Posts Tagged ‘High Desert Mavericks’

Lucky Thirteen

Heading into the bottom of the eighth inning last night, High Desert held a 6-4 lead over Inland Empire.  The plan for the Mavericks was simple: get through their turn at bat, get three outs in the ninth, and head into the weekend with a three game division lead.

I guess when you get right down to it, that’s what they did.  Only, instead of simply, “getting through their turn at bat,” they decided to, “score thirteen times and put the game out of reach.”  To each his own.

The inning got off to a tough start for the 66ers when catcher Alex Garabedian struck out to end the top half and ended up being ejected.  Then, the Mavericks jumped all over new pitcher Marcel Prado – all five batters he faced reached base:

–Leury Bonilla singled to right
–Juan Diaz singled to right
–Tyson Gillies singled to shortstop after the ball was deflected by Prado
–Jeffrey Dominguez reached on force attempt and throwing error by Prado, with Diaz scoring
–Jamie McOwen singled to center, scoring Tyson Gillies

And that was all she wrote for Prado: four singles, a throwing error, two runs already in, two men in scoring position. Miguel Sanfler was brought in to stop the bleeding…

–Carlos Peguero walked
–Alex Liddi singled right, scoring Dominguez
–Joseph Dunigan struck out swinging for the first out
–With Travis Scott batting, Sanfler threw a wild pitch, allowing McOwen to score and closing the book on Prado
–With Travis Scott batting, Sanfler threw a wild pitch, allowing Peguero to score
–Travis Scott homered to right, scoring Liddi

(Side note: I understand that when a pitcher wild pitches in a run, the batter doesn’t get credit for an RBI, and he shouldn’t…except in a situation like this, where the batter eventually homers. In that case, go ahead and give him the ribbies that would have been rightfully his.)

At this point, High Desert has batted around.

–Leury Bonilla doubled to center
–Juan Diaz singled to right
–Tyson Gillies singled to center, scoring Bonilla

All three of these guys had two hits in the inning.

–Jeffrey Dominguez singled to left
–Jamie McOwen grounded into a force out, with Diaz out at home
–Carlos Peguero hit a grand slam to left, scoring Gillies, Domiguez, and McOwen

At this point, with the score 19-4, the 66ers waved the white flag, putting second baseman Justin Fuller on the mound and bringing Elian Herrera in to take his place. And Fuller made it look easy, getting Alex Liddi to fly out to center to end the inning.

Final tally for the bottom of the eighth: thirteen runs, eleven hits, a double, two homeruns, two wild pitches, and an infielder masquerading as a pitcher.

Inland Empire went 1-2-3 in the ninth to end it.

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The Z-Meter 8/9/2009

The Z-meter tracks the story arcs of 25 top prospects (or players we just like) on their way to the bigs. It is named after current Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman, who made the transition from anchoring the University of Virginia to starring in MLB in one year.

Promoted:

Jordan Zimmermann: Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) to Washington Nationals (MLB)
Matt LaPorta: Columbus Clippers (AAA) to Cleveland Indians (MLB)
Daniel Bard: Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) to Boston Red Sox (MLB)
Mat Gamel: Nashville Sounds (AAA) to Milwaukee Brewers (MLB)
Fernando Martinez: Buffalo Bisons (AAA) to New York Mets (MLB)
Matt Wieters: Norfolk Tides (AAA) to Baltimore Orioles (MLB)
Antonio Bastardo: Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA) to Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
Andrew McCutchen: Indianapolis Indians (AAA) to Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
 
Jhoulys Chacin: Tulsa Drillers (AA) to Colorado Rockies (MLB)
 
 
 
Antonio Bastardo: Reading Phillies (AA) to Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA)
Justin Smoak: Frisco Rough Riders (AA) to Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA)

Madison Bumgarner: San Jose Giants (A) to Connecticut Defenders (AA)
Yonder Alonso: Sarasota Reds (A) to Carolina Mudcats (AA)
Pedro Alvarez: Lynchburg Hillcats (A) to Altoona Curve (AA)

