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Friday, June 23, 2006

Farm Update

I'm going to try to be a little more consistent with these updates, especially with regard to players who seem ready to make an impact on the big-league level:

AAA: The Express was one-hit by Ben Hendrickson, recently demoted from the Brewers' big-league club. Super Joe McEwing, ace pitching mechanics' detective, got the only scratch for the Express in 2-0 loss. Mike Gallo pitched two scoreless innings for the Express, walking three and striking out one.

AA: Mitch Talbot, the Astros 2nd-round pick in the 2002 draft, was brilliant, pitching seven shutout innings and allowing only two hits while striking out twelve. OF Josh Anderson went 4-5 with a HR, and Ben Zobrist and J. R. House added two hits apiece.

High-A: The Avalanche lost 2-1 to Myrtle Beach, as their offense continues to struggle. SP Ronnie Martinez pitched seven strong innings to lower his ERA to 1.62 in seven starts at Salem since being called up from Lexington in May. Martinez is 23 years old and signed with the Astros as an undrafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2001. He has pitched very well at all three stops heading into Salem, so he may be a guy to keep an eye out for, although with the Astros' track history of advancing players through the system, he may be 40 by the time he reaches Round Rock.

Low-A: The Legends lost their opening game of the second half 5-2 to Asheville. Josh Flores had three hits, and German Melendez continued his stellar relief pitching with two hitless, scoreless innings and three strikeouts. Melendez is 24 years old and is being converted from a position player to a relief pitcher.

Short Season A: Tri-City swamped Everett 10-1 on the road. Daniel Mayora and Joshua Banda paced the offense, and Andrew Kreidermacher pitched 6.2 excellent innings to earn the win.

Rookie: Greenville was shut out 3-0 by Kingsport. 2006 11th round pick Thomas Vessella, a 6-6 pitcher out of Whittier (CA) College, pitched three scoreless innings in his pro debut.


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