Minor League Baseball Tonight 8/15/2011

Welcome to another edition of MiLB Tonight.  We’ll take you all around the Minors and highlight some of the major happenings affecting Minor League Baseball. Let’s play ball!

 

Draft-Pick Signing Deadline

Some of the best college and high school players in the world selected in the first-round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft received handsome paychecks to join their clubs as the deadline for teams to sign their draft-picks was August 16, at midnight.

Below is a look at which 2011 first-round Draft picks signed
and did not sign. For a complete list, click here.
# Player (team) Signed Contract
1 Gerrit
Cole
(PIT)
8/15 $8.00m
2 Danny
Hultzen
(SEA)
8/15 $8.50m
3 Trevor
Bauer
(ARI)
7/25 $4.40m
4 Dylan Bundy
(BAL)
8/15 $6.23m
5 Bubba Starling
(KC)
8/15 $7.50m
6 Anthony
Rendon
(WAS)
8/15 $7.20m
7 Archie
Bradley
(ARI)
8/15 $5.00m
8 Francisco
Lindor
(CLE)
8/15 $2.90m
9 Javier
Baez
(CHC)
8/15 $2.70m
10 Cory
Spangenberg
(SD)
6/10 $2.63m
11 George
Springer
(HOU)
8/15 $2.53m
12 Taylor
Jungmann
(MIL)
8/15 $2.53m
13 Brandon
Nimmo
(NYM)
8/15 $2.10m
14 Jose
Fernandez
(FLA)
8/15 $2.00m
15 Jed
Bradley
(MIL)
8/15 $2.00m
16 Chris Reed (LAD) 8/12 $1.59m
17 C.J. Cron (LAA) 6/28 $1.47m
18 Sonny Gray
(OAK)
7/25 $1.54m
19 Matt Barnes
(BOS)
8/15 $1.50m
20 Tyler
Anderson
(COL)
8/15 $1.50m
21 Tyler
Beede
(TOR)
Didn’t
sign
 
22 Kolten
Wong
(STL)
6/25 $1.30m
23 Alex Meyer (WAS) 8/15 $2.00m
24 Taylor
Guerrieri
(TB)
8/15 $1.60m
25 Joseph
Ross
(SD)
8/15 $2.75m
26 Blake
Swihart
(BOS)
8/15 $2.50m
27 Robert
Stephenson
(CIN)
8/15 $2.00m
28 Sean
Gilmartin
(ATL)
7/15 $1.13m
29 Joseph
Panik
(SF)
6/11 $1.12m
30 Levi
Michael
(MIN)
8/15 $1.18m
31 Mike Mahtook
(TB)
8/15 $1.15m
32 Jake Hager (TB) 6/23 $0.96m
33 Kevin
Matthews
(TEX)
6/16 $0.94m

 

Delmon Young to Tigers

Monday, August 15 was a busy day for former Minnesota Twin Delmon Young.  Before the 7:05 P.M. game against Detroit, Young was told he would be playing for the Detroit Tigers, after a deal involving Tigers prospect Cole Nelson and a player to be named later were sent to Minnesota.  Young arrived at the Detroit locker room before the game, and many Tigers had not yet received word he was their new teammate.  Players were confused and angered by what they thought was a visiting opponent on a rival team entering THEIR clubhouse. When the Tigers were made aware of the situation, they were happy to welcome the left-fielder to Detroit.  Young homered in his first at bat as a Tiger against his former team, the Minnesota Twins.  Minnesota would win the ball game and the main headline throughout baseball was the milestone 600th home run hit by Jim Thome.

So, Who is Cole Nelson?

Cole Nelson attended Auburn University, known for its excellent baseball history, and was a 10th round draft pick for Detroit in 2010.  Nelson, a 6’7″ left hander spent this season pitching for the Detroit Tigers’ Single-A affiliate in Lakeland.  Nelson went 5-11 in 17 starts, with an E.R.A. of 4.87.  The 22-year-old was born in Edina, Minnesota which may be something for Twins fans to take pride in.  We’ll see how Minnesota benefits from the addition, and there is still a player to be named later included in the deal.

 

Gameball Award

The coveted, MiLB Tonight Gameball Award for August 15 goes to Ryan VandenHurk of the Norfolk Tides.  VandenHurk had been struggling going into Monday night’s game versus Charlotte, but one would not be able to tell based on his performance for six innings.  VandenHurk did not allow an earned run, and struck out a career-high 13 batters. Congrats to VandenHurk on an outstanding night on the mound.

 

Marquee Matchup

Monday night’s Marquee Matchup featured the Orem Owlz versus the Missoula Osprey.  The Pioneer League showdown in Montana went the way of the home team as Missoula defeated the Owlz by a final of 8-4.  All of the eight runs for the Osprey came in the first five innings, and entering the sixth inning Orem had yet to score.  Orem rallied to put up four runs in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit in half, but neither team would score the rest of the way.  Conrad Flynn would get the win, improving his record to 4-1, after pitching five scoreless innings, dealing six strikeouts, and allowing four hits with one walk.  Entering Tuesday’s action Missoula currently holds a six-game lead over Billings for first place in the North Division, while Orem holds a five-game lead over Ogden in the South.

