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April 10, 2005

Minor League Notes: 4/10/05
by Fabian


Columbus exploded for 13 runs and 12 hits today, but, shockingly, Robinson Cano did not factor into the run scoring much. The 2B who has started the year on a tear was a mere 1 for 4 with a single as he let his teammates have the spotlight on this day.


Trenton lost in extra innings, but Melky Cabrera really seems to be warming up. The CF had his 3rd consecutive multi-hit game, as he was 2 for 6 with 2 singles and a strikeout. The only thing differentiating this streak from some of the ones he went on his breakout year last season is the lack of doubles or some other form of extra base hit though Melky is hitting the ball very solidly.

Eric Duncan, on the other hand, is still struggling a bit at the plate, but the opposition continues to respect his bat as he drew another intentional walk today and overall was 1 for 5 with a single and that walk.


Hector Made had another productive game today, as he was 1 for 4 with a single while picking up his 1st walk of the season. I’ll be keeping a close eye on Made’s walk total since he is a hitter that walked a good bit prior to playing for Battle Creek last season and it was not until late in ’04 that that ability reappeared for him. If he can maintain the control of the strike zone that he did late in ’04 I’d be more confident about his chances for a successful season in the very tough FSL.

Erold Andrus and Rudy Guillen have not had as much early success as Made. Andrus is hitting for average and continued to do so today, 1 for 3 with a single and a HBP, while Guillen is not doing much of anything, going 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout.


Jeff Marquez had a performance similar to Christian Garcia’s on the previous day. On the one hand you saw the potential as hitters grounded the ball off of home plate and weakly to infielders or in the stretch where he struck out 3 of 4 hitters, utilizing a mid 70s curveball and the weak contact made on low 90s fastballs. On the other hand you saw the not so great side as groundballs got through the infield and balls left up were hit to the OF. Marquez could/should be a quick mover, but I’m not confident he’ll put up the prettiest numbers while doing so because of the role defense plays in his game. Marquez left the game with a line of 4-8-3-3-2-4-0 (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO-HR).

Tim Battle, despite drawing a walk, is as lost as ever at the plate. The plate appearance that ended in a walk was one where the manager must have told Battle he’s not allowed to swing as he laid off of 5 pitches before going to 1B, unfortunately, as soon as he got there he was caught leaning towards 2B and easily picked off. His next time up, Battle promptly struck out by swinging and missing on the first 3 pitches he saw, for the day Battle was 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Estee Harris was not able to build on the home run he hit in the previous day’s game, but did manage to match the 2 strikeouts from that game as the talented, but contact challenged LF was 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts. Harris works deep counts, which is usually good, but instead a feeling of hope that he may tire the pitcher out and drive the ball the feeling is that he is about to strike out at any moment.

Marcos Vechionacci had his best game of the season, which is not saying much. The young SS was 1 for 4 with a strikeout and a double as he continues to try and find his way offensively. Jon Poterson was 0 for 3 with a strikeout and continues to have at bats unbecoming of the man who many feel has the organization’s best power potential. Irwil Rojas was 1 for 2 with a HBP as he continues to get on base by any means necessary. Rojas is quickly becoming one of my favorite prospects as he has a very sound approach at the plate, making contact and working the count. He’s had some rough moments behind the plate thus far though and does not have much power.