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membengal
04-09-2009, 10:45 AM
Homer Bailey to the bump for L'ville.

Dallas Buck on the mound for Carolina.

Matt Klinker to the mound for Sarasota.

Dayton opens as well but don't see from the website who is scheduled to toe the rubber for them.

All these games are tonight.

Looking forward to following the progression of the kids again on this forum.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 10:47 AM
Matt Fairel is starting for Dayton.

membengal
04-09-2009, 10:50 AM
Thanks. I am really pumped about the progression of a number of prospects. While it is not as top-heavy as it was, I think the system is deeper than it has been in recent memory.

D. Mesorasco showed enough friskiness in camp this spring that I am hoping we will see a solid year from him at Sarasota. If he can OPS around .750 there and progress his skills behind the plate, that would be big for the organization.

And the entire Carolina offense is going to be a delight to follow.

And for Dayton, when Sulbaran and Lotzker show up, that will add to the fun.

Not to mention if Yorman and Duran make their short season debuts.

So much to look forward to across the entire system.

schmidty622
04-09-2009, 11:12 AM
After Arroyo gets knocked around today, I wouldn't be surprised to see Homer get a call up.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 12:39 PM
CINCINNATI REDS

TRIPLE-A LOUISVILLE: If the Reds need to call up a starting pitcher, they have plenty of options in Triple-A. RHP Homer Bailey had an outstanding spring, while RHP Ramon Ramirez pitched well in a late-season stint with the big league club last year.

DOUBLE-A CAROLINA: SS Zach Cozart opened last year in low Class A because of a logjam at the position, so the Reds made up for that this season by promoting him to Double-A. The position has opened up because Todd Frazier has moved from shortstop to left field, where heíll play every day for the Mudcats, the Redsí new affiliate.

HIGH CLASS A SARASOTA: The Redsí last two first-round picks, C Devin Mesoraco and 1B Yonder Alonso, both start in Sarasota, although Alonso may hit his way to Double-A before too long. RHP Zach Stewart is another prospect to watch, as his stuff may allow him to move quickly in a relief role.

LOW CLASS A DAYTON: The Dragons continue their streak of sellouts, but to open the season they wonít have a single member of the Redsí top 30 prospects. LHP Matt Fairel and OF Byron Wiley are two of the players to watch.

EXTENDED SPRING/NOTABLE INJURIES: OF Juan Duran wasnít going to make a full-season roster anyway, but heís out with a minor knee injury. RHP Carlos Sulbaran opens on the Dayton disabled list as he recovers from a blister. RHP Kyle Lotzkar is also expected to head to Dayton once he recovers from a tired arm.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=3088

carmack42
04-09-2009, 12:59 PM
I think Carolina's offense is going to be bombs away this year. I'm really looking forward to seeing them this season.

medford
04-09-2009, 04:39 PM
I'm excited to follow the progress of Buck this season. Like what I've read of him during the offseason, and am hoping for a full return to health. If he gets back to where he was earlier in his college career, the Reds just might contain the strongest core of "young" pitching in their system/big league club in all of baseball. Sharp contrast to when they used to have the best young core of outfielders, but not enough room to play them all. At least we know they can use 12 strong young arms at any 1 point in the majors, and are much easier to trade away for that extra outfielder.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 06:10 PM
Dayton lineup:

David Sappelt, CF
Miguel Rojas, SS
Kyle Day, DH
Humberto Sosa, 1B
Byron Wiley, RF
Cody Puckett, 2B
Frank Pfister, 3B
Kevin Coddington, C
Tony Brown, LF

Matt Fairel, LHP

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 06:37 PM
Louisville lineup:

Norris Hopper, RF
Drew Stubbs, CF
Chris Valaika, SS
Kevin Barker, 1B
Jonny Gomes, LF
Adam Rosales, 3B
Danny Dorn, DH
Craig Tatum, C
Luis Bolivar, 2B

Homer Bailey, RHP

It looks like they are keeping Valaika at SS.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 07:00 PM
Sarasota lineup:

Jacob Kahaulelio, 2B
Justin Reed, CF
Yonder Alonso, 1B
Alex Buchholz, SS
Neftali Soto, 3B
Devin Mesoraco, C
Denis Phipps, RF
Dan Perales, LF
Carson Kainer, DH

Matt Klinker, RHP

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 07:18 PM
Big start for Sarasota.