 

What to Watch Tomorrow

Our Marquee Matchup for Tuesday, August 16 features two playoff contenders in the Pacific Coast League.  The Omaha Storm Chasers travel to Tacoma to do battle with the Rainiers.  Omaha currently leads the American League North Division by four games, while Tacoma, the defending PCL champs, are second place in the Pacific League North Divison, 4.5 games in back of Reno.  The probable starters are Luis Mendoza (8-5, 2.26 E.R.A.) for Omaha, and Anthony Vasquez (4-2, 3.11 E.R.A.) for Tacoma.  We’ll let you know how this plays out in our Tuesday night episode.

Alex Rodriguez will play his first game with the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees Tuesday night, and sellout crowds are expected for both the Tuesday and Wednesday night games.

The 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star Game from Lowell, Massachuesetts is Tuesday night, as the brightest stars in Single-A take the field for what will likely be the first All-Star Game of their professional careers.  MiLB Tonight will provide full coverage of this late-summer classic on our Tuesday night edition.

Thanks for tuning into another episode of MiLB Tonight.  I’m Matthew Medley and until next time, we’re outta here!

Minor League Baseball Tonight 8/14/2011

Welcome to our Sunday, August 14 edition of MiLB Tonight.  The world of Minor League Baseball has been rampant with activity the past 24 hours, so let’s begin the show and play ball!

Welcome Back

Atlanta Braves all-star catcher Brian McCann made his first start back with the big league club Sunday at Turner Field.  McCann had played two rehab games at Triple-A Gwinnett, and was 2-for-7, with a home run and 2 RBI.  He hit third and started behind the plate, going 0-for-4, with a strikeout.  The Braves fell to the Cubs 6-5, and McCann’s teammate second baseman Dan Uggla’s 33-game hitting streak was put to an end courtesy of a spectacular play in which Darwin Barney robbed Uggla’s bloop hit to right field.

Logan Morrison Demoted

For all who did a double-take reading that headline, yes it is true.  The Florida Marlins fan-favorite outfielder Logan Morrison (.249, 17 HR, 60 RBI) was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans.  Morrison was second on the team in home runs behind power hitting Mike Stanton, and was known for his leadership in the clubhouse, as well as his propensity to speak his mind.  The most unfortunate part of the decision to demote Morrison is that all signs point that this move was not related to his play, but rather his off-the-field comments.  Morrison has been outspoken about his feelings toward the Florida Marlins front office decisions, and drew some attention during the week following the controversial Buster Posey injury earlier in the season.  Morrison, only 24, will play for New Orleans Zephyrs of the Pacific Coast League, but one would be shocked if he is not back in a big league uniform in the near future.

Tried to Make ‘Em Go to Rehab (simulation)

Alex Rodriguez played third base in a simulated game Sunday, in which he played the equivalent of three innings.  A-Rod went 4-for-13, with two doubles, two singles, and struck out three times.  Rodriguez will head to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre to play Tuesday and Wednesday, and is expected to return to the Yankees for a four-game series beginning Thursday in Minnesota.

Gameball Award

William Beckwith of the Danville Braves is our Sunday, August 14 Gameball Award recipient.  Beckwith homered three times, one to left, one to center, and one to right, to lead Danville to a 10-2 win over the Burlington Royals.  The 20-year-old started the game at DH, (who says DH’s don’t do anything?) and had the game not been shortened by rain, for all we know Beckwith could have gone on to homer yet again.  Congratulations to Mr. Beckwith and we look for many more good things to come from this rising prospect as his professional career progresses.

Marquee Matchup

Sunday’s Marquee Matchup featured two Carolina League contenders as the Winston-Salem Dash took on the Frederick Keys.  The Dash were propelled to victory thanks to a three-run homer in the eighth by Nick Ciolli.  Winston-Salem would win the contest 5-2, and ended their three game losing streak, simultaneously putting an end to the Keys’ four game win streak.  Thanks to some help from the Potomac Cannons who lost their game as well on Sunday, Frederick remains four games ahead in the race for the North Divison.  Due to the Kinston Indians loss  to the Salem Red Sox, Winston-Salem now is in sole possesion of first place in the South.  The Dash hold a one-game lead over Kinston going into Monday’s action.

What to Watch Tomorrow

Monday will surely have plenty in store with pennant races throughout Minor League Baseball as well as in the Majors.  MiLB Tonight’s Monday night Marquee Matchup will feature the Orem Owlz and the Missoula Osprey in a Pioneer League battle.  Both teams lead their divisions and this game could be a potential Pioneer League Championship preview.  The Owlz (32-20) head to Ogren Park Allegiance Field, where the Osprey are 18-8.  Orem is a mediocre 11-14 on the road.  The probable starters are Daniel Vargas-Vila (1-2, 3.52 E.R.A.) for Orem, and Conrad Flynn (3-1, 4.62 E.R.A.)  We’ll let you know how this and the rest of Minor League Baseball’s biggest action plays out on the next edition of MiLB Tonight.  Thanks for tuning in, as always I’m Matthew Medley and we’re outta here!

