I was impressed by Vicente Padilla yesterday – he has a “live arm – ” that’s a given. He has multiple pitches and excellent stuff, topping out at 96
MPH. Listen-Up! These guys don’t grow on trees, and he must have really ticked-off the Rangers. He entered the season as the number 2 starter behind Kevin Millwood, but didn’t finish the deal. He has a bad reputation for being combative and a quitter. That’s not good! Can he be re-habilitated? Who knows? People usually aren’t as bad as they seem, and frequently, they are not as good as they seem. He’s our first Nicaraguan-born player. I remember another one, Dennis Martinez, who had his best years from age 32 to 40, when he has double-digits in wins for 9 straight seasons. Maybe Padilla has that in him too.
Let’s look at what we now have as starting material:
- Clayton Kershaw
- Chad Billingsley
- Hiroki Huroda (He’ll probably be activated September 1st)
- Randy Wolf (will be re-sign next year or will he be overwhelmed with another offer?)
- Charlie Haeger
- Vicente Padilla
- Scott Elbert (I still like him in relief)
- Eric Stults (he’s probably done here after this year)
- Josh Lindblom (future closer or #3 starter?)
That’s pretty impressive! There are some live arms there, but I am telling you right now that Rick Honeycutt is not the man to handle those guys! It’s going to take some bold action to remedy this situation… and it’s going to take some big bux! Greg Maddux could be the solution. The best pitching coach in the majors is Dave Duncan. Maybe Maddux can rival him. Duncan takes guys with average or below average stuff and turns them into superman! Look what he did with Joel Pinero by just helping him learn a sinker. If you want to go deeper, we have Ethan Martin, Nate Eovaldi, Chris Withrow, Aaron Miller, James Adkins, Jon Redding and others with excellent arms. Of course, like the above list, not all will make it, but we have lots of pitching prospects on the horizon.
- After taking 2 our of 3 from the Rockies and cutting-out their hearts, we are now 12-3 against the Rocks. They are to us as to what we are to the Cardinals!
- It was good to see Jon Broxton slam the door yesterday on the Rocks after a boo-boo. Hopefully he can build on this and improve his efficiency.
On The Horizon
John Torleni of MLB.com writes this about Aaron Miller:
Aaron Miller is more than living up to his billing as the Dodgers’ first-round pick in this year’s Draft.
The 21-year-old left-hander struck out five while facing the minimum over six no-hit innings Thursday night as the Great Lakes Loons cruised to a 10-0 rout of the Fort Wayne TinCaps at the Dow Diamond.
“I’m ecstatic,” Miller said after throwing 88 pitches in his longest outing of the season. “I’m just trying to attack the zone as much as I can with all three pitches — fastball, slider and changeup. It’s been a process with the off-speed pitches, but I’m throwing the changeup and slider for strikes when I need to.”
Miller (3-1), taken as a first-round compensation pick (38th overall) by Los Angeles this past June, began his professional career with three appearances in the Arizona Fall League before joining Great Lakes on Aug. 2.
The Baylor University product hasn’t taken long to establish himself as one of the top young hurlers in the Midwest League. Through six starts, Miller has yielded only five earned runs on 15 hits and eight walks with 34 strikeouts over 27 1/3 innings.
“It’s a process,” Miller said. “I understand that. I’m working my way up.l Hopefully my best games aren’t while I’m here. I still have plenty of games in the future.”
Miller fanned the final two batters in a perfect opening frame before getting a seven-run cushion to work with from his offense in the bottom of the inning. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound southpaw didn’t take the big lead for granted.
Justin Baum and Allan Dykstra fanned to start the second, giving Miller four consecutive punchouts before Dan Robertson was retired on a fly ball to right field.
Miller set down the first 13 batters he faced before hitting Dykstra withone out in the fifth. Robertson grounded into an inning-ending double play before the Channelview, Texas native pitched a perfect sixth to cap his best outing as a pro, drawing a loud ovation from the crowd of 5,344.
“I understand being pulled after six,” said Miller. “But anybody who is throwing that well wants to keep going as long as they can.”
Minor League Recap – 8/27/09 from Jared of ThinkBlue.com
Albuquerque lost 11-7
Chin Lung Hu – 1 for 5 (.288 BA)
Blake DeWitt – 2 for 5, R (.248 BA)
Jamie Hoffman – 1 for 4, R, BB (.282 BA)
Chattanooga did not play
Inland Empire lost 8-1
Doug Mientkiewicz – 1 for 2, BB, HBP (.500 BA)
Scott Van Slyke – 2 for 4, 2B, R (.290 BA)
Steven Caseres – 0 for 4, RBI, K (.259 BA)
Preston Mattingly – 1 for 4, SB (.239 BA)
Justin Miller – 6 IP, 10 Hits, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K’s (7.20 ERA)
Kenley Jansen – 1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, BB, K (5.63 ERA)
Great Lakes won 10-0
Dee Gordon – 2 for 4, 3B, RBI, R, BB (.307 BA)
Jaime Pedroza – 1 for 2, HR (14), 2 RBI, R, 2 BB
Kyle Russell – 0 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K’s, SB (.271 BA)
Jerry Sands – 1 for 3, 2B, R, K, HBP (.224 BA)
Alfredo Silverio – 1 for 4, 2B, 3 RBI, R (.274 BA)
Aaron Miller – 6 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K’s (1.65 ERA)
Geison Aguasviva – 2 IP, 2 Hits, 0 R, BB, K (1.72 ERA)
Cole St Clair – 1 IP, Hit, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K’s (2.78 ERA)
Ogden lost 9-8
BCG – 2 for 6, 2B, 3 RBI, R, K (.336 BA)
Mario Songco – 1 for 5, R, K (.333 BA)
Nick Akins – 3 for 4, 2B, RBI, BB, K (.279 BA)
Brett Wallach – 4 IP, 4 Hits, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K’s (4.61 ERA)
AZL won 9-1
Ivan DeJesus Jr – 0 for 3, BB, K (.000 BA)
Jan Vazquez – 2 for 4, RBI, R, BB (.200 BA)
Travis Schlichting – 1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, K (0.00 ERA)
Danny Danielson – 5 IP, 4 Hits, ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s (3.08 ERA)
Greg Miller – 1 IP, Hit, 0 R, BB, 0 K’s (0.00 ERA)
Player of the day – Aaron Miller, LHP
Who needs a first round pick when you have Logan White? After struggling through his first two appearances, Miller has been stellar ever since. He’s allowed just 1 hit in his last 12 innings pitched and is holding Midwest league batters to a .167 average. He’s also striking out 12 batters per 9 during his debut and has walked only 10 batters in 33 innings. The last Dodgers’ draft pick to dominate like this in his debut was Clayton Kershaw.