Kahaulelio doubled, Reed struckout, Alonso walked, Buchholz doubled in two runs, Soto singled in a run, and Mesoraco and Reed made the final two outs.

3-0 Sarasota after a 1/2 inning. This was against Brad Holt, one of the Mets top prospects.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 07:23 PM
Homer Bailey is facing the Indians prospect-laden lineup.

He gets a ground out, pop out, and strikeout in the first inning.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 07:27 PM
Fairel: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Shawn_RedsFan
04-09-2009, 07:28 PM
For Louisville in the bottom half of the inning:
Hopper: Attempted a bunt single, out at 1st.
Stubbs: groundout to third
Valaika: groundout to third

0-0 After one inning

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 07:36 PM
Bad start to the second inning for Homer. Gave up a 1-2 double to LaPorta followed by a 2-run homer to Aubrey also on a 1-2 pitch.

Shawn_RedsFan
04-09-2009, 07:38 PM
Homer Bailey: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Gave up a double to Laporta, Aubrey homers, Gimenez flies out, Head single, Brown grounds into a DP.

2-0 Clippers after 1 1/2

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 07:44 PM
Jonny Gomes just doubled to deep center field to drive in Kevin Barker, who walked to begin the inning.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 07:49 PM
Rosales singled to put runners on the corners and nobody out. Danny Dorn followed with a sac fly to left off the LHP to tie the game at 2-2.

Shawn_RedsFan
04-09-2009, 07:49 PM
Danny Dorn Sac Fly, Gomes Scores Ties it up 2-2

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 07:55 PM
Matt Fairel gave up four runs - three earned - in the second inning. Dayton trails 4-0 after 1 1/2 inning.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 07:59 PM
The Sarasota offense exploded for five runs in the third inning.

Alonso walked again, Buchholz belted a 2-run homer, Soto singled, and Perales hit a 3-run homer.

Alonso: 0-for-0 two walks
Buchholz: 2-for-2 double, HR (#1), 4 RBI
Soto: 2-for-2
Mesoraco: 0-for-2
Perales: 1-for-2 HR (#1), 3 RBI

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 08:03 PM
Nice third inning by Homer:

Groundout
Single
Strikeout
Strikeout

3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 08:06 PM
Carolina lineup:

Chris Heisey, CF
Zach Cozart, SS
Juan Francisco, 3B
Todd Frazier, LF
Logan Parker, 1B
Sean Henry, RF
Chris Denove, C
Eric Eymann, 2B
Dallas Buck, RHP

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 08:07 PM
Dayton is on the board with a Humberto Sosa double and Byron Wiley single.

Grande Donkey
04-09-2009, 08:13 PM
The Sarasota offense exploded for five runs in the third inning.

Alonso walked again, Buchholz belted a 2-run homer, Soto singled, and Perales hit a 3-run homer.

Alonso: 0-for-0 two walks
Buchholz: 2-for-2 double, HR (#1), 4 RBI
Soto: 2-for-2
Mesoraco: 0-for-2
Perales: 1-for-2 HR (#1), 3 RBI

That team, and Carolina, is going to score some runs this year.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 08:17 PM
Yonder Alonso just belted a solo HR and Buchholz walked.

Prf15
04-09-2009, 08:21 PM
This Buchholz kid looks to be a nice steal.

Yonder is just going to be a offensive force once he gets to the bigs.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 08:22 PM
Top 4:

Homer Bailey gives up a lead off double to LaPorta, he moves to third on a wild pitch, scores on an Aubrey sac fly. Next two batters strikeout and groundout.

Bailey: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Prf15
04-09-2009, 08:23 PM
Homer has been rock solid, he was just having some problems with LaPorta and Aubrey. Love the 4 k's and 0 walks though.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 08:24 PM
Homer has been rock solid, he was just having some problems with LaPorta and Aubrey. Love the 4 k's and 0 walks though.

Yep.

The K/BB is what I'm looking at.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 08:25 PM
Adam Rosales just hit a solo home run. Rosales is 2-for-2 with a homer and a stolen base.

GIDP
04-09-2009, 08:34 PM
Id like to see what his Velocity is at

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 08:35 PM
Bailey is in some trouble in the 5th inning after allowing a lead off groundball single and then the next batter dropped down a sac bunt, whoever fielded the bunt threw to second and all runners were safe. It's ruled a fielders choice. Now a throwing error moves the runners to second and third.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 08:38 PM
Brantley with a 2-run groundball single to LF. It's not like they're hitting the ball hard this inning.

