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Monday, May 08, 2006

Minor League Report: May 8th

AAA: In Evan Maclane's first start in AAA he threw seven innings of three run ball, although only one run was earned. MacLane earned the win, and he only surrendered four base runners, three on hits.
MacLane was recently promoted to AAA after Jose Lima was promoted to the bigs, and the Tides were in need of another starter. MacLane posted a 4.64 era in six Binghamton starts. Alay Soler or Mike Pelfrey will probably be promoted in a few days to AAA since Jeremi Gonzalez is expected to fill Victor Zambrano's rotation spot. Victor Diaz went 2-2 tonight, and is seemingly finding his AAA stroke, especially after his second home run of the season. Diaz walked three times and raised his average to .255.
Diaz's home run came with Lastings Milledge on base, and Milledge scored one of his two runs of the game. Milledge went 1-3 with two walks as well. Jeff Keppinger also drove in three runs on a bases clearing double.
AA: Yesterday Carlos Gomez was bumped from the leadoff spot. He hit ninth and went 2-3 with three rbi's. In today's 4-3 loss Gomez had two more hits in three trips to the plate. Gomez added a triple and a walk to his line. Gomez is either more comfortable not hitting with the constant pressures of leadoff, or he simply is trying to show the organization that he deserves to be the number one hitter. Cuban defector Michael Abreu is at it again. Abreu hit his second home run of the season in tonight's loss to Connecticut. Abreu is now hitting .390 on the season, and is making a strong case for AAA. William Vazquez made his first AA start and went only 3.1 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. Eww.
High A: Today High A announced that Michael Devaney won the POW of the pitcher's award for last week. Over the course of last week Devaney went 2-0, with a 1.88 ERA in 2 games, with 14.1 IP, and only 4 runs allowed, 3 earned on nine hits 3 walks and 12 strikeouts. Anderson Hernandez made his first rehab start, and was an unsuccesful 0-4 with a strikeout. Ambiorix Concepcion, who has been awesome this season, went 0-4 and lowered his batting average to .331. Shawn Bowman hit his second home run of the season, Bowman's shot was the only run scored for the St. Lucie Mets. The third baseman did strikeout twice in the game, however which is Bowman's main problem.
Low A:Jonathan Niese made another start for low A tonight, and he continued to impress. Niese went six innings, allowed two runs on five hits and one walk. The left hander also struck out six in the process. Niese was labeled as a potential breakout star coming into the season, and he is certainly delivering to the tune of a 3.34 era. Shortstop Jose Castro went 3-4 with a rbi and a run scored, while raising his average to a lackluster .182.
Nick Evans hit a two run home run, and the firstbaseman raised his average to .242. 17 year old phenom Fernando Martinez went 1-4 and lowered his average to .325.


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