AAA

Louisville 10, Syracuse 6

33 year-old Andy Abad has taken his demotion out on AAA pitching so far. He went 3 for 4 with a HR, a 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R. 35 year-old Chris Michalak finally gave up an earned run this year Michalak gave up 3 ER on 7 hits including 2 homers. Michalak struck out 3 in his 7 innings of work. Over 14.2 innings so far he has a 1.42 ERA, 9 Ks, 3 BB, with a WHIP under 1.

AA

Mobile 6, Chattanooga 1

26 year-old Edward Valdez came on in relief, and pitched 4 solid innings giving up 2 earned runs on 4 hits, while striking out 6. So far Valdez has pitched 15 innings with 15 strikeouts. He has a 1.80 ERA, and a WHIP below 1.

HIGH A

Sarasota 7, Dunedin 3

25 year-old Jeremiah Piepkorn, the man playing 3rd in place of Mark Schramek, went 3 for 5 with a 2B and 3 RBI. Piepkorn is hitting .296/.296/.370. Certainly not a reason to move him from the OF to 3rd to release a former first round pick. I wonder if someone from Dayton is moving up.

Schramrek as a 23 year old at Dayton in 2003 showed his only sign of life with a .296/.368/.447 line in 206 ABs. He showed some patience with 19 BB, and some power, 18 2B and 3 HR, but after being promoted to Potamac in High A, and later Chattanooga he really struggled never putting up over a .542 OPS. Last year, his 2nd year at A+ Sarasota he put up a lousy .634 OPS. His release is no real suprise since he was drafted by a different regime. I am sure his degree from Texas will come in handy now.

LOW A

Dayton 8, Quad City 4

19 year-old Jay Bruce, went 2 for 4 with a solo HR, 2 R, and 4 RBI. Bruce, who you would think would get promoted soon, isn’t being challenged at all so far. He is putting up .339/.396/.625….As a 19 year-old!!!! I hope Krivsky is a “DOTF” fan.

7 Responses

  1. Cary

    Eh, let him put up some gaudy numbers at Dayton and bump him up to Chatty next year if he continues to rake.

  2. Chad

    I’d like to see him n High-A, at least, by the end of the season. No reason to rush him to AA, but if he keeps hitting like this, he may force their hand.

    Keep your fingers crossed, but Bruce looks like a very good pick.

  3. Bill Hansing

    I like the fact that Castellini and Krivsky are purging the organization of most things related to the previous GM’s. In O’Brien’s case it’s a purging. In Bowden’s case it’s more like an exorcism.

  4. Matt

    agreed. I got a tad overzealous. There is just so few real prospects in the organization its nice to see one!

    IF he keeps this up he should be a Sarasota in the 2nd half…

  5. al

    i don’t know, i think i actually agree more with the original comment on Bruce. At the end of a month, if he’s got an OPS around 1000, i’d make the move.

    I hope that Kriv has a “best case” scenario with regard to the top prospects, and to me, that would be Bailey and Bruce both contributing to the ML club sometime in 2008, which is the first year i think they’ll really be able to make a run.

  6. Bill Hansing

    Agreed. Strikeouts at the major league level are really no worse than other kinds of outs, but at the minor league level, it’s an indication that you’re being dominated by the pitchers.

    Comment by Chris — 4/21/2006 @ 4:44 pm

    Strikeouts at the major league level can be an indication that you’re being dominated by the pitchers as well.

  7. dan

    any one know why rosales is not playing did he git hurt I shur hope he is ok.