Mauricio Robles: West Michigan Whitecaps (A) to Lakeland Flying Tigers (A+)
Josh Vitters: Peoria Chiefs (A) to Daytona Cubs (A+)

Carlos Carrasco seems to like his change of scenery. After becoming a key piece of the trade that moved Cliff Lee to the Phillies, he’s won two in a row as a Columbus Clipper. His ERA is still absolutely dreadful, but the strikeouts continue to mount, and he’s one win away from .500 on the season, so we think he’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

Another trade brought Mauricio Robles to the Mariners’ organization, as he and Luke French were swapped for Jarrod Washburn. That makes him a High Desert Maverick, like our good friend Jamie McOwen. His first start with his new team was disastrous, as he posted a sky-high ERA of 33.75 in .1 innings pitched (his first official outing was an inning of relief on August 2). Needless to say, he picked up the loss.


The top level. These prospects are in AAA in the prime of their youth, waiting for the call that will change their lives.

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 23 Games – 9 W – 7 L – 3.38 ERA – 53 BB – 122 K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Omaha Royals – .261 – 68 R – 14 HR – 46 RBI – 83 BB – 0 SB – .453 SLG – .851 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .296 – 73 R – 4 HR – 33 RBI – 31 BB – 42 SB – .410 SLG – .761 OPS

Carlos Carrasco, RHP – Columbus Clippers (Indians): 22 Starts – 8 W – 9 L – 5.29 ERA – 41 BB – 123 K

Austin Jackson, OF – Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Yankees): .303 – 52 R – 4 HR – 45 RBI – 35 BB – 21 SB – .419 SLG – .784 OPS

Justin Smoak, 1B – Oklahoma City RedHawks (Rangers): .214 AVG – 14 R – 3 HR – 17 RBI – 19 BB – 0 SB – .333 SLG – .651 OPS

Travis Wood, RHP – Louisville Bats (Reds): 3 Games – 1 W – 1 L – 2.89 ERA – 9 BB – 13 K


These guys also have the potential to skip straight to the majors, but may get promoted to AAA first.

 

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): .242 AVG – 44 R – 8 HR – 49 RBI – 51 BB – 1 SB – .361 SLG – .696 OPS

Carlos Santana, C – Akron Aeros (Indians): .284 AVG – 73 R – 20 HR – 82 RBI – 71 BB – 0 SB – .535 SLG – .943 OPS

 
Andrew Locke, OF – Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros): .325 AVG – 70 R – 18 HR – 101 RBI – 38 BB – 1 SB – .518 SLG – .891 OPS
 
Madison Bumgarner, LHP – Connecticut Defenders (Giants): 15 Games – 7 W – 1 L – 2.11 ERA – 24 BB – 59 K
 Jeanmar Gomez, RHP – Akron Aeros (Indians): 18 Starts – 10 W – 3 L – 3.18 ERA – 31 BB – 94 K
 
 
Yonder Alonso, 1B (rehabbing in GCL) – Carolina Mudcats (Reds): .246 AVG – 4 R – 1 HR – 8 RBI – 6 BB – 1 SB – .377 SLG – .686 OPS
 
Kyle Drabek, RHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 12 Games – 7 W – 2 L – 3.66 ERA – 26 BB – 58 K
 
Pedro Alvarez, 3B – Altoona Curve (Pirates): .320 AVG – 26 R – 8 HR – 24 RBI – 16 BB – 1 SB – .558 SLG – .947 OPS
 
Eddy Martinez-Esteve, OF – Connecticut Defenders (Giants): .298 AVG – 50 R – 6 HR – 50 RBI – 40 BB – 1 SB – .423 SLG – .793 OPS

These guys have vast potential but need to work out some kinks in A-ball before they can advance.

