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    Quick MInor League In Person Report

    Visited Sarasota for minor league games today. Couple quick hits and will follow up later. Start with the bad news.

    Last year's #12 Scott Gaffney had TJ surgery last week and is out for year.

    Saw Travis Wood pitch a little and he looked good. Viola followed and he looked good. They were pitching for AA. They had 35 MPH cross wind. The AAA guys had 35 MPH wind heading out, and all the pitchers were getting hurt, especially Gardner.

    then shot over to other side of town to Watch both A teams. Saw Mersaraco hit once. He's not stocky as I thought. He was with Sarasota, went over to Dayton field and Lotzkar was pitching. (I'm hoping you're jealous by now)

    He loooked good !! Talked to Scott Carroll who introduced himself and seemed like good guy

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    The lowest acceptable payroll amount for ownership to show they are not greedy pigs is 15 million more than they are currently paying. No matter what that currently is.

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    Re: Quick MInor League In Person Report

    Thanks, Jax...I love this stuff and eagerly devour anything in this vein by you or anyone else lucky enough to be down there...
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Quick MInor League In Person Report

    I heard that Travis Wood's outing was pretty strong.

    Sucks to hear about Gaffney.

    How did Lotzkar look?

    And yes, I am jealous.

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    Re: Quick MInor League In Person Report

    excellent Jax, thanks -- looking forward to more...

    real glad to hear about Wood
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    Re: Quick MInor League In Person Report

    Who is Scott Gaffney? I take it he was a 12th round pick, but was he a HS or College pitcher?

    Thanks JaxRed for the Report though! I would love to see Travis Wood put it together this year and become a Top 50 BA prospect next year

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    Gaffney was out of Penn State

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    Re: Quick MInor League In Person Report

    Sorry to take so long to update. I did see Stubbs hit the triple that was mentioned in the other thread. He smoked it to straight center and he was FAST.

    The AA lineup was Guttierrez 1b, Turner 2b, castro ss, Fransciso 3b. Franciso hit HR. Heisey and Strait were in OF. Syzmanski was hitting so he was either the other OF or DH. Tordi was catching

    Over in AAA Rios was at First, Tatum catching Griffin at 2b. Didn't catch most of other positions.

    Other Guys I saw on AAA side:
    Rosales
    Dorn
    Frazier
    Gardner
    Kroski
    Barker? (can't read my writing)
    Bolivar
    2b Drew Anderson

    Some guys on AA side not mentioned
    Holden
    DeJesus
    Herrera
    Eymam
    Lutz
    Soto (was hitting on another field)
    Valakia
    Kainer
    Fisher
    R. Ramirez
    Jones?
    The lowest acceptable payroll amount for ownership to show they are not greedy pigs is 15 million more than they are currently paying. No matter what that currently is.

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    Re: Quick MInor League In Person Report

    On the Dayton side of things, when I walkd over from the Sarasota field, and I watched Mesaraco ground out, I saw a big guy pitching for Dragons, and he was throwing hard. I hoped it was Lotkzar and it was. I only saw him pitch one inning, but it was nice. Pitching, fast and getting guys to chase breaking balls in the dirt.

    Some guy named Sosa was catching. He seemed to sting the ball twice hitting. Have no idea if he is prospect.

    Talked to Kahaulelio who was drafted last year and tore his ACL on third day of practice. He was listed as SS on draft but was playing 2b during practice.

    Terrell Young indicated he was going to be a closer and he hoped it was for Sarasota. He looked sharp closing the Dayton game.
    The lowest acceptable payroll amount for ownership to show they are not greedy pigs is 15 million more than they are currently paying. No matter what that currently is.

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    Re: Quick MInor League In Person Report

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    Sorry to take so long to update. I did see Stubbs hit the triple that was mentioned in the other thread. He smoked it to straight center and he was FAST.

    The AA lineup was Guttierrez 1b, Turner 2b, castro ss, Fransciso 3b. Franciso hit HR. Heisey and Strait were in OF. Syzmanski was hitting so he was either the other OF or DH. Tordi was catching

    Over in AAA Rios was at First, Tatum catching Griffin at 2b. Didn't catch most of other positions.

    Other Guys I saw on AAA side:
    Rosales
    Dorn
    Frazier
    Gardner
    Kroski
    Barker? (can't read my writing)
    Bolivar
    2b Drew Anderson

    Some guys on AA side not mentioned
    Holden
    DeJesus
    Herrera
    Eymam
    Lutz
    Soto (was hitting on another field)
    Valakia
    Kainer
    Fisher
    R. Ramirez
    Jones?
    Now if you could just get a score book and a scanner everything would be right in the world!!

    Kidding aside, I'm a bit jealous of you being there
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    Re: Quick MInor League In Person Report

    Thanks for the updates Jax

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    Re: Quick MInor League In Person Report

    that was like sipping a cold beer on a very hot day, thx jax


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    Re: Quick MInor League In Person Report

    thanks jax -- great stuff -- you're our eyes and ears!
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    Re: Quick MInor League In Person Report

    Remembered one last thing. I know at least one guy was really talking up Hillenbrant even though he didn't pitch last year. I saw him (but not playing), he certainly didn't appear to be 6'2" to me. He looked about 5'9".

    Anyone else see him?
    The lowest acceptable payroll amount for ownership to show they are not greedy pigs is 15 million more than they are currently paying. No matter what that currently is.

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    Re: Quick MInor League In Person Report

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    Remembered one last thing. I know at least one guy was really talking up Hillenbrant even though he didn't pitch last year. I saw him (but not playing), he certainly didn't appear to be 6'2" to me. He looked about 5'9".

    Anyone else see him?
    Must be the metric conversion.

    Seriously though, you mentioned BJ Syzmanski. How much longer before the Reds just cut him loose? Is there really any hope that he'll eventually figure out his swing?

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    Re: Quick MInor League In Person Report

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    Remembered one last thing. I know at least one guy was really talking up Hillenbrant even though he didn't pitch last year. I saw him (but not playing), he certainly didn't appear to be 6'2" to me. He looked about 5'9".

    Anyone else see him?
    i saw him throw an inning when i was there. he allowed only one base runner, and it was because of a wild pitch on a strikeout. nobody hit him hard.
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