A couple KLaw links to start off the DFR:
- Keith breaks down the differences and nuances between major league and minor league deals.
- He also has some reports for draftniks on the recent Under Armour game.
Acquired from San Diego for what turned out to be a month’s worth of Jim Edmonds, Freese was a ninth-round pick in 2006 who was coming off of a solid .302/.400/.489 line at High-A. Scouts had consistently high praise for his bat, but at the same time they wondered what a 24-year-old was doing in the California League, and what that kind of production really proved.
I’ll admit to not getting David Freese. I didn’t see a major league swing while I was in Memphis. He’s hitting for power, average, taking walks . . . and I’m just not on the bandwagon. I wish I had some elaborate, well thought out reason but his numbers look really good especially for a) hitting in a severe pitcher’s park and b) skipping AA. Maybe I need to watch more video.
What am I missing?
- Brendan Ryan goes 2-for-4 with a walk.
- Tyler Greene was 1-for-4 with a walk.
- David Freese was 1-for-4 with a walk. He hit his 24th HR of the season in the top of the 10th to give the Redbirds the lead.
- Blake Hawksworth struck out 6 over 6 innings allowing 4 ER. I saw him on Friday when in Memphis (he came in after Wainwright) and he had a decent curveball but his stuff was mediocre. I’ll have a post up later this afternoon [ed: tomorrow -- hooray for interviews] with some impressions on other pitchers.
- Matthew Scherer was pulled after retiring just 1 batter as the Flores brothers and Kelvin Jimenez combined to close out the last 3.2 innings of the game. It wasn’t pretty but they got the job done.
- Daryl Jones was 2-for-4 with a HR. Is Jones now the best position prospect in the system outside of Rasmus? He’s certainly allows for the most projection. Jon Jay strikes me as a safer bet but I’m a little worried about his shoulder. Allen Craig and David Freese both deserve consideration, as does Brett Wallace, but Jones has had a tremendous year and no slip up yet at Springfield. He’s played mostly corner outfield but from what I’ve seen of him he’s capable of manning centerfield on an everyday basis.
- Donovan Solano was 2-for-4. At 21, the Columbian has an OPS north of .700 this year showing the ability to hit consistently for average. In an organization without any high level SS prospect, there’s little standing in his way if he continues to hit and play solid defense.
- Brandon Buckman was 1-for-4 with a HR.
- Brandon Dickson struck out 5 over 5 innings allowing 4 hits and 2 walks.
- Luke Gregerson and Luis Perdomo both struck out a pair in their respective innings of work. Gregerson walked 1 in the 8th and Perdomo allowed a hit in the 9th.
Palm Beach was postponed due to Hurricane Fay I think.
- Tommy Pham was 2-for-4 with a double.
- Deryk Hooker was the hard luck loser on a solo homerun. He tossed 5.2 innings allowing 4 hits, striking out 4 and walking just 2. He’s struck out 57 in 47 innings walking just 17 on the season.
- Dylan Gonzalez allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in 2 scoreless innings.
- The offense was shut down by a pair of pitchers that have struck out more than a batter an inning this season. They didn’t let up tonight whiffing 10 River Bandits and walking just 2.
Batavia was off.
- Joey Hage was 2-for-5.
- Niko Vazquez was 3-for-4.
- Jack Cawley went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
- Curt Smith continues to hit going 2-for-5.
- Randy Santos tossed 4 innings allowing a 2 run HR. He struck out 1, walked 1 and allowed 3 hits.
- Joel Pichardo struck out 2 and allowed a hit in his inning of work.
- Miguel Flores struck out 3 and walked 1 in 3.1 innings.