Ian Gac, 1B – Bakersfield Blaze (Rangers): .230 AVG – 45 R – 16 HR – 44 RBI – 26 BB – 1 SB – .430 SLG – .715 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals): .251 AVG – 57 R – 12 HR – 69 RBI – 24 BB – 8 SB – .410 SLG – .704 OPS

Che-Hsuan Lin, OF – Salem Red Sox: .258 AVG – 61 R – 7 HR – 48 RBI – 54 BB – 20 SB – .365 SLG – .714 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Daytona Cubs (Cubs): .236 AVG – 9 R – 0 HR – 10 RBI – 2 BB – 1 SB – .326 SLG – .587 OPS

Collin Cowgill, OF (injured) – Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks): .277 AVG – 39 R – 6 HR – 36 RBI – 29 BB – 11 SB – .445 SLG – .819 OPS

Mauricio Robles, P – High Desert Mavericks (Mariners): 2 Games – 0 W – 1 L – 33.75 ERA – 3 BB – 1 K

Tim Beckham, SS – Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays): .271 AVG – 47 R – 5 HR – 58 RBI – 28 BB – 8 SB – .395 SLG – .720 OPS

Ezekiel Spruill, RHP – Rome Braves (Braves): 17 Games – 8 W – 5 L – 1 SV – 3.06 ERA – 21 BB – 85 K

Brad Brach, RHP – Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres): 51 Games – 1.53 ERA – 3 W – 3 L – 28 SV – 11 BB – 71 K

Jamie McOwen, RF – High Desert Mavericks (Mariners): .329 AVG – 60 R – 7 HR – 63 RBI – 32 BB – 10 SB – .474 SLG – .857 OPS


NCAA: Only used if a prospect in college shows really, truly, immensely, hugely inescapable potential.

Stephen Strasburg, RHP – San Diego State: 14 Starts – 13 W – 1 L – 1.32 ERA – 19 BB – 195 K

Strasburg was the #1 pick in the college draft this season, and will join the Washington Nationals system any old day now. He remains here as an honorary member.


Prospects chosen from Diamond Cutter’s Top 25, Baseball America, and our trademark irrational sense of whimsy.

Jamie McOwen Goes For #46

That’s right, I’m taking this up a notch.  Jamie McOwen, who joins Jay Bruce on the list of historical Bus Leagues mancrushes, is attempting to extend his hitting streak to 46 games tonight in Modesto.  Because I have nothing better to do on a Friday night, I will be listening in to the team’s radio feed and updating the situation after each of McOwen’s at-bats until he gets a hit.

We’ll see how long this lasts.  (Please don’t wait until the ninth inning.)

1st at-bat, 1st inning: With one out and Tyson Gillies on first, McOwen popped out to first. Just kidding – I have no idea what I was looking at. McOwen bunted into a force out with one out and Kuo Hui Lo on first base.

10:56 PM – McOwen is scheduled to lead off the top of the third for High Desert. The Mavericks trail Modesto, 2-0.

10:59 PM – McOwen walks on four pitches to lead off the inning.  With the count at 3-and-0, High Desert’s announcer remarked that one of the amazing things about the streak is McOwen’s refusal to chase bad pitches just to preserve the streak.

11:11 PM – McOwen is now leading the league in hitting – his average stands at .354 after tonight’s 0-for-1.  Alex Liddi has gone 0-for-2 with two strikeouts to lower his mark to .353.  What does this mean in the grand scheme of things?  Ab-solutely nothing.

11:14 PM – Modesto pitcher Connor Graham has eight strikeouts through four innings.  He has allowed just two hits, both first inning singles.

11:28 PM – Graham comes out early.  I was only half-listening, but I believe they said he was coming back from an injury and being held to a strict pitch count.  He went five scoreless, allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out nine.  High Desert’s Tyson Gillies led off the sixth with a single.

11:33 PM – McOwen grounds into a 6-4-3 double play.  He is now 0-for-3 with a walk.  He will have at least one more chance to extend the streak.

12:21 PM – McOwen is due up second in the ninth against Craig Baker and his 21 saves.

12:23 PM – McOwen goes down on strikes.  Unless High Desert ties it up (Kuo Hui Lo is on first with one out in a 2-0 ballgame) the hit streak is all done.