Minor League Baseball Tonight 8/13/2011

Welcome back, baseball fans to our Saturday, August 13 installment of MiLB Tonight.  Major happenings occurred in the minors this Saturday and it’s our pleasure to bring the biggest stories in Minor League Baseball to you.  Without further ado, let’s play ball!

 

Back-to-Back-to-Back Again?

If you recall, this past Thursday two teams, the Billings Mustangs and the St. Lucie Mets each had players hit back-to-back-to-back home runs.  Saturday, August 13, the Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League decided to join in on the party.  Shane Robinson, Tyler Greene and Nick Stavinoha hit consecutive home runs in the third inning. The Redbirds were down 2-0, when the rally began and the three homers were all they would need to defeat the visiting Tuscon Padres by a final of 5-2.

 

Tried to Make ‘Em Go to Rehab

Third baseman Alex Rodriguez appeared in his second rehab game with the Tampa Yankees Saturday.  A-Rod was slated to start at third base, but instead was scratched from playing in the field, and started DH for the second straight game.  The slugger went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run.

Atlanta Braves’ star catcher Brian McCann made his second rehab start as well, playing for the Gwinnett Braves.  McCann started Saturday’s game against Pawtucket behind the plate, and was 1-for-3 with a solo home run.  The Braves expect him to return to Atlanta Sunday to help the team with their final stretch of the season as they seek a playoff birth, and currently hold the N.L. Wild Card.

 

Gameball Award

The MiLB Tonight Gameball Award for Saturday, August 13 goes to two players who both hit for the cycle.  The first gameball goes to Daniel Mateo of the Idaho Falls Chukars.  Mateo went 5-for-5 with 8 RBI, leading his team to a 15-10 victory over the Ogden Rapotors.

The second gameball recipient is Jerod Yakubik, who also hit for the cycle.  Yakubik, a member of the  Rookie-level Orem Owlz, went 4-for-4 and what makes this game stand out even more is that Yakubik’s home run was the first of his professional career.  Yakubik leads the Pioneer League with a .395 batting average in 43 games. He has recorded multi-hit performances in each of his last nine games, batting .526 during that stretch.

 

 

Marquee Matchup

The Marquee Matchup for Saturday, August 13 featured two first-place teams in Inter-Divisional play, in what may well turn out to be a California League Championship preview.  The Lake Elsinore Storm hosted the Modesto Nuts, and the home crowd had lots to cheer about.  The Storm routed the Nuts 15-2, including a 7-run eighth inning, which took away the minsicule glimmer of hope that remained for Modesto to make a ninth inning comeback.  Modesto used five pitchers in the contest, and none of them escaped without their E.R.A.’s climbing up a bit.  Nick Schmidt made the start for Lake Elsinore and had more than enough run support to back him, as Schmidt worked six innings, allowing one earned run, and struck out five.  Schmidt improved his record to 3-2, while Modesto right-hander, Alan DeRatt fell to 5-4 on the season. With the loss, Modesto lost their first-place tie with Stockton and is now one game in back of first in the North Divison.  Lake Elsinore currently leads the South Division, with a three game edge on Rancho Cucamonga.

 

What to Watch Tomorrow

Sunday’s Marquee Matchup features two Carolina League contenders, as the Winston-Salem Dash head to Frederick to face the Keys.  The Frederick Keys are four games in front of Potomac for first-place in the North Division, while Winston-Salem is tied with Kinston for the lead in the South Division.  The Keys look to extend their four-game win streak while the Dash hope to end a three-game skid.  Winston-Salem will send Jacob Petricka (2-6, 4.50) to the mound against Nick Haughian (8-5, 3.64).  MiLB Tonight will bring you all the highlights of this matchup on our Sunday night edition.  Until next time, this has been Minor League Baseball Tonight.  Thanks for tuning in, as always I’m Matthew Medley and we’re outta here!

Minor League Baseball Tonight 8/12/11

Welcome to MiLB Tonight.  Playoff races heating up and stars taking their talents to the farm teams for rehab stints, and much more here on this Friday night edition, let’s play ball!

Billings Batters Tee-Off

If you tuned into last night’s program, the Gameball Award was given out to three players.  These three were able to homer three consecutive times for their St. Lucie Mets.  This is an incredible accomplishment.  It must be hard to be able to relate to three players who went yard back-to-back-to-back; unless you are Shaun Buckley, Robert Maddux, and Kyle Waldrop, each of whom hit three consecutive homers for the Billings Mustangs Thursday night.  The Mustangs are the Class A-Rookie affilate of the Cincinnati Reds, and currently lead all teams in the Pioneer league in total home runs.  Well done, by the Billings trio.

