Archive for July 14th, 2009

Stephen Strasburg Was Officially The Best College Player In 2009

Earlier today, Stephen Strasburg was presented with the 2009 Golden Spikes Award “as the nation’s premier amateur player.”  In other news, the sun rose in the East.

The other four finalists were Dustin Ackley, Mike Leake, Kent Matthes, and A.J. Morris.  Strasburg (1), Ackley (2) and Leake (8) were all Top Ten picks in June’s First Year Player Draft.  Last year’s winner, Buster Posey, was drafted by the Giants in 2008 and just earned a promotion from A-Advanced San Jose to AAA Fresno.

Previous winners of the award are listed below.  More information can be found here.

2008: Buster Posey
2007: David Price
2006: Tim Lincecum
2005: Alex Gordon
2004: Jered Weaver
2003: Rickie Weeks
2002: Khalil Greene
2001: Mark Prior
2000: Kip Bouknight
1999: Jason Jennings
1998: Pat Burrell
1997: J.D. Drew
1996: Travis Lee
1995: Mark Kotsay
1994: Jason Varitek
1993: Darren Dreifort
1992: Phil Nevin
1991: Mike Kelly
1990: Alex Fernandez
1989: Ben McDonald
1988: Robin Ventura
1987: Jim Abbott
1986: Mike Loynd
1985: Will Clark
1984: Oddibe McDowell
1983: Dave Magadan
1982: Augie Schmidt
1981: Mike Fuentes
1980: Terry Francona
1979: Tim Wallach
1978: Bob Horner

No Hall of Famers there (with the asterisked exception of Francona, who may well make it as a manager one day), but you could put together a solid lineup from that group. Who knows, maybe I will tomorrow.

Koby Clemens Had A Good Night Last Night

Just the other day, I was wondering whatever happened to Koby Clemens.  Roger’s oldest boy was drafted several years ago and popped up from time to time while Dad was still an active player, but once the Rocket retired and began fending off accusations of steroid use, Koby sort of disappeared from view.

So imagine my shock when I was putting together the first attempt at a daily minor league recap (in the future, it will likely be just a Top Performers post – that’s what I find most interesting, anyway) and saw that Clemens had put up some outstanding numbers for Lancaster last night: 4-5, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI.

All day, I thought about how I was going to write that Koby Clemens hit for the cycle.  It took me until tonight, when I looked at the post again, to realize that he had just missed – by a single, of all things.

So no cycle.  Much a pity.  But still, Clemens was the only minor leaguer with a multi-homer game yesterday (granted, there were no games in AAA due to the All-Star Game), and a seven RBI game is nothing to shake a stick at.

(Worth noting: San Jose’s Thomas Neal also came close to hitting for the cycle, and also missed by a single.)

Minor League Morning Recap: A-Levels

Class A-Advanced
California League
Rancho Cucamonga 2, Lake Elsinore 1
Lancaster 15, Inland Empire 1
Stockton 9, Bakersfield 7
Modesto 8, High Desert 3
San Jose 17, Visalia 1

Top Performers
Jack Shuck, Lancaster: 4-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RS, RBI
Koby Clemens, Lancaster: 4-5, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI
Steve Kleen, Stockton: 4-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 RS
Thomas Neal: 3-5, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 RS

Carolina League
Kinston 4, Frederick 3 (10 innings)
Potomac 7, Lynchburg 3
Myrtle Beach 5, Wilmington 2 (13 innings)

Top Performers
Mike Moustakas, Wilmington: 2-6, HR, 2 RBI

Florida State League
Charlotte 7, Sarasota 4
Dunedin 5, Tampa 2
Brevard County 7, Lakeland 0
Palm Beach 2, Fort Myers 0
Jupiter 5, St. Lucie 1

Top Performers
Bradley McElroy, Dunedin: 3-3, 3 RBI
Robert Bell, Dunedin: 4 IP, 0 H, 6 SO
Evan Anundsen, Brevard County: 6 IP, 1 H, 5 SO

