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April 20, 2005

Minor League Notes: 4/20/05 (Updated)
by Fabian

Note: Park Factors are courtesy of Baseball Prospectus 2005 and “they are actually adjustments for teams, based on their own mix of home and road parks…relative to the league”. Numbers in parentheses are hitters’ totals in the respective category at this point of the season and counted across levels. A pitcher’s line consists of IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO-HR.

AAA Columbus (International League):
Park Factor:

The Robinson Cano show came to, hopefully, just a slight pause today. In going 0 for 4 without a walk or HBP, Cano was left with his first game where he did not get on base for the young season. Cano’s average is also now down to a .350 BA overall.

AA Trenton (Eastern League):
Park Factor: .986

Not only did Trenton win again today, but also Eric Duncan had arguably his best offensive game of the season. The 3B who has been experiencing all sorts of troubles at the plate was 2 for 5 with a strikeout (8). The first hit was a grounder up the middle and the second was a liner into CF, so hopefully this is the start of something bigger. Unfortunately, Duncan also made his 5th error of the season and 4th in his last 3 games today. Similar to last year, it seems as though the miscues will be in bunches. For some positive spin on this issue, last year he had 12 in his first 21 games, and only made 14 in his next 92 games.

Meanwhile, Bronson Sardinha continued his recent hot hitting by going 2 for 5 with a double (4) and a strikeout (14). Sardinha has been the best prospect performer on the Trenton team thus far. Melky Cabrera once again did not play.

A+ Tampa (Florida State League):
Park Factor: .979

Hector Made had a very good game for the Tampa Yankees; the SS would collect 2 singles over the course of 4 at bats. Unfortunately, neither Rudy Guillen nor Erold Andrus was as good. Guillen’s night was the next step down as he had 1 hit in 3 at bats and Andrus was the worst of the three with no hits in his 3 at bats.

A- Charleston (South Atlantic League):
Park Factor:

I had extremely high hopes for Jeff Marquez entering the ’05 season. Despite a low strikeout rate in the NYPL, I bought into the hype that his groundball tendencies would make that inconsequential and was fine with him potentially starting the year in the FSL; Marquez’s early season performance has cast the praises into doubt. For the 3rd start in a row (4th if you count the preseason game broadcast prior to opening day), Marquez was brutal. Today his final line was 3-6-6-4-3-1-0 to give him a seasonal line of 10.2-18-14-11-10-12-0. I guess the sinker is working in the sense that he’s yet to give up a homer and the strikeout rate is good, but that line is still horrendous. Thankfully, it’s only 10.2 innings and Marquez has time to turn around his season.

Marcos Vechionacci was given his first day off of the season, so Irwil Rojas took up the role of best hitter on the team. Rojas was 2 for 4 with a double (3) and is looking terrific at the plate right now, if only the same could be said of his defense. Tim Battle did not get any hits, extra base variety or otherwise, but got on base via walk (6) and was 0 for 3 with a strikeout (24). Battle’s season has been very good outside the first week or so and it’s encouraging that he’s making tangible adjustments. Estee Harris was also a recipient of a no contact night; the LF finished the day 0 for 3 with a walk (4) and 2 strikeouts (13).