(Credit to Peej for breaking this story to MiLB Tonight)

Welcome Back

Cleveland Indians fans saw a familiar face in right field today as Shin-Soo Choo played his first game with the club since he suffered a thumb injury from being hit by a pitch on the hand in June.  Choo played only three rehab games at Single-A Lake County before returning to the big league club.  Choo hit leadoff and went 1/4 with a single and was robbed of a double by center fielder Ben Revere.  MiLB Tonight correspondent, Alex Toma witnessed the performance and said, “For his first game back he did pretty decent, but (the Tribe) still has to give him more time.” Choo’s return was much-needed for the ailing Cleveland Indians, who have lost Choo, Sizemore, and Hafner each for parts of the season.  The Tribe takes on division rival Minnesota Twins as they seek to catch up to the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central pennant.

Tried to Make ‘Em Go to Rehab…

Friday night was a big night for some of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars, as Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, and Stephen Strasburg all made rehab appearances in the Minors, certainly boosting the attendance of three lucky cities.

Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez played for the first time since his July 11 knee-surgery, and it did not take long for him to find his swing.  A-Rod blasted a solo home run for the Tampa Yankees in his first at bat.  He would finish the game 2 for 3 with a solo homer and an RBI double. Rodriguez will play third base in Saturday night’s game and is expected to  join the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees for games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Atlanta Braves’ All-Star catcher Brian McCann began a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves.  The G-Braves are featured in tonight’s marquee matchup, and McCann played quite a role in this match, going 1 for 3 with an RBI single.  He was DH in his first game back, but is scheduled to start at catcher for Saturday’s game versus Pawtucket.  McCann became eligible to be taken off the DL Friday, but will play at least two rehab games to test his left oblique.

Nationals’ phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg made his second rehab appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery and was spectacular.  The right-hander pitched three shutout innings for the Class A-Advanced Potomac Cannons.  Strasburg surrendered two hits and struck out five while not issuing any walks.  It is likely that Strasburg will be moved up to Double-A Harrisburg for his next start, where he will join fellow top overall draft pick, Bryce Harper.

Gameball Award

Friday night’s Gameball Award goes to Harrisburg Senators’ standout Bryce Harper.  The kid has been talked about non-stop since being the number one selection in the 2010 First-Year Player draft, and it is with good reason.  Say what you will about his maturity and attitude, but the 18-year-old can flat out play.  He has had mixed results since being called up to Double-A, but tonight was the hero, hitting a walk-off home run for  the Senators. Harper’s hitting coach estimated that the ball went 460-480 feet to dead center, possibly the longest ball hit in Metro Bank Park history. His two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth gave his team the win and enabled the Senators to retake first place in the Eastern Division.  It was Harper’s only hit of the game, as he went 1/4, but did it ever come at a big moment.  Big-time players show up in big situations, and Harper couldn’t have picked a bigger situation to get his one hit of the night.  I’m sure there are players around MiLB who may have had better nights at the plate, but as far as having a phenomenal night goes, there’s nothing quite as sweet as a walk-off homer.

Marquee Matchup

If you recall, our Marquee Matchup scheduled for Thursday night between the Tulsa Drillers and the Midland RockHounds was postponed due to rain.  This has been a recent trend with our Marquee Matchups, but thankfully the game was played today, instead, as part of a double-header.  The hometeam Midland RockHounds took both games of the double-header, winning 5-1 and 2-1.  With the two losses, Tulsa fell to dead last in the North Division of the Texas League, now three games out of first.  Midland was able to pick up a game and a half on San Antonio and is now 1.5 games behind the Missions for control of the South Division.

Friday night’s Marquee Matchup featured a north-south rivalry in the International League between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Gwinnett Braves.  The Braves sent pitching prospect Julio Teheran to the mound against Pawtucket’s Tony Pena.  Teheran was outstanding, working seven innings, and allowed just two earned runs, while striking out five.  Teheran left the game with a 2-2 tie and received no decision, only to watch his Braves blow a one-run lead in the top of the ninth.  Gwinnett’s bullpen surrendered three runs in the top of the ninth and Pawtucket would win the game 5-3.  Although the game received more spotlight from the media because of the Brian McCann cameo, it also has playoff ramifications, and the two managers were certainly more focused on that aspect.  With the win, the Paw Sox stay one game ahead of Lehigh Valley for first place in the North Division.  Gwinnett’s loss drops the Braves to three games out of first place, as the South Division leading Durham Bulls defeated Rochester 6-1.

What to Watch Tomorrow

Our Marquee Matchup for Saturday, August 13 features the Modesto Nuts and the Lake Elsinore Storm of the California League.  Both of these teams sit atop their respective divisions, making this a potential California League Championship preview.  Modesto currently is in a two-way tie for first place with Stockton in the North Division.  Lake Elsinore is first place in the South Division.  The game will be played at The Diamond, home of the Lake Elsinore Storm.  Alan DeRatt ( 5-3, 4.48 E.R.A.) will start for Modesto, and his counter-part will be Mike Watt (4-9, 5.82 E.R.A).

