This Week in the Minors - May 3, 2006

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This Week in the Minors

May 3, 2006

There has been so much player movement in the early part of this week that it forced a re-write of certain sections of this report and delayed it from yesterday until today. As this goes to press, the primary team in flux is the Memphis Redbirds. Check out their section.

Memphis' rain-shortened week saw them drop another three games behind the Nashville Sounds and they are now nine games out of first and still in last place in their division. Springfield broke their first-place tie with Tulsa and now have sole possession of first, one game ahead of the Drillers. Palm Beach is also in first place and saw a three game swing in the standings, from one and one-half games behind to one and one-half games ahead of Brevard County. The standings are still tight in the West division of the Midwest League as Quad Cities fell from a tie for fourth to sole possession of sixth place but moved from three to two games behind Beloit.

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AAA – Memphis Redbirds
League Affiliation - sixteen-team Pacific Coast League, four-team America North division
Overall Record – 6 - 15
Weekly Record – 1 - 2
Current Standing – Last, nine games behind the Nashville Sounds (Brewers)

The Roster
Transactions – 04/26/06 – UT Kevin Estrada optioned to Double-A Springfield, IF Desi Relaford activated; 04/28/06 – OF John Gall called up to St. Louis, UT Kevin Estrada called up from Springfield
On the DL front – LHS Chris Narveson (shoulder), RHS Rhett Parrott (shoulder), RHS Brad Voyles (shoulder)

Current Week Team Batting – .228/.280/.326/.606
Cumulative Team Batting – .241/.309/.352/.661, fifteenth in the league, by OPS

Current RotationRandy Leek, Anthony Reyes, Matt Smith, Dennis Tankersley, Brad Voyles, John Webb
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.12 ERA and 1.56 WHIP: 6 earned runs, 23 hits and 4 walks in 17.1 innings pitched

Current BullpenAlan Benes, Carmen Cali, Brian Falkenborg, Tyler Johnson, Josh Kinney, Frank Perez, Matt Smith
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 1.17 ERA and 1.31 WHIP: 1 earned runs, 2 hits and 8 walks in 7.2 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 4.46 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, thirteenth in the league, by WHIP

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHR Josh Kinney's season-to-date numbers: 9 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 0 SV, 13.1 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 10 SO, 2.03 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 3.33 K/BB, .240 BAA, 5 Inherited Runners-1 Scored
Who's Pitchin' Not – No pitcher is going to get mentioned here for under two innings of work

Who's Hittin' Hot – 1B Brian Daubach went .545/.583/1.091/1.674, 6-for-11 in three games with 3 triples and 1 home run
Who's Hittin' Not – C Michel Hernandez went .083/.083/.083/.167, 1-for-12 in three games

Of Note – Overall
This is a team on the move with a couple of moves already having taken place in the last two days and others pending. First, starter Brad Voyles was placed on the disabled list and pitcher John Riedling was activated from the disabled list. Then Skip Schumaker was optioned from St. Louis to Memphis and was replaced on the roster by Redbirds closer Brian Falkenborg. Further, manager Danny Sheaffer has stated that roster changes are coming. Junior Spivey's pending termination falls in the ‘no-brainer' category. His offense, or lack thereof, speaks for itself and eye-witness reports say his defense is sub-par. Desi Relaford was picked up to replace Spivey. The Redbirds are stocked with guys that are neither likely to help the big club nor are even helping the Redbirds win. Changes need to be made.
The Redbirds got lots of rest this week since they only played three games due to four rainouts in Iowa. In one of the few games they did play, Brad Voyles suffered a sprained right pectoral muscle, just below his shoulder, while warming up for Thursday's game. Reliever Matt Smith was pressed into emergency duty and came through with a winning effort, the Redbirds' sole win of the week. His line: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.
While it was good to see John Gall's torrid performance rewarded with a call-up, his promotion on Friday removed one of the Redbirds' few offensive forces. He led the team in about every offensive category, accounting for 15% of the runs scored and almost 20% of the runs batted in.

