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Minor League Update - May 20th, 2009

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Clicking on any of the player links will take you to www.firstinning.com an excellent site with easy to read advanced statistics for the current season.

AAA - Albuquerque Isotopes:

Blake DeWitt-- Blake has settled down after a torrid start, they have him playing mostly 2nd/3rd and hasn't played SS in 10 games. His wOBA is still sitting at a robust .398 but in the PCL that would not crack the top 10.

Xavier Paul--promoted to the majors in light of Manny's suspension and is providing solid 4th outfield support.

AJ Ellis--A.J. like Martin is still waiting to hit his first home run of the year. His calling card just like Russ has been his plate discipline where he sports a .435 OB% which would place him 5th in the league if had enough PA to qualify.

Jason Repko--on the DL

Chin Lung-Hu--sinking further and further into Juan Castro land. Nothing about his offensive game is working at this point.

Jamie Hoffman--got promoted to AAA when Paul got the call to big show. He's not tearing up the PCL like he did the Souther League but does have a hit in 7 of the 8 games he's played.

Charlie Haeger--Lost in all the Milton/Estes/Weaver AAA veteraness, Charlie has been putting up solid numbers himself. His last four starts have netted 31 innings of good work.

Date Level IP R ER H 2B 3B HR SO BB
May 17 AAA @ Fresno 8.0 2 1 6 2 0 0 6 5
May 12 AAA @ Sacramento 7.0 3 2 8 2 0 1 8 2
May 6 AAA @ Okla. City 5.2 3 3 6 0 0 0 3 5
April 30 AAA vs. Round Rock 9.0 2 1 6 1 0 1 5 2

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AA - Chattanooga Lookouts:

Joshua Bell--wOBA of .377 is good for 13th in the league. Has hit two home runs in the last six games but at a price as his K rate moved up above 20% with 6 K's in his last 17 at bats.

Andrew Lambo--Lambo had collected a few hits in the last couple of games but is still slumping Ethier like in the month of May.

Split Statistics with Chattanooga in 2009
Split PA AB ISOP HR BB% K% BABIP GB% LD% AVG OBP SLG wOBA
April 94 84 .227 3 8.5% 12.8% .348 38% 26% .321 .383 .548 .397
May 75 70 .072 0 5.3% 25.3% .294 54% 22% .214 .253 .286 .231
AWAY 85 74 .108 0 11.8% 16.5% .333 42% 29% .270 .365 .378 .329
HOME 84 80 .200 3 2.4% 20.2% .317 47% 20% .275 .286 .475 .319

Jesus Castillo--The 25 year old Castillo had been struggling this year after putting up decent numbers in 2008. In his last two starts he's showing signs of turning things around. His last game at home was the first good game he's thrown at home as he came into that game with terrible home splits. On the road he's been a terrific pitcher.

AWAY 21.0 82 7.3% 19.5% .250 61% 1.71
HOME 18.1 85 11.8% 9.4% .339 36% 8.84
Date Level IP R ER H 2B 3B HR SO BB
May 17 AA vs. Tennessee 7.0 1 1 2 0 0 1 4 1
May 11 AA @ Huntsville 6.0 1 1 3 1 0 0 6 1

 

Josh Lindblom--His FIP of 2.84 belies his ERA of 4.04. Has pitched in relief his last two outing. One only last 2/3 of an inning as he got toasted. The 2nd and most recent lasted 5 innings and included six K's of shutout ball.

Scott Elbert--Scott is striking out 27% of the batters he's facing and has an excellent K/BB ration of 26/6 over his last four starts.

Francisco Felix--

Tony Abreu--he's playing and hitting

Brent Leach--doing a bang up job in for the Boys in Blue out of the major league bullpen.

Victor Garate- just got back from the DL on May 18 and has made two appearances without giving up a run.

Travis Schlichting--came off the DL on May 5th and has yet to allow a run in six appearances.

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A+ - Inland Empire 66ers Team Statistics

Scott Van Slyke--MLB-Scott Van Slyke--

Eduardo Perez--

Trayvon Robinson--

Pedro Baez--

Steven Caseres--

Steve Johnson--has hit double digit strikeouts in two of his last three starts. Leads the Cal league in strikeout% at 32.4 and is a full 5% points a head of his closest competitor. With two straight games without allowing a home run his home run/air % has dropped to 8%. As you can see from the chart below his improvement in the K rate has been substantial.

Year Age Team BB/PA K/PA BABIP GB% HR/Air FIP BsRA9
2006 19 Rookie Ogden 7.4% 25.5% .364 40% 3% 3.56 4.02
2006 19 AA Jacksonville 11.1% 16.7% .167 33% 0% 3.59 1.12
2007 20 A Great Lakes Loons 10.8% 17.6% .345 34% 1% 3.67 4.61
2007 20 Wint West Oahu 6.4% 21.1% .247 50% 5% 4.19 2.38
2008 21 A Great Lakes Loons 8.4% 19.2% .265 49% 4% 3.61 3.09
2008 21 A+ Inland Empire 8.8% 23.1% .393 31% 8% 5.20 7.14
2009 22 A+ Inland Empire 9.9% 32.4% .309 40% 8% 3.92 3.96

Chris Withrow--Eric did a writeup on his latest starts which was his worse start of the season.

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A - Great Lake Loons Team Statistics

Jaime Pedroza--has slumped a little lately. He had been leading the MWL in wOBA but is now 7th at .403. When they talk about our prospects on the Loons he never gets mentioned.

Dee Gordon-- 23 stolen bases in 177 pa. BA said he might be biggest breakout player of the summer so far. Starting to have his offensive game compared to Jose Reyes but the defense is still very raw at SS. He might need to move to CF like BJ Upton if his offensive game is ready before his defensive game. Slash n dash is his game.

Kyle Russell--Mash is the game for Russell. Below is how he's stacking up against the wOBA leaderboard for the MWL.

Name Age Pos Team PA K% BB% ISOP BABIP LD% HR/Air AVG OBP SLG wOBA
Nicholas Francis 23 RF Burlington 140 21.4% 11.4% .268 .384 14% 14.3% .325 .407 .593 .426
Anthony Delmonico 2B Great Lakes Loons 169 20.7% 13.6% .178 .422 18% 6.7% .333 .438 .511 .417
Josh Vitters 3B Peoria 144 13.9% 2.1% .221 .385 10% 10.6% .360 .389 .581 .414
Kyle Russell RF Great Lakes Loons 159 26.4% 10.1% .298 .371 14% 14.9% .305 .377 .603 .412

 

Tony Delmonico--You can see Delmonico above and what he's doing. The conversion to catcher is going slow. He's only catching about once every three games.

Austin Gallagher--

Alfredo Silverio--

Ethan Martin--

Michael Redding--

Justin Miller--

Nathan Eovaldi--

Javy Guerra--

Robert Boothe--