Minor League Movers

With Lionel on some beach on his honeymoon, time for Jumbo to rock out the MLM column for you this week. I'm sure I won't be able to accomplish the same level of genius as Mr. Hutz, but let's give 'er a go...

Handful of moves in Des Moines over the past week. We've already covered some of the shuffling with Hoffpauir and EPat coming up with Soriano going on the DL and Hart getting shipped out of Chicago. We've also hit on the move that sent Patterson back to Iowa in exchange for The Big Murt. But what else went down this week? Well, Ben Broussard landed w/ Iowa after being signed to a minor league deal last week. Well, Broussard was originally sent to Iowa, but then went to Tennessee so that he could get some ABs while the flooding in Iowa was preventing him from doing so. Broussard is in Iowa now and through his first 2 games has gone 0-7. Kevin Hart joined him on the trip to the Smokies. Both should be back in Iowa soon. In one final move, Andres Torres has made his way back from the DL to rejoin the team.

Turns out Tennessee did make some moves the week before last after all. On June 10th Grant Johnson got kicked back to Daytona to make room for Rocky Roquet coming down from Iowa. Roquet had begun the year with the Smokies but found himself in Daytona after starting off with a 5.84 ERA in 12 and 1/3 IPs. On the 13th, Matt Craig went on the DL with a strained back. And the same day Broussard showed up as noted above. In only 2 games with Tennessee, Broussard went 2-9 with a dong. Tanner Watson was released by the Cubs organization after his 1-3 5.65 ERA effort over 57 IPs with the Smokies. Word is Watson will be signing with the Ottowa Rapidz (yeah, with a "z". C'mon, it's "hip"). RP's Greg Reinhard and Jessee Estrada were moved to Iowa, and I'm not quite sure just way. Those moves left the Smokies' roster at 2 below the limit of 24. To fill those spots, youngsters Esmailin Caridad and Jose Ceda were bumped up from Daytona in an effort to bolster the pitching staff. The Smokies' 27-43 record was the team's worst since 1991.

Not much action out of Dirt-tona this week. Other than what's already been covered, Adam Harben re-joined the squad from the DL. Seems like he's been battling right elbow issues after missing most of 2007 having surgery on the joint. Matt Avery also was bumped down a run from Tennessee, I'm assuming