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25 year-old Josh HallÃ‚Â pitched an absolute gem, going 6 innings allowing just 3 H, 0 ER, and 0 BB.Ã‚Â Hall, the 7th round pick in the 1998 draft, struck out 6.Ã‚Â For the season, Hall now has a 4.11 ERA.
25 year-old Ray OlmedoÃ‚Â went 3 for 4 with 2 2B, with a R.Ã‚Â Olmedo, who signed as an undrafted free agent out of Venezuela in 1999 is now hitting .346/.396/.433.Ã‚Â
23 year-old Drew Anderson,Ã‚Â from THE Ohio State, went 2 for 4.Ã‚Â For the season he is hitting .280/.349/.449.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Anderson, the 13th round pick in the 2004 draft, actually played 13 games at AAA last year, but really struggled.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â He hit just .154/.154/.256 in 39 plate appearnces.
19 year-old Jay BruceÃ‚Â went 3 for 5 with 2 2B, a R, and RBI.Ã‚Â For the season, the 1st round pick from the 2005 draft is now hitting .276/.332/.552.
23 year-old B.J. SzymanskiÃ‚Â went 2 for 5 with a HR, 2 R, and 2 RBI.Ã‚Â For the season the 2nd round pick of the 2004 draft, is hitting .242/.325/.474.
Those are all valid points Greg, and I might consider moving Bailey for Willis (but not for a 2 month rental). What is important that we look at is the AGE of these A pitchers. I would agree with your assessment if These guys were 21 or 22 doing this at single A. Guys like that do make it to the majors and are productive, but not very often. The difference for us now is Bailey, Wood, and Cueto are all performing very good at A, at a young age. I am certainly not ready to annoint any of them Major leaguers, but I don’t think I would trade them for a two-month rental. Now of course if we could get a signed for “2 or 3 years” Willis or Zito, I would move just about anybody in the system.
Bruce is a stud. He has a very high ceiling. The average player in the MWL is 21 or 22. The average player in the MWL will never make it to the majors.