Q: Why didn't Will Ohman post on BCB about his sore shoulder?
A: Because he's all bark and no byte.
On to the news of the day...
Bereft of the awesome bat of Matt Murton, our Iowa boys still managed to outslug Oklahoma 8-4. Matt Craig hit a home run, G. Soto had two hits and 4 RBI, and recently promoted Sam Fuld had two doubles. Fuld is the 25-year-old Stanford alum with a minor league career .376 OBA but little power. He has mostly played center, but is in RF with Iowa, with Buck Coats taking over CF at least until Eric Patterson returns. For those on the "Oh,man we need another lefty reliever" watch, Carmen Pignatiello and Clay Rapada had decent, but not great outings in relief.
One game does not a prospect make (or break). But this is what a prospect looks like: Tyler Colver went 4-5 with a HR, 2 R, and 2 RBI to lead the Smokies to a 10-9 comeback win against West Tenn. Colvin has only 4 walks and 36 K's in AA, so he is still learning, but his power has started to come around. This is what a prospect doesn't look like: Donald Veal gave up 6 runs on 7 hits in 2 innings. I'm thinking the guy's hurt. Rocky Roquet vultured the win when the Smokies scored three runs in the ninth off reliever Mumba Rivera.
Scoring 10 runs a night would be a nice trend for the minor leaguers. Daytona echoed the AA squad by beating Clearwater 10-7. 1B Steve Clevenger went 4-5 and several other players contributed two hits each to a balanced attack. Paul Schappert, another organizational lefty, threw six passable innings, yielding 3 earned runs (and one unearned).
The "Sam Fuld" award goes to 2B Jeffrey Rea, who was drafted in June, hit .341 in 11 games in the Arizona League, and has put up a .325/.391/.398 line in 20 games at Daytona. So he's 5'8". This is what you want from your 18th round pick--somebody who will sign quickly, fill a hole in the organization, help a team to win, and focus on his strengths.
OK, so the Hatted Dalmatians got a little overeager, scoring 14 in their victory over Great Lakes. They're a nervous breed.
How about that Darwin Barney? He naturally selected some good pitches and went 2-5 with 3 RBI. RF James Adducci put some bada-bing in his swing and went 4-4.
The Hawks were the only downer, losing 8-3. Tony Thomas had one hit, Jon Wyatt had two (and two BB), and Mark Pawelek threw one hitless inning in relief.