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7-23-09 Minor League Report

7-23-09 Minor League Report

Breaking News: 

CHARLIE HAEGER hurls a complete game giving up 1 run, 6 hits, 2 walks and striking out 12!!  This makes Haeger the first pitcher in Isotopes/Dukes history to toss three nine-inning complete games in a season, as the knuckleballer recorded his team-high ninth victory of the season. HU gets 2 hits and now is a silly little percentage point from .270 after stinking most of the year and hanging around Mendoza’s line. 

Give HAEGER a real looksee!  It couldn’t hoit now, could it?  He and that masterful flutterball might be our 6th starter we’ve been missing since Schmidt blew out his arm 3 years ago.

TOM O’SHEA’S MINOR LEGUE REPORT         7-23-09minorleaguerept-logo

The Raptors pulverize Casper 11-4.

MAGILL (W, 2-1, 5.90), went 5 innings and gave up 2 earned runs on 3 hits, 0 walks and fanned 8!!!  WILBORN (H, 1, 3.00), pitched 2 innings of no hit ball walking 2 and striking out 4!!!  FERRERAS (H, 1, 1.29), pitched an inning of no hit ball walking 0 and striking out1.   RONDON (2.84) finished the game pitching 1 inning of 2 hit, 1 earned run baseball.

SANDS (.387), hit his 10th tater, a 3 run shot.  WISE (.349), and JACOBS (.299), also went yard.  JACOBS and CAVAZOS-GALVEZ (.314), whacked doubles.  CAVAZOS-GALVEZ  went 4-5 with 3 rbis.  JACOBS went 2-3 with a walk and 2 rbis.


Isotopes rout Round Rock 5-1.

ALL STAR CHARLIE HAEGER (W, 9-6, 3.87), did it again last night pitching a stellar complete game. HAEGER went all 9 innings giving up just one measly run (earned) on 6 hits.  Amazingly, HAEGER didn’t walk a batter despite his usual reliance on his “all world” knuckleball.  Not so surprisingly, HAEGER struck out 12!  He also was able to maintain mastery for all 130 pitches he made during the game.  His all star caliber dancer had the Round Rockers flailing away like children before a man.  The knuckler is a very difficult pitch to throw consistently for a strike, but when you can do it you are darn near unhitttable.  HAEGER can do it.  He’s proved it over and over this year.  Charlie Hough says he’s never seen a pitcher with a better knuckler at this stage in his career.

CHARLIE HAEGER has proven he might be the missing link for the Dodger big league staff this year.  Let’s hope someone in the front office is watching and gives him a start before we go trading half the farm system and major league starters for Halladay.

JONES (.276) hit his 24th home run.  HU (.269), HARPER (.279), MAZA (.290), and BROWN (.305) all smashed doubles–proving the Isotopes probably have more gap power than any other team in the league.  It seems like every night  all our farm teams are whacking gappers (if they’re hitting at all).

BROWN, JONES, MAZA, and HU all had 2 hit games.  HU has worked his way all the way back to respectability from Mendoza-ville in a few short weeks!
A Colbert tip of the hat to HAEGER and HU!



The Lookouts blanked Mobile 5-0.

JAMES ADKINS (W, 5-6, 4.47), pitched 6 innings of 1 hit 0 run ball, walking 2 and fanning 6.  FELIX (2.93) and GARATE (1.91), blanked Mobile for the last 3 innings on 3 hits, 1 walk and 4 Ks.

SELLERS (.296), and BELL (.292), went deep for the Lookouts.  GODWIN (.260) hit a triple.  LAMBO (.270), and MITCHELL each contributed a double to the night’s cause.  GODWIN and BELL both had 3 hit nights.


Cucamonga beats the 66ers 6-1.

SMIT (L, 0-1, 15.00), would have been ridden out of town on a rail and then tarred and feathered and left by the side of the road in a ditch if he’d started this game at home.  Instead, he delighted the Cucamonga faithful giving up 5 earned runs in 3 innings.  MELGAREO (7.71), in contrast, went 3 innings and didn’t give up an earned run  on 3 hits and 2 walks.  KREBS (3.38), and PRADO (4.44), sparkled in comparison to the first two hurlers–each pitching one inning of no run, no hit baseball.

GREEN (.222), smacked a double.


Game 1:  Burlington beats the Loonies 7-3. 

