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7/13 Minor League Wrap-Up

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- I don't remember which person here said so, and it ultimately doesn't matter who because all I ultimately care about is getting the facts straight.

But a previous wrap-up contains an error: Jason Kershner actually was not part of the Craig Wilson trade: he was actually released by the Phillies org and was yet another scrap-heap pickup by the M's (and thanks to Mike Curto for pointing this out to me). Someone here commented a few days back that Kershner was part of the trade, and my mistake was in taking their word for it without researching Kershner further to verify this: a simple Baseball Reference search would've confirmed his actual status.

I'll consider it a lesson learned. But in any case, Kershner was not part of the Craig Wilson trade, meaning the M's are free to send trash equal in value to Craig Wilson only in return to the Pirates. And knowing the Pirates situation, said trash might get placed straight on their 25 man roster.

- Putz in, Game... starting. JJ Putz and his healing elbow made a rehab start with the AZLMs, threw a scoreless inning in which he logged 2 hits, a K and 2 groundouts, and took a seat. The game, however, ended with a very un-JJ-like walkoff meltdown from Taylor Stanton.

- Jose Rios had no idea that his 1st start with Pulaski would end in a complete game. No one did, in fact, until the weather led the umpires to call off the game in the bottom 6th, with the PMs leading 5-1. The 5 completed innings were enough to book the game, giving Rios a CG win.

- After 4 effective starts in Pulaski, Kenn Kasparek got promoted to Everett, where he debuted last night and threw 5 shutout innings, allowing only 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5.

- Speaking of promotions, Brett Lorin had nothing more to learn in Everett, and got the call up to Wisconsin, where he threw 6 shutout innings. While he walked 4 with his 4 hits and only netted 2 K's, he did get 7 groundouts to 7 flyouts and leave the T-Rats with a 1-0 lead. However, Robert Harmon imploded in the 9th, and Jose Escalona gave up the ghost on a walkoff base hit with two outs.

Also getting promoted and appearing in this game was converted catcher and current reliever Jeff Dunbar, who threw a scoreless 7th and 8th before the meltdown. The T-Rats bats offered no help, as the lineup was 2-hit.

- The Mavs returned to the field after yesterday's rainout with a 7 mph wind blowing out to left, and thus Jose Jimenez got to hit the wall hard, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits in 4 innings. The Mavs did take advantage with 5 home runs, but go figure: they couldn't get guys on base to make them count, and down they went, as Bradley Reid took yet another pounding in relief to put the game out of reach. If there's one guy on this bullpen they absolutely need to get away from High Desert right now (well, aside from everyone else), it's Bradley Reid. He's gotten pummeled, moreso than any of the other Mavs, since he joined the team: 16 runs (12 earned) on 19 hits and 6 walks in 7.1 IP. They really ought to stash the Renton native in Everett for the season and let him sort things out in an environment where his every mistake won't get destroyed.

- Mavs closer Aaron Cotter hasn't recorded a save since June 17th, a week before appearing in the Cal vs Carolina League All Star Game. Of his 6 outings since then, only three were scoreless, and he blew a save among the other three. In 7 IP since, he's allowed 13 hits, 4 walks and 5 earned runs with 8 K.

- The Southern League is on their All Star break, and all-or-nothing DIAMOND JAXX slugger Mike Wilson will not only start at DH for the North All Stars, but will bat cleanup! West Tenn's hard-of-hearing but durable SP Ryan Ketchner will join Wilson on the North roster. Three DIAMOND JAXX that were also selected were promoted to AAA and thus won't play: SP Rich Dorman, RP Mumba Rivera and 2B Luis Valbuena.

- VIVA LAS VEGAS. The Rainiers are sweeping the 51's in Vegas so far, and last night featured the Rainiers shellacking a familiar face who has fallen far: Jason Schmidt. The rehabbing Schmidt failed to finish the 3rd inning, allowing 4 runs in the 1st and continuing to get pounded until he was yanked.

Line scores wait under the jump.

VENEZUELA~! The VSLMs and the VSL always take Sunday off.

Dominican: The DSLMs also took Sunday off.

Rk-AZL: Angels 6, Mariners 5
AZLMs: 7-10... AZL Angels: 11-5
(League: 265/345/386... 4.49 ERA)

JJ PUTZ: 1 IP, 2 H, K
Brian Oates: 5 IP, 3 H, (3 R) 1 ER, 4 walks, 4 K, wild pitch (3 GS +2, 4.30 ERA, 23 IP, 2 HR, 9/26 BB/K)
Colin Buckborough: 2 IP, 1 H, walk, 2 K (5 app, 2 GS, 5.02 ERA, 14.1 IP, 1 HR, 7/13 BB/K)
Taylor Stanton: one out, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 walks, wild pitch
Robert Rodriguez: 1-3, R, RBI, walk, K (274/286/370)
Randy Molina: 1-2, RBI, walk
Joel Mendez: 2-4, R, K, SB (300/319/357)
Fred Bello: 2-3, R, 3 RBI, K, SB

