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Thursday, April 27, 2006

The day in minor league baseball

AAA: The day after top minor league outfield prospect Delmon Young threw a bat at a AAA umpire Lastings Milledge took the field as the new top outfield prospect in minor league baseball. With Delmon Young suspended indefinitley and Jeremy Hermida in the bigs for good Milledge can now be considered the best outfield prospect in baseball. Tonight Milledge, and his .400 batting average, had to go up against top Phillies prospect, Cole Hamels, however Milledge, and the rest of the Norfolk Tides were not very succesful. Milledge went 0-3 and drew yet another walk and his vastly improved walk rate has astounded me this season. Milledge drew a total of 33 walks last season between A and AA, while he has already drawn 15 walks this year in about 1/6 of the games. Chris Basak and Victor Diaz had the only three hits for the Tides, while Yusaku Iriki pitched five innings, allowed four runs, and struck out eight.

AA: The B-Mets had the night off today.

High A: The St. Lucie Mets went up against former Mets top prospect, Gaby Hernandez. Hernandez was involved in the Paul LoDuca trade, and this was his first start against his former team. Michael Devaney opposed Hernandez, however Devaney did not have his best stuff. The 24 year old pitched only four innings and allowed eight runs, six earned raising his era from 1.32 to 4.08. Mike Carp was the offensive hero for the Mets, as he went 2-5 with three rbis. The numbers one (Coles), two(Coronado), and three(Concepcion) hitters all scored one run in the game.
Also, every hitter for the Mets, save Coronado, struck out at least once, includng Jesus Flores who struck out three times. Shawn Bowman also struck out once and he has seemingly struck out in every game this season.

Low A: Left handed prospect, and potential break-out star, Jonathan Niese took the mound for the Hagerstown Suns in tonight's game. Niese went five innings, allowed only one run, and struck out six improving his record to 3-0 and lowering his era to 2.95. Josh Appell followed Niese in relief and pitched 3.1 shutout innings, striking out an impressive seven. The offense didn't muster many runs, but the two they did muster were enough. 17 year old Fernando Martinez led off for the game and went 2-4, raising his average to .333. Martinez was also picked off in the first. Elvis Cruz had the two rbi's for the Suns on an rbi double.

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