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Link Report for Sun. 6/29 -- Jeffress Goes Today


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Sunday's Daily Menu:

 

All times Central; pitchers subject to change --

 

Nashville: LHP Chris Narveson at Round Rock (Astros), 6:50 PM pre-game; 7:05 PM gametime

 

Audio link via WNSR, be sure to select the proper date (game will also archive at this link):

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/clubs/ip_index.jsp?sid=milb&cid=t556

Huntsville: LHP Troy Cate at Carolina (Marlins), 12:45 PM pre-game; 1:00 gametime

 

Audio link via WUMP, be sure to select the proper date (game will also archive at this link):

http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/multimedia/audio.jsp?sid=t559

 

Brevard County: RHP Jeremy Jeffress at Fort Myers (Twins), 12:05 gametime

 

Audio link via the Miracles' Sportsjuice network (game will not archive, however):

http://www.sportsjuice.com/broadcaster2.aspx?bid=MTQ5-g%2fzH4cwYBjA%3d

 

West Virginia: RHP Evan Anundsen at home vs. Lexington (Astros), 4:50 PM pre-game, 5:05 gametime

 

Audio link via WSWW, be sure to select the proper date (game will also archive at this link):

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/clubs/ip_index.jsp?sid=milb&cid=t525

 

Helena: RHP Michael Bowman at home vs. Missoula (Diamondbacks), 4:50 PM pre-game, 5:05 gametime

 

Audio link via KCAP, be sure to select the proper date (game will also archive at this link):

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/clubs/ip_index.jsp?sid=milb&cid=t433

 

Arizona: TBD at the Rangers' camp in Surprise, 10:30 AM local Mountain Standard Time

 

Never any audio for the Maryvale Crew...

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Follow Sunday's action as it happens:

Here's what you do, right click on each of the links below and choose "Open in New Window". Open the Nashville Gameday. For the others, choose "Log" or "Recap". While you're listening to your minor league game of choice (or watching/listening to the big league Crew when they are playing), simply refresh your game log browsers every so often.

 

Nashville:

 

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_06_29_nasaaa_rreaaa_1

 

Huntsville:

 

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_06_29_hunaax_cmcaax_1

 

Brevard County:

 

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_06_29_breafa_ftmafa_1

 

West Virginia:

 

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_06_29_lexafx_wvaafx_1

 

Helena:

 

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_06_29_misrok_helrok_1

 

Arizona:

 

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_06_29_brrrok_rngrok_1

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 Pacific Coast League (AAA) - PCL American North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Iowa 48 36 .571 - 28-16 20-20 W1 Memphis 44 38 .537 3.0 20-18 24-20 W6 Omaha 40 39 .506 5.5 16-20 24-19 L1 Nashville 32 50 .390 15.0 17-22 15-28 L1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 Southern League (AA) - SOU North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tennessee 8 3 .727 - 4-2 4-1 L1 Carolina 6 5 .545 2.0 3-2 3-3 W2 Huntsville 5 6 .455 3.0 3-3 2-3 L2 Chattanooga 4 7 .364 4.0 3-3 1-4 L1 West Tenn 4 7 .364 4.0 1-4 3-3 W1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 Florida State League (A+) - FSL East Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- St. Lucie 7 3 .700 - 5-2 2-1 L2 Jupiter 5 3 .625 1.0 1-0 4-3 L1 Vero Beach 6 4 .600 1.0 1-2 5-2 L1 Palm Beach 4 4 .500 2.0 4-3 0-1 W1 Daytona 4 5 .444 2.5 1-1 3-4 L1 Brevard County 3 7 .300 4.0 1-4 2-3 L2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 South Atlantic League (A) - SAL Northern Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hagerstown 7 3 .700 - 3-2 4-1 W2 West Virginia 6 4 .600 1.0 2-1 4-3 W2 Delmarva 5 5 .500 2.0 1-3 4-2 L2 Greensboro 5 5 .500 2.0 1-4 4-1 L3 Lake County 4 6 .400 3.0 2-4 2-2 L1 Lakewood 4 6 .400 3.0 3-2 1-4 W1 Hickory 3 7 .300 4.0 0-2 3-5 L4 Lexington 2 8 .200 5.0 1-6 1-2 L2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 Pioneer League (R+) - PIO North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Great Falls 9 3 .750 - 4-3 5-0 L1 Billings 7 5 .583 2.0 0-0 7-5 W1 Helena 6 6 .500 3.0 5-4 1-2 W3 Missoula 2 10 .167 7.0 1-7 1-3 L5 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 Arizona League (R) - Arizona League Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AZL Angels 4 2 .667 - 2-1 2-1 W2 AZL Giants 4 2 .667 - 2-1 2-1 W3 AZL Mariners 4 2 .667 - 2-1 2-1 W4 AZL Padres 3 2 .600 0.5 2-0 1-2 L1 AZL Rangers 3 3 .500 1.0 1-2 2-1 L2 AZL Royals 3 3 .500 1.0 3-0 0-3 W1 AZL Athletics 2 4 .333 2.0 1-2 1-2 L3 AZL Cubs 2 4 .333 2.0 2-1 0-3 L1 AZL Brewers 1 4 .200 2.5 1-2 0-2 L1 

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Michael Brantley of the Stars is dealing with a right ankle sprain; no word on its severity, if it was one of those infamous "high" ankle sprains, he likley would have been placed on the DL by now.

