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A. Cavatica
05-27-2004, 09:06 PM
This is not a "look at the one that got away!" thread -- quite the opposite. I went looking for familiar names in the AAA and AA statistics and found a lot of ex-Sox farmhands, but precious few who are any good.

Catchers: Robert Machado is hitting .317 with 3 HR for Ottawa. Mark Johnson is hitting .244 with no HR for Indianapolis. And Humberto Quintero, who we traded for D'Angelo Jimenez, is batting .277 with 2 HR for Portland.

First base: Jeff Liefer is hitting .329 with 10 HR for Indianapolis when not locked in the bathroom.

Second base: Not much to choose from. Aaron Miles is batting .361 at Colorado Springs -- does anyone know if he got sent down or is on a rehab assignment? Jimenez and Hummel are, of course, with the Reds.

Short: Danny Sandoval is batting .284 with 3 HR for Tulsa.

Third: Jim Terrell is batting .243 with 2 HR for Wichita, and he's all I could find. This hasn't really been that lean a position for us; Ventura, Lee, Norton, and Crede are all still in the majors. And then there was Snopek.

Outfield: McKay Christensen actually has 17 at-bats for Louisville (.294). Daylan Holt has 45 for Las Vegas (.311). Brian Simmons (.214), Alex Fernandez (.267), Julio Ramirez (.268), Chad Durham (.260), and Jason Aspito (.288) are all getting regular playing time somewhere.

Starters: Robert Ellis (3-3, 5.33), Matt Guerrier (2-4, 3.18), Kevin Olsen (3-3, 4.61), and Tim Bittner (4-1, 3.59) have all pitched 50+ innings. Joe Valentine is 2-1, 5.71 in 34.2 innings for Louisville, and Jim Parque is 1-1, 5.65 for Tucson.

Bullpen: Royce Ring (1-1, 3.38), Aaron Myette (2-1, 3.58), and Scott Dunn (2-2, 3.70) are the only ones who have pitched 18+ innings with an ERA under 4. They have one save between them. Kevin Tolar (1-0, 4.50, 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings for Iowa) has also pitched pretty well, but he's got to be in his thirties by now. Gary Glover's ERA is 6.41, Bobby Howry's is 7.04, Edwin Almonte's at 8.27.

THE_HOOTER
05-27-2004, 09:27 PM
Parque really fell hard when he fell.

TaylorStSox
05-27-2004, 09:29 PM
Miles got sent down to bring in another pitcher IIRC.

TDog
05-27-2004, 11:48 PM
Originally posted by A. Cavatica
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Catchers: Robert Machado is hitting .317 with 3 HR for Ottawa. ...

I thought I saw Robert Machado on the AP transaction wire this week in a minor league deal.

Blueprint1
05-27-2004, 11:55 PM
Didnt Steve Stone say that the rockies stole Miles from us????

lowesox
05-28-2004, 01:47 AM
That's sad about Johnson. I always liked him when he was on the sox - and he really seemed to be unlucky. Remember how Manuel and Co. left him off the 2000 playoff roster after he played on the active roster all year - just so that they could have Paul's ability to play third. That would suck.

Parque and Howry are both pretty sad stories too. Looks like Liefer's tearing it up = "AAAA".

maurice
05-28-2004, 11:57 AM
Originally posted by TaylorStSox
Miles got sent down to bring in another pitcher IIRC.

You recall correctly. Apparently the Rocks plan to bring him back later to split time at 2B.

While slightly off topic, there are lots of former Sox farmhands in the relief pitching ranks at the MLB level.

Chicago White Sox = Cradle of Relief Pitching.

jackbrohamer
05-28-2004, 01:11 PM
Originally posted by A. Cavatica
.....Julio Ramirez (.268).....

Haven't seen that idiot since he hit that big HR against the Sox and walked around the bases as if he were Barry Bonds.

wilburaga
05-28-2004, 01:21 PM
I guess Julio Ramirez wanted his only major league home run to be memorable.

I remember Julio, after a torrid spring in 2001, made a great throw from center field in his first start. I'm talking Bee Bee Richard style gas. And I'm thinking this guy can really be good. 37 of the worst at bats in major league history showed me the error of my ways.


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Blueprint1
05-28-2004, 01:35 PM
I remember watching Julio when he played for the Cougers back in 1997 I worked the pizza stand. Man that guy really tore it up in A ball. Too bad that doesnt mean he can play in the major leagues. Actually the 2000 MLB preview has him listed as one of the Marlins future stars i believe.

iwannago
05-28-2004, 02:38 PM
Speaking of our X players. Does anyone know if Sirotka is still in baseball?

JRIG
05-28-2004, 03:18 PM
I was going to post this from my fantasy baseball site, so I'll just add on here instead:

Triple-A Rochester's Matt Guerrier yesterday allowed one run in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.97.
Guerrier has given up 53 hits and has a 48/7 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings. If the Twins aren't going to bring up Rick Helling, there's a good chance that Guerrier will take over as the team's fifth starter before the end of June. He has only average stuff, but he's a bit of a sleeper.

Angels prospect Tim Bittner tossed seven scoreless innings for Double-A Arkansas yesterday.
Bittner, a 23-year-old lefty acquired in last year's Scott Schoeneweis deal, is 4-1 with a 3.59 ERA, 37 H and 43/24 K/BB in 52 2/3 IP. He projects as a reliever in the majors and might see time in Anaheim's bullpen during the second half of the season.