12:25 PM – Alex Liddi strikes out for the third time in four at-bats and it’s official: Jamie McOwen’s 45-game hitting streak is done, finished.  The little * that denotes an active streak can be removed.

Andrew says I jinxed him.  I say nay.  With the media attention that dude was getting over the last week or two, there’s no way Karma looked at the hero worship being laid on him by a small minor league blog and said,  “We can’t have that.”  Karma isn’t that petty…I don’t think.  If she is, well, sorry Jamie.

Oh well, we’ll just have to find something else interesting to latch onto.  Hey, Baker has 22 straight saves for Modesto.  Hmm…

Jamie McOwen’s 45-Game Hit Streak, Day-By-Day

I’m sure minor league day-by-day stats exist somewhere online, but I can never seem to find them. So when I wanted to know more about the ins and outs of Jamie McOwen’s 45-game hitting streak, I hit the box scores and put together some information on my own.

A few points of interest:

  • McOwen has hit .398 during the streak to raise his season average from .270 to .355.
  • He has gone nearly two calendar months without failing to get a hit in a game.
  • He has hit more triples (5) than homeruns (3) during the streak, and nearly has as many triples as he does doubles (6).
  • The streak has been extended by a single base hit twenty-five games, including the first six games.  On the other hand, McOwen has multiple hits in eight of his last eleven games.
  • During McOwen’s streak, High Desert has won a 21-inning game that lasted 7 hours and 34 minutes over two days (longest in league history) and lost a 33-18 game that featured 58 hits and six errors.  He did not play in the first game and broke the California League record for longest hitting streak in the second.

McOwen’s monster streak shouldn’t be surprising.  His bio at MiLB.com notes that in 2008, he had five hitting streaks of at least seven games, so he has periods of time where he appears to lock in and see the ball well.  He has extended his current record-breaking streak with broken bat hits and infield singles, elements of luck that didn’t materialize to tie everything together last season.

1. May 10 @ Lake Elsinore – 1-5, 3B, RBI (.270)
2. May 12 @ Rancho Cucamonga – 1-4, RS, RBI, 2 SO (.269)
3. May 13 @ Rancho Cucamonga – 1-4, RS, SO (.269)
4. May 15 vs. Stockton – 1-2, 2 BB (.273)
5. May 16 vs. Stockton – 1-5, RBI, SO (.270)
6. May 18 vs. Stockton – 1-2, RS, 2B, RBI, BB (.274)
7. May 19 vs. Rancho Cucamonga – 3-6, 2 RS, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, SO (.285)
8. May 20 vs. Rancho Cucamonga – 2-4, 2 RBI (.291)
9. May 21 vs. Rancho Cucamonga – 1-5, RBI (.288)
10. May 22 @ Lancaster – 2-5, RS, SO (.292)
11. May 27 vs. Lake Elsinore – 2-3, RS, BB, SO (.300)
12. May 28 vs. Lake Elsinore – 2-4, SO (.306)
13. May 29 vs. Lake Elsinore – 1-4 (.304)
14. May 30 vs. Lake Elsinore – 1-4 (.303)
15. June 1 vs. Inland Empire – 1-3, RS, BB, SO (.303)
16. June 2 vs. Inland Empire – 1-4, RS, SO (.302)
17. June 3 vs. Inland Empire – 2-4, SO (.307)
18. June 5 @ Stockton – 1-5, RS, RBI (.302)
19. June 6 @ Stockton – 1-3, 2 RS, BB (.304)
20. June 7 @ Stockton – 3-3, RS, 2 RBI, BB (.316)
21. June 8 @ Visalia – 1-3, RBI (.316)
22. June 9 @ Visalia – 1-5, RBI, 2 SO (.313)
23. June 10 @ Visalia – 1-4, RBI (.312)
24. June 12 vs. Lancaster – 2-5, SO (.314)
25. June 13 vs. Lancaster – 1-4, RBI (.313)
26. June 15 vs. Rancho Cucamonga – 1-4, SO (.312)
27. June 16 vs. Rancho Cucamonga – 2-2 (.318)
28. June 17 vs. Rancho Cucamonga –1-4 (.317)
29. June 18 @ Inland Empire – 3-5, RS, 3B, SO (.324)
30. June 19 @ Inland Empire – 1-4, RS, SO (.322)
31. June 20 @ Inland Empire – 1-4, 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB (.321)
32. June 21 @ Inland Empire – 2-4 (.324)
33. June 25 vs. Bakersfield – 3-5, RS, 2B, SO (.330)
34. June 26 vs. Bakersfield – 1-4 (.329)
35. June 27 vs. Bakersfield – 3-5, 2 RS, 2B, 2 RBI, BB (.335)
36. June 28 vs. Lake Elsinore – 2-6, 2 RS, HR, 4 RBI (.335)
37. June 30 vs. Lake Elsinore – 2-5, 2 RS, 2B, HR, 2 RBI (.336)
38. July 1 @ Rancho Cucamonga – 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI (.340)
39. July 2 @ Rancho Cucamonga – 3-4, RS, 3B (.346)
40. July 3 @ Rancho Cucamonga – 1-3, RBI, BB, SO (.346)
41. July 4 vs. Visalia – 3-4, RS (.352)
42. July 5 vs. Visalia – 1-3, RBI, BB, SO (.352)
43. July 6 vs. Visalia – 2-4, 2 RS, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, BB (.354)
44. July 7 @ San Jose – 1-4, 2 SO (.353)
45. July 8 @ San Jose – 2-4, BB, 2 SO (.355)
Totals: 72-181 (.398), 6 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 34 RBI, 28 RS, 12 BB, 24 SO