Tomorrow will also be the first time two Major League stars play in the field in some time as Alex Rodriguez will start at third and Brian McCann will get the start behind home plate in Saturday’s MiLB action.  Stay tuned for the next episode of Minor League Baseball Tonight. I’m your host Matthew Medley, and we’re outta here!

Minor League Baseball Tonight 8/11/11

Welcome to MiLB Tonight on this Thursday evening edition.  Thanks for joining us for another show as we will take you around the Minors and catch you up on all the latest happenings in baseball.

Welcome to the Show, Kid

Atlanta Braves right handed pitcher Arodys Vizcaino was called up Wednesday from Triple-A Gwinnett, and appeared in his first ever Major League ballgame.  Vizcaino entered the game with a 6-2 lead in the ninth inning, and got a taste of what the final three outs of an MLB ballgame are all about.  It was not easy for the 20-year-old, who could not finish the ball game and lasted two-thirds of an inning.  Vizcaino walked two, struck out one, and hit a batter, but did not allow any earned runs.  Braves’ closer Johnny Venters came in with the bases loaded to relieve Vizcaino and locked it down for the save.  Arodys Vizcaino is expected to work out of the bullpen for the Braves this season, but the long-term plan is to have him in the starting rotation.  He is listed by MLB.com as the second best prospect in the Atlanta Braves’ organization and at the young age of 20 will have plenty of time to develop and hopefully with experience this season will be ready for 2012 to be an impact pitcher.  Vizcaino’s numbers combined this season at Double-A and Triple-A total 97 innings pitched, with a 100-28 strikeout-to-walk ratio while fashioning a combined 3.06 ERA.

Also making his MLB debut Wednesday night was Kansas City Royals catcher, Salvador Perez.  Perez started behind the plate and caught five popups.  Since 1974, only three other catchers have caught five or more popups.  Thursday afternoon, Perez caught two more.

Seriously?

It is no easy task to fill up a Minor League ballpark.  We always see whacky promotions, gimmicks, and publicity stunts in the world of MiLB, but this one just may take the cake. The Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League will hold “Pre-game midget wrestling” before their Friday, August 12 match against the Corpus Christi Hooks.   The winner receives the World Midget Wrestling Heavyweight Championship belt. Only in Arkansas.  Anyone who goes to this MUST give a first-hand correspondent report, it is your sacred duty.

Around the World in 80 Innings

One of the best signs that there is hope in this world is to sit back and think that somewhere on this planet, at any given moment, baseball is being played.  Here are some interesting international scores to ponder:

August 10 Mexican League: Diablos Rojos de Mexico-10, Sultanes de Monterrey-3

August 11 Nippon League: Hiroshima Toyo Carp-4, Tokyo Yakult Swallows-3

August 11 Can-Am League: Quebec Les Capitales-11, New Jersey Jackels-0

Gameball Award

Today something spectacular happened in St. Lucie, Florida, and it is because of this that the Gameball Award for Thursday, August 11 must be special as well.  Three gameballs go to St. Lucie hitters, Jefry Marte, Wilmer Flores and Stefan Welch who hit back-to-back-to-back home runs against Graham Johnson of the Jupiter Hammerheads. The St. Lucie Mets’ trio became the first players in franchise history to hit three consecutive homers. I wish there was some kind of award to give the pitcher Graham Johnson, but he would probably rather not have anything to remind him of this night.

Marquee Matchup

Thursday night’s Marquee Matchup was scheduled to feature the Tulsa Drillers vs. the Midland RockHounds.  However, weather (or bad luck), has postponed this game, making it the second rainout of three Marquee Matchups here on MiLB Tonight.  The game will be made up as part of a double-header on Friday with the first game starting at 5:00 P.M.

What to Watch Tomorrow

There is plenty of action in store for Friday, August 12 in the world of Minor League Baseball.  Two of MLB’s biggest stars will rehab for their respective clubs, with Alex Rodriguez expected to DH for his first rehab start, and Washington Nationals’ pitcher Stephen Strasburg scheduled to make his second appearance since undergoing TommyJohn surgery, as he will pitch for the Potomac Cannons.

Tomorrow’s Marquee Matchup (weather permitting), will be between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Gwinnett Braves of the International League.  The Braves will host the Red Sox for a showdown between two of the top playoff contenders in the IL.  On the mound for the Paw Sox is right-hander Kyle Weiland.  Weiland, a third round pick out of Notre Dame, currently holds an 8-7 record with a 3.23. E.R.A.  Gwinnett has yet to announce their starting pitcher, but what is certain is that the not-so-friendly confines of Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia will have no pity on the northerners from Rhode Island.  Stay tuned to MiLB Tonight tomorrow to find out how this north-south rivalry plays out.