Of Note – Offense/Defense
The cumulative team batting stats listed for the Triple-A and Double-A portions in this report will always be slightly higher than other sources because this report focuses solely on the position players and eliminate the pitchers' few at bats. The idea is that no pitcher ever made the majors due to his bat and their very limited at bats skews the team's batting average slightly downward.
Timo Perez played center this week, all three games of it, replacing Shaun Boyd and he went .417/.417/.557/1.083, 5-for-12 in three games with one home run.
Desi Relaford's Redbird debut lasted less that two innings on Thursday as he pulled a muscle in his left leg on what should have been a double. He made it to first and was lifted for John Nelson. He is listed as day-to-day.
Junior Spivey is hitting a cumulative .197/.358/.237/.595 which is likely to get him released before long.

Of Note – Pitching
The only pitchers that saw action this week were starters Dennis Tankersley, Matt Smith and John Webb and relievers Carmen Cali, Brian Falkenborg, Josh Kinney and Frank Perez.
Voyles' injury is a blow to an already shaky rotation as he has been their best starter, by far. In three starts, Voyles has compiled a 1.50 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in eighteen innings. Opponents are hitting .258 against him. He was placed on the disabled list on Monday and John Riedling was activated. Both transactions will appear in next week's report.
On paper Riedling's activation does not fill Voyles' slot in the rotation, however, as he has not started regularly since 1998 although he did start eight games for the Reds in 2003. Today's (Wednesday) Memphis Commercial Appeal, however, indicates that the Cardinals are considering Riedling for a rotation slot but that he will work out of the bullpen while he gets back into game shape. If the bullpen is reshuffled with Riedling working relief and one of the current bullpen sliding into the rotation, the most likely candidate is Franklin Perez. He worked mainly as a starter in 2004 and is among the more effective Redbirds relievers. Brian Falkenborg would have been another candidate for starting as he has recent starting experience (2004) but here is what I prepared yesterday morning before Falkenborg was called up to St. Louis – ‘I think it more likely that Perez would be switched than Falkenborg as the latter is a serious candidate for a call-up to the St. Louis bullpen. Hence the Cardinals will probably want to keep him in the same role in Memphis at which he would be used by them.'
Anthony Reyes' was scheduled to start Friday's game but that was subsequently pushed back to Monday. However, Dennis Tankersley ended up starting that game. With Reyes' injury history, any such move raises the warning flag. Reyes has not pitched since the 21st. The latest is that his start was ‘pushed back' because has been working on his mechanics. Reyes started last night's (Tuesday, the 2nd) game with Walt Jocketty in attendance.

Prospect Watch
Shaun Boyd – played centerfield behind Timo Perez this week, did not have a hit in four at bats over two games with one walk
Carmen Cali – 2 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 0 SV, 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 1 SO, 5.42 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, 0.33 K/BB, .000 BAA
Chris Duncan - .143/.250/.143/.393, 1-for-7 in two games with one walk and two strikeouts
Travis Hanson - .250/.364/.250/.614, 2-for-8 in three games with two walks and no strikeouts
Tyler Johnson – did not pitch
Anthony Reyes – did not pitch

Upcoming Week – vs. New Orleans Zephyrs (Nationals) 1st through 4th, vs. Iowa Cubs 5th through 7th

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AA – Springfield Cardinals
League Affiliation - eight-team Texas League, four-team East division
Overall Record – 15 - 9
Weekly Record – 4 - 3
Current Standing – First, one game ahead of the Tulsa Drillers (Rockies)

The Roster
Transactions – 04/26/06 – UT Kevin Estrada optioned from Triple-A Memphis, LHR Sam Walton placed on the 7-day disabled list, retroactive to 4/22/06; 04/28/06 – UT Kevin Estrada called up to Memphis
On the DL frontRayner Laya (left pinkie), Dan Moylan (right hand), SS Brendan Ryan (left wrist), LHR Sam Walton (deltoid strain)

Current Week Team Batting – .255/.350/.387/.737
Cumulative Team Batting – .282/.363/.475/.838, second in the league by OPS

Current RotationChris Lambert, Jordan Pals, Mike Parisi, Stuart Pomeranz, Rich Rundles
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 4.46 ERA and 1.73 WHIP: 18 earned runs, 48 hits and 15 walks in 36.1 innings pitched

Current BullpenAndy Cavazos, Cory Doyne, Kevin Ool, Chris Russ, Rich Scalamandre, Samuel Walton, Mark Worrell
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.05 ERA and 1.35 WHIP: 7 earned runs, 18 hits and 10 walks in 20.2 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 3.66 ERA and 1.36 WHIP, second in the league by WHIP