 

Speaking of injuries, hopefully I wasn't too over the top concerning the Helena roster Saturday. While no one in the Brewer organization could have foreseen five position players going down with leg-related injuries (what's in the water in Montana?), it is past time for a little help to backfill, and to give the remaining healthy players an occasional day off in their transition to Pioneer League play.

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Speaking of injuries, hopefully I wasn't too over the top concerning the Helena roster Saturday

 

I don't think you were, as these types of problems have plagued Reid Nichols for years. Nichols also allowed Braddock to start on 3 days rest yesterday. Having prospects play injured, starting pitchers DH, and pitchers start on 3 days rest is rediculous if avoidable. Nichols already lost some of his responsibilities, but it looks like he still has too many. He was also part of the decision to not let Michael Brantley play CF until this year, another bone headed move.

 

Nichols doesn't really have a positive, as the biggest part of player development he could impact is defense, and all the prospects he was in charge of are wretched defensively despite having worthwhile tools.

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Minor league teams often run low on bodies. That's the way it is, as there isn't a magical reserve team somewhere to draw from.

 

The minors are for developing major league players, so to be upset a SS is playing RF for a day or two is far from a problem.

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The minors are for developing major league players, so to be upset a SS is playing RF for a day or two is far from a problem.

 

Where has someone complained about a non-prospect playing out of position? The minors in for developing major leaguers, than why did non prospects like Moss and Caufield play CF ahead of Brantley? Why is Chris Dennis risking further injury and important development time playing injuried? Why is Braddock, and Sarafate among others in the past, pitching on 3 days rest?

 

Minor league teams often run low on bodies. That's the way it is, as there isn't a magical reserve team somewhere to draw from.

Well, except the 7 other affiliates. Also, the minor league 7 day DL is there to try to protect young players from the laziness of guys like Nichols.

 

 

 

To add some good news, Jeffress scoreless threw 4, it sounded like Brent Brewer just helped him out with a nifty play.

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3 days rest after only pitching 3 innings his last start. I assume they probably have a number of prescribed innings they'd like a prospect to get to each year and are trying to get them back on that #.
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Well, except the 7 other affiliates

 

6 minor league teams, so 5 other teams. They are all there to develop players for the bigs. The concern seems to be poor Helena, playing with only 9 or 10 position players...who cares? Stressing out over stuff like that is a complete waste of time.

 

I don't care if they win a game all year, I just hope they have a few guys in the majors in 5 years.

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dadofandrew wrote:

6 minor league teams, so 5 other teams. They are all there to develop players for the bigs. The concern seems to be poor Helena, playing with only 9 or 10 position players...who cares? Stressing out over stuff like that is a complete waste of time.

 

I don't care if they win a game all year, I just hope they have a few guys in the majors in 5 years.

I would agree that the minor leagues are about development. That being said, what's the point in unnecessary risk? I want players to progress and stay healthy... I don't see how either of those things are happening in Helena at this point. That squad was going to be thin with all of the pitchers drafted, no one would have predicted the injuries, but something has to be done to protect the kids. I'm a pretty unsympathetic man, that probably comes from being around football my whole life. Injuries are a part of sports. However, why put further risk to the young men when you can easily slide a couple of position players around for a week? It temporarily makes the rosters of 3 clubs thin, but it also helps relieve the burden from Helena staff and players.

 

You're a father, how would you feel if your son was treated that way? How would your son feel about the organization? Like it or not politics is part of every game, even at my level in high school.

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Al, I think one point you are missing is that the organization is risking Chris Dennis' health by having him play injured due to the lack of bodies. That's not good for player development no matter how you look at it.

 

I will say that it is easier said than done to fill in the holes, as getting hit so hard by injuries in such a short amount of time (not to mention at the beginning of the Pioneer League season when the team is still being put together) is certainly difficult to manage, and Arizona only has four outfielders that are playing regularly.

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To be fair to the brewers, if guys are likely day-to-day, it would be a waste (in their minds) to buy plane tickets and rent hotel rooms for players, sending them back and forth to affiliates just to keep full benches. To send guys from AZ-Helena without purchasing tickets in advance is likely $1000 roundtrip, throwing in hotel costs, etc. The Brewers would probably rather let a former stud hitter like Romanowski (sp?) DH than send an overwhelmed AZ leaguer to Montana for 4 days and $1600 in expenses.
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