This concludes another episode of Minor League Baseball Tonight. Thanks for your participation, as always I’m your host Matthew Medley and we’re outta here!

Minor League Baseball Tonight 8/10/11

Welcome to the show, baseball fans!  There is plenty to talk about in the world of Minor League Baseball so let’s get started!

 

Hey Now, You’re an All-Star

The Short-Season A level New York-Penn League announced its All-Star rosters this week.  Many of the selectees will be playing in their first professional midsummer classic, and hopefully it will be the first of many to come for all invited.  The 2011 NYPL All-Star game will be held August 16 at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachuetts, home of the Boston Red Sox affiliate Lowell Spinners.   The game is somewhat unique to other Minor League all-star games in that the teams are split up between American League and National League affiliates.  Here are the rosters for both the A.L. and N.L. sides:

A.L. Affiliates All-Star Team
N.L. Affiliates All-Star Team
Pitchers
PLAYER POS TEAM PLAYER POS TEAM
Charlie Cononie RHP Hudson Valley Gabriel Arias RHP Williamsport
Evan DeLuca LHP Staten Island Jonathan Cornelius LHP Batavia
Robert Dickmann LHP Hudson Valley Benjamin Grisz RHP Auburn
Trent Howard LHP Aberdeen Kyle Hallock LHP Tri-City
Danny Jimenez LHP Mahoning Valley Josh Hodges RHP Jamestown
Parker Markel RHP Hudson Valley Michael Maness RHP Batavia
Tanner Peters RHP Vermont Todd McInnis RHP Batavia
Branden Pinder RHP Staten Island Mike Nesseth RHP Williamsport
Brennan Smith RHP Connecticut Tyson Seng RHP Brooklyn
Jeff Urlaub LHP Vermont Chase Wier RHP Jamestown
Position Players
PLAYER POS TEAM PLAYER POS TEAM
Matt Rice C Hudson Valley Juan Castillo C Batavia
Nick Rickles C Vermont Samuel Gonzalez C State College
Dean Green DH Connecticut Joe Bergman 2B Batavia
Sean Jamieson SS Vermont Terrence Dayleg 1B Jamestown
Dudley Leonora 2B Aberdeen Matt Duffy 3B Tri-City
Jeff Malm 1B Hudson Valley Hendry Jimenez 2B Auburn
Chih Fang Pan 2B Vermont Richard Lucas 3B Brooklyn
Jordan Smith 3B Mahoning Valley David Medina 1B Batavia
Casey Stevenson 3B Staten Island Daniel Muno SS Brooklyn
Joe Velleggia 1B Aberdeen Bryce Ortega SS Auburn
Tony Wolters SS Mahoning Valley Matt Skole DH Auburn
Glynn Davis OF Aberdeen Aaron Altherr OF Williamsport
Keury De La Cruz OF Lowell Kelly Dugan OF Williamsport
Matty Johnson OF Lowell Justin Gominsky OF Tri-City
Bryson Myles OF Mahoning Valley Kyrell Hudson OF Williamport
Seth Schwindenhammer OF Lowell Travis Taijeron OF Brooklyn
Mason Williams OF Staten Island Charles Thurber DH Brooklyn
Field Staff
NAME POS TEAM NAME POS TEAM
Carlos Febles Manager Stubby Clapp Manager
Paul Abbott Pitching Gary Ruby Pitching
Rich Gedman Hitting Lowell Mark Bailey Hitting
Mauricio Elizondo Ath. Trainer Kevin Ortega Ath. Trainer
Keita Terada Asst. Ath. Trainer Michael Kenyon Asst. Ath. Trainer

Congratulations to all the players and MiLB Tonight will be sure to provide coverage of the New York-Penn League All-Star game as it draws near.

 

Welcome to the Show, Kid

In his Major League debut, 21-year-old, Henderson Alvarez started for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Oakland Athletics.  Alvarez received the call-up from Double-A New Hampshire the day before and pitched a solid game, working 5.2 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 8 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4.  Alvarez received a no-decision for the start, but the Blue Jays prevailed to win the game 8-4.

Tried to Make ‘Em Go to Rehab…

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is set to begin a rehab stint this Friday.  Rodriguez will most likely play DH for either the Tampa Yankees of the  Florida-State League or the Gulf Coast League Yankees.  The Yankees hope to ease A-Rod into playing and hope to have him play in the field Saturday.  The rehab begins amid controversy of a high-stakes illegal poker match involving Rodriguez and other noteable celebrities.  Regardless of the off the field incidents, one thing the Yankees can be positive about is that their star third baseman will be back on the baseball diamond.

 

Gameball Award

The MiLB Gameball Award for August 10 goes to Yankees’ prospect, Gary Sanchez.  Sanchez, the number four prospect in the Yankees farm system, hit two homers driving in four runs on the night playing catcher for the Single A Charleston Riverdogs.  In his last eight games, Sanchez has hit seven home runs with 17 total on the season.  The 18-year-old Dominican Republic native will look to continue his hot streak through the rest of the season and into 2012.