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHR Mark Worrell: it may not be pretty but he got the job done this week. His line: 3 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 2 SV, 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 4 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 1.33 K/BB, .000 BAA, 3 Inherited Runners, 0 Scored
Who's Pitchin' Not – RHS Stuart Pomeranz's weekly line: 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 10 IP, 18 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, 1 BB, 4 SO, 7.20 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 4.00 K/BB, .400 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – LF Cody Haerther went .308/.357/.538/.896, 8-for-26 with three doubles, one home run and three runs scored
Who's Hittin' Not – 3B Rico Washington went .111/.320/.167/.487, 2-for-18 in six games with six walks and seven strikeouts

Of Note – Overall
Springfield did well in April on both the offense and pitching fronts. Only five hitters are batting under .275 for the season, including the bench, and seven pitchers have cumulative WHIPs below 1.30 and BAAs below .250. However, there are certainly areas for improvement, mainly in the Springfield rotation. More on that in the Pitching section below.

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Nick Stavinoha pinch hit during Tuesday's game but did not play at all in Wednesday's or Thursday's game. Brian Martin took his place in right and went .176/.364/.176/.540, 3-for-17 in seven games with four runs scored, five walks and five strikeouts. Stavinoha played right in Friday and Saturday's game and DH'd in Sunday's game which was his only multi-hit game of the week.
With Stavinoha's early success at this level, questions on his defensive capabilities have arisen. There is a very firm general consensus that Stavinoha's glove does not equal his bat. That is a pretty safe statement since Stavinoha is a minimally above-average bat and is not the same defensively. But I decided to dig deeper when I read a comment by a St. Louis sportswriter that appeared to imply that Stavinoha's defense was American League Designated Hitter level. Since I have never read anything that indicated Stavinoha's defense would preclude him from playing for a National League team, I was interested in finding out more. My contact for this was fortunate enough to see the vast majority of Stavinoha's home games last season and has watched this level of professional baseball for a number of years. Therefore, they have both the background and direct contact needed to form an educated opinion on his skills. The response that I received was ‘Stavinoha struggled at times. He looked to me like he was getting a slow read of the ball off the bat and that, combined with a lack of top-quality speed, left him in some awkward positions on occasion. There was a general lack of speed overall in the outfield here last season, which complicated matters. There was no question, though, that defense was the area he was going to have to work on as he moved up (not uncommon) and much like Ankiel, although his situation was obviously a little different from an experience standpoint. Both have it down offensively. The closest thing I've seen here to Stavinoha recently was Justin Morneau, when he was through here during the first half of '01 with the Twins. Good, pure hitter.' You draw your own conclusions.
Reid Gorecki is leading the Texas League with 9 home runs. His .684 Slugging percentage is second and his 1.036 OPS is fifth. Gorecki is tied for third in league with 6 stolen bases in 9 attempts.
Another Springfield player that is among the league leaders is Rico Washington. His .333 BA is eighth in league while his .474 OBP is third. He leads teammate Gorecki with a .707 SLG (1st) and his 1.181 OPS is also first . This week his bat cooled off enough, however, for him to get noticed in the Not category.
Current shortstop, and regular utility player, Mike McCoy's 16 walks are third in the league and 8 stolen bases in 12 attempts are second.
Jarrett Hoffpauir has been mentioned in the Hittin' Not category two of the last three weeks so it is nice to see his bat coming around enough merit a Hot nod.

Of Note – Pitching
The Memphis Redbirds' rotation could use some assistance. For those of you wondering if any of the Springfield Cardinals' rotation could provide some relief, the answer is ‘not much'. The two most highly touted prospects, Chris Lambert and Stuart Pomeranz, have disappointed in the first month. Both are allowing batting average against of over .300 which does not spell "P-R-O-M-O-T-I-O-N".
The most consistent starter is Jordan Pals. He is second in the Texas League with thirty-one innings pitched and his 1.16 WHIP is fifth in the league. Pals is the only starter holding opposing batters under a .250 average, .241 to be precise. I thought he had a decent chance of making the Redbirds' rotation out of Spring Training but he ended up back in Springfield. With Voyles injured and on the DL, there may be an opening in Memphis for Pals. However, my best guess is that the Redbirds will use one of their own bullpen to take Voyles' slot with Riedling going into the vacant bullpen spot.

