Re: Minor-League Player of the Day
Wednesday, May 29: Mike Hessman, Louisville. No matter that he's 35 . . . no matter that he had already hit 382 minor-league home runs in 18 seasons . . . with a game of 3-3, HR, BB and 3 RBI, Hessman gets the call. It was number 13 for the big third baseman, who last year hit 35 in the Pacific Coast League. Hessman was signed to be a veteran presence and power bat, and he has provided all of that handsomely. Incidentally, the former Brave, Tiger and Met also has 14 major-league home runs, so three more will give him 400 for his professional career.
Also notable . . .
Josh Fellhauer: 2-3, HR, 2 BB, 3 R. Over his last six games, the lefty outfielder is hitting .500 with a 1.560 OPS. He is also officially endorsed by OGB.
Shaun Ellis: Started and went 4 innings in Pensacola's 1-0 victory that earned a doubleheader split after a 1-0 loss. For the game: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. But who is this guy? All I can see is that he has three years of independent ball and didn't play last season. And he's 26 and large. Anybody?
David Vidal: Doubled in the Wahoos' only run of the day. 1-2, 2B, BB.
Ryan Dennick: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2.57 ERA. Dennick has been quite the nice Rule V pick.
James Allen: 6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
Nevin Ashley: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI.
Yorman Rodriguez: 2-4, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI. More of this, please.
Juan Perez: 2-4, 2B.
Joe Terry: 2-4, 3B. Hitting .347 for Dayton after starting the season less auspiciously (.184) in Bakersfield. Same number of ABs.
Jeff Gelalich: 2-4, 2B. Doing well, he is, in a non-home run kind of way.
Tanner Rahier: 2-4, 2B. Over his last 10 games, the 19-year-old is hitting .342 with an OPS of 1.007.
"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.
Last edited by mace; 05-30-2013 at 10:30 AM.