Posts Tagged ‘Harrisburg Senators’

Around the EL

April 8, 2008

** The Ruckle Shuffle made its debut in the Eastern League last night.  Jake Ruckle, who dazzled Brooklyn fans a few years back with his very unorthodox delivery, made his Double-A debut for Binghamton last night and threw 5.2 scoreless innings in a no-decision for the Mets in their 1-0 win over Akron.

Just wait until this kid comes to Waterfront Park.  You haven’t seen anything like him. 

Jake’s a nice guy, too…spoke to him a few years back over at Keyspan Park in Brooklyn.

An Emmanuel Garcia single scored Fernando Martinez in the eighth inning for the game’s only run.

** Dustin Richardson is apparently as good as advertised.  Perhaps one of the lesser known pitching prospects in the Red Sox system, that will all change if he keeps repeating the performance he put on in his Double-A debut last night.

Richardson allowed just two hits and struck out ten batters in just five innings of work, leading undefeated Portland to a 7-1 win over Connecticut, who suffers their first loss of the year.

** Bowie fell to 0-5 after an extra inning loss to Reading.

Chris Tillman, who was acquired by the O’s in the Erik Bedard trade, made his Double-A debut and left after just two innings due to a pitch count.  A Javon Moran bases-clearing triple was the difference in the 10th inning for Reading.

** Harrisburg crushed Erie, 12-3. 

They used an eight-run seventh inning to do the Seawolves in, led by run-scoring doubles from Luis Jimenez, Yurendell De Caster, Ian Desmond and Roger Bernardina.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Jennings: Whelan Out, Double-A Rotation Clearer

March 26, 2008

Since I’m stuck up in New Jersey, I’ve got to rely on various sources of information until the Thunder join me up here in about a week.

Another thing I can do is check out Chad Jennings SWB Yankees blog, and he’s got some information on there that’s relevant to Thunder fans.

Jennings confirms something I’d been hearing rumblings about lately — that Kevin Whelan’s sore shoulder won’t allow him to start the season in Trenton.  Not good news for Whelan, who got passed in the organization by a few guys last year who might have to convert from starters to relievers to have a better shot reaching the Bronx.

Jennings also wrote that Anthony Claggett is having a hamstring issue and won’t be ready to start the year, and that when he is ready, he’ll come out of the bullpen.  So, the Thunder rotation?

According to Jennings, it’s looking like Daniel McCutchen, Phil Coke, George Kontos, Jason Jones and Brett Smith.

I think everyone has come to the conclusion that McCutchen’s going to get the ball on April 3rd in Binghamton.  But the exact order after that seems to be unclear.  My guess is that you’d see some combo of Jones and Smith in the 2 and 3 slots, and some combo of Coke and Kontos in the 4 and 5 slots.  I could see Kontos as the 3, but we’ll see.

What would my rotation look like?  McCutchen – Jones – Kontos – Smith – Coke

Yours?

If nobody in the rotation is skipped, or if no other unforeseen issues occur, then the team’s #3 starter would start the home opener on April 10th against Harrisburg.  But Thunder fans will get to see the entire rotation, as the team is home for five more days after that.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com