Prospect Watch
Reid Gorecki - .231/.333/.577/.910, 6-for-26 in seven games with three home runs, four runs scored, four walks, twelve strikeouts and two errors
Cody Haerther – listed in the Hittin' Hot section
Jarrett Hoffpauir - .316/.381/.316/.697, 6-for-19 in six games with one run scored, three runs batted in, two walks, six strikeouts, two stolen bases and one error
Chris Lambert – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 4 SO, 6.75 ERA, 2.50 WHIP, 1.33 K/BB, .333 BAA. Missed getting the Pitchin' Not call only because batters teed off on Pomeranz more than they did Lambert
Mike Parisi – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 11 IP, 13 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 5 SO, 4.09 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 1.00 K/BB, .295 BAA. He has 28 strikeouts so far this season, good for fourth in league
Stuart Pomeranz – mentioned in the Pitchin' Not category
Nick Stavinoha - .231/.214/.308/.522, 3-for-13 in four games with one run scored, five runs batted in, no walks and four strikeouts
Mark Worrell – mentioned in the Pitchin' Not section

Upcoming Week – at San Antonio Missions (Mariners) 1st and 2nd, vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros) 4th through 6th, vs. San Antonio Missions 7th

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High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division
Overall Record – 16 - 7
Weekly Record – 5 – 2
Current Standing – First, one and one-half games ahead of the Brevard County Manatees (Brewers)

The Roster
Transactions - None
On the DL front – OF Matt Lemanczyk (swelling in arm)

Current Week Team Batting – .246/.326/.388/.713
Cumulative Team Batting – .255/.337/.398/.735, second in the league by OPS

Current RotationMitch Boggs, Eric Haberer, Blake Hawksworth, Mark Michael, Nick Webber
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 2.75 ERA and 1.32 WHIP: 12 earned runs, 39 hits and 13 walks in 39.1 innings pitched

Current BullpenTyler Adamczyk, Dennis Dove, Jose Garcia, Justin Garza, Matt Scherer, Mike Sillman, Zack Zuercher
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 2.36 ERA and 0.86 WHIP: 7 earned runs, 17 hits and 6 walks in 26.2 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 3.86 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, eighth in the league by WHIP

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHS Blake Hawksworth's line this week: 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-1, 10 IP, 11 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 11 SO, 1.80 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 5.5 K/BB, .289 BAA
Who's Pitchin' Not – RHS Eric Haberer went from Hot to Not in the space of a week as he struggles to find consistency. This week his line read: 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 SO, 5.40 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 3.00 K/BB, .273 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – RF Terry Evans went .467/.484/.867/1.351, 14-for-30 in seven games with three home runs, eight runs scored, six runs batted in, one walk and a stolen base
Who's Hittin' Not – 2B Juan Lucena went .136/.174/.136/.310, 3-for-22 in five games with two runs scored, three runs batted in, one walk and two strikeouts

Of Note – Overall
If you are looking for an early candidate for promotion then Mike Ferris may be your man. He has had a very strong start to the season with little holding him back at the Springfield first base position in either Matt Dryer or Juan Richardson. Ferris is starting his second full season of professional ball and turned 23 in December. He is only eight months younger than Nick Stavinoha and has a year's more professional experience.
Another candidate is outfielder Terry Evans. Evans is hitting even better than Ferris but there are a few key positional differences. While Ferris' AA competition are not ‘prospects', the Springfield outfield of Cody Haerther, Reid Gorecki and Nick Stavinoha are all prospects with an upside. It will be nearly impossible for him to crack into that group. He could, however, replace either Brian Martin or Ty Parker as a back-up outfielder.

