Archive for July, 2009

Thunder Back At .500 With Loss

July 26, 2009

(PR) (Harrisburg, PA)- Harrisburg Shortstop Jemel Spearman hit a two-run home run, and had four RBI, to lift Harrisburg to a 5-2 victory over Trenton on Sunday afternoon. Harrisburg swept the three-game series, and handed Trenton its first sweep since Reading swept Trenton June 9-11 in Reading. The Thunder finished their seven-game road trip with a record of 3-4.

With the scored tied at 2-2, Harrisburg (44-55) scored two runs to take the lead. Second baseman Ofilio Castro singled to start the inning. Catcher Luke Montz followed with a single to move Castro to third base. With runners at first and third base, Designated Hitter Marvin Lowrance grounded into a fielders-choice to put runners at second and third base with one out. Then, Spearman drove Montz in from third base on a sacrifice fly RBI to give the Senators a 3-2 lead. A two-out RBI double by Center fielder Edgardo Baez increased the Harrisburg lead to 4-2. Harrisburg added a run in the sixth inning on a sacfice fly RBI by Spearman. Earlier in the game, Spearman tied the game at 2-2 in the second inning on a two-run home run off of Thunder Starting Pitcher Jeremy Bleich. Spearman finished the game 1 x 1 with a run, home run, and four RBI.

Trenton (50-50) took a 2-0 lead in the top of first inning. With one out in the inning, Second baseman Reegie Corona singled. After Shortstop Eduardo Nunez popped out for the second out in the inning, Designated Hitter Jesus Montero connected on a two-run home run off of Harrisburg Starting Pitcher Jeff Mandel (1-0). Montero now has nine home runs on the season for the Thunder, and home runs in back-to-back games.

Bleich (1-4) allowed six hits and five runs over six innings to take the loss. He struck out four and walked three. Mandel earned the win for the Senators in his Double-A debut. He scattered six hits and two runs in seven-plus innings. Harrisburg Reliever Clint Everts pitched the final two innings without allowing a run to notch his second save of the season. Trenton tied a season-high by hitting into four double-plays.

Trenton and Harrisburg will meet at Waterfront Park on Monday in the first game of a five-game series. RHP Ryan Pope (4-7, 4.94) will start for Trenton against Harrisburg RHP Luis Atilano (4-7, 5.26). Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.

Thunder Pitching Struggles In 7-2 Loss

July 25, 2009

(PR) (Harrisburg, PA)- Harrisburg Outfielder Matt Whitney hit a three-run home run, and had four RBI, to lift the Senators to a 7-2 win over Trenton on Saturday night from Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA. The loss clinched the three-game series for Harrisburg, and Trenton’s first series loss since a three-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats (7/4-7/6).

Down 2-0 in the fourth inning, Harrisburg scored three runs to take the lead. Right fielder Leonard Davis doubled off of Thunder Starting Pitcher Paul Bush to start the inning. With one out, Left fielder Marvin Lowrance walked to put runners at first and second base. After Bush struck out First baseman Bill Rhinehart, Designated Hitter Matt Whitney connected on a two-out three-run home run to put Harrisburg on top 3-2. The Senators added three runs in the sixth inning to increase their lead to 6-2. Lowrance doubled to start the inning against Trenton Reliever Humberto Sanchez. With one out, Whitney singled to left field to bring home Lowrance and make it 4-2. Later in the inning, Catcher Sean Rooney reached on an infield single with two outs to move Whitney to second base. Trenton Reliever Grant Duff came on for Sanchez to face Center fielder Mike Daniel with runners at first and second base and two outs. Daniel doubled to score Whitney and Rooney and stretch the lead to 6-2. Harrisburg made it 7-2 in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Rhinehart.

Trenton scored single runs in the second and third innings to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Thunder Catcher Jesus Montero led off the top of the second inning with a solo home run off of Harrisburg Starting Pitcher Matt Chico (2-2) to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead. The home run was his eighth of the season for the Thunder in 38 games, and now gives him 16 home runs between Tampa and Trenton on the year. In the third inning, Outfielder James Cooper singled. He moved up to second base on a ground out by Center fielder Austin Krum. With two outs, Shortstop Eduardo Nunez connected on an RBI single to plate Cooper. Montero had two hits in the loss for the Thunder.

