Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mizzou Baseball in the Minors & Majors: 1/2-Season Update


MAJOR LEAGUES


Ian Kinsler (03): Texas Rangers.


Starting 2nd baseman; Kinsler is having a fantastic year, but was edged out in the vote to be a starter in the All-Star game, and then was not chosen by the manager to be on the team

.250 Avg, 87 H, 19 2B, 2 3B, 20 HR, 55 RBI, 39 BB
Max Scherzer (04-06): Arizona Diamondbacks


Having a good year with the Diamondbacks, still having some trouble with getting run support. Got his first major league win on May 16, more than a year after his first start.

5-6, 3.64 ERA, 96-1/3 IP, 9 HR, 39 BB, 97 SO, 1.35 WHIP
Doug Mathis (05): Texas Rangers

Mathis began the season in Triple-A, but got the call up to the Rangers at the
beginning of June.

0-1, 2.16 ERA, 16-2/3 IP, 4 SO, 1.08 WHIP

DOUBLE-A


Andrew Johnston (05): Tulsa Drillers (Texas League), Colorado Rockies organization

Leads the Texas League in Saves

1-3, 2.95 ERA, 37 G, 23 Saves, 36-2/3 IP, 28 SO

Evan Frey (05-07): Mobile BayBears , Arizona Diamondbacks organization (Southern League).

Frey has struggled some in the step up to Double-A, but is putting together a
respectable season.

.247 Avg, 34 R, 78 H, 12 2B, 4 3B, 32 RBI, 17/26 SB
Brock Bond (06-07): Connecticut Defenders, SF Giants organizations (Eastern League)


Bond is having a stand-out year in Double-A and was selected for the Eastern League All-Star game. For several weeks he led all levels, including MLB, in consecutive games reaching base, finishing with 54.

.342 avg, 278 AB, 59 R, 95 H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 39 BB, 11/24 SB, .432 OBP
Garrett Broshuis (02-04): Connecticut Defenders, SF Giants organizations (Eastern League)

Brosh has had a nightmare season, moving from team to team and level to level more often than Myron Noodleman. For all the details, read his latest blog at BaseballAmerica.com. To summarize, he has been in extended Spring Training, then single-A (because there was no room at AA or AAA), then to AA Connecticut, then an all-too-brief call-up to AAA San Jose, and now is back at Connecticut (with Brock Bond). His combined stat line looks pretty good for someone who is getting little respect from the Giants organization:

8-2, 2.38, 16 G, 75.2 IP, 62 H, 21 R, 20 ER, 5 HR, 12 BB, 39 SO
Nathan Culp (04-06): San Antonio Missions, San Diego Padres organization (Texas League)

Culp has shown flashes of brilliance in 2009 - and flashes of inconsistency.

5-6, 4.38 ERA, 96.2 IP, 111 H, 54 R, 47 ER, 13 BB, 36 SO

CLASS A ADVANCED

Hunter Mense (04-06): Jupiter Hammerheads, Florida Marlins organization (Florida State League)

Mense has been installed at first base for the Hammerheads. A quote from his blog, dated July 3:

The second half has started on a really rocky path for me, I've got my four wheel drive on though and I'm trying to endure it the best that I can. I swear that there are some times when I absolutely hate baseball! It's such a frustrating game, but whenever you succeed it just makes it that much better. Baseball is something that I have such an extreme passion for.

.234 avg, 74 G, 23 R, 63 H, 12 2C, 2 3B, 1 HR, 19 RBI, 20 BB, 38 SO, 2/4 SB
Rick Zagone (06-08): Frederick Keys (High-A Carolina League), Baltimore Orioles organization

Began the season with the Delmarva Shorebirds, his season began with a flourish going 4-3 with a 1.92 ERA in his first nine starts. Since then he has struggled a bit.

Keys stats: 0-2, 6.60 ERA, 3 G, 15 IP, 18 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 2 HR, 6 BB, 13 SO

CLASS A


Trevor Coleman (07-09): Everett AquaSox (Northwest League), Seattle Mariners organization

Drafted in June, Coleman just signed with he Mariners this past week and has appeared in one game so far for the Short-Season AquaSox.

Lee Fischer (07-08): Kannapolis Intimidators (South Atlantic League), Chicago White Sox organization

Fischer began the season at Bristol and now is with Kannapolis, getting little
playing time

.300 (9 G, 20 AB, 5 R, 6 H, 3 2B, 4 RBI
Greg Folgia (07-09): Mahoning Valley Scrappers (New York-Penn League), Cleveland Indians organization

There were some rumors that Folgia wanted to return to the Tigers for another season, but finally chose to make the leap to the pros.

.229 avg, 19 G, 70 AB, 10 R, 16 H, 4 2B, 0 HR, 5 BB, 15 SO, 1/2 SB
Ryan Lollis (06-09): Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Northwest League) San Francisco Giants organization

Drafted in June, Lollis signed quickly and has been having a fairly good season
so far.

.333 Avg, 66 AB, 11 R, 22 H, 2 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1/3 SB, .500 Slg%
Kyle Mach (06-09), Arizona Giants (Arizona League) San Francisco Giants organization

Drafted in June, Mach signed quickly and was assigned to the Rookie league

.227 avg, 11 G, 44 AB, 8 R, 10 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 13 SO

INDEPENDENT LEAGUES

James Boone (03-05): Sioux City Explorers (American Association)

Released by the Altoona Curve in June. Stats with Explorers:

.326 avg, 11 G, 43 AB, 8 R, 14 H, 6 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 4 SO, .535 Slg%
■ Erik Dessau (04-05): Calgary Vipers, Golden Baseball League

Cody Ehlers (01-04): Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League

.255 avg, 43 G, 161 AB, 21 R, 41 H, 9 2B, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 12 BB, 31 SO
Justin James ( 02-03): Kansas City T-Bones, Northern League

3-5, 7.04 ERA, 13 G, 61-1/3 IP, 77 H, 48 R, 48 ER, 11 HR, 21 BB, 53 SO
Taylor Parker (03-06): Fort Worth Cats, Texas League.

2-0, 5.63 ERA, 16 G, 24 IP, 19 H, 17 R, 15 ER, 1 HR, 16 BB, 17 SO
Andy Shipman (03): Gary South Shore RailCats (Northern League)

Began the season with the Kansas City T-Bones, Northern League. Was released in early June and picked up by Gary. Was selected for the Northern League All-Star Game

Stats with the RailCats:

3-1, 0.53 ERA, 15 G, 6 Saves, 17 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 15 SO

COACHING

Torre Tyson (95-98): Head Coach, Charleston Riverdogs, Class-A NY Yankees organization (South Atlantic League)

Jon Williams (98-01): Hitting Coach, Idaho Falls Chukars, KC Royals organization.

Jayce Tingler (00-03): Head Coach, Texas Rangers' Dominican Summer League


RETIRED


Jacob Priday (05-07)and Kurt Calvert (06-08) have retired from baseball.


DRAFTED, NOT YET SIGNED

Aaron Crow (06-07): Drafted in June by the Royals

Kyle Gibson (07-09): Drafted in June by the Twins

Aaron Senne (07-09): Drafted in June by the Twins. Word is he will likely return to the Tigers next season

If you have further information about any of these players, or corrections to my info, please e-mail me at simmonsfield@hotmail.com

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