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Terry Evans is simply tearing up the Florida State League. The League's current ‘Player of the Week' has overall numbers of .347/.394/.632/1.026 are good for third in batting average and second in both slugging and OPS. His seven home runs is tied for league lead.
Matt Pagnozzi's three triples are good for a tie for third in the league. He hit .400/.471/.667/1.137, 6-for-15 in five games this week which brings his cumulative numbers to a very un-Pagnozzi-like .259/.344/.519/.863, 14-for-54 in fifteen games.
Sean Danielson put up some disappointing numbers in April with a .217 batting average and .277 slugging percentage. However, he has drawn seventeen walks which has upped his on-base percentage to .353 and placed him third in the league in walks. Danielson has utilized his speed by stealing eleven bases in fourteen attempts and is tied for second in the league in stolen bases

Of Note – Pitching
After a simply dreadful debut in which he gave up five earned runs on six hits and one walk in one and one-third innings, Mitch Boggs has put together back-to-back solid starts. He has allowed three earned runs on seven hits and four walks in eleven innings and held opposing batters to .222 and .136 averages. Boggs struck out twelve during that span. In fact he has struck out fourteen in twelve and one-third innings so far and is the only Palm Beach starter to average over nine strikeouts every nine innings.

Prospect Watch
Mitch Boggs – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 1.67 K/BB, .136 BAA
Mike Ferris – .269/.367/.385/.751, 7-for-26 in seven games with one double, one triple, two runs scored, four walks, four strikeouts and two errors. He is fourth in the league with an overall .404 on-base percentage, fifth with a .981 OPS and his .576 slugging percentage is sixth.
Tyler Greene - .280/.308/.440/.748, 7-for-25 with one double, one home run, three stolen bases, one walk and ten strikeouts
Eric Haberer – mentioned in the Pitchin' Not
Blake Hawksworth – noted in the Pitchin' Hot section but his weekly BAA of .289 is higher than you would like
Juan Lucena – received the Hittin' Not mention
Mark Michael – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 2 SO, 3.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 1.00 K/BB, .217 BAA
Mike Sillman – 4 G, 0 GS, 1-0, 2 SV, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2.25 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 3.00 K/BB, .154 BAA
Nick Webber – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 12.1 IP, 14 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 4 BB, 9 SO, 2.92 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 2.25 K/BB, .286 BAA

Upcoming Week – at Vero Beach Dodgers 1st, vs. St. Lucie Mets 2nd, 4th and 5th, at Clearwater Threshers (Phillies) 6th and 7th

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Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities
League Affiliation - fourteen-team Midwest League, eight-team West division
Overall Record – 10 - 12
Weekly Record – 2 - 3
Current Standing – Sixth, two games behind the Beloit Snappers (Twins)

The Roster
Transactions – 04/25/06 – RHS Phillip Andersen, RHS Cory Meacham: placed on 7-day disabled list, Meacham retroactive to 4/24/06; RHP Ashley Hooks, RHP Josh Wilson, INF Jose Martinez: called up from Extended Spring Training, Hooks and Martinez activated; 04/28/06 – RHP Josh Wilson activated, IF Cal Hayes placed on the restricted list; 04/29/06 – OF Charles Carter optioned to Extended Spring Training, OF Chad Gabriel called up from Extended Spring Training
On the DL front – Phillip Andersen (sprained elbow), Kyle McClellan (July 2005 Tommy John surgery), Cory Meacham (right shoulder soreness), Donnie Smith (August 2005 shoulder capsule surgery)

Current Week Team Batting – .280/.315/.420/.736
Cumulative Team Batting – .253/.316/.372/.688, sixth in the league by OPS

Current Rotation – Phillip Andersen, Adam Daniels, Jaime Garcia, Mark McCormick, Josh Wilson
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.33 ERA and 1.27 WHIP: 9 earned runs, 23 hits and 8 walks in 24.1 innings pitched

Current BullpenDanny Borne, Jason Cairns, Trey Hearne, Ashley Hooks, Jon Mikrut, Kyle Sadlowski, Matt Trent, Scott Vander Weg, Jeremy Zick
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 2.82 ERA and 1.15 WHIP: 9 earned runs, 25 hits and 7 walks in 28.2 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 4.01 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, tenth in the league by WHIP

Who's Pitchin' Hot – It was a tough choice this week but the nod goes to RHS Jaime Garcia with a weekly line of: 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 6 SO, 3.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 6:1 K/BB, .182 BAA
Who's Pitchin' Not – I hate to focus the spotlight on the newbie but RHS Josh Wilson's Quad Cities debut was U-G-L-Y: 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 3 SO, 6.75 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, .412 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – CF Colby Rasmus, for the second week in a row. This week his line is .400/.444/.640/1.084, 10-for-25 in five games with two home runs, seven runs scored, two walks and three stolen bases
Who's Hittin' Not – 2B/SS Jose Martinez' 2006 debut was a bit shaky: .111/.111/.111/222, 2-for-18 in four days with one run scored, one stolen base, four strikeouts and four errors