GIDP
04-09-2009, 08:39 PM
bailey falling apart

4 run 4th

Shawn_RedsFan
04-09-2009, 08:39 PM
ouch...that hurts

are all 7 of these runs earned??

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 08:44 PM
The other numbers are ugly, but it's nice to see 0 BB/5 K in 5 IP from Bailey. More often that not, you're going to have success with a K/BB like that. Some shoddy defense hurt him that inning.

I hope no one is ready to throw him under the bus after one outing.

Shawn_RedsFan
04-09-2009, 08:46 PM
Even after a bad outing, If it were to happen which it wouldn't but I would still love to see bailey on the major league roster

GIDP
04-09-2009, 08:57 PM
Bailey still pitching btw

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 09:00 PM
Mace Thurman pitched well out of relief for Dayton:

2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Wiley is 1-for-1 with a walk.

GIDP
04-09-2009, 09:00 PM
2 run homer off Bailey.

Shawn_RedsFan
04-09-2009, 09:01 PM
:(, rough day for Homer

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 09:02 PM
Why was he sent back out there anyway?

Superdude
04-09-2009, 09:04 PM
Bailey's stuff still looked good, but ouch...

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 09:06 PM
Bailey's stuff still looked good, but ouch...

That's good to hear.

It happens. I'm not worried. If he he three/four starts like this, I'll worry. But one start doesn't mean anything.

Kc61
04-09-2009, 09:09 PM
Everyone wants Gomes in the majors. IMO, the guy who needs to come up quickly is Rosales. Good night hitting tonight, there's no more need for him to be at AAA. Reds don't need six outfielders now that Taveras is healthy.

McDonald should go to AAA, Rosales to the Reds IMO.

dougdirt
04-09-2009, 09:11 PM
Anyone else been stuck on Drew Stubbs batting in the gameday for about 15 minutes?

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 09:15 PM
Anyone else been stuck on Drew Stubbs batting in the gameday for about 15 minutes?

Yep.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 09:37 PM
Sarasota won 9-3.

Alonso: 1-for-3 HR (#1), two walks
Buchholz: 3-for-4 double, HR (#1), walk, 4 RBI
Soto: 2-for-4
Mesoraco: 0-for-4
Perales: 1-for-4 HR (#1), 3 RBI

Klinker: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Ondrusek: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Valiquette: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Krebs: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

HokieRed
04-09-2009, 09:41 PM
KC, absolutely agree about Rosales.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 09:43 PM
Dayton trails 7-1 in the 7th.

Sappelt: 1-for-3 SB
Sosa: 1-for-3 double
Wiley: 1-for-1 two walks, SB
Puckett: 0-for-2

Fairel: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Thurman: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Superdude
04-09-2009, 09:43 PM
Buchholz livin' up to the hype!

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 09:43 PM
KC, absolutely agree about Rosales.

I agree too. Rosales belongs in the majors.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 09:49 PM
Louisville trails 9-4 after 7 1/2.

Stubbs: 0-for-2 two walks
Valaika: 0-for-4
Gomes: 1-for-3 double
Rosales: 2-for-3 HR (#1), SB
Dorn: 0-for-2 sac fly
Bolivar: 1-for-2 HR (#1), walk

Bailey: 5 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Bray: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Manuel: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

dougdirt
04-09-2009, 09:52 PM
Zack Cozart is now 2-2 with a walk in Carolina. Not a bad debut for him.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 09:53 PM
Juan Francisco just walked!

dougdirt
04-09-2009, 09:55 PM
Ugly game up here in Dayton. The offense is dead tonight and Mace Thurman is the only pitcher to have some success.

Mario-Rijo
04-09-2009, 09:56 PM
DD, you watching the Dragons game on TV? Anyone else?

dougdirt
04-09-2009, 09:57 PM
DD, you watching the Dragons game on TV? Anyone else?

I am sitting in the press box watching it.

dougdirt
04-09-2009, 09:59 PM
11-1 after former Texas Longhorn Kyle Russell hits a 3 run HR that was one wild pitch away from being a slam.

Mario-Rijo
04-09-2009, 09:59 PM
I am sitting in the press box watching it.