 

Marquee Matchup(s)

If you recall, our very first Marquee Matchup scheduled for Tuesday night between the Clearwater Sharks and Tampa Yankees was postponed due to weather.  This game was played the next afternoon as part of a day-night doubleheader.  In game one of the doubleheader, the Sharks shut out Tampa 4-0.  Game two also went Clearwater’s way as the Sharks won 6-5, sweeping the doubleheader and overtaking Tampa for first place in the North division of the Florida State League.

Our other Marquee Matchup, for Wednesday night was also a battle for first place, and a nailbiter at that.  The Harrisburg Senators hosted the Richmond Flying Squirrels in an Eastern League match with potential playoff ramifications.  Both starting pitchers were excellent, neither allowed a run until the 7th inning.  The Flying Squirrels drew first blood in the top of the 7th taking a 1-0 lead, but the Senators would answer back in the 8th to tie the game 1-1.  Squirrels starter Eric Surkamp went 7.2 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out 9.  Shairon Martis started for Harrisburg and worked 7 innings, allowed one earned run on six hits, and struck out 10 batters.

The game entered the ninth tied 1-1, until Richmond’s right fielder Roger Kieschnick broke the tie with a two-run homer.  The Flying Squirrels would hold on to win the game 3-1 knocking Harrisburg out of first place in the Western Division.  Richmond is now two games out of first as the Bowie Baysox now lead the division.  Along with Harrisburg losing the game, the Senators’ star player, 18-year-0ld sensation, Bryce Harper was ejected in the bottom of the 7th for arguing a called third strike.  Contrary to popular opinion, there are in fact other players in the Nationals farm system (and no I’m not talking about just Stephen Strasburg on a rehab assignment), but nevertheless if you’d like to see the video of Harper lashing out at the umpire here is the link: http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=17900805 ….at least he didn’t blow a kiss before leaving the field.

 

What to Watch Tomorrow

The Marquee Matchup for Thursday, August 11 features a Texas-Oklahoma rivalry between two Texas League contenders.  The Tulsa Drillers head to Midland, TX to take on the Rockhounds.  Tulsa currently is two games out first in the North Division second-half standings, with a three-way tie for second place.  Midland, meanwhile is in second place in the South division, four games in back of San Antonio.  Tulsa will send Cory Riordan to the mound, who looks to improve his dismal 1-11 record and an E.R.A. of 5.54.  Anthony Capra will take the hill for Midland entering the contest with a 1-4 record and 6.07 E.R.A.  With the starting pitchers both having considerably high earned run averages, it would be fair to say Thursday night could be a shooutout in Texas.

Thanks for being a part of MiLB tonight fans, I’m Matthew Medley and until next time we’re outta here!

 

 

Minor League Baseball Tonight

Welcome back to our Tuesday, August 9 edition of MiLB Tonight! As always I’m your host, Matthew Medley and it is my pleasure to bring all you baseball fans the news and happenings around the minors.  Without futher ado, let’s play ball!

 

Welcome to the Show, Kid

Less than a week after calling up Brett Lawrie, the Toronto Blue Jays have dipped into their farm system yet again to give some invaluable playing experience to one of their  brightest young prospects.  21-year-old, Henderson Alvarez received the call up Tuesday night and is scheduled to make his Major League debut for Toronto as they face the Oakland Atheltics Wednesday night.  Alvarez, a right-handed pitcher from Venezuela, posted fantastic numbers this season at Double-A New Hampshire.  After starting two games at High-A, Alvarez was promoted to play for the Fisher Cats, managed by ex-major league catcher, Sal Fasano. In 15 starts with the club, Alvarez posted an 8-4 record with a 2.86 E.R.A, striking out 66 while walking only 17.  The Blue Jays obviously had faith that he was ready to get a taste of Major League action as he bypassed triple-A. The Jays look toward the future with many young rising stars to play alongside Bautista, Rasmus, and Romero, and are a team that should be on the radar despite playing in the difficult AL East. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the outcome of Alvarez’s Wednesday night debut.

 

Gameball Award

Tuesday night’s gameball goes to Triple-A Oklahoma City Redhawks outfielder, Drew Locke.  His performance Tuesday night was outstanding, as Locke hit a grand slam and a two-run double, totaling six RBI on the night.  What is more amazing however, is that it was the second straight game Locke drove in six runs.  In two games, Locke has hit three home runs and compiled 12 RBI!  He is batting .351 with three homers and 15 RBI in the month of August so far.

 

Marquee Matchup

Tuesday’s Marquee Matchup featured the Clearwater Sharks vs. the Tampa Yankees, in a battle for first place in the Florida-State League.  Weather did not permit for this match to take place however, and the game was rescheduled for Wednesday afternooon.  The Yankees and Sharks will play a double-header Wednesday and with the Yankees leading by one game in the standings, Clearwater could overtake Tampa for first place if they take two.  MiLB Tonight will be sure to let you know how both games of this double-header play out.

