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Monday, April 09, 2007

Down on the Farm: AAA Report

The start of the minor league season means the return of the Down on the Farm posts. However, I have decided to substantially revise the format of the posts. For an example of how the posts were set up last year, you can click here. What's the reason for the change? Largely, I think I can provide more useful and more interesting commentary using the new format, and because I can simply direct you to the team websites if you want to see season stats, there's no reason for me to waste time duplicating them here. Rather than describe the new format in writing, I'm just going to launch into it below. I hope you enjoy it!

Rochester Red Wings (1-0)
T-2nd Place -- International League North Division

Red Wings Season Stats

Starting Pitchers

1.) Matt Garza - RHP - 1 start
2.) Glen Perkins - LHP
3.) Kevin Slowey - RHP
4.) Scott Baker - RHP
5.) Dave Gassner - LHP

Who's Hot: It's hard to say that any of the starters are actually "hot" at this point, since the team has only played one game and starter Matt Garza was decidedly not hot. Dave Gassner may win the award simply because he's now actually listed in my starting rotation, after the player I originally listed there (Jeremy Cummings) came on in relief of Garza in Saturday's first game.

Who's Not: Garza's first start was anything but solid, as he threw 74 pitches to get through 3.1 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs while walking 5 batters. By no means should this be cause for too much concern -- the start was pushed back a day, and it was quite cold in Rochester for the opener. Look for Garza to bounce back strong his next time out.

Relief Pitchers
1.) Jeremy Cummings - RHP - 1 game
2.) Mike Venafro - LHP - 1 game
3.) Bobby Korecky - RHP - 1 game
4.) Brian Bass - RHP
5.) Tristan Crawford - RHP
6.) Julio DePaula - RHP
7.) Jason Miller - LHP
DL - Ricky Barrett - LHP
DL - Carmen Cali - LHP

Who's Hot: Jeremy Cummings put together a very solid 3 inning appearance in relief of Matt Garza on Saturday in which he allowed just 2 hits while striking out 3 batters. I really got to like Cummings in spring training, and had hoped that the Twins would give him a chance to start in the Red Wing rotation. That hasn't happened -- yet -- but if Cummings continues to put up solid relief appearances and Dave Gassner struggles, he could get a shot at some point this season to prove he deserves to be starting.

Who's Not: Mike Venafro, the much vaunted free agent acquisition who posted a 0.00 ERA for the Twins in spring training, got touched for 5 runs on 6 hits in 2 innings of work on Saturday. Reports from a commentator in a previous post suggest that Venafro went out in 30 degree weather in short sleeves -- perhaps he should think twice before doing that again. Bobby Korecky picked up a win for the Red Wings, but pitched 0.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits. I don't grade on a curve, so win or no that constitutes a "not hot" performance.

1.) Matt LeCroy - DH (1)
2.) Jose Morales - C (1)

Who's Hot: Both LeCroy and Morales had solid first games for Rochester on Saturday. LeCroy, starting at DH, went 1-for-3 and picked up 3 RBI's, while Morales went 2-for-4 and scored a run as the starting catcher. So far, so good -- but I'm not yet convinced that Catcher is going to be a strength for this Red Wings team, at least not until Chris Heintz returns to Rochester.

Who's Not: No one fits the description -- yet.

1.) Glenn Williams - 1B (1)
2.) Alexi Casilla - 2B (1)
3.) Tommy Watkins - SS (1)
4.) Matt Moses - 3B (1)
5.) Matt Tolbert
DL - Ken Harvey

Who's Hot: Tommy Watkins went 2-for-4 while picking up 2 RBI's and scoring 2 runs in the opener. After hitting well below .200 this spring with the Twins, Watkins strong start for the Red Wings is a welcome change of pace. Alexi Casilla scored 2 runs and picked up an RBI while going 1-for-5 in the game as well, and also stole his first base of the season. His 2 K's are an unwelcome addition to his stat line, however.

Who's Not: Glenn Williams got the start at 1B and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Matt Moses was at 3B, and also went 0-for-4, although he scored a run and avoided picking up any K's.

1.) Jose Rabe - LF (1)
2.) Denard Span - CF (1)
3.) Trent Oeltjen - CF (1)
4.) Garrett Jones - RF (1)
5.) Doug Deeds

Who's Hot: Garrett Jones went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI's and 2 runs scored in the opener, which certainly qualifies him for inclusion on the hot list. His OPS after one game -- a stratospheric 1.400. Josh Rabe also contributed, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI's and 2 runs.

Who's Not: Denard Span went 0-for-4 with a run scored in his first start for the Red Wings before being replaced late in the game by Trent Oeltjen.

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  • At Wed Apr 11, 10:26:00 AM , Anonymous Tom - Waterport said...

    Last night’s (Tuesday, April 10) Red Wings game was a good night for the new kids on the block, so to speak. Tolbert and Moses had some good at bats. Slowey pitched very well, and Baker held his own, although he got nicked with a 2-run homer in the Top of the 9th.

    Lot of errors thus far this season. 4 on Opening Day, but the weather was pretty bad. Matt Moses seems a little bit tentative - he has 3 errors in the first three games, and the team has 8 total errors in the first three games, but again I think the cold has a lot to do with this.


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