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April 11, 2005

Minor League Notes: 4/11/05
by Fabian

Venting (SG)

AAA Columbus (International League):

Robinson Cano extended his season-opening hit streak to 5 games by doubling in his final at bat as he would end the day 1 for 4 with that hit. The double was Cano’s 2nd of the season and he now has 5 extra base hits total as he continues to flash somewhat surprising power.

AA Trenton (Eastern League):

Sean Henn opened his second AA season with a very good start, as his final line for the day was 6-5-0-0-1-6-0 (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO-HR). While I am down on Henn due to his ’04 season, he’s actually not much off from where Chien-Ming Wang was at this point last year, in terms of being a pitcher who’s results aren’t living up to his stuff, and I’m somewhat high on Wang at this moment so there is definitely still hope for the left-hander.

Melky Cabrera did not have a stand out game, grounding out twice and also striking out, but was still able to extend his hit streak by picking up a single. Unfortunately his multi-hit game hit streak ended and he’s still looking for his first extra base hit. Bronson Sardinha has already had his first extra base hit, but has still been less than stellar out of the gate. The RF was 1 for 4 with a strikeout and has only had 3 hits in his first 16 at bats of the year. Eric Duncan is in search of any sort of offensive consistency with respect to base hits. He, shockingly, has not had an extra base hit yet and only has 3 hits in 20 at bats thus far after an 0 for 3 night. On a positive note he has managed 4 walks against just 3 strikeouts, and generally has put together excellent at bats so I remain hopeful that a breakout is coming soon.

A+ Tampa (Florida State League):

Tampa had a horrendous defensive game, committing 5 errors, and was not much better offensively as they could only generate 1 run on 4 hits. It was a dismal night that saw every prospect in the lineup held helpless as Hector Made, Rudy Guillen, and Erold Andrus were a combined 0 for 10 with 3 strikeouts. The night turned Made’s hot start into a cold one and extended the early season futility being experienced by Guillen and Andrus.

A- Charleston (South Atlantic League):

Tim Battle had a decent game from the leadoff spot as he was 1 for 3 with a sac bunt and the customary strikeout and provided some of the positive prospect news from this club. The other contributor at the top of the lineup was Marcos Vechionacci, who seems to be on the right track after a slow start. After getting a double in yesterday’s game he was able to collect 2 hits in this game. Jon Poterson was given the night off, no doubt as a result of his early season struggles, and Estee Harris is having a start about as futile as the one he experienced with Battle Creek last year. The LF was 0 for 4 with 1 strikeout though he did manage to hit the ball solidly in his final plate appearance. Lastly, Irwil Rojas continues to impress me, as he was 1 for 2 with a walk.