REDDING (4.48) went 5.2 innings and gave up 3 earned runs on 6 hits, 0 walks and 2 Ks.  ST. CLAIR (4.43) blew the potential save and lost the game  going 2 innings and giving up 4 earned runs on 2 its, 3 walks and 1 K.

BUSS (.267), RUSSELL (.272), and HATCH (.276) all walloped doubles.  GORDON (.301),  went 3-4. DELMONICO (.277) went 2-3 with a walk.

Game 2:  In the night cap, the Loons beat Burlington 2-0.

AGUASVIVA (1.34), pitched 5 innings of 3 hit shut out ball, walking 1 and fanning 3.  GARCIA (W, 5-1, 2.52), pitched the last 2 innings of shut out ball allowing just 1 hit and walking 0.

VETTERS (.231), SONGCO (.148), and BUSS (.267) all had a hit. 

The grass was damp and the poor players got their little footsies wet!  But unlike last night where they decided not to play, they soldiered on and managed a split with Burlington.

9 Responses to “7-23-09 Minor League Report”

  1. Mark Timmons says:

    Haegar may be an option NEXT year, but not now.


    Martin and Ausmus have not caught a knuckleballer…

    They need a Spring to get used to it.

  2. Mark Timmons says:

    Josh Bell was actually 3-3 with his 10th HR at AA. He is looking REALLY GOOD! Batting average is now .292.

  3. Voldomer says:

    If nothing else–and assuming the division and home-field advantage leads are still considerable–he should get a few starts after rosters expand in September. At that point his AAA catcher could be up too. It would probably be good to give the starters an extra day or two of rest here and there in anticipation of October.

  4. lawdog says:

    I did mention Bell’s homer and 3 hit night in the summary, as well as his .292 average. He’s another one of those prospects we have that seem to have turned it up a couple of notches and have taken their game to the next level.

    Can You believe Songco already is too good for the Rookie league and got kicked upstairs to the Loonies? Can Sands be far behind?

    I’ve noticed that at all levels our farm teams seem to hit gappers more than ground ball singles. It’s not uncommon for one of our teams to have 6 doubles, a triple and 3 or 4 homers in a game.

    You’ve got to like what we’re seeing on the farm. And we have sufficient prospects to go trade for the pitching stud and never miss a beat. Too many good young players is a nice problem to have.

  5. lawdog says:

    Was I enthusiastic enough about Haeger’s complete game with the 12 K’s?

  6. Badger says:

    So, when does Haeger get his ML start? What else does he need to do? Why is he even there?

  7. Mark Timmons says:

    1. He is very green and new to the knuckler. Success at AAA doesn’t mean much; and

    2. Martin and Ausmus have not caught the knuckleball. Charlie may get a call in September, when Ellis comes up.

    By his own admission, Haegar says he has a lot to learn.

  8. lawdog says:

    In an interview about Haegler with Hough–Hough said that normally you have to throw 0ne thousand innings to master the knuckleball. That’s why most knuckleballers are over 30 when they finally arrive. When pressed about Haegler’s knuckler Hough said it was already the best one he’d ever seen and that was a year ago. Also, Haegler has a below average fastball and slider to go with it. The fastball is below average–about 86–but it looks like 106 when mixed in with the dancer.

    If you consider Hough to know anything about the knuckleball, you can be assured that Haegler may have one of the best in the history of the game and he’s ready at 25–not 35. Plus, only Wibur Wood and Joe Niekro ever had a real fastball or breaking ball to mix in like Haegler does. He could wind up being a very solid #4.

  9. Southpaw says:

    re; He’s very greem and new to the “knuckler”

    Haeger has pitched 823 innings in his minor league career. He has led the league in wins on two different occasions. In 2006, while with the White Sox, he led the Southern League AA, with 14 wins, the following year in 2006 he led the International League with 14 wins. He dropped off in 2007 with six wins and followed that up in 2008 with 10 wins. He has set almost every record for the Charlotte Knights (Sox AAA) in wins and innings pitched. He signed when he was 17 out of high school and has 8 years minor league experience. My thoughts on whether Ausmus or Martin can catch the knuckler, they both caught him in spring training. I would think that Ausmus has more experience and is most likely more interested in catching him if he is called up (sort of like the Mirabelli/Wakefield combo in Boston for all those years) It would provide Martin a day off every 5th day!
    This kid deserves a shot more than a retread. He is leading the PCL in Innings pitched with 134, wins with 10, complete games with 4. He’s a workhorse!


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