May
31

Z-Mac debuts for Tampa

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Mike Ashmore sat down for an interview with Mark Melancon. Don’t miss it.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 win over Rochester in 10 innings) you may have heard of the opposing pitcher
Brett Gardner & Ben Broussard: both 0 for 4 – Gardner K’ed … Broussard was hit by a pitch
Alberto Gonzalez, Jason LAne & Justin Christian: all 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – Gonzalez drew  walk & was caught stealing … Lane hit a 2-run, go ahead homer in the 10th & walked
Nick Green, Eric Duncan & Chris Stewart: all 2 for 4 – Green doubled, scored a run & K’ed … Duncan drove in a run … Stewart doubled
Jeff Karstens: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3-6 GB/FB – pulled after 4 IP and only 66 pitches … the thought was that he was coming up for long relief duty, but nope, Chad Jennings says he hurt his groin
Heath Phillips: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 6-4 GB/FB
David Robertson: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 2-0 GB/FB – 47 K in 34.2 IP

Double-A Trenton (13-3 beatdown of New Britain)
Ramiro Pena: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Austin Jackson & Jose Tabata: both 2 for 6, 2 R, 2 K - Ajax drove in a run
Colin Curtis: 3 for 6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 6, 1 RBI, 1 K - what, no doubles?
Kevin Russo: 2 for 6, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Pj Pilittere & Chris Malec: both 4 for 5 – PJ scored two run & drove in two others … Malec doubled, drove in three runs & scored one of his own
Reegie Corona: 2 for 5, 1 R
Phil Coke: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-3 GB/FB – came out after a lenghty rain delay
Mark Melancon: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 8-1 GB/FB – 24-7 GB/FB with Trenton
Anthony Claggett: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa (8-6 loss to Fort Myers)
Luis Nunez: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K
James Cooper: 2 for 5, 1 RBI
Kyle Anson: 0 for 5, 1 K
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) – dropped to 6th in the lineup
Josue Calzado: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI – raised his SLG to .304
Kevin Smith: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Zach McAllister: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 3-5 GB/FB – the walk was intentional … respectable High-A debut for the 20 year old
Wilkins Arias: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 17 K in 14 IP

Low-A Charleston (2-0 win over Hickory)
Abe Almonte & Brandon Laird: both 0 for 4 – Almonte stole a base
Justin Snyder: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Jesus Montero, Brian Baisley, Carmen Angelini & David Williams: all 0 for 3 – Baisley scored a run & K’ed … Angelini K’ed once, Williams twice
Austin Romine: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B – 6 for 33 since coming off the DL
Austin Krum: 1 for 3, 2 RBI
Adam Olbrchowski: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-7 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 6-0 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 27-4 K/BB ratio in 25.1 IP

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • Miles Roche

    When do you think Whelan moves up a level?
    He’s been really dominant for some time now. . .

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Hopefully they move him up soon. Problem is there’s no room for him, unless they release Bo Hall, or demote Eric Wordekemper or something like that.

      • http://www.overheardinnewyork.com NC Saint

        or get rid of Hawkins and/or Veras and start the promotion train that way.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        You can’t release the only Daytonan in the system. It would be a crushing defeat to the entire town.

  • A.D.

    Too bad Karstens hurt himself again, but it does mean someone who has performed in AAA will get their long relief shot

  • A.D.

    Melancon has turned into Trenton’s version of Ohlendorf

    • Miles Roche

      Meaning what, Long Relief?

      • A.D.

        It was just a joke

    • Chris

      I think he could be the surprise call up as a long reliever on Tuesday.

      • CB

        He’s not getting the long relief stints to turn him into a long reliever. They’re doing it to rebuild his arm strength. He needs innings. This pattern of usage is strictly part of his rehab. They’re pushing him to see if he can come up to help the pen this year. He’s still a short man.

  • Nefarious jackson

    big papi hurt, things starting to go sour for sox— i believe C Garcia pitches tomorrow and according to mr horne alan will be pitching tomorrow as well–looking forward to both

  • CB

    What a line for Robertson tonight. 2.1 innings and 6 K’s! Perhaps even better no walks. The walks have been his problem in AAA.

    It’s also good to see them giving Melancon so many innings. They are really trying to build his arm strength as quickly as possible. And he’s responding to the work load. Looks like we are going to see him in the majors at some point this season as long as his arm stays healthy.

  • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

    I think I missed this awhile ago, but does anyone know what the expected timetable is for Cervelli’s return? I haven’t heard a word about him since he got hurt in Spring Training.

  • huuz

    regarding the first post, whelan is a live arm, but he still walks the park.

    he’s got 7BB in 12 IP so, and this is only hi A. we’ll see him promoted when he gets the walks down.

  • Geno

    Really, how much longer does the big club continue to believe they’re better off with Hawkins over someone like Cox or Robertson.

    Hopefully we’ll see a bullpen of Mariano, Edwar, Cox, Robertson, Melancon, Britton and Veras soon. That would have the potential to be a stellar pen. End this ridiculous notion that Farnsworth, Hawkins & Ohlendorf are better than their potential replacements.

    Mariano, Edwar, Britton & Veras have done well, but the pen has the potential to be dominant once we make a few promotions.

    There must be some team out there (somewhere?) who would trade for Farnsworth and Ohlendorf. Maybe a Kennedy, Cabrera, Ohlendorf, Tabata & Farnsworth trade for Lincecum? Lincecum would take Kennedy’s rotation spot, Gardner would play center, Robertson & Cox would be promoted to fill the pen. Abe Almonte or Ajax would put an all-star in center within 2 years. The top of our rotation would be sick, Wang, Joba, Lincecum, Hughes.

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