Class A
Midwest League
Peoria 5, Fort Wayne 2
Great Lakes 8, Kane County 0
Cedar Rapids 6, Dayton 2
Wisconsin 5, South Bend 2
Quad Cities 5, Clinton 4 (12 innings)
Burlington 7, Lansing 4
West Michigan 7, Beloit 3

Top Performers
Nick Bus, Great Lakes: 3-4, 3 RBI, 2 RS
Scott Savastano, Clinton: 4-5
Kris Sanchez, Clinton: 4-6, RS

South Atlantic League
Asheville 1, Lake County 0
Greensboro 2, Rome 1
Kannapolis 3, Savannah 2
Lakewood 9, Bowling Green 4
Greenville 5, Hagerstown 4
Charleston 7, Hickory 3
Delmarva 19, Lexington 0
Augusta 3, West Virginia 2

Top Performers
Parker Frazier, Asheville: 8 IP, 2 H
Greg Miclat, Delmarva: 5-6, 3 RS
Kyle Hudson, Delmarva: 4-4, 5 RS
Rodolfo Cardona, 2-6, 6 RBI

Class A-Short Season
Northwest League
Eugene 7, Spokane 5 (Game 1)
Eugene 5, Spokane 0 (Game 2)
Boise 6, Vancouver 3
Yakima 8, Salem-Keizer 2
Tri-City 2, Everett 1

Minor League Morning Recap: AAA and AA

I’ve been talking lately about doing a daily minor league recap.  Today, it gets a tryout.  Let us know what you think.

Eastern League
Connecticut 4, Trenton 3
Portland 9, New Hampshire 2
Reading 5, Harrisburg 3
Binghamton 14, New Britain 1
Erie 7, Akron 5
Bowie 3, Altoona 2

Top Performers
Josh Reddick, Portland: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Josh Petersen, Binghamton: 3-6, 3 RS, RBI
Matt McBride, Akron: 2-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 RS

Southern League
North All-Stars 7, South All-Stars 0

Top Performers
Andrew Lambo, Chattanooga: 3-4, 2 RS
Joshua Bell, Chattanooga, 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 RS

Texas League
Frisco 9, Arkansas 7
Corpus Christi 8, NW Arkansas 2
Midland 7, Springfield 6
Tulsa 14, San Antonio 1

Top Performers
Fernando Rodriguez, Frisco: 4.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
Cory Wimberly, Midland: 4-5
Adrian Cardenas, Midland: 3-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 RS
Cole Garner, Tulsa: 4-5, HR, 4 RBI, 3 RS

Hometown Huffman Wins AAA Homerun Derby

The AAA All-Star Homerun Derby was held last night at Portland’s PGE Park, with a total of eight participants – three from the Pacific Coast League, three from the International League, and two local high school kids who had been given the opportunity to take part.

Portland’s Chad Huffman hit seven in the first round, three in the second, and five in the finals to beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s Shelley Duncan, who went 5-4-1.  Kevin Taylor, one of the two high school participants, advanced to the second round after hitting eight homers in the first round (with an aluminum bat), including one that traveled 432 feet.

My favorite part of the recap on was the description of Huffman’s first round.  Apparently his pitcher was wild, almost hitting him a few times before being replaced.

Huffman turned in the best pro performance of the first round with seven longballs, despite a few brushback pitches from his pitcher, which prompted Round Rock’s Yorman Bazardo to rile the crowd by running a batting helmet out to home plate. Pacific Coast League skipper Randy Ready followed with a pitching change, which seemed to help Huffman, who responded with his longest blast of the round, a 389-foot shot off a bus parked outside the stadium in left field. As it turned out, Huffman’s original pitcher ended up in the trainer’s room with a torn labrum.

They didn’t mention his pitcher by name.  I’m curious who it was who was throwing to him.

The AAA All-Star Game will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15.  It can be seen on ESPN2 at 10 PM EST.