Daily Dish: June 7
Indians outfielder John Drennen takes The Rocket deep
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The BA Headquarters was abuzz with Day One of the draft on Tuesday, but the biggest eruption from our staff didn't come until two hours after the 18th round was over.
As associate editor Alan Matthews announced low Class A Lake County outfielder John Drennen was facing Roger Clemens, that in itself caused a stir. But when Drennen took the Rocket deep seconds later, the office exploded with cheers for the 2005 supplemental-round pick.
"I would never have thought it possible. It's pretty sweet," Drennen told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "In a way, it was just another home run. You don't want to show anybody up. He got me (with a strikeout in the third inning), and I got him. That's baseball, part of the game.
"At the same time, he's got seven Cy Young Awards, so I'll always remember it."
And for the record, Drennen, who was referred to as "Johnny," in virtually every media outlet in the country, still goes by John--even though he's regularly announced at Captains games by the former. But after his home run, 'Johnny' is likely to stick regardless of how he feels about it.
Drennen is hitting .303/.394/.487 with four homers and 18 RBIs in 119 at-bats this season.
• The Red Sox called up righthander Craig Hansen to the big leagues from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. Boston's first-round pick last year out of St. John's started the year at Double-A Portland, where he went 1-0, 0.82 in 11 innings. He then went 0-2, 2.66 in 24 innings for the Paw Sox . . . Since entering pro ball, Brandon Erbe has struck out hitters at an astounding rate, and last night's outing ranks with his best. The Orioles righthander allowed one hit over five innings while striking out 10 for low Class A Delmarva. On the season, he is 4-3, 2.04 with 65 strikeouts in 53 innings. Last season, in 30 innings between Rookie-level Bluefield and short-season Aberdeen he had 57 punchouts . . . By all definitions of a hot streak, it would be considered modest, but Greg Golson will take it. The Phillies outfielder is 15-for-46 over his last 11 games for low Class A Lakewood to raise his average from .169 to .201 . . . Padres top pitching prospect Cesar Carrillo made his Triple-A debut with Portland, coming off the disabled list on a limited pitch count. Carrillo recorded ten outs before reaching 57 pitches, allowing two earned runs during that time. Carrillo didn't have great control, walking three . . . Triple-A Rochester righthander Pat Neshek has not forgot his last blown save. It came April 27, when Neshek gave in to late Richmond rally. "I took myself out of that game (mentally)," Neshek told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Since then, Neshek has been dominant, allowing just four earned runs and striking out 45 in 30 innings since then. His streak continued Tuesday after stalling the same type of rally that he blew against Richmond, registering his 12th save of the season . . . We've been saying it for weeks, but a promotion can't be far off for Twins righthander Kevin Slowey. The Winthrop product pitched eight more scoreless innings in high Class A Fort Myers' 3-0 win against Tampa on Tuesday, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out five. He hasn't given up a run over 15 innings in his last two starts, and he is 3-1, 1.19 on the season. Since walking three batters against Brevard County on May 26, Slowey has struck out 12 more without issuing a walk, bringing his strikeout-walk ratio to an absurd 87-5 in 76 innings on the season . . . The Nationals' top two pitching prospects, righthanders Collin Balester and Clint Everts, had combined for just three wins all season at high Class A Potomac, but they both picked up wins on the same day as the P-Nats swept a doubleheader against Winston-Salem. Everts reached the sixth inning for the first time all season, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out five over six shutout frames in Game One. Balester won for the first time since May 4 by allowing three earned runs on seven hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked just one, breaking a streak of four consecutive starts with four walks (16 walks over 16 innings).