Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Little Rock Travelers "down on the farm"

Little Rock is another franchise that is performing well in the minors. It is always nice to see owners keep up all levels of the farm systems.With that being said, it's time to get on with the top performers in Little Rock.

1.Henry Powell.......Henry is a forgotten soul in High A ball. He is spending his 3rd year down there, and with him being 26, it might end up in an early retirement for him. This season he has 16 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homers, and 54 runs batted in. A very nice top of the order hitter. He has hit .333 with a very respectable OBP of .428.

2.Hector Meadows......Hector is going to be a very good major league pitcher in the near future. He has a 6-3 record with a 4.09 ERA in AA this year. He has pitched 72 innings, while giving up 76 hits, 7 homers, 25 walks, while fanning 68. He has 4 decent pitches, good stamina, good control, and so so splits. He could be a double digit winner in the major leagues.

3.Domingo Reynoso......Domingo is in AA for the 5th season. Rumor has it he is being accused of carrying the swine flu. A native of Tijuana Mexico. Domingo is 4-3 with a respectable 3.55 ERA. In 63 innings, he has given up 75 hits, 6 homers, 16 walks, while driving in 69. Good stamina, good control, and below average pitches and splits will keep him from the big leagues.

4.Everett Todd......Everett will never make the big leagues one would think. He has low splits, low control, and not so good pitches for the major leagues. He is 7-0 this year in Low A with a 2,43 ERA.

5.Benito Rincon......Benito is another player who will not reach the major leagues. Low splits, low pitches,decent control, and good stamina will make him a fine minor league pitcher. He is currently 1-2 with 2 saves, and a 1.06 ERA in 17 innings.

6.Jay Ashley......Jay is another guy who has been in the lower minor leagues along time. He has spent about 2 1/2 seasons in Low A, and again in High A. He has put up good numbers this season, 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA. In 70 innings he has given up 63 hits, 7 homers, 23 walks, while fanning 60.

7.Bret Fleming......Bret "don't call me Peggy" Fleming has the potential to be a very nice closer. Despite his splits, he has been very successful in the save chances this season. In High A he has converted 12 of 14 chances, while sporting a 3.38 ERA. He has great control, 2 very good pitches, to go along with his mediocre splits. In 16 innings, he has given up 20 hits, 0 homers, 3 walks, and also fanned 14 batters.

8.Ajax Jones.....Ajax is stuck in AA....Although he has put up mind boggling number, he has not been given the chance to produce in AAA or the ML to this point. He has 13 doubles, 21 homers 55 RBI'S and 9 stolen bases so fa this season. He is hitting .3323 with an OPS OF 1.081.

9.Wade Parker.......see Ajax Jones.....Wade is in his 3rd season in AA, and while he produces, the chance is still not there for him to be promoted. He has a .338 average, 11 doubles, 6 homers, 38 RBI'S, a nice OBP of .396, and every season he seems to get better.

10. Achilles Todd.....Todd is a speed demon waiting to get arrested. With good contact, no power, and a platoon type lh/rh split, he should excel as a part time player. He could also be good off the bench or a pinch runner..He has 4 doubles, 2 triples, 36 stolen bases, in just 52 games. He has walked 27 times while striking out 30. This alone gives him a decent OBP of.390. He has great speed, great bunting skills, great base running, and oh yeah he is a catcher.

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