In his second Thunder start, Bush (0-1) allowed three hits and three runs over four innings. He struck out five and walked three. Chico (2-2) yielded four hits and two runs over five innings to pick up his second win for the Senators. Harrisburg’s bullpen combined to toss four shutout innings and only allowed one hit.

Harrisburg will go for the three-game sweep over Trenton on Sunday afternoon. LHP Jeremy Bleich (1-3, 6.26) will start for Trenton against Harrisburg RHP Jeff Mandel (0-0, 0.00). Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.

Yankees Prospect Among Six Suspended By MLB

July 25, 2009

Left-handed pitcher Francis Moreta was among six players suspended 50 games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, MiLB.com reports.

Moreta, a 22-year-old Dominican born reliever, was pitching for the Yankees affiliate in the Dominican Summer League and was not highly regarded as a prospect, nor was he expected to join the Trenton Thunder.

In his first two seasons, also spent in the DSL, he went 7-3 with a 4.25 ERA and one save in 33 appearances, including seven starts.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Around The EL: Madison Bumgarner

July 24, 2009

BumgarnerIf the Giants — surprisingly still in the National League West race (10 games back) and certainly in the NL Wild Card race (one game behind Chicago) — are looking to add a Major League arm to give them a boost for the pennant race at the trade deadline, it seems likely that the guy pictured to your left would have to be involved in any serious talks.

But anyone who’s seen Madison Bumgarner pitch will tell you that they’d be foolish to deal him.

Still more will tell you he might just be that big league arm they need.

Back when the Connecticut Defenders made their final trip into Waterfront Park this season — a trip in which Bumgarner did not pitch — I was able to spend a few minutes with the soon to be 20-year-old outside of the visiting clubhouse.

Mike Ashmore: A lot is being made about you being a 19-year-old kid in Double-A…do you feel like a 19-year-old kid in Double-A?

Madison Bumgarner: “Yeah, it’s weird.  Not really, though.  I just feel like one of the guys, you know.  I don’t really think about the age difference.”

Ashmore: But you are more or less hanging out with a bunch of older guys…that wasn’t always the case when you were coming up through the lower levels…

Bumgarner: “When I first started playing in pro ball, it was a little different.  That was really the only time.  Last year there were some older guys on the team and then in San Jose and then here it’s been the same way.”

Ashmore: You’ve got grown men climbing over chairs to get you to sign your name on a baseball or a piece of paper or whatever…I guess what has the adjustment been like to really being in the spotlight on a full-time basis like you are now?

Bumgarner: It’s…I don’t know, I don’t really have a good answer for that.  It’s definitely weird, at first especially.  You don’t really have that…mostly it was little kids was all I’d had before.  Now, people collect cards and stuff and always want your signature.  It’s pretty cool though, that’s for sure.”

Ashmore: It has to be pretty cool to be on cards, too.  Did you collect at all when you were a kid?

Bumgarner: “Yeah, it is.  When I was about eight or nine, I did a little bit. I went through that stage, but I kind of grew out of it.”

Ashmore: You were the 10th overall pick in the 2007 draft…take me back to draft day, what was that like for you?

Bumgarner: “We were at graduation practice in high school.  It was definitely exciting.  I didn’t really have a real good idea of where I’d go, I was hoping in the first round but I didn’t know what team.  When they called my name for that spot, I was definitely thrilled.  It was exciting to get started.  It took a while to get the deal down.”

Ashmore: So you signed when you were 17 still…

Bumgarner: “I’d just turned 18, I was 18 for about ten days.”

Ashmore: So you went from being a high school kid to signing a multi-million dollar deal…did you have like a high school job or anything like that before all of that?

Bumgarner: “No.  My parents didn’t really want me to get a job because they knew I’d have to work one day, so they wanted me to just have fun while I could.”

Ashmore: OK, so you went from essentially pitching for free to landing a bonus check for two million dollars…I think it’s safe to say most 18-year-olds don’t have that kind of cash in their wallets…

Bumgarner: “It’s humbling, because I couldn’t have got here without my faith in the Lord.  It’s awesome to be able take care of your family and take care of your mom, because she’s taken care of me my whole life.”

