It’s the godfather, pinch hitting for AZ, whose in Springfield watching the team get slaughtered. Feels good to be DFRing.
Brett Wallace likes playing for the A’s.
Hey Mo: Wladimir Balentien is F.A.T.
I find it interesting that the A’s seem to consider Shane Peterson the 2nd best player in the Matt Holliday deal. He did have an OBP north of .500 for Long Beach, maybe that’s their fascination. He’s playing CF for Double-A Midland, which is where his value would most be maximized. Not sure he can stick there, he is a converted 1B.
Jeff Sackmann looks at the trickiness that is DSL statistics. This is something to bear in mind before you get excited about players like Grabiel Hernandez.
Question for everyone out there: Is FR less exciting now that the system has been stripped nearly bare? The system will rise again, but it could take some time. The draft can’t happen soon enough. OK, Enough lamenting.
- Allen Craig went 2-for-4 with a double. He’s hitting .354/.411/.708 for the month of July.
- Jarrett Hoffpauir went yard.
- Daniel Descalso went 1-for-2 with 2 RBI. Since Hoff has been sent back down, I’ve seen Descalso play 1B a few times. Seems like it should be the other way around, as Hoff’s defensive metrics have been terrible. And Descalso has been getting chatter in trade rumors and by scouts, so I don’t understand what gives.
- Shane Robinson doubled.
- Evan McLane got zapped. He allowed 7 ER on 12 hits, including 4 HR over 5.2 IP in Zephyr Park, which is by far the most power suppressing ballpark in the PCL.
- Casey Rowlett pulled an Aaron Miles/Scott Spiezio and climbed the mound tonight. He allowed a run on a couple of hits. Wish Triple-A had pitch f/x.
- Scott Gorgen allowed 6 runs, 3 earned on 7 hits and 4 walks with 7 strikeouts. Dude knows how to fill out a box score. Oh, and he allowed a HR.
- The trio of our favorite relief prospects Fernando Salas, Francisco Samuel and Tyler Norrick got 10 runs over a combined 2 innings. No further explanation needed. Why couldn’t the Indians taken Samuel? Stupid results-oriented teams.
- Chicken Fried Steven Hill went 2-for-4 with a HR.
- David Freese went 2-for-4 with a walk. Our future 3B still? Maybe, maybe not. I wonder if both Wallace and Freese were allotted the same amount of PT, Wallace at 1B and Freese at 3B, who would come out with a higher WAR total over their first 6 years? Yeah, I’d put my money on Wallace, too, but I think it’s possible Freese could outperform Wally on the strength of his glove.
- Donovan Solano doubled and walked.
- Pete Kozma went 1-for-5 with 3 K. He committed his 19th fielding error. Rick Porcello didn’t do so hot tonight, either, so take some solace in that.
Palm Beach, Lakeland was PPD due to rain.
- Arquimedes Nieto allowed just 1 ER on 7 H over 7 IP. Struck out 4, induced 12 groundball outs. He walked two (one intentionally) and had a balk.
- Gary Daley wasn’t an epic disaster tonight. He allowed a run on a hit and a walk and struck out two.
- Frederick Parejo doubled, tripled and walked.
- Jose Garcia went 2-4.
- X went and gave it to ‘em. That is to say, Xavier Scruggs went yard.
- Ryan Jackson, Alan Ahmady, Beau Riportella, Ryde Rodriguez and Ivan Castro all had base hits.
JC and Princeton also got rained out.