Is Wiley's patience sick or what? I didn't catch it earlier but that PA in the 7th was major league-esque. 5 pitches 3-4 of them pretty close to strikes and he just sit and watched them all go by, didn't even think about swinging.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 09:59 PM
Carolina trails 3-2 in the 5th.

Heisey: 1-for-3
Cozart: 2-for-2 walk, SB
Francisco: 0-for-2 walk
Frazier: 1-for-2 double, sac fly
Parker: 0-for-3
Henry: 0-for-3

Buck: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K

dougdirt
04-09-2009, 10:01 PM
Is Wiley's patience sick or what? I didn't catch it earlier but that PA in the 7th was major league-esque. 5 pitches 3-4 of them pretty close to strikes and he just sit and watched them all go by, didn't even think about swinging.

Well I am not directly behind home plate, so its tough for me to say completely how good it was, but walking hasn't ever been the problem with him. Its been the strikeouts that have been an issue following him around for a while.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 10:02 PM
Matt LaPorta just took Manuel deep. LaPorta is a stud, he'll be in Cleveland very soon.

Mario-Rijo
04-09-2009, 10:05 PM
Well I am not directly behind home plate, so its tough for me to say completely how good it was, but walking hasn't ever been the problem with him. Its been the strikeouts that have been an issue following him around for a while.

I know it was 7-1 and we needed baserunners but even still he let some seriously good pitches go by. By that I mean guys at that age are usually swinging at anything close especially with a runner in scoring position. He was just stone cold patient there.

HokieRed
04-09-2009, 10:09 PM
Thurman's 6 K's may be the best news of the Dragons game. What kind of stuff does he have?

Mario-Rijo
04-09-2009, 10:11 PM
Thurman's 6 K's may be the best news of the Dragons game. What kind of stuff does he have?

Unfortunately I didn't even know It was on when he was in there.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 10:14 PM
Dallas Buck's final line: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 68 pitches

dougdirt
04-09-2009, 10:14 PM
Thurman's 6 K's may be the best news of the Dragons game. What kind of stuff does he have?

His breaking ball was buckling guys knees tonight. Unfortunately the radar gun has been spotty at best tonight. For 3 innings it was stuck on 97.

dougdirt
04-09-2009, 10:16 PM
Dallas Buck's final line: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 68 pitches
Quite pitch effective.

GIDP
04-09-2009, 10:16 PM
Dallas Buck's final line: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 68 pitches

not bad

Mario-Rijo
04-09-2009, 10:23 PM
I know it was 7-1 and we needed baserunners but even still he let some seriously good pitches go by. By that I mean guys at that age are usually swinging at anything close especially with a runner in scoring position. He was just stone cold patient there.

Ok maybe I got ahead of myself a bit his next PA while still good for that level wasn't quite as good. K'd on an inside yacker (ball 4).

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 10:27 PM
Louisville lost 12-4.

Hopper: 1-for-3 double, two walks, SB
Stubbs: 0-for-3 two walks
Valaika: 0-for-4
Gomes: 1-for-4 double
Rosales: 2-for-4 HR (#1), SB
Dorn: 0-for-3 sac fly
Tatum: 0-for-3 walk
Bolivar: 1-for-3 HR (#1), walk

Bailey: 5 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Bray: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Manuel: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Mario-Rijo
04-09-2009, 10:30 PM
Dayton getting Hammered 14-2 going into the bottom of the 9th.

Bohana 2 IP 7 runs 3 earned.

*BaseClogger*
04-09-2009, 10:31 PM
I am sitting in the press box watching it.

http://bp2.blogger.com/_E0FxFurzNtI/RsNaR-_2N9I/AAAAAAAABiY/flhIVKYXd8I/s320/bigdealLARGE.jpg

HokieRed
04-09-2009, 10:32 PM
Thanks, guys, for the info. on Thurman. Buck's night looks pretty good for an opener. Would like to see a few more K's.

Mario-Rijo
04-09-2009, 10:33 PM
http://bp2.blogger.com/_E0FxFurzNtI/RsNaR-_2N9I/AAAAAAAABiY/flhIVKYXd8I/s320/bigdealLARGE.jpg

LOL!!!!!!!!!

Sorry Doug no disrespect intended, but that is freaking hilarious BC.

Mario-Rijo
04-09-2009, 10:46 PM
Hmm, this Robert Booth kid for great lakes is pretty good size (maybe 6 ft 3 220), caucasion (seemingly) and has an interpreter. He is Japanese?? A military kid perhaps?

