I'm hoping for sunshine and good news as the signing period comes to a close. We've got some good guys worth following in our system right now, but adding names like Harper, Solis, Cole, and Ray to our current system would show that Rizzo and the Lerners are fully serious in doing whatever it takes to restock the minors.
It's been a refreshing change following impact rehab stints and major prospects at Syracuse. Jordan Zimmermann earned a no-decision in a Syracuse 4-2 win over Indianapolis while Wilson Ramos was 3-4 in support. Zimmermann's line was 5IP, 6H, 1ER, 1BB, 3K with 43 strikes out of his 73 pitches, and he even managed to get a double at the plate. I like the pitch count, and I hope that he can pound the zone even more in his next and hopefully final Syracuse start. Harrisburg fell short in their ninth inning comeback while losing to the Trenton Thunder 3-2. Aaron Thompson takes his 12th loss for the Senators. Second baseman Stephen Lombardozzi went 1-3 with a double and has hit safely in all five of his games since his promotion to Harrisburg. Tyler Moore hit his league leading 24th homerun in a Potomac 7-5 win over Myrtle Beach. Nyjer Morgan went 0-3 during his rehab assignment. Catcher Sean Rooney added a homerun, a double and 4RBI. 2008 17th round draft pick and second baseman Jose Lozada went yard as well. Lastly, Paul Applebee earned his fifth win in a 7-5 win for Hagerstown over Greensboro that featured offensive support up and down the lineup highlighted by 2010 3rd round draft pick Rick Hague's 3-3 night that also included a walk, a double and two runs scored.
Minors links and prospect lines after the jump:
(Editors note: 3:09PM, forgot my links! Oh noes!)
- Nationalsprospects.com goes through the top to bottom organizational summary.
- Bob Parasaliti of The Herald Mail writes a nice summary of Hagerstown prospects in the majors from the last 30 years. He also adds this nice chart of all the prospects who've made the majors that includes current guys like Casey Blake, Orlando Hudson, Jonothan Niese, Arthur Rhodes, Vernon Wells, and Alex Rios.
- Geoff Morrow offers a quick gamer on Harrisburg's 3-2 loss.
- Probably the best link that I saw today came from Sean Hogan of FFODC.com (FightForOldDC). He puts the up to date performances of all of our signed 2010 picks from the Top 20 rounds in one helpful place.
- (Ed Note: 4:39PM just saw this great article on life in the minors. It's written by a reporter who covers the Trenton Thunder, the team that beat Harrisburg last night.)
Jordan Zimmermann, RSP: 5IP, 6H, 1ER, 1BB, 3K with 43 strikes, 73 pitches 1-2, 2B at the plate. Zimmerman has now allowed just 1 earned run in 12 innings for Syracuse while having just a 1.82 ERA and a .208 average against in 34.2 IP between in the minors overall this season.
- Fan Fav Boomer Whiting, LF: 0-5, K
- Fan Fav Michael Martinez, CF: 1-3, RBI
- Danny Espinosa, SS: 1-5, 2B, K
- Wilson Ramos, C: 3-4, R. Since being acquired from Minnesota, Ramos has a .314/.352/.510/.862 line in 13 games for the Chiefs.
- Jason Bergmann, RRP: (W, 6-3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2K
- Atahualpa Severino, LRP: (H, 12) 1.1IP, 0R, 0BB, 0K
- Aaron Thompson, LSP: (L, 4-12)
- Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B: 1-3, R, BB, K
- Chris Marrero, DH: 0-2, K
High A Potomac:
- Nyjer Morgan, DH (rehab): 0-3
Derek Norris, DH: 0-0, 2BB, 1 intentional
Michael Burgess, RF: 0-3, 2R, BB, HBP
- Tyler Moore, 1B: 2-5, R, HR, RBI, K
- Rob Wort, RRP: (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 3BB (1 IBB), 2K Wort had 8 saves for Hagerstown. He pitched two scoreless relief innings to finish the game and secure the win for Potomac in his Carolina League debut after a rocky start by Frias for Potomac.
Low A Hagerstown:
- Paul Applebee, LSP: (W, 5-4) 5IP, 4H, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
- Rick Hague, DH: 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB
- Adrian Sanchez, 2B: 2-4, R, RBI
JP Ramirez, LF: 1-3, R, 2RBI, SF
- Eury Perez, CF: 2-3, R, RBI, SF