Blah Blah Blah McOwen Has A Hit In 45 Straight Games Blah Blah Blah

It’s official: I have run out of ways to say that Jamie McOwen is really good. He wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 45 games tonight, singling off San Jose’s Oliver Odle in the first inning. A hit in tomorrow’s series finale against the Giants (game time: 7 PM, Pacific Time) would tie him with Johnny Bates for the seventh longest in the history of the world (or, minor league baseball).

The Z-Meter: 7/8/2009

The Z-meter tracks the story arcs of 25 top prospects (or players we just like) on their way to the bigs. It is named after current Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman, who made the transition from anchoring the University of Virginia to starring in MLB in one year.

Promoted:

Jordan Zimmermann: Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) to Washington Nationals (MLB)
Matt LaPorta: Columbus Clippers (AAA) to Cleveland Indians (MLB)
Daniel Bard: Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) to Boston Red Sox (MLB)
Mat Gamel: Nashville Sounds (AAA) to Milwaukee Brewers (MLB)
Fernando Martinez: Buffalo Bisons (AAA) to New York Mets (MLB)
Matt Wieters: Norfolk Tides (AAA) to Baltimore Orioles (MLB)
Antonio Bastardo: Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA) to Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
Andrew McCutchen: Indianapolis Indians (AAA) to Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
 
Antonio Bastardo: Reading Phillies (AA) to Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA)
Justin Smoak: Frisco Rough Riders (AA) to Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA)

Madison Bumgarner: San Jose Giants (A) to Connecticut Defenders (AA)
Yonder Alonso: Sarasota Reds (A) to Carolina Mudcats (AA)
Pedro Alvarez: Lynchburg Hillcats (A) to Altoona Curve (AA)

Mauricio Robles: West Michigan Whitecaps (A) to Lakeland Flying Tigers (A+)
Josh Vitters: Peoria Chiefs (A) to Daytona Cubs (A+)

As my commentary on today’s Z-meter, I’d like to pull out some stats that might sometimes get lost in the higgledy-piggledy lines I lay out here. There are some players that register as less-than-red-hot on casual examination, but are quietly doing their best at the one thing they are great at nonetheless. Here are some examples:

Kila Kaiihue – 63 walks. It’s nice to see a slugger who is willing to take the free base when it’s offered. And it seems to be offered quite frequently. Good eye, Kila!