Ashmore: What kind of role did your parents play in helping you in your career?

Bumgarner: “They were always there for me, you know.  They drove me practice all the time, whenever I needed to.  They’ve always supported me.  I couldn’t be where I’m at without them, that’s for sure.”

Ashmore: In reading scouting reports on you, it seems the fastball is the big pitch for you.  Is there something you feel makes your fastball stand out compared to other pitchers or your other pitches?

Bumgarner: “I don’t really know.  I just know it’s my best pitch for sure.  I’d like to be able to see it for myself, to be in the box or something and see me throw it.  But I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.”

Ashmore: So with your fastball where it is, how important is the command and execution of your secondary stuff to you?

Bumgarner: “It’s definitely a lot more important the higher you go up.  Here, it’s way more important than it was last year.  The last year was way more important than it’s ever been for me in high school.  You’ve got to keep locating.  My slider and changeup is getting a lot better, so hopefully they’re both on the way to being plus pitches.”

Ashmore: In the Baseball America Prospect Handbook, the scouting report says that you kind of scrapped throwing the curveball in order to work on the slider…is that still a work in progress?

Bumgarner: “Well, I never really threw a curveball, so I don’t know where that’s coming from.  I’ve heard a couple people say that.  But I’ve thrown a slider the whole time.”

Ashmore: For someone who hasn’t seen you pitch before, can you kind of give me a self-scouting report on what kind of pitcher you and what you like to throw and so on…

Bumgarner: “I like to think of myself as a power pitcher.  I don’t know, I just like to go out there and go after guys and try to get them out and stay in the game as long as I can.  I’ve been trying to get quicker outs so I can stay in the game longer, so that’s kind of a tough adjustment from being more of a strikeout guy.”

Ashmore: When you look at the young pitching in this organization — yourself, Tim Lincecum, Tim Alderson — are you excited of being a part of that at the big league level soon?

Bumgarner: “Oh yeah.  That’s for sure.  I’d love to be there and contributing as soon as possible.”

Ashmore: You’ve got Alderson here with you on the Defenders, so naturally a lot of people are comparing the two of you.  What is something you do better than him and what is something he does better than you?

Bumgarner: “I don’t know what I do better than him.  He’s definitely a good pitcher.  His offspeed stuff and throwing that for strikes, he can just do that any time in the count.  He doesn’t really walk guys, doesn’t give up many hits or many runs.  He’s just a good pitcher.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Thunder Lose In Extras

July 24, 2009

(PR) (Harrisburg, PA)- Harrisburg Pinch-hitter Sean Rooney drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning to bring home the winning run in Harrisburg’s 3-2 win over Trenton on Friday night from Metro Bank Park. The loss snapped Trenton’s three-game winning streak.

With the scored tied 2-2 in the bottom of the tenth inning, Harrisburg Third baseman Joel Guzman walked against Trenton Reliever Josh Schmidt (7-2). With two outs, Pinch-hitter Bill Rhinehart doubled to advanced Guzman to third base. Schmidt elected to intentionally walk Designated hitter Marvin Lowrance to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Sean Rooney then walked on five pitches to bring home the winning run for the Senators. Harrisburg Reliever Carlos Martinez (5-4) earned the win in relief for the Senators. He pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings.

Harrisburg (42-55) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Center fielder Edgardo Baez led off the frame with a single against Trenton Starting Pitcher Wilkin De La Rosa. Second baseman Ofilio Castro followed with a single to put runners at first and second base. Guzman followed with a two-run double to score both Baez and Castro and give the Senators a 2-0 lead. Trenton closed the gap to 2-1 in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Third baseman Marcos Vechionacci connected on a sacrifice fly RBI to make it 2-1. Trenton tied the game at 2-2 in the ninth inning. Center fielder Austin Krum doubled to start the ninth inning off of Harrisburg Reliever Atahualpa Severino. Second baseman Reegie Corona laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Krum to third base. Shortstop Eduardo Nunez brought home the tying run on an RBI single off of Harrisburg Reliever Carlos Martinez.

