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Compiled by Kevin Goldstein, Chris Kline and Matt Meyers
Since today is the equivalent of Christmas Day for us Baseball Americans as we work non-stop on the draft, the Daily Dish today and tomorrow will be comprised of notes from around the minors.
We'll be back to our regular scheduled programming beginning Thursday, June 9.
But for now, it's just notes . . . so enjoy the draft!
In case you missed it, there are two major callups to report--one over the weekend and one yesterday as the Pirates called up catcher Ryan Doumit and the Braves brought up third baseman Andy Marte after Chipper Jones went on the disabled list with a foot injury. Doumit, who was hitting .345 in 165 at-bats at Triple-A Indianapolis, received the news Saturday night as he was called back to the dugout before an at-bat by Indy manager Trent Jewett. "I was like, 'What the hell is going on?' I didn't know what to think," Doumit told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I tried to think if I had done anything to (tick) Trent off."
It was less dramatic for Marte, as the Braves informed him yesterday afternoon of the move. The Braves No. 1 prospect was hitting .276/.363/.497 in 199 at-bats at Triple-A Richmond. The pressure will be on both to perform as both clubs need impact bats, but Doumit might have it a little tougher to start--the Pirates play at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park beginning next week. "I was thinking this morning about some fan who was getting on my nerves in Durham," Doumit said. "If some guy in Durham was going at me, imagine what Boston and New York are going to be like."
The Marte callup seemed to zap the life out of Triple-A Richmond, who only managed one hit--a single by Esix Snead--in a 3-0 loss to Pawtucket. Paw Sox lefthander Abe Alvarez struck out nine and did not issue a walk over the seven one-hit innings. Alvarez, a second-round pick out of Long Beach State in 2003, is now 5-2, 3.91 in 69 innings.
Triple-A Toldeo outfielder Curtis Granderson went off last night during a 10-9 win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Granderson was 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs, upping his overall numbers to .286/.360/.438 with 29 RBIs in 217 at-bats.
Devil Rays righthander Jason Hammel is off and running since joining the club from extended spring training. Hammel, who was recovering from a broken arm, allowed a run on five hits and struck out seven in Double-A Montgomery's 5-1 win against Mobile yesterday. On the season, he is 4-1, 3.29 in 41 innings and has won his last three starts.
He might not come with the hype of a Delmon Young or a Jeff Francoeur, but that is quickly changing for Marlins outfielder Jeremy Hermida. Hermida went 3-for-5 with his 12th homer, a double and an RBI in Double-A Carolina's 3-2 win against West Tenn yesterday. "Everything he does is so easy," an NL scout said. "He has a 70 arm to back that up defensively and he has one of the sweetest swings from the left side I've ever seen." On the season, Hermida is hitting .313/.462/.569 with 36 RBIs in 195 at-bats.
If Marlon Byrd can't keep his hands of the umpires, the Nationals might have an in-house replacement in Tyrell Godwin at Triple-A New Orleans. The centerfielder went 2-for-3 with his fourth homer and a walk last night to raise his season line to .332/.389/.446. The North Carolina alum also stole his 12th base, but he has been caught eight times, he'll need to improve on that success rate to maximize his value as a leadoff hitter.
Todd Linden is doing everything he can to try to prove he has earned another shot at the big leagues. The Fresno outfielder went 4-for-5 last night with a home run and a double is now hitting .317/.444/.668. Linden's homer was his 17th, and he now has five bombs in his last nine games.
Brian Barton is simply making a mockery of SAL pitching. The Indians outfielder went 4-for-5 last night with two doubles and a triple and is now 15-for-21 in his last five games. For the season, he is hitting .435/.500/.663 in 92 at-bats for low Class A Lake County.
After an 0-for-30 slump in late May that saw his average plummet to .228, Mike Carp is starting to look like the player he was to start the year. The Mets first baseman went 2-for-3 with a homer and walk and is now 7-for his last-16. The home run was his 15th and he is now hitting .247/.360/.563 at low Class A Hagerstown.
Keep an eye on Nationals righthander Armando Galarraga. Signed out of Venezuela in 1998, the 23-year-old is 2-3, 2.53 with 60 strikeouts in 64 innings at high Class A Potomac. Last night, Galarraga allowed a run on five hits and struck out seven in seven innings in a 2-1 win against Winston-Salem.
Royals third-baseman Billy Butler has yet to play a game this month and will miss up to the next two weeks after getting hit by a pitch on his left hand. The 2003 first-round pick was batting .355/.440/.650 in 203 at-bats at high Class A High Desert.
Its early June, and 2004 Mets first-round pick Philip Humber is still looking for his first pro victory. Humber was hammered last night for eight runs over just 1 2/3 innings last night in high Class A St. Lucies 8-5 loss to Palm Beach last night, dropping his record to 0-5 and raising his ERA on the season to 6.50 in 44 innings. Opponents are now batting .326 off the former Rice star.
After struggling to a 1-7, 6.60 record as a starter, the Twins have moved Dutch lefthander Alexander Smit to the bullpen, and the results have been impressive as Smit has struck out nine over five innings in relief without allowing an earned run.