Rk+: Pulaski 5, Kingsport 1, 6 innings (rain)
PMs: 17-8... KNG: 12-13
(League: 263/334/394... 4.34 ERA)

Jose Rios: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 7 K (6 app, 1st start, 3.05 ERA, 20.2 IP, 1 HR, 3/23 BB/K)
Mario Martinez: 2-3, double, 2 R, K (366/402/548)
Jose Rivero: 2-3, R, 3 RBI (337/418/506)
Guy Welsh: 1-2, double, 2 RBI, K (396/483/521)

A-: Everett 8, Tri City 0
EVE: 11-15... 3C: 16-10
(League: 252/342/359... 4.03 ERA)

Kenn Kasparek: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 walks, 5 K (Short Season A ball debut)
Philip Hann: 2.1 IP, 3 H, walk, 2 K (8 app, 6.75 ERA, 10.2 IP, 5/9 BB/K)
Doug Salinas: 1.2 IP, K (7 app, 3 GS, 4.38 ERA, 24.2 IP, 1 HR, 10/22 BB/K)
Dennis Freaking Raben: 1-4, double, 2 R, RBI, walk
Manny Pimentel: 2-4, 3 R, walk (205/333/295)
Ryan Royster: pinch RBI single (160/273/187)
Henry Contreras: 1-3, double, 2 RBI
Bennett Billingsley: 1-4, double, 2 RBI, K (200/288/280)
Anthony Phillips: 2-5, K

A: Fort Wayne 2, Wisconsin 1
WIS: 4-19... FTW: 9-15
(League: 250/322/371... 3.64 ERA)

Brett Lorin: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 walks, 2 K
Jeff Dunbar: 2 IP, 3 H
Robert Harmon: one out, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 walks
Jose Escalona: one out, walkoff fail
Ronald Garth: 1-3, double, walk
Joe Dunigan: 0-4, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero
rest of T-Rats lineup: 1-26, 3 walks, 6 K

A+: They finished one game and played another in lovely Adelanto.

Game 1: Modesto 10, High Desert 6

Anthony Varvaro: 1 IP, K (17 GS +2, 6.15 ERA, 82 IP, 12 HR, 61/80 BB/K)
Jose Jimenez: 4 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 walks, 2 K
Bradley Reid: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER (HR), walk
Steve Uhlmansiek: 2 IP, 1 H, (1 R) 0 ER, 2 walks, 5 K, wild pitch, balk (23 app, 3.12 ERA, 26 IP, 2 HR, 15/22 BB/K)
Erik Averill: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, K
Kuo Hui Lo: 1-5, 2 run HR, K (250/313/395)
Ronnie Prettyman: 2-4, solo HR (346/386/577)
Carlos Peguero: 1-4, solo HR, K (300/318/477)
Chris Minaker: 2-4, double (297/327/455)
Joe Simokaitis: 1-3, solo HR, walk
Geraldo Valentin: 1-3, solo HR, 2 R, walk, K

Game 2: Modesto 7, High Desert 1, 7 innings
Mavs: 10-14... Deez Nuts: 15-9
(League: 272/341/409... 4.54 ERA)

Michael Wagner: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 walks, 2 K, 2 wild pitches (34 app, 4.78 ERA, 43.1 IP, 15/35 BB/K)
Bryan Harris: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER (2 HR), 3 K, hit batter (23 app, 6.37 ERA, 29.2 IP, 6 HR, 6/22 BB/K)
Steven Richard: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, walk, wild pitch (13 app, 4.29 ERA, 21 IP, 13/19 BB/K)
Aaron Cotter: 1 IP (36 app, 3.45 ERA, 44.1 IP, 4 HR, 12/38 BB/K)
Julio Santiago: 1 IP, 1 H (28 app, 5.66 ERA, 41.1 IP, 2 HR, 26/33 BB/K)
Carlos Peguero: 2-3, double
Joe Simokaitis: 2-2, double, R, walk
Fernando Encarnacion: 2-3, double, RBI

AA: The Southern League went ahead and took their All Star Break.

AAA: Tacoma 5, Las Vegas 3
TAC: 48-49... LVG: 50-48
(League: 275/346/439... 4.77 ERA)

Scott Shoemaker: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER (HR), walk, 3 K (23 app, 3 GS, 5.47 ERA, 49.1 IP, 8 HR, 21/33 BB/K)
Jason Kershner: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, K
Randy Messenger: 1.1 IP, 1 H (31 app, 4.57 ERA, 43.1 IP, 4 HR, 13/32 BB/K)
Jared Baek Bait Wells: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER (37 app, 5.63 ERA, 38.1 IP, 1 HR, 21/36 BB/K)
Prentice Redman: 1-4, double, R, walk (331/383/591)
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1-5, double, R, 2 K (256/346/396)
Bryan LaHair: 3-5, 2 doubles, R, RBI (264/359/469)
Craig Wilson: 2-3, 2 run HR, walk
Luis Oliveros: 1-4, double, R, K