Harrisburg Starting Pitcher Erik Arnesen tossed seven innings for the Senators and scattered five hits and one run. He did not walk a batter. De La Rosa allowed five hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings. The start was his longest since June 9th. He walked four and struck out three. Trenton Shortstop Eduardo Nunez was the only the Thunder player with a multi-hit game. He leads the team with 28 multi-hit games this season.

Trenton and Harrisburg play the middle game of their three-game series on Saturday night. RHP Paul Bush (0-0, 0.00) will start for Trenton against Harrisburg LHP Matt Chico (1-2, 3.38). Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

Bush Is A Hitless Hit In Trenton

July 23, 2009

Paul_BushPaul Bush spent the first seven years of his career in the Atlanta Braves organization, topping out at Triple-A while posting solid numbers at every stop he made along the way (22-22, 3.24 in 175 games).

For one reason or another, he got spit out of organizational ball and ended up contemplating retirement in the off-season after a tough recovery from an elbow injury.

“I’d had Tommy John (surgery) in ’07, actually Monday (was) the two-year anniversary of it,” Bush said.

“The whole rest of the season in ’08, my elbow hurt every day and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to come back from it.  There was a kid in my hometown who wanted me to play catch with him and see if I thought he had what it took to make it in pro ball, and once I started playing catch with him, my arm felt a lot better.”

It was then when Bush gave legitimate thought to returning for the 2009 season.

“As I started to up the volume, I came back stronger and it wasn’t hurting me,” he said.

“I decided to give it another try because I felt like I could still play.”

After deciding to come back, he signed with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League, where he again posted solid numbers (0-0, 1.62 in nine games) before being picked up by the Yankees.

“I had a blast over there,” said Bush of playing in Somerset.

“Having Sparky Lyle as manager and Brett Jodie as pitching coach, those guys love baseball and it really shows in the kind of team they put together.  Everybody was out there playing hard, and it was a lot of fun.”

Assigned to Triple-A Scranton after signing with the Yankees towards the end of May, he struggled in two of his first three outings with the team, his ERA ballooning to nearly ten.  While he was able to recover and cut his ERA nearly in half, he was only being used about once a week.

The writing appeared to be on the wall for him to get sent down a level.

“Compared to where I started the season at, I don’t really think I can complain with where I’m at now,” said Bush of being shipped to Double-A.

“At least I’m getting an opportunity to pitch, though.  That’s the important thing.”

And pitch he did.

With a need for a starter at Double-A Trenton, Bush was sent down and made his Thunder debut on the road in New Hampshire on Monday, working three and a third hitless innings as the team carried a collective no-hitter deep into the game.

Primarily used as a reliever throughout his career, the crafty 29-year-old righty uses an arsenal of a fastball, changeup, curveball and slider, using the latter as his out pitch.

“I just try to throw strikes and get ahead of guys,” Bush says.

Asked which role he’d prefer to do that in, the Florida native just seemed happy to be getting a chance anywhere in affiliated baseball.

“I’ll do either one,” he said.

“As long as I get a chance to throw, I really don’t care whether it’s relief or starting.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Updates On Alan Horne and George Kontos

July 23, 2009

Chad Jennings has got some updates on Alan Horne and George Kontos, both of whom spent part of this season in Trenton.

Check out his blog for the updates on Horne and Kontos.

Also, I just saw this article on Josh Schmidt, who continues to put up numbers out of the Thunder bullpen.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Call The Thunder Butter…Because They’re On A Roll

July 23, 2009

(PR) (Manchester, NH)- Five Trenton pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout in Trenton’s 5-0 victory over New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon from Merchantsauto.com Stadium. Trenton has now won eight of its last 11 games.