Carlos Carrasco – 90 strikeouts. This poor guy is having an up-and-down season, despite blowing hitters away.

Pedro Alvarez – Since his promotion to AA, he’s hitting .200, but that includes three homers in 12 at bats.

Brad Brach – The meter’s designated closer has only walked seven batters in 37 late-innings appearances, which is why he’s at the 20 save plateau already this season.

Che-Hsuan Lin – His start was disastrous as he hit well below the Mendoza line. He’s inching his way back to average, and has somehow contributed 18 steals despite his early difficulty getting base hits.

Another “Don’t Panic” award goes to Maurico Robles, who has adjusted quickly to the Florida State League. His first start yielded a 16.87 ERA. His second, 6.00 with ten strikeouts. On Independence Day, he buckled down to pitch 6.2 innings with a sterling mark of 0.00. It’s going to be tough to continue that trend.

No good deed goes unpunished. After hitting over .300 in Frisco, Rangers prospect Justin Smoak got the callup to Oklahoma City, which belonged to current major-leaguer Nelson Cruz last year. Can Smoak replicate Cruz’s feat? Not soon. He’s currently hitting .077 since making the leap.

Shooter Hunt, he of the 10.70 ERA at Beloit, is down in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League on a “rehab assignment”. He’s currently 0-2  with ten walks at the kids’ table, so he might just be there for a while. If so, don’t expect him to hang around the meter much longer.

Zeke Spruill hasn’t won a game since late May, though he still sports a fairly decent 3.02 ERA. The kid’s not catching many breaks, though. He only gave up one earned run vs. Augusta, but that was enough to give him the loss. Yesterday, it was eight scoreless innings and a spotless ERA, which was only good for a no-decision.

In closing, I want to add one more player to the meter. I’m going to leave Stephen Strasburg in his honorary spot at the bottom of the meter, but I’m going to actually start tracking someone who’s picking up stats. In fact, I’m adding OMDQ’s hitting savant James McOwen, so we can continue to watch him even if his streak ends. We owe him that much.


The top level. These prospects are in AAA in the prime of their youth, waiting for the call that will change their lives.

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 17 Games – 8 W – 4 L – 2.84 ERA – 37 BB – 80 K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Omaha Royals – .264 – 51 R – 12 HR – 35 RBI – 63 BB – 0 SB – .480 SLG – .879 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .302 – 60 R – 3 HR – 28 RBI – 23 BB – 29 SB – .428 SLG – .782 OPS

Carlos Carrasco, RHP – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Phillies): 17 Starts – 5 W – 8 L – 5.06 ERA – 33 BB – 93 K

Austin Jackson, OF – Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Yankees): .317 – 44 R – 4 HR – 32 RBI – 29 BB – 14 SB – .447 SLG – .832 OPS

Justin Smoak, 1B – Oklahoma City RedHawks (Rangers): .077 AVG – 2 R – 0 HR – 0 RBI – 3 BB – 0 SB – .077 SLG – .327 OPS


These guys also have the potential to skip straight to the majors, but may get promoted to AAA first.

 

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): .262 AVG – 37 R – 8 HR – 41 RBI – 40 BB – 1 SB – .407 SLG – .764 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Tulsa Drillers (Rockies): 16 Starts – 7 W – 6 L – 3.43 ERA – 32 BB – 80 K

Carlos Santana, C – Akron Aeros (Indians): .266 AVG – 55 R – 14 HR – 55 RBI – 58 BB – 0 SB – .504 SLG – .900 OPS

 
Andrew Locke, OF – Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros): .324 AVG – 45 R – 11 HR – 76 RBI – 27 BB – 0 SB – .492 SLG – .863 OPS
 
Madison Bumgarner, LHP – Connecticut Defenders (Giants): 9 Games – 8 Starts – 6 W – 1 L – 1.70 ERA – 15 BB – 43 K
 
