Padres Trade Another Second Baseman
Tribe locks up second base with addition of Barfield.
Tribe locks up second base with addition of Barfield.
In his latest cartoon, Paul Trap has a few questions for Bug Selig.
Seth Bynum, perhaps one of the most unlikely Arizona Fall League players, was doing his part to help out a potent Peoria Saguaros offense.
Adam Lind started the season in Double-A and finished it in the majors. He could start next there as well.
It seems appropriate that Ben Harrison, a son of Margaritaville, has seen his rise in the Rangers organization take him to places such as the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. After all, didn't Jimmy Buffett once sing, "Got a Caribbean soul I can barely control, and some Texas hidden here in my heart?"
The Devil Rays partnered with the Dodgers to expand their presence in Latin America. The organizations will share a base in the Dominican Republic. The Devil Rays also are building their own facility in Venezuela and are planning to set up a camp in Colombia. And they also are willing to be creative, which is how they ended up with Diego Echevarria, a 21-year-old knuckleballer from—of all places—Argentina.
Dave Brundage didn't see it coming. He had just managed Triple-A Tacoma to a 74-70 record in the Pacific Coast League, good for second place in the North Division. He had been in the organization for 19 years, with the five years prior to Tacoma spent as manager for Double-A San Antonio. He experienced great success in the Texas League, winning Baseball America Manager of the Year award in 2003. That came to an end when the Mariners announced Brundage's contract would not be renewed.
The Giants aren't shy about drafting athletes and turning them into pitchers. They might have entertained that thought when they spent a fifth-round pick on Mike McBryde, who played the outfield and served as the hard-throwing closer at Florida Atlantic. But when the Giants watched McBryde cover ground in center field, their jaws dropped—and so did any notion of putting him on the mound.
With a renewed emphasis on drafting and player development in the Padres organization, it has become vital for the organization to retain its best minor league players and managers. With this goal in mind, farm director Grady Fuson extended the contract of high Class A Lake Elsinore manager Rick Renteria, whom Fuson called "an absolute gem."
Regarded as the club's top prospect entering the season and occasionally cast as its fifth starter during the season, rookie righthander Anthony Reyes emerged as the Cardinals unlikely—and only—option to kick off the World Series. He responded with a bit of history.
Jared Keel could have been on his way to becoming a game warden in his native Florida by now. Keel graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Troy in May and had already been accepted into the Florida Wildlife Commission's warden program. For now, though, Keel is using a bat and ball in his first job out of college, as the Pirates drafted the third baseman in the 31st round this season.
Outfielder Michael Bourn hit two home runs to help Team USA defeat host Cuba in the gold medal game of the Olympic qualifying tournament in September. Three weeks later in Washington, he got his first—and so far only—major league hit, an important bunt single in the 14th inning of an 8-7 win. While the home runs were a big thrill for Bourn, the bunt single was more representative of the style of play the 5-foot-9 speedster hopes to bring to the Phillies.
There will always be a touch of baseball history about Mark Kiger. The 26-year-old became the first player in major league history to debut in the postseason when he took over at second base during two games in the American League Championship Series. Kiger played defensively for two half-innings after the Athletics pinch-hit for second baseman D'Angelo Jimenez in Games Three and Four.
Power pitchers are the most seductive commodity in baseball. No organization can have enough arms, making radar-gun watching a necessity more than a curiosity. That's why the Yankees and other organizations are gushing about Joba Chamberlain, a sandwich pick taken 44th overall in June's draft. The righthander out of Nebraska, who signed a 2007 contract, has been impressive in Hawaii Winter Baseball.
Lastings Milledge appeared the heir apparent to Cliff Floyd in left field for the Mets in 2007. But that's not necessarily the case any longer. In fact, there's no guarantee Milledge will even be a Met in spring training.
The Twins knew they were getting a solid prospect when they made California high school outfielder Chris Parmelee the 20th overall pick in this year's draft. And Parmelee did nothing to change any minds in his first professional summer.
The Brewers have had no luck in recent years developing their own catchers. Faced with that problem, they claimed catcher J.D. Closser off waivers from the Rockies in October and invited him to major league camp. Closser likely will compete with Mike Rivera to back up veteran Damian Miller.
For the heir apparent to Rafael Furcal, the good news is Furcal has two seasons left on his contract. But the bad news for Chin-Lung Hu was that after hitting .300 or better in each of his first three professional seasons, he fell off to .256 at Double-A Jacksonville this year.
Matt Brown found that a demotion led to increased success.
After getting away from the speed-first approach, the Royals added several speedsters in this year's draft.