Re: Minor-League Player of the Day
Tuesday, June 11: Chris Berset, Bakersfield . . . 3-4. It was a slow night for MiLPOD candidates, but Berset is now 6-8 over his last two games, and he's a switch-hitter, and he's a catcher who, if I'm not mistaken, plays pretty good defense.
Warlin Pena, DSL Rojos: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 4 K. DSL players are at a disadvantage in MiLPOD considerations because the DSL is a bit of an enigma and these guys are just so far, far away from the big leagues. That said, Pena might have topped a weak field today had it not been for the five free passes. He's 17 and he's left-handed.
Neftali Soto: 1-4, grand slam.
Tucker Barnhart: 2-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI.
Travis Mattair: 2-3, BB.
Trevor Bell: The newbie notched his first save for Pensacola . . . 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K.
Jamie Walczak: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. It's now Walczak's third trip around the California League, and he's starting to get the hang of it. After a late start to his season, his line stands at 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K.
Yorman Rodriguez: 2-5, 2B.
Zach Vincej: 2-5, 2B, 3B. He's a hot shortstop at the moment.
Luis Gonzalez: OK, this is a little confusing. There's a Luis Gonzalez who pitches for the DSL Reds, a left-hander who made this list a few days ago. This one is an 18-year-old shortstop who plays for the DSL Rojos. Last night he was 2-4 with a 3B, 2 R and a SB.
"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.