 
Jeanmar Gomez, RHP – Akron Aeros (Indians): 12 Starts – 6 W – 2 L – 3.31 ERA – 18 BB – 58 K
 
 
Yonder Alonso, 1B (injured) – Carolina Mudcats (Reds): .246 AVG – 4 R – 1 HR – 8 RBI – 6 BB – 1 SB – .377 SLG – .686 OPS
 
Kyle Drabek, RHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 7 Games – 6 Starts – 5 W – 0 L – 2.70 ERA – 17 BB – 36 K
 
Pedro Alvarez, 3B – Altoona Curve (Pirates): .200 AVG – 8 R – 3 HR – 7 RBI – 1 BB – 0 SB – .444 SLG – .653 OPS
 
 

These guys have vast potential but need to work out some kinks in A-ball before they can advance.

Ian Gac, 1B – Bakersfield Blaze (Rangers): .237 AVG – 33 R – 14 HR – 37 RBI – 18 BB – 1 SB – .453 SLG – .744 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals): .263 AVG – 43 R – 8 HR – 44 RBI – 17 BB – 7 SB – .415 SLG – .717 OPS

Che-Hsuan Lin, OF – Salem Red Sox: .260 AVG – 48 R – 4 HR – 32 RBI – 43 BB – 18 SB – .354 SLG – .717 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Daytona Cubs (Cubs): .194 AVG – 2 R – 0 HR – 3 RBI – 1 BB – 0 SB – .290 SLG – .509 OPS

Shooter Hunt (rehabbing in Gulf Coast League), RHP – Beloit Snappers (Twins): 7 Games – 5 Starts – 0 W – 1 L – 10.70 ERA – 33 BB – 18 K

Collin Cowgill, OF (injured) – Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks): .277 AVG – 39 R – 6 HR – 36 RBI – 29 BB – 11 SB – .445 SLG – .819 OPS

Mauricio Robles, P – Lakeland Flying Tigers (Tigers): 3 Starts – 2 W – 1 L – 5.28 ERA – 6 BB – 17 K

Tim Beckham, SS – Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays): .283 AVG – 35 R – 4 HR – 44 RBI – 21 BB – 4 SB – .417 SLG – .753 OPS

Ezekiel Spruill, RHP – Rome Braves (Braves): 15 Games – 14 Starts – 7 W – 4 L – 1 SV – 3.02 ERA – 14 BB – 67 K

Brad Brach, RHP – Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres): 37 Games – 0 Starts – 1.42 ERA – 3 W – 2 L – 20 SV – 7 BB – 53 K

James McOwen, RF – High Desert Mavericks (Mariners): .353 AVG – 45 R – 5 HR – 53 RBI – 25 BB – 5 SB – .504 SLG – .914 OPS


NCAA: Only used if a prospect in college shows really, truly, immensely, hugely inescapable potential.

Stephen Strasburg, RHP – San Diego State: 14 Starts – 13 W – 1 L – 1.32 ERA – 19 BB – 195 K

Strasburg was the #1 pick in the college draft this season, and will join the Washington Nationals system any old day now. He remains here as an honorary member.


Prospects chosen from Diamond Cutter’s Top 25, Baseball America, and our trademark irrational sense of whimsy.

McOwen’s Hit Streak Reaches 44 Games

One of these days, I’ll write about something or somebody other than Jamie McOwen. It’s not completely my fault, though – HE’S the one who keeps getting hits every day.

McOwen was 0-for-3 against San Jose on Tuesday before singling with one out in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 44 games. It is the seventh eighth* longest minor league streak of all-time; the first six were all compiled prior to 1954.

High Desert plays San Jose again tomorrow at 7:05 PDT.

*(The Baseball-Reference Bullpen link does not, for whatever reason, include Johnny Bates’ 46-game hitting streak for Nashville in 1925.)

Also, a fun tidbit that I just read at MiLB.com – McOwen’s streak-extending hit was a broken bat single. It never hurts to have a little luck.