 

What to Watch Tomorrow

Wednesday’s Marquee Matchup features two Eastern League rivals in a heated playoff race, as the first-place Harrisburg Senators host the third-place Richmond Flying Squirrels.  The Senators currently hold a two and a half game advantage over Richmond for the Eastern division pennant.  The Flying Squirrels will send left-hander Eric Surkamp to the mound.  Surkamp has an 8-4 record with a 2.09 E.R.A. in 19 starts.  Pitching for the Senators will be righty Shairon Martis.  Martis is 7-4 with a 3.17 E.R.A. in 18 starts.

This has been another installment of MiLB Tonight, thank you for taking part and stay tuned for the latest happenings of Minor League Baseball.  We’re outta here!

Minor League Baseball Tonight

Hello, baseball lovers and welcome to the inagural episode of Minor League Baseball Tonight!  It is my pleasure to bring this great aspect of the greatest game to light for fans of the sport at all levels.  I’m Matthew Medley and starting today Minor League Baseball Tonight will cover the biggest stories in Minor League Baseball throughout the remainder of the regular and post-season.  This show is dedicated to the fans of baseball around the world, and more specifically, the fans who love the game at the lower levels.  We will touch on affiliated, independent, and even international baseball to educate and entertain fans.  It is the feeling of MiLB Tonight that this area of baseball is often overlooked, despite being a fascinating and extremely important part of the game of baseball as a whole.  So, without further ado, let’s get started with tonight’s episode. PLAY BALL!

 

Tried to Make ‘Em Go to Rehab…

Monday night, August 8 was the first time two of the big league’s brightest up and coming stars took the field since suffering injuries.  Washington Nationals’ phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg and Cleveland Indians’ star right-fielder Shin-Soo Choo both made starts with their clubs’ minor league farm teams.

Strasburg pitched in a live game for the first time in 11 months after undergoing Tommy John Surgery.  He made his rehab start for the Nats’ single-A affiliate, Hagerstown Suns.  Strasburg faced the Greensboro Grasshoppers in front of a crowd of more than 6,000.  Depsite the plan for Strasburg to throw a maximum of 30 pitches, he pushed the limit with a risque 31, 25 of which were thrown for strikes. The 23-year-old fireballer worked one and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and one earned run on a homer by  while striking out four.  His velocity was consistently around 97 mph, and he topped out at 98.  Strasburg will throw a bullpen session before making his next start, which is scheduled for this Friday.

Shin-Soo Choo, the Cleveland Indians fan-favorite right-fielder made his first rehab start since undergoing thumb surgery in late June.  Choo made his start for the single-A affiliate, Lake County Captains at Classic Park, just a stone’s throw away from Progressive Field in Cleveland.  A crowd of more than 6,000 witnessed Choo for 6 innings in right field, as he was substituted for in the top of the 7th.  Choo went 0-2 at the plate, grounded out to second and struck out looking.  Although his start shows he may need some time before being big-league ready to shake off the rust, our own MiLB tonight correspondant, Alex Toma, who was in attendance had this to say, ” I really am not worried about it.  It was first game back in a long time you have to give him more time.”  He hasn’t heard from the Indians about when he may be activated from the disabled list, but expect him to return to the big league club sometime in the next two weeks.

 

Gameball Award

MiLB Tonight’s first ever gameball award goes to Palm Beach Cardinals’ left-handed starter Tyler Lyons.  Lyons was a ninth-round draft pick from Oklahoma State and did something in just his ninth start that most pitchers never accomplish in an entire career.  He hurled the first no-hitter in Palm Beach Cardinals history.  The no-no was in game one of a doubleheader, which meant that the game only lasted seven innings, but regardless, Lyons pitched a gem,  The lefty faced only one batter above the minimum, striking out eight  Ft. Myers Miracle hitters and issuing just one walk.  Palm Beach won the game 10-0 and Lyons improved his record to 6-3 with a 4.20 E.R.A.

 

What to Watch for Tomorrow

As the playoff races heat up across baseball MiLB Tonight will highlight the Marquee Matchups of the night throughout the remainder of the regular season.  Tuesday’s Marquee Matchup features two teams battling for a bid to the Florida State League Playoffs, The Tampa Yankees host the Clearwater Threshers in a 7:00 start.  Entering the contest, Tampa holds a one-game lead over Clearwater in the second half standings.  Clearwater has yet to announce their starting pitcher for the contest, but what is certain is that the Yankees will send left-hander, Jose Quintana to the mound.  Quintana has been nothing short of spectacular for Tampa, posting an 8-1 record with a 2.25 E.R.A. this season, primarily coming out of the bullpen, while also making seven starts. The Threshers will look to spoil the 23 year old Colombian’s outing and have a first-place tie with a win over the Yankees.  Stay tuned for the next episode of MiLB Tonight to find out how this and much more in the world of minor league baseball plays out.  We’re outta here.

 

 

 

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