Welcome to the first installment of the 2006 “Down on the Farm” report. Monday – Friday (and sometimes Saturday) I will give you a quick synopsis of what some of our prospects did the night before. For the most part if a player is a non-prospect (ie to old for the level where he is playing) I will not spend much time on him. I normally only highlight positive game stats, but I will pay special attention to high draft picks even when they suck or get hammered pitching.
23 year-old Justin Germano a 13rd round draft pick of the Padres in 2000 got knocked around a little bit. He apparently was working on former GM Dan O’Brien’s “pitch to contact” theory. Justin gave up 5 hits and 3 ER in 4.1 innings. He did strike out 3.
27-year old non-prospect Jesse Gutierrez went 2 for 4 with a double. For his mior league career Gutierrez has hit .281/.339/.471.
24 year-old Phil Dumatrait proved why looking at W/L for a pitcher is a worthless endeavor. Phil, a 1st round pick for the Red Sox in the 2000 draft, pitched 6 scoreless innings giving up just 1 hit and striking out 5.
Fort Myers 7, Sarasota 3
“DOTF” favorite Adam Rosales, who turns 23 on May 20th, impressed with the bat in his High A debut. Rosales went 2 for 4 with a solo homer in the first, and an RBI single later in the game. Last year at rookie ball and Low A Dayton, Adam put up an impressive .946 OPS including 14 homers…..yeah but can he steal?
19 year-old 1st round pick, Homer Bailey’s line looked a little shakey though not horrible for his High A debut. 5 H, 2 ER, and 5Ks in 4.2 innings. He did show good control with no walks.
22 year-old David Griffin, a 14th round pick last year, went 3 for 5 with 2 3B, a 2B, and 3 RBI. In College at Baylor Griffin appeard allergic to taking walks, but in 13 games for Billings in the Pioneer league last year he did walk 5 times in 43 plate appearances and put up a .404 OBP.
Last years first round pick, Jay Bruce, went 2 for 5 with a double in his LOW A debut.
19 year-old Travis Wood, gave up 3 ER, 6 H, and a BB in his LOW A debut. He did strike out 5 in his 3.2 innings of work.