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A. Cavatica
04-16-2005, 07:19 PM
The small sample size always makes for interesting numbers at season's outset...here are some conversation starters from the Sox minors.

Charlotte:
- LTP has followed up his hot spring by going 5-for-29 (.172) with nine strikeouts and only one walk.
- Jon Adkins has followed up his hot spring by allowing 19 hits in 7 innings (16.71 ERA).
- Brian Anderson is batting a decent .263 with 2HR, but has struck out 10 times in only 23 AB.
- Kevin Walker has allowed 1 hit and 2 walks in 3 innings with 4 strikeouts...but has a 9 ERA.
- Ozzie-in-waiting Pedro Lopez is batting .167 with no extra base hits and only one walk in 24 AB.
- Mike Spidale is not getting the playing time he deserves. Nine AB so far.
- These performances have catapulted the Knights out of the gate at 1-7.

Birmingham:
- Casey Rogowski is batting .321 but has somehow managed to strike out 14 times in 28 AB...with 3 walks. Seems like the umpires haven't learned to respect his eye yet.
- Josh Fields is batting .368 and has as many walks as strikeouts (5 each).
- Jerry Owens has 5 hits, all singles; 1 walk; and 3 steals.
- The Barons starting rotation is averaging around 4 innings a start. The "ace", Sean Tracey, is averaging 5.5.

Winston-Salem:
- Chris Amador must be juicing. He's never shown any power but he has a double, a triple, and two home runs so far. What a pity that steroids don't improve strike zone judgment.
- Carlos Lee the Younger is batting .636. Heck, we could probably put him in left right now and never notice the difference.

Kannapolis:
- Josh Hansen has 3 HR in his first 24 AB. If I'm not mistaken, he was beaten out at first by Chris Kelly, who is batting .150 with 11 strikeouts in 20 AB.
- David Cook is 4-for-17 (.235)...but has 6 walks, for a great OBP.
- Reliever Matt Zaleski has thrown 6 perfect innings, with 5 strikeouts.
- Combined numbers for Ray Liotta and Gio Gonzalez (4 starts):
23 11 1 1 6 34

Rex Hudler
04-16-2005, 08:56 PM
- Mike Spidale is not getting the playing time he deserves. Nine AB so far.

Michael started the season on the DL and was just activated late this week.

A. Cavatica
04-16-2005, 09:54 PM
Ah, good. I know he's projected to be a 4th/5th outfielder, but he did so well in Birmingham that I would like to see him starting in Charlotte.

What's up with Rogo? Why so many Ks?

Rex Hudler
04-17-2005, 02:05 AM
Ah, good. I know he's projected to be a 4th/5th outfielder, but he did so well in Birmingham that I would like to see him starting in Charlotte.

What's up with Rogo? Why so many Ks?

Let me get back to you on that one......