Re-assigned Ben Guez (OF) from Erie to Toledo
Re-assigned Bryan Pounds (3B) from Toledo to Erie
Re-assigned Edwin Gomez (OF) from West Michigan to EST
Re-assigned Steven Moya (OF) from EST to West Michigan
Activated Jeff Ferrell (RHP) from the 7-day DL (elbow)
Placed Ramon Lebron (RHP) on the 7-day DL (back)
Released Clay Timpner (OF)
Analysis: The shake-up continues as the organization tries to get some guys in West Michigan that can help win ball games. It was worth a try with the still 19-year old Gomez, but he just isn't ready for this level of competition. One scout that saw him last month said he was "completely lost in every phase of the game." There's still talent in there, but he's a ways away from tapping into that raw potential.
With Moya, 'Caps fans will get to see another extremely raw talent. A monstrous 6-foot-6 outfielder, Moya has tons of natural strength and some of the best raw power in the system. In the past two years he has shown to be extremely unrefined, but Director of Player Development Mike Rojas said this morning that Moya has "made great strides in showing his ability to hit for both average and power." It's not likely to be easy sledding for Moya in full-season ball, but he has the raw talent to possibly help the club.
Guez is no stranger to bouncing around the organization, having played at three levels last year. He heads back to Triple-A with a hot bat in hand, while Bryan Pounds heads back to Erie.
Timpner was released due to his refusal to accept a demotion to Erie upon his return from a quad injury. Guez fills his spot nicely on the roster and alls the Hens to put three hot bats in the outfield with Dirks, Perez, and Guez, while Clete Thomas continues to struggle.
Ferrell's elbow has reportedly cleared up nicely after some soreness sent him to the DL. He should be watched closely as there is some arm effort in his delivery. Lebron's back spasms are nothing of significant concern and he should return around the minimum, which will be good for a power arm that may finally be finding his niche in the bullpen.
Posted by Mark, 05/11/11
Activated Danny Worth (INF) from the 7-day DL (hamstring)
Released Cesar Nicolas (1B/3B)
Re-assigned Ryan Enos (OF) from West Michigan to EST
Signed Ryan Hamme (OF) and assigned him to West Michigan
Analysis: Nicolas' stay in Toledo was brief after he was activated following a 50-game suspension for amphetamines. His release is not unexpected as Bryan Pounds has been hitting well and Ryan Strieby is still a priority player at first, leaving Nicolas with precious little space on the roster.
Worth's getting back to action at a good time, as he could be next in line for an infield job in Detroit if someone falters. Jim Leyland loves his glove and speed, and that could get him back to the big leagues.
Though Enos was hitting better than guys like Edwin Gomez and PJ Polk, he's the guy that gets shipped out of A-ball when the team needs help, because he's not a priority prospect. This might be the end of the line for him. Hamme was a 31st round pick by the White Sox in 2009 and had been released recently after starting off slow in Kannapolis. He's not a serious prospect, but he might do enough to help the club until guys like Polk and Gomez can get going.
Posted by Mark, 05/10/11
Activated Victor Martinez (C) from the 15-day DL (groin)
Optioned Omir Santos (C) to Toledo
Re-assigned John Murrian (C) from Toledo to Erie
Re-assigned Jeff Kunkel (C) from Erie to Lakeland
Re-assigned Nate Newman (RHP) from Lakeland to West Michigan
Re-assigned Logan Hoch (LHP) from EST to West Michigan
Re-assigned Clemente Mendoza (RHP) from West Michigan to EST
Re-assigned Steve Crnkovich (RHP) from West Michigan to EST
Re-assigned Zach Simons (RHP) from Toledo to Erie
Re-assigned Lester Oliveros (RHP) from Erie to Toledo
Analysis: The move to make room for Martinez is obvious, as Santos was just an emergency option when he went down. Martinez returns after a brief two game stint with Toledo. One scout in attendance at both games said Martinez "looked like the same guy that's hit in the big leagues for years." His return could help boost a struggling Tigers club.
Posted by Mark, 05/04/11
Activated Cory Hamilton (RHP) from the 7-day DL (wrist)
Re-assigned Matt Little (RHP) from Erie to Lakeland
Re-assigned Dan Gentzler (RHP) from Lakeland to West Michigan
Placed Richard Zumaya (RHP) on the 7-day DL (shoulder)
Optioned Will Rhymes (2B) to Toledo
Recalled Scott Sizemore (2B) from Toledo to Detroit
Analysis: Hamilton returning from the DL so quickly is a positive sign as he took a line drive off the wrist in a recent game. Little is a relatively logical choice to be re-assigned, as his flat fastball and fringy secondary stuff combined with poor command was exposed agaisnt more advanced hitters. He still has a chance for success, but he's got some adjustmments to make.
Little arriving in Lakeland made for an easy re-assignment to West Michigan to replace the injury Richard Zumaya. The little brother of injured Tigers reliever Joel, Richard doesn't have near his brothers power stuff, but he has developed into a solid A-ball arm. Gentlzer will be interesting for Whitecaps fans to check out, as he's a novelty with a true submarine delivery.
Posted by Mark, 05/02/11