minor lines, 9/11/08

AAA: Fresno completed its season on September 1st

AA: Connecticut completed its season on September 1st

A+: San Jose lost in the divisional championship series on September 10th

A-: Augusta defeated West Virginia 4-3
(sweeping the SAL best-of-five championship series)

Augusta: CF Shane Jordan: 1 for 4, BB
Augusta: 2B Nick Noonan: 2 for 5
Augusta: 1B Angel Villalona: 0 for 4, 3 SO, E
Augusta: DH Thomas Neal: 0 for 2, 2 BB
Augusta: 3B Andrew Davis: 1 for 3, BB, SO
West Virginia: 3 for 4, 3B, SO
West Virginia: 1 for 4, HR, GiDP

Augusta: LHP Scott Barnes: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 HR, 2 PO
Augusta: RHP David Mixo: 1.0 IP
Augusta: LHP Andy De La Garza: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K

Noonan had two of the GreenJackets' five hits, including a two-out, two-RBI single in the 4th inning, as the first batter facing the second of three Power relievers.  Noonan had a post-season AVG of .333, easily the best on the team (next best were .250 and .222).  Jordan, Neal and Davis also reached base twice, although all of them finished with post-season AVGs well below the Mendoza line (.167, .143 and .154).  Villalona suffered the oh-fer with the hat trick but still finished the post-season with an AVG above .200.  For the Brewers' affiliate, Wilson, a 28th round draft pick a year ago out of Harvard, had three hits, while the young Gindl connected for his only post-season HR.  They were among five Power hitters in last night's lineup who finished their post-season with AVGs above .300.

On his 21st birthday, Barnes won his second post-season start.  The three walks was a season high for him, but two of those walks went to the Power's leadoff hitter, whom Barnes picked off both times.  The homer was the first he had allowed as a pro (43.2 IP during the regular season).  Mixon pitched a perfect 7th inning.  De La Garza allowed a run after a triple to lead off the 9th inning, but the tying run never reached base as he had his 3rd post-season save.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost the NWL championship series on September 7th

R: Giants won NWL championship game on August 31st

DSL: Giants lost DSL championship series on September 5th

Below is a list of the pitchers who had at least 55.0 IP with a full-season affiliate this year.  There were 41 such pitchers, with one (Snyder) reaching 55.0 IP for two different affiliates.

Fresno (11):
4.18 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 143 K in 142.0 IP (26/25 G/GS) by Matt Palmer
6.38 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 107 K in 139.2 IP (29/27 G/GS) by Victor Santos
4.83 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 69 K in 132.1 IP (21/21 G/GS) by Brad Hennessey
5.70 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 86 K in 101.0 IP (19/19 G/GS) by Nick Pereira
5.38 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 56 K in 87.0 IP (20/13 G/GS) by Pat Misch
4.80 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 72 K in 80.2 IP (31/11 G/GS) by Ryan Sadowski
6.08 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 54 K in 66.2 IP (13/12 G/GS) by Steve Hammond
3.39 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 46 K in 66.1 IP (37/4 G/GS) by Erick Threets
3.96 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 46 K in 63.2 IP (41/0 G/GS) by Randy Messenger
5.69 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 39 K in 61.2 IP (25/6 G/GS) by Julio Mateo
2.66 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 48 K in 61.0 IP (38/0 G/GS) by Geno Espineli

Connecticut (12):
3.78 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 99 K in 157.0 IP (28/28 G/GS) by Garrett Broshuis
2.49 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 112 K in 148.0 IP (27/27 G/GS) by Joseph Martinez
3.76 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 73 K in 138.2 IP (32/23 G/GS) by Adam Cowart
4.57 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 74 K in 124.0 IP (28/22 G/GS) by Dave McKae
3.10 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 47 K in 72.2 IP (46/0 G/GS) by Ronnie Ray
1.37 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 74 K in 65.2 IP (43/0 G/GS) by Justin Hedrick
3.38 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 70 K in 64.0 IP (44/0 G/GS) by Jason Waddell
5.98 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 44 K in 61.2 IP (13/12 G/GS) by Ben Snyder
2.48 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 62 K in 61.2 IP (46/0 G/GS) by Kelvin Pichardo
1.84 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 22 K in 58.2 IP (18/8 G/GS) by Brooks McNiven
2.64 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 28 K in 58.0 IP (17/10 G/GS) by Nate Bump
4.58 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 45 K in 57.0 IP (19/8 G/GS) by Paul Oseguera