Trenton (50-47) broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning. With one out, Third baseman Marcos Vechionacci walked against New Hampshire Starting Pitcher Marty McLeary (2-3). Vechionacci advanced to second base on on a walk to Left fielder James Cooper. Catcher Kyle Anson followed with an RBI double to score Vechioancci and give the Thunder a 1-0 lead. Trenton extended the lead to 2-0 as Second baseman Justin Snyder drove home Cooper with an RBI ground out. Later in the frame, Shortstop Reegie Corona delivered an RBI single to cap off the scoring in the frame. The Thunder increased the lead to 4-0 in the seventh inning. Center fielder Austin Krum connected on a two-out RBI triple to plate Anson and make it 4-0. Krum has triples in consecutive games. Corona had two hits in the win for the Thunder.

Trenton Starting Pitcher Jason Stephens tossed three perfect innings. His last start was on June 28th. Thunder Reliever Kanekoa Texeira (8-5) came on for Stephens and tossed three shutout innings to earn the win. Texeira did not allow a hit, and struck out two. He now leads the Thunder in wins with eight. New Hampshire did not pick up a hit until Pinch-hitter Luis Sanchez’s single in the seventh inning off of Thunder Reliever Wilkins Arias. The Fisher Cats did not have a hit until the seventh inning on Monday as well. The one-hit shutout was the first for Trenton since a one-hitter against Portland on May 13th. Trenton has won eight of 11 games against the Fisher Cats this season. McLeary went a season-high seven innings for the Fisher Cats, but took the loss. He allowed six hits and four runs.

Trenton continues its road trip in Harrisburg on Friday night. LHP Wilkin De La Rosa (3-5, 4.03) will start for Trenton against Harrisburg RHP Jeff Mandel (0-0, 0.00). Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

Pope Dominant Against Fisher Cats

July 22, 2009

(PR) (Manchester, NH)- Trenton Starting Pitcher Ryan Pope hurled eight shutout innings to lead Trenton to a 9-4 victory of New Hampshire on Wednesday night from Merchantsauto.com Stadium. Trenton has won two of the first three games in the series, and five of its first seven games since the all-star break. Trenton is now in sole possession of second place in the Northern Division for the first time since June 9th.

Trenton took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Third baseman Marcos Vechionacci led off the frame with a double against New Hampshire Starting Pitcher Luis Perez (6-8). He scored the first run of the game on an RBI triple by Center fielder Austin Krum. After a walk to Second baseman Reegie Corona, Shortstop Eduardo Nunez drove home Krum with an RBI ground out. The Thunder added to the lead in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Vechionacci.

The Thunder would blow the game open with a four-run seventh inning to increase the lead to 7-0. The Thunder batted around in the seventh inning. Krum led off the inning with a single against New Hampshire Reliever Casey Janssen. After a walk to Corona, Shortstop Eduardo Nunez reached on an infield single. Krum was able to score from second base on the infield hit. Designated Hitter Noah Hall followed by chopping a ball down the first base line. Janssen picked up the ball and made an errant throw down the first base line past New Hampshire First baseman David Cooper. The error allowed Corona and Nunez to score and make it 6-0. Catcher Jesus Montero capped off the scoring in the frame with an RBI single to score Hall. Trenton (48-46) tallied two runs in the eighth inning to extend the lead to 9-0. Montero had an RBI double, and Malec connected on an RBI single in the inning. New Hampshire scored four runs in the ninth inning. New Hampshire Designated Hitter Scott Campbell and Right fielder Nick Gorneault each hit two-run home runs off of Thunder Reliever Humberto Sanchez.

Pope tossed a season-high eight innings and struck out a season-high seven batters. He scattered three hits and walked only one. The eight innings equals the longest outing of the season for a Thunder starting pitcher. Its the first time a Thunder pitcher has pitched eight innings since Ivan Nova tossed eight innings vs. Binghamton on June 12th. The Fisher Cats did not have a runner in the game past first base in the first eight innings. Pope has won two of his last three starts, after going nine straight games (eight starts) without a win. The win puts Trenton two games over .500 (48-46) for the first time since June 28th. Five Thunder players had multi-hit games in the win (Krum, Gonzalez, Malec Montero, Vechionacci).

Trenton wraps up its four-game series with New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon. RHP Jason Stephens (1-0, 3.54) will start for Trenton against New Hampshire RHP Marty McLeary (2-2, 1.38). McLeary pitched for the Thunder from 2000-02. Game time is set for 12:05 p.m.

