Posts Tagged ‘Salt Lake Bees’

Spotlight on AAA Ball – 5/2/2008

Five games with the Nashville Sounds (Brewers). You’d think Mike Cameron had been sentenced to a decade of hard labor, the way he talks. [ESPN.com]

Check this out: Wolf Blitzer loves AAA Ball. Especially the Buffalo Bisons (Indians). Interview courtesy of our old friend Ted Bauer, who wrote the late, great blog A Price Above Bip Roberts. [ESPN the Mag.com]

Oh, I do love these kooky administrative bets. The GMs of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Phillies) have wagered their professional services on the outcome of the season series, which spans 16 games this year. Of course, it’s not GM abilities that will be required from the losing exec, but bat boy duties. This just got a wholllle lot more interesting. [SWB Yankees]

Paul Janish, a shortstop for the Louisville Bats (Reds) broke out of a slump in a big way, going 4-4 with six RBIs and just missing the cycle on an official scorer’s decision that took away a triple. See, we CAN write about the Bats without mentioning Jay Bruce or Homer Bailey (oops). [Milb.com]

The Salt Lake Bees (Angels) have won 92% of their games to start this season. The subsequent callups of SS Brandon Wood and 3B Matt Brown might slow their roll, though. [Milb.com]

That’s it for AAA news. I’ll be attending a West Virginia Power (Brewers) vs. Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles) game this weekend, so look for photos to grace the A-ball news on Monday.

Now Pitching, For The Los Angeles Angels…

The Los Angeles Angels recalled their top prospect, 21-year-old righthander Nick Adenhart, from AAA Salt Lake last night.  Once one of top high school pitching prospects in the nation and now Baseball America’s 24th-rated prospect overall, Adenhart was off to a very good start for the Bees, posting a 4-0 record and 0.87 ERA in five starts.  He takes the place of Dustin Moseley in the rotation and is expected to make his major league debut tonight against Justin Duscherer and the Oakland Athletics.  

Adenhart’s call-up isn’t surprising given his prospect status – one reason the Red Sox brought Justin Masterson up from AA Portland last week was so they could take a look at him in a major league context – and the fact that the Angels’ rotation is already hurting (John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar are both injured) but the timing is odd.  Adenhart last pitched for Salt Lake on Sunday, throwing 98 pitches in eight innings.  WIth his debut tonight, he will be pitching on just three days rest, a curious decision for a guy who already has one elbow reconstruction under his belt.

(A tip o’ the cap to Vegas Watch for noting both Adenhart’s upcoming debut and the strange circumstances surrounding it.)

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