Of Note – Overall
The Swing's great issue in April was too many errors. They committed fifty-five errors in twenty-two games which led to twenty-nine unearned runs. The team is on pace to eclipse the league record for errors in a season that was set in 1949.
The Swing got visits this week from Bruce Manno, the Cardinals' director of player development; minor league pitching coordinator Mark Riggins, catching consultant Dave Ricketts and, possibly most importantly, minor league defensive coach (and State College Spikes manager) Mark DeJohn. Gene Tenace, the organization's minor league hitting coordinator, also stopped by. Wonder how long in advance these visits were set up?
On the player movement front the biggest news was the pending voluntary retirement of second baseman Cal Hayes. Last week's report said that Hayes was the most likely candidate to be removed from the active roster when pitcher Josh Wilson was activated for Friday's game and that turned out to be correct. Hayes was placed on the restricted list pending his filing paperwork for voluntary retirement. He was a third round pick in the 2002 draft.

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Randy Roth is leading the Midwest League in home runs with eight and runs batted in with 19, a three-way tie for first in the latter category.
Wes Swackhamer's .328 BA is tenth best in the league.
Brandon Yarbrough has the sixth highest batting average, .333, in the league.
Dan Nelson is second in the league with 8 stolen bases in eight attempts. Colby Rasmus is third with seven in eight attempts.

Of Note – Pitching
Reliever Ashley Hooks had a scoreless two inning debut on Tuesday, the 25th. Beloit subsequently filed an official protest of the game because Hooks' name was not on the line-up card submitted before the game's start. Since Beloit won the game, however, nothing is expected to result from the protest.
Mark McCormick had a very good outing this week and made the Pitchin' Hot choice a difficult one. McCormick shut out first-place Beloit on two hits through six innings while striking out six. The downside is his continuing control issues as he walked six batters as well. McCormick has struck out twenty-two batters in nineteen and two-thirds innings but his overall K/BB ratio is only 1.16 because he has walked nineteen. Opponents are only hitting .164 against him but he is unlikely to advance until his control improves.
With the promotion of Ashley Hooks the Swing now have three non-drafted 2005 free agent signees in their bullpen: Hooks, Danny Borne and Jon Mikrut.

Prospect Watch
Bryan Andersen – .385/.529/.462/.991, 5-for-13 in three games with two runs scored, four walks, one strikeout, one stolen base in two attempts
Jaime Garcia – his cumulative line is: 4 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 2-1, 25 IP, 17 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 7 BB, 26 SO, 2.52 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 3.71 K/BB, .186 BAA. His 0.96 WHIP is good for tenth in the league
Jose Martinez – outlined in the Hittin' Not
Mark McCormick – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 6 BB, 6 SO, 0.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 1.00 K/BB, .111 BAA
Colby Rasmus – mentioned in the Hittin' Hot, so far his twenty-three strikeouts, to date, do not land him in the top 15 in the league in that category
A.J. Van Slyke - .167/.167/.167/.333, 3-for-18 in four games with two runs scored, no walks, four strikeouts and one stolen base in one attempt
Josh Wilson – check out the above Pitchin' Not
Brandon Yarbrough – .400/.400/.500/.900, 8-for-20 in four games with two runs scored, one triple, no walks, three strikeouts and one caught stealing

Upcoming Week – vs. Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 1st and 2nd, vs. South Bend Silver Hawks (Diamondbacks) 4th through 7th

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Short-A – State College Spikes
League Affiliation - fourteen-team New York-Penn League, six-team McNamara division

The Roster

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Short-A – Johnson City Cardinals
League Affiliation - ten-team Appalachian League, five-team West division

The Roster

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Extended Spring Training

Transactions – 04/25/06 – RHP Ashley Hooks, INF Jose Martinez, RHP Josh Wilson: called up to Quad Cities; 04/26/06 – OF Drew Costanzo, C Spencer Wyman: given their unconditional release; C Craig Lewis, RHP Brian Stitt: signed to a minor league contract; INF Kevin Richmond placed on the voluntarily retired list; 04/29/06 – OF Charles Carter optioned from Quad Cities, OF Chad Gabriel called up to Quad Cities

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