Re: Minor-League Player of the Day
Friday, May 10: Billy Hamilton, Louisville. There were some good candidates today. Hamilton gets the nod, yes, in part because he's Billy Hamilton, but also because his big game had some cool implications. Hamilton banged two home run against Buffalo right-hander Dave Bush, a longtime Brewer who was up with the Blue Jays earlier this year. The solo shots were the only runs Bush surrendered in six innings. They were also Hamilton's first two homers of the year and the first two he has ever hit left-handed. That last part bears some significance. Both shots easily cleared the fence, and they demonstrated that he does indeed have at least a little HR potential from the left side. Hamilton also bunted for a hit. It marked the first time this year that he has put together multi-hit games back-to-back.
Also . . .
On most nights, Josh Smith's line for Pensacola would have put him in the first paragraph: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K.
Jake Johnson threw five scoreless, two-hit innings for Bakersfield before finishing with 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. I've long been a fan of Johnson, and it's nice to see him reproving his prospect status after a couple of injury-slowed, very rough seasons.
Felix Perez, hitting in the cleanup spot for the Bats, went 2-3 with a BB. He's up to .305 and has a very solid season going on.
Juan Perez: 3-4, BB.
Ryan Wright: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI.
Yorman Rodriguez: 2-4, HR.
"Give me the mace and I'll drive the pumpkin down Whitey Ford's throat." -- Ping Bodie, when asked in 1960 whether he could have hit contemporary pitchers.