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June 10, 2009 – Lawdog’s Minor League Report

June 10, 2009 – Lawdog’s Minor League Report

THE MINOR LEAGUE REPORT   6-10-09 by Tom O’Shea – aka/Lawdog

THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES  AAA  

The Isotopes were idle tonight.  RF MITCH JONES (.287), has hit home runs in 4 consecutive games going into tomorrows contest.  He’s red hot!

THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS      AA  66ers_shield_logo

The Lookouts were  idle.

THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS     A  ADVANCED  

66ERS won 2-1.

Josh Wall pitched 6  scoreless innings and Jake McCarter got the win as the 66′ers scored the winning win in the 8th inning.

Eliam Herrera was 2-4 and is now hitting .337 with 12 SB after being promoted from Great Lakes.

THE GREAT LAKES LOONS  A    

LOONS LOST 9-8.

The Great Lakes Loons lost 9-8 despite collecting 11 hits on the night Wednesday..

CF BUSS (.279) went yard hitting his 4th home run in the 7th.
RF KYLE RUSSELL (.285), and 2B JAMIE PEDROZA (.284), both hit doubles.

SS DEVARIS GORDON (.280), RF RUSSELL, LF SILVERIO (.272), and DH MATTHEWS (.227), all collected 2 hits on the evening.

The pitching stunk.

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14 Responses to “June 10, 2009 – Lawdog’s Minor League Report”

  1. CaptainLoose says:

    Mitch Jones could hit a home run in 12 straight and it won't do him a bit of good. He is going nowhere but 'cept maybe out of town.

    Is Gordon still considered one of our better prospects? Those guys below AA are just names to me. How many of them are really valuable? If so, use them all to get a starting pitcher.

  2. lawdog says:

    From what I've seen so far in following our minor league clubs for about three weeks now, the first real talent filter is applied to the prospects at A Advanced. If a player gets promoted to Inland Empire from Great Lakes, they probably have "it". If they can maintain their high level of play, they'll get promoted to Chatanooga which probably is the last minor league stop for a prospect on the fast track. We've got some real prospects at Inland Empire–but they won't be there long if they stay good.

    DonMattingly's son, Preston, is there and hitting around .300. He seems to get better each day. First Baseman Eduardo Perez was recently promoted to AA after hitting n.353 with a .414 O{B at Inland Empire. Right Fielder Tommy Giles is hitting .344 with an OPB of .389. Left Fielder Elian Herrera is hitting .337 with an OPB of .409. Outfielders Van Slyke and Robinson are hitting around.310 with power and OPBs over .350.

    We have some real, young talent down there and the system should deliver some real good major leaguers by 2010-2011.

  3. lawdog says:

    We are lacking in prospects at shortstop and third base. We've got way too many outfielders and our only catching prospects are geezing at AAA. Lot's of pitching. We don't have "balance" at the farm level.

  4. CaptainLoose says:

    "We don't have "balance" at the farm level."

    That's because we have pitching as a priority in our draft. And I have no problem with that. We can always trade for the hitter, or sign a FA third baseman for $15 million. You know, a guy like Casey Blake.

  5. lawdog says:

    Dogs seem to be doing well in this years draft, snagging some guys who were projected to go early but slipped through the cracks. Drafting catchers, 3bs and shortstops as well as truckloads of pitchers and power hitting ofs.

  6. BruinFBBB says:

    Dodgers had minor league talent @ 3rd base…but it is in the majors now: LaRoche and DeWitt. DeWitt is even on the Dodgers.

    But there seems to be some time to develop it now, hopefully, with Blake holding down the fort.

    And minor-league catcher is hopefully a dead-end for the foreseeable future w/ Russ Martin…

  7. lawdog says:

    Marin seems to be fading. Too many games in too few years on a frame that's better suited for 3b than catcher? But if you want a catcher that's not going to hit any hrs (like Martin) give Ellis who's at AAA a looksee. He's hit over .335 with OBP over .400 the last two years. He's the friggen second coming of Paul LoDuca!

  8. BruinFBBB says:

    Billingsley doesn't have any HRs either, but do you want to jettison him as well?

    That isn't a completely fair question of course, but the point is that offense is gravy for catchers. Russ has a lot to do with the success the pitching staff is having…

  9. Michael says:

    You are correct that offense is gravy for a catcher and Russell has a lot to do with our staffs success. The problem that most of us have is with Joe refusing to just put him in the 8 hole and let it be. Sorry if our anger is misdirected at Russ. P.S. Why doesn't Russell just take the J of his uni and see what happens?

  10. Mark_Timmons says:

    True FBBB.

    Lawdog, at 3B, Josh Bell is highly regarded. Pedro Baez is a wild card, but he has "Kingmanesque" power. Bell is why they felt they could trade LaRoche. Bell is a switch-hitting power hitter at 3B. He was a fatboy and lost about 40 pounds.

  11. BruinFBBB says:

    I guess I just have faith that Joe knows what he's doing, even when it might not be so obvious to me. He's the one that has the Dodgers sitting with the best record in MLB (even w/o Manny) and he is the one with all of those rings.

    Joe's doing something right. Joe has a plan…

  12. lawdog says:

    I must have overlooked Josh Bell (who last time I looked was hitting .295 with an OBP of .389.) I probably left him off my short list of "can't miss" prospects because he only hit .273 with a .373 OBP last year at A.

  13. Mark_Timmons says:

    Lawdog,

    Josh Bell missed most of last season with knee surgery.

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