Brian Cashman’s All-Star Game Interview (Part 2 of 2)

July 22, 2009

Sorry for the slight delay in getting this posted, things have been pretty hectic over the past few days…

“If we keep selecting the right (catchers), hopefully we’ll be smart enough to keep the ones that can make the biggest impact for us here and utilize the ones in trade discussions that can catch us whatever we need on the 25-man roster in New York.  One way or the other, we’re in a good position.”

On sending Cervelli down and keeping Molina up…  “It wasn’t hard at all.  We have a quality backup in Jose Molina and we’re real proud of what Cervelli did, he’s got to be proud of it too.  We feel much stronger in the organization because of what he wound up doing.  We know our future is bright because we have a guy like him ready, and you know he can go and perform and not be afraid of the big city and not be afraid of catching the likes of a CC Sabathia or an A.J. Burnett.  He showed leadership, he showed ability, he showed performance.”

“When Cervelli comes up and does that, if you don’t think that has an impact on a Nunez here…because Cervelli wasn’t hitting here.  So a Nunez for instance, and anybody else that’s performing here can say I was just playing with that guy, and he’s in New York and look what he’s doing.  Look at the hit he just got and the home run he hit in Atlanta and all those different things.  If you’re sitting in this clubhouse right now and you played alongside Cervelli, and you were actually outplaying him, you know that you can do that too.  Because you might be as good or better than that player.  And that is more impactful than anything else too.  We like Cervelli, and we think he’s a big league player, but we think there are other big league players sitting here on this roster and the Scranton roster and the rosters down in Tampa, etc.  But these guys either played with this guy in instructional league or played with him on this particular team, and either played with him or outplayed him and it shows them and gives them confidence that if he can do this, so can I.”

On who else stands out to Cashman on the Thunder roster… “Nunez, Corona, Austin Krum has just come up here and he’s done a great job down in Single-A and now he’s showing what he can do here.  Pitching-wise, McAllister…Nova just got shot up to Triple-A and he’s having an outstanding run out there.  He’s a guy who had all the talent, but the performance didn’t follow it in the Florida State League last year.  Now, after a Rule 5 selection and pitching in cold weather for the first time in his career in Double-A and now in Triple-A, this guy’s done well.  We’ve got Dunn…a number of different guys are standing out in performance.  Texeira, the reliever, the guy we got in the Swisher deal, he’s now got his feet on the ground and he’s taking off.  Kevin Whelan’s starting to find his way with his dominant stuff.  We’ve got a number of guys that we’re excited about.  Tony Franklin and this coaching staff have done a phenomenal job.  Whatever players come through here, they get better and that’s a good thing.  I’m sure I’m missing people right now off the top of my head, but we’ve got a lot of prospects here that are going to play in the big leagues.  No doubt in my mind about that.”

“Cody Ransom was out of options and Ramiro Pena had 21 at-bats in the month of June.  His time had yet to come, and we wanted more development, so he’s playing some outfield and some second base.  The other great thing, just like Cervelli, is he’s grown and now knows he can play in New York.  He can play with the big boys and not be dominated or have the pitchers knock the bat out of his hands.  So he goes down knowing that he’s fighting for a roster spot on this big league club to this day, even though he’s playing on the Triple-A club it doesn’t mean he can’t be called back up.”

“If you asked me in the spring if Nova was going to be doing what he’s doing in Triple-A now or if Cervelli would be up at the big league level doing what he did for us or Ramiro Pena or — turning the clock back — when Robbie Cano came on as fast as he did — if you’ve got this type of talent, you go through the motions, you do your work and all of a sudden you have the talent, it can come fast.  If it can all click all of a sudden, you can really take off.  You just don’t know when that’s going to happen.  Nunez is an example this year.  He’s so much better a player now than he was a year ago at this time, and it started at spring training.  Things started clicking more.  Reegie Corona obviously, to be quite honest, he probably doesn’t belong in Double-A.  At some point, we’ve got to move him up to Triple-A too because of his abilities.  Obviously we’ve got a roadblock with Ramiro Pena, but Corona this year at Double-A is not the same player he was at Double-A last year, and he was a hell of a player in the second half last year.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com