inning, not allowing a run.  Then in the 6th inning, he allowed doubles to the first three batters he faced and then a homer to the final batter he faced.  This raised his ERA to 5.26.  Pichardo and Romo were dominant in relief, striking out 6 of the 7 batters they faced.  Romo has a 1.12 K/IP ratio, but that is not nearly as impressive as Pichardo's 1.59 K/IP ratio.

A-: Augusta defeated Greensboro 11-7 (11 innings)
(score tied 5-5 after 9 innings)

Augusta: SS Emmanuel Burriss: 5 for 6, 2 E
Augusta: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 6, 2 2B
Augusta: CF Michael McBryde: 3 for 6, HR, 2B, SB, 2 SO

Augusta: RHP Adam Cowart: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Augusta: RHP Ryan Shaver: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Augusta: RHP Juan Trinidad: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR--1 HB, 1 BK

Burriss raised his AVG to .339.  He now has 6 errors since his demotion.  Pill raised his organization-leading doubles total to 26.  McBryde had one of his best games of the season, including a grand slam HR in the top of the 11th inning.  He entered yesterday hitting .255/.294/.320.  He now has 54 H and 47 SO among his 206 AB.  Reportedly an even faster runner than Burriss, he has an 11/6 SB/CS line.  

Is Cowart becoming less deceptive and less effective as SAL Southern Division hitters become more accustomed to facing him?  His ERA rose to 2.18 as he had less than a so-called quality start.  However, perhaps that is a bit deceiving in this case since Shaver allowed both runners he inherited from Cowart to score when he allowed a double to the first batter he faced.  Shaver's ERA rose to 2.76 when he allowed a couple more runs in the next inning.  Trinidad wasn't at his best, but the all-star closer lowered his ERA to 1.31 and was credited with his first decision (a win) of the year.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Boise 8-0

Salem-Keizer: CF Bruce Edwards: 2 for 4, BB
Salem-Keizer: LF Garrett Baker: 3 for 4, 3B, 2B, BB
Salem-Keizer: C Jackson Williams: 2 for 4
Salem-Keizer: SS Sharlon Schoop: 2 for 3, 2B, BB

Salem-Keizer: RHP T.J. Brewer: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Salem-Keizer: RHP Steven Edlefsen: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Salem-Keizer: RHP Eric Stolp: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Edwards, the 15th round pick earlier this month, and Baker, signed as a fifth-year senior free agent this spring, raised their respective AVGs to .333 and .400.  Williams, the Giants second of three first round supplemental selections, got his first pro hits in his second pro game.  Schoop is off to strong start with the Volcanoes, hitting 5 for 14 with 2 BB.

Brewer and Edlefsen, the 16th and 35th round picks earlier this month, made their pro debuts.  Stolp, the 14th round pick a year ago, made his 2007 season debut.  The three hurlers combined for the Volcanoes first shutout of the season.

R: Giants defeated A's 13-2

Scottsdale: SS Nick Noonan: 1 for 2, 3B, BB, HBP, E
Scottsdale: SS Charlie Culberson: 1 for 3, 3B
Scottsdale: CF Dom Duggan: 2 for 4, 2 2B, 2 BB, SB
Scottsdale: 3B Angel Villalona: 2 for 6, 2B, E
Scottsdale: LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 2 for 3, BB, SO
Scottsdale: DH Thomas Neal: 1 for 4, 2 BB

Scottsdale: RHP Wilber Bucardo: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Scottsdale: RHP Mike Musgrave: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Scottsdale: RHP Craig Whitaker: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Scottsdale: LHP Josue Gomez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

I'm listing a lot more lines than I normally would for a complex league, but it was opening day and there also appeared to be several players appearing on rehab assignments.  Noonan, the 32nd overall pick earlier this month, made his pro debut.  He was replaced by fellow supplemental first rounder Culberson.  Duggan, the 32nd round pick earlier this month, had an impressive pro debut, although as a college player, his stats should be viewed with a few grains of salt at this level of play.  Villalona made his long-awaited pro debut.  EME, on a rehab assignment in the desert, appeared in a game for the first time since May 27.  Neal, who received a fairly large signing bonus ($220,000) as a draft-and-follow last spring, played in his first game this year.  His 2007 debut was delayed following off-season shoulder surgery.

The 19-year-old Bucardo made his U.S. debut.  He pitched very well in the Dominican Summer League a year ago.  Musgrave, the 7th round pick in 2002, appeared in his first game since having Tommy John surgery a year ago.  Whitaker, a supplemental 1st round pick in 2003, appeared in his first game since July 4th last summer.  Gomez appeared in his first game in over a year ago.  He pitched well in the AZL in 2005 but missed the entire 2006 season.

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