Weather is heating up, and even in the Eastern League, folks are hitting at normal levels. Good time for this system to advance its good hitters. If they flop–can always demote again and try next year.
At the same time, you got to prune eventually. Who to release at the minor league level (yes, Aurilia is another question)?
At Fresno–Timpner’s 659 OPS is near the bottom of the league for starting players. It’s his 3rd year at this level, and there has never been power, just some line drives, no base stealing, decent defense. I can’t see a future. Horwitz is already "on reserve" and hasn’t played since May 29, could be let go or traded too. I love the Hebrew Hammer, but he’s OPSing 784 in the PCL, which is barely above average there.
Meanwhile Eddy Martinez-Estevez has led Conn. in hitting most of the year until Pill’s recent surge, and if we are paying Eddy a minor league salary, why not advance him and see what he does in the PCL? And Neal is dominating the Cal League, OPS is 1008.
So for outfield–Fresno should have Bowker and EME starting with Copeland, Velez, and Borchard in the mix and Dhing. Conn. would get Neal, Felmy, and McBryde starting, backed up by Mooney and my man Antoan R., both getting their last look. Roger Kliesh doesn’t get promoted yet–he’s recently 6 for 41.
San Jose will still be OK with Graham, Kliesh, plus Darren Ford and Jordan, they could also bring up Mazzola or Woodbury from Augusta.
Infield and Posey promotions are less clear--but I won't complain if Buster rejoins MadBum and Tim A in Conn.
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