The Cardinals picked up Evan Maclane from the AAA squad for the Arizona Dimonbacks. He will help out at Memphis in the starting rotation. He’s not what I would call a prospect, but he will help the innings crunch at Memphis. Maybe Kat Maekawa won’t have to start any more. Here’s an old scouting report on Maclane from when he was in the Mets organization.
Evan throws 4 pitches; Fastball, Slider, Changeup and Curveball. His best pitch is his Changeup. It usually sits in the upper 70‘s and is his out pitch. His curveball has improved since entering the pro ranks and is now also an out pitch for him. Generally it gets into the mid-70‘s. He uses his fastball at many different speeds but consistently gets it into the upper 80‘s. He uses this pitch to show hitters and set up his breaking pitches. With added speed it could become more of an out pitch and less of a show pitch. The 2004 season saw Maclane develop a slider which reaches 80-82mph.
I guess the added speed didn’t come around. Overall, he’s a soft-tossing lefty who looks like he topped out at AAA.
At the beginning of the year, I was lauding the Memphis Redbirds’ all homegrown rotation, but the injuries at the big club has split up that rotation.
All four teams were in action and a double dip for Quad Cities.
- Memphis faced old friend John Gall and old foe, Brandon Backe.
- Memphis’s “ace” Brad Thompson started and gave up 4 runs over 5.2 innings.
- Then came the lefties, Royce Ring and Charlie Manning. Manning took the loss on an unearned run on Casey Rowlett’s error.
- Jon Jay, LF CFwas 2-5.
- Allen Craig, 3B LF hit a HR.
- Mather, RF and Freese, 3B had a hit each.
- Casey Rowlett, 2B was 2-2 from the 9th spot…whaaaa? (edited to add: because he came in on a double switch) But, his error in the eighth was a rough one.
- Ryan Kulik started for the first time in AA, and it did not go well. He gave up 7 hits and 1 walk over 3 innings.
- Eddie Degerman took the loss officially with 3 runs over 2 innings.
- Elvis Hernandez has left the building (look! An Elvis joke!) with 3 runs over 2 innings.
- Daryl Jones, Brett Wallace, Steve Hill, DH, and Daniel Descalso all had two hits.
- Daryl Jones had a stolen base. But, Brett Wallace had a throwing error.
- Mark Diapoules started the game and went 3 innings giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. Not the best of outings.
- Thomas Eager and Sam Freeman both had 2 no hit innings.
- A Scott Gorgen sighting as he went 2 innings giving up 1 run.
- Adam Reifer took the loss in the top of the 10th.
- Adron Chambers, LF went 2-3 with a triple.
- Peter Kozma, SS was 1-3 with 2 walks.
- Colt Sedbrook, 2B was 2-3 with two runs scored.
- Arquimedes Nieto started and went 3 innings giving up 1 run with 5 strikeouts to 0 walks. That’s what I like to see.
- Adam Veres pitched the next 3 innings and gave up 1 run, but he had 2 walks to only 1 strikeout.
- Casey Mulligan got the save.
- Brett Lilley, 2B was 2-3 with 2 RBIs.
- Niko Vasquez, SS was 1-3. If I put Kozma in the DFR, I have to put Niko in as well. It is just fair.
- Easy Ryder Rodriquez was 1-3 with an RBI.
- The Quad Cities bats broke out in the second game.
- Charles Cutler, C went 3-4 with a HR, 5 RBIs and a walk.
- Domnit Bolivar, 3B went 3-5 with 3 runs scored.
- Niko Vasquez was 1-4 with a walk. He also committed an error, his sixth. But, who’s counting?
- Jon Edwards, LF was 1-3 with 2 walks and 3 runs.
- Brian Buck, CF was 2-3 with 2 RBIs.
- Hector Cardenas had a rocky 3.2 innings, but because of the errors (Edwards, Bolivar, Vasquez) he only had 2 earned runs.
- Kevin Thomas pitched 3.1 innings and gave up 0 runs with 3 Ks.