Also the guy doing PBP said when the players were introducing themselves they were allowed to say Name, position where they were from and something unique about themselves. Sappelt added "3/4 of the world is covered by water, the other 1/4 is covered by me". Cocky little shrimp (no offense short guys), he looks like a shorter Furcal. He also stands way back in the corner of the box and has a a bit of a Sheffield waggle in his bat (not nearly as extreme). I'd be surprised if he could hit anything on the outside part of the plate.

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 11:13 PM
Dayton lost 14-3.

Sappelt: 2-for-5 double, SB
Day: 1-for-4 triple
Sosa: 1-for-4 double, walk
Wiley: 1-for-2 two walks, SB
Puckett: 1-for-4

Fairel: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Thurman: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 11:26 PM
Carolina lost 4-3.

Heisey: 1-for-5
Cozart: 2-for-4 walk, SB
Francisco: 0-for-4 walk
Frazier: 1-for-3 double, sac fly
Parker: 0-for-4
Henry: 0-for-4
Denove: 2-for-3 double, walk
Eymann: 0-for-3 walk

Buck: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 68 pitches

Geronimo: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Lutz: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

OnBaseMachine
04-09-2009, 11:43 PM
You have to be excited about the Sarasota lineup after the way they hit tonight.

Yonder Alonso is just a beast. 1-for-3 with a home run and two walks in his first game. He's got an incredible combination of power and plate discipline. He could potentially be one of the rare power hitters who actually walks as much as he strikes out. Hopefully he crushes the ball and forces the Reds to promote him to Double-A by the middle of May.

How about Alex Buchholz? Kid skips Low-A Dayton, goes straight to High-A Sarasota and goes 3-for-4 with a double, home run, a walk, and 4 RBI in his first game.

And I can't forget about Neftali Soto. He went 2-for-4 in his High-A debut with both hits being to the opposite field. Very impressive. This Sarasota lineup has the potential to score plenty of runs.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 02:13 AM
LOL!!!!!!!!!

Sorry Doug no disrespect intended, but that is freaking hilarious BC.

Its all good, as long as Jack Black doesn't kick my dog off a bridge and into a river.

icehole3
04-10-2009, 07:06 AM
I've seen Thurman a few times and he reminds me of Kent Merker

batsfan
04-10-2009, 11:32 AM
I was a the bats game, here are my thoughts:

- Homer was bad, but it must have been hard pitching in the steady cold rain that was falling the first five innings.
- Norris Hopper slid in to first on a bunt attempt. I donít like that. But he actually smacked some balls pretty well his next few at bats.
-Jonny Gomes also hit the ball hard. He no longer has facial hair, and he looks completely different.
- Adam Rosales and Luis Bolivar hit home runs to left, Rosalesís just cleared the fence.
- Matt LaPorta is going to be a star. He was very impressive for the clippers.
- Some people say Danny Dorn can hit. I donít. He looked completely lost out at the plate his last 2 at bats.
- Ramon Ramirez was the first bat out of the dugout, long tossing and running in the outfield while the clippers were still doing batting practice.
- Justin Mallett and Brian Peterson were in the dugout and were introduced in the pregame ceremonies, though the were not on the official roster. Drew T. Anderson wasnít.

Please comment.

lollipopcurve
04-10-2009, 11:49 AM
- Homer was bad, but it must have been hard pitching in the steady cold rain that was falling the first five innings.
- Norris Hopper slid in to first on a bunt attempt. I don’t like that. But he actually smacked some balls pretty well his next few at bats.
-Jonny Gomes also hit the ball hard. He no longer has facial hair, and he looks completely different.
- Adam Rosales and Luis Bolivar hit home runs to left, Rosales’s just cleared the fence.
- Matt LaPorta is going to be a star. He was very impressive for the clippers.
- Some people say Danny Dorn can hit. I don’t. He looked completely lost out at the plate his last 2 at bats.
- Ramon Ramirez was the first bat out of the dugout, long tossing and running in the outfield while the clippers were still doing batting practice.
- Justin Mallett and Brian Peterson were in the dugout and were introduced in the pregame ceremonies, though the were not on the official roster. Drew T. Anderson wasn’t.

Please comment.

Thanks for the report. Any thoughts on Valaika or Stubbs?

batsfan
04-10-2009, 12:21 PM
Thanks for the report. Any thoughts on Valaika or Stubbs?

