Who on earth are these guys? (and game updates)
I didn’t realize that the AZ game today started at 9:40! Stupid me! So I find myself in front of the computer doing a go-around on what’s going on around the league and setting my fantasy rosters. Minor leagues, that oasis of hope, beckons as soon as I start surfing. As I type, the Altoona Curve lead 2-0 on apparently a 2 run double by Jordy Mercer, scoring Chase D’Arnaud and Gorkys Hernandez. That’s cool, after Mike Crotta led the win. I scrolled down to the pitching column expecting to find Tim Alderson or Justin Wilson there. Instead, I find Jared Hughes. Wha…? Who…?
Who on earth are these guys? Mike Crotta? Jared Hughes?
Jared Hughes was a 2006 4th round pick out of Long Beach. In limited action in AA in 2009 in what was an injury infested year for him, he did reasonably, maintaining a good K-rate and reasonable BB-rate. His stats are here. The scouting report on him late 2009 said:
This past season, he was used as a swing man, starting and closing games for Altoona. It could be a sign that the Pirates seem to like something in him, to give him all of the different and varied opportunities.
Clearly, 2010 is a pivotal year for him if he hopes to ever reach the big leagues. The fact that he’s on the roster may be a benefit of the barren system, but here’s his chance to take advantage and recover fringe status. Neither Crotta nor he have any prospect value to speak of, and breakouts rarely happen in AA or above, but they could. And if they do, they’ll have Dave Littlefield to thank for putting them bang in the middle of the barrenest system for miles!
Here’s some other interesting stuff I found looking around on the web (Source)
Was a teammate of Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria at Long Beach St. University…His pitching coach at Long Beach was former Pirates Minor League Pitching Coordinator Troy Buckley…Posted a 7-0 record with a 1.62 ERA in the prestigious Cape Cod League in 2005
Oh, and by the way, Hughes is facing Aaron Thompson, who came to the Nats organization in the Nick Johnson trade last year, from Florida. As another small piece of likely unnecessary trivia, Hughes was rated a C-grade prospect in 2008 by John Sickels. And just so you can adjust your expectations, Sickels rated Moskos B in that same year.
So we’ve now seen 2 Altoona games and no Rudy Owens, Justin Wilson or Tim Alderson! As long as this continues, you can expect to find out something about a guy in the system you knew little or nothing about!
Even as I finish this post, the Curve now lead 5-1 with RBI hits from Gorkys Hernandez, Chase D’Arnaud, and a walk and a run scored by Josh Harrison.
West Virginia are locked in a pitcher’s duel with Nate Baker going for the Power. He has 7 Ks in 4 IP, going against Savannah and James Fuller, a late draft pick in 2008. Scoreless after 4, Jarek Cunningham has the Power’s only hit. Baker sounds filthy through 4 IP, if you want to believe the commentators on the local broadcast.
Indianapolis and Columbus are slugging it out, with Indy trailing 4-5 in the 3rd inning. Pedro Alvarez and Erik Kratz have homered for the Indians, Steve Pearce has a double and Neil Walker is at bat looking for his 2nd hit of the day. Walker walked. On the downside, Brad Lincoln has given up 2 homers in 2 IP.
Luke Carlin replaced Erik Kratz in the 3rd, not sure why. Hope its not an injury to Kratz. Carlin lined an RBI single though to tie up the game.
Bradenton are leading 2-0 in the 3rd inning. Jeff Locke has a no hitter through 2 IP, Robbie Grossman has a hit and Tony Sanchez a 2-RBI double. I am entirely unsure why Greg Picart is starting over Brock Holt at short.
Good going so far in the minors!
I’m out- good luck to the Bucs against Arizona!