San Jose (11):
2.79 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 124 K in 145.1 IP (26/26 G/GS) by Tim Alderson
3.19 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 135 K in 135.1 IP (26/26 G/GS) by Jesse English
3.02 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 102 K in 125.1 IP (24/24 G/GS) by Kevin Pucetas
3.69 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 84 K in 117.0 IP (24/24 G/GS) by Clayton Tanner
2.00 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 73 K in 85.2 IP (15/14 G/GS) by Ben Snyder
3.36 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 77 K in 77.2 IP (40/0 G/GS) by Steve Edlefsen
3.39 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 74 K in 71.2 IP (46/0 G/GS) by Taylor Wilding
3.28 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 51 K in 60.1 IP (33/0 G/GS) by Dan Griffin
1.53 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 49 K in 59.0 IP (43/0 G/GS) by Juan Trinidad
4.88 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 59 K in 59.0 IP (42/0 G/GS) by Craig Whitaker
4.31 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 58 K in 56.1 IP (12/12 G/GS) by Henry Sosa

Augusta (8):
1.46 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 164 K in 141.2 IP (24/24 G/GS) by Madison Bumgarner
3.77 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 95 K in 136.0 IP (24/22 G/GS) by Oliver Odle
3.51 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 111 K in 115.1 IP (23/21 G/GS) by Craig Clark
2.95 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 72 K in 113.0 IP (23/21 G/GS) by T.J. Brewer
1.55 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 92 K in 104.2 IP (21/13 G/GS) by Daryl Maday
3.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 79 K in 78.1 IP (53/0 G/GS) by Andrew De La Garza
2.93 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 45 K in 67.2 IP (13/12 G/GS) by Chance Corgan
3.45 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 48 K in 62.2 IP (40/0 G/GS) by Daniel Turpen

a) Would the ERA suggest that Threets is still one of the top three pitching prospects on Fresno's roster?
b) How tough is it to distinguish among Palmer, Hennessey, Pereira and Misch as prospects (although they don't actually all qualify as prospects)?
c) Very solid seasons by Joe Martinez and Justin Hedrick, as well as Ray in the second half.
d) How do Broshuis and Cowart compare as prospects?
e) A great year for the San Jose rotation, led by Alderson.  They were even better than the bullpen for the most part.
f) How do English and Pucetas compare as prospects?
g) Very nice ERAs in Augusta, and they in fact led all minor league baseball in ERA.
h) How do Clark, Brewer, Maday and Corgan compare as prospects?
i) The only pitchers with a K/IP above 1.00 (min 55 IP) were Palmer, Hedrick, Wilding, Bumgarner and three others who barely eclipsed the mark--Waddell, Sosa and De La Garza. 
j) Hedrick, Bumgarner and De La Garza were also the only three pitchers with a WHIP below 1.00 (min 55 IP).  (McNiven and Maday both have WHIPs above 1.00 when you include their stints with all affiliates this year.)

Thanks to everyone for their kind comments.  It was another long season.  Thanks to Baron and Brute for filling in this year a few times.  That really helped to give me a break a few times.  Maybe we'll pick this back up with fall/winter lines from Arizona and Hawaii, although I know that was only a partial success last year.

I probably owe an updated version of my Future Forty list, but I haven't given that too much thought yet.  I don't yet see a lot of changes from my previous edition, although Posey moves in and Schierholtz no longer qualifies.  There are quite a few pitchers, who absent any recent scouting report, I could see them being listed anywhere from #25 to #50 very easily.

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