They looked better then Dorn.

pahster
04-10-2009, 11:12 PM
- Some people say Danny Dorn can hit. I donít. He looked completely lost out at the plate his last 2 at bats.

That's because he can.

Career: .297/.387/.528/.916

Mario-Rijo
04-11-2009, 01:52 PM
Hmm, this Robert Booth kid for great lakes is pretty good size (maybe 6 ft 3 220), caucasion (seemingly) and has an interpreter. He is Japanese?? A military kid perhaps?

Also the guy doing PBP said when the players were introducing themselves they were allowed to say Name, position where they were from and something unique about themselves. Sappelt added "3/4 of the world is covered by water, the other 1/4 is covered by me". Cocky little shrimp (no offense short guys), he looks like a shorter Furcal. He also stands way back in the corner of the box and has a a bit of a Sheffield waggle in his bat (not nearly as extreme). I'd be surprised if he could hit anything on the outside part of the plate.

Just wanted to add a few things to this from the brief glimpse I got at the dragons on TV. As I said a brief glimpse so take it FWIW.

Sappelt - Talked about him already but wanted to add he can go get it out there (was playing CF), tracked down a deep fly ball in the gap in RCF with a dive at the end. Just missed another laser/bomb off the wall from a dead run in middle CF. Plays a bit out of control, misplayed a ball that he overran a bit and didn't play the aforementioned laser/bomb off the wall so it bounced back out towards CF. But it was OD I'm sure that he'll calm down a bit later. He probably needs to move up in the box and towards the plate like I said he's never gonna hit much away if he doesn't. Has his hands high with a slight waggle (ala a baby Sheffield) but that doesn't seem to be a hinderance. Very short in stature but built a bit stocky.

Puckett - Built a bit like Sappelt only a little taller, something screams Ryan Freel when I look at him. Didn't get to see him on defense much just seemed to miss a couple of hard hit gounders by an eyelash. When he swung he seemed to be all pull with a bit of a loop in his swing. He has an open stance so that might have something to do with it, maybe his timing isn't quite there yet.

Wiley - As I said before his plate discipline is outstanding and he was hitting against pitchers who were pretty close to the plate for a Low A team and he wasn't even thinking of offering at most of the pitches. And when I say offering here I mean the bat is barely raising off his shoulder. He only swung at 2 pitches in 2 PA's that I seen, walked on 5 pitches in the 1st PA and never offered at all. K'd on 7 pitches in the 2nd PA offering twice fouling one off and whiffing on strike 3 on a big breaking curve on the inside part of the plate (I should add strike one wasn't even a strike and he didn't swing at it). I presume that is where his hole is because his swing is a bit long, not a lot but a bit. If he finds a way to shorten up his swing just ever so slightly his bat will move fast. His defense didn't really stand out to me in the limited plays I seen. He backed up CF like he was supposed to on that Sappelt catch in the gap. Other than that nothing much to report on.

Rojas - Made a smooth play defensively on a ball hit up the middle (about a foot or 2 to the SS side of 2nd) on a kid who is a burner (Dee Brown SS). Rojas was initially positioned a bit deeper than even with 2nd and perhaps pulled a smidge towards 2nd but close to the middle of 2nd & 3rd overall. Billy Doran (who was on the broadcast) intimated that he will learn to charge that ball especially on fast players but Rojas still nipped the kid anyhow.

As a team I think they will run ok and they are a pretty patient bunch. I think their defense will be pretty solid for a low A team. And as we all know once they get a few arms back will pitch pretty well. But they seem to be a bit short on pop and maybe a little shy on hitting for avg. although they were facing a pretty advanced Low A team this night. Too bad they don't have Soto, Bucholz and Mes (at least for a few weeks would have been nice for all I think) they would have a pretty complete team there. I didn't get to see a whole lot of everyone else but I hope to remember to catch the next televised game on April 24th in it's entirety.

camisadelgolf
04-11-2009, 03:18 PM
Thank you for the review, Mario-Rijo. Do you think it would be fair to say that Cody Puckett looks like the next Justin Turner?

Mario-Rijo
04-12-2009, 07:14 PM
Thank you for the review, Mario-Rijo. Do you think it would be fair to say that Cody Puckett looks like the next Justin Turner?

Turner might have been a bit more polished at this point but yeah pretty similiar players talent wise.