THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES AAA
New Orleans shut out the Isotopes 2-0 tonight despite strong pitching performances from Alvarado (L, 3.72), Cali (3.24) and Mazone (9.00). Cali, in particular, was near perfect in his two innings of work in which he allowed only one hit and no runs or walks while striking out 4. Offensively, the ‘Topes looked offensive managing only 6 hits. No player had a multiple hit game. (Hu’s average has returned to .220..)
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS AA
The Lookouts didn’t look much better than the Isotopes, getting beaten by Tennessee 5-2. The Lookouts managed only 4 hits, one by third baseman Bell (.287) who accounted for both Lookout runs with one swing of the bat hitting a two run homer (his 6th of the year.) Starter Chick (5.19) provided a quality start going 7 innings and giving up 2 runs, both earned, on 7 hits and a walk while striking out 6.
THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS ADVANCED A
The 66ers fell to Lake Elsinore 6-1 in a game which provided very few bright spots for our team. 66er starter, C. Vargas (L, 0-1, 3.00) rehabbing for the big club at this level was handed the loss. He went 2 innings and gave up only one earned run on one hit (which unfortunately was a home run.) Vargas didn’t walk any and managed to strike out one hitter over the 2 innings he pitched.
In terms of offense, center fielder Robinson (.317) drove in both runs on two doubles–his 15th and 16th.
Robinson has been “en fuego” of late and looks due for a promotion despite his tender age.
THE GREAT LAKES LOONS A
The Loons blasted West Michigan tonight 16-4 on 20 hits. Every starting player got at least one hit tonight while Pedroza (.289), hit for the cycle going 4-6! Wallach (.238) also got 4 hits on the night going 4-5. Hatch (.278) went 3-6. Gordon (.292), Delmonico (.281), and Buss (.286) all had 2 hits a piece.
SUPPLEMENTAL MINOR LEAGUE REPORT REGARDING 66ERS
At present, we have 5 young players at Inland Empire 66ers, A Advanced, with statistics this year that makes them true prospects definitely worth watching.
The oldest of the 5 just turned 24 in February. Elian HERRERA, a 1B/LF switch hitter who has 64 ABs in 18 games. He’s managed to hit .344 with an OBP of .408 this year and steal 8 bases in 9 attempts. He’s not a slugger, but has 2 home runs and 9 rbis.
The other 4 prospects do not exceed 22 years in age and therefore would have better value if we might be considering a trade for that elite starter for the big club.
Scott VAN SLYKE, a right handed 21 year old right fielder has played in 49 games and has 195 ABs. He’s hit 7 home runs, driven in 35 with a batting average of .323 and an OBP of .383.
Alex GARABEDIAN, a 22 year old right handed hitting catcher has played in 28 games, has 92 ABs, 3 home rujns, 16 rbis, a batting average of .315 and an OBP of .411.
Trayvon ROBINSON, a 21 year old switch hitting center fielder has played in 52 games, has 220 ABs, 7 home runs 26 rbis a batting average of ..317 and OBP of .365. He also has 20 steals in 29 attempts so he brings a bit of speed to the table along with his other sparkling stats.
The last on the list of position players who is demonstrating prospect potential that definitely transcends A Advanced is former 1st round pick and the son of Dodger hitting coach Preston MATTINGLY. Preston is a 21 year old right hander who presently patrols LF for the 66ers. He’s played in 33 games, has 137 ABs, 5 home runs, 21 rbis and is hitting .299 with an OBP of .336. (Tsk, tsk. You’d think father Don would have taught his son Preston how better to wait on the ball and take pitches until you get the one you like in the spot you want. That OBP should be at least 30 points higher with his pedigree.
That’s it for the position players for now. Alberto BASTARDO (3.08), and Timothy SEXTON (3.18) seem to be the fastest moving starting pitchers at this level, (although Jason Schmidt has a better era at 2.25 and Hiroki KURODA just got promoted all the way to the big club ahead of these two with a dismal era of 5.19.)
We’ll have more on the pitching later. Overall, unlike the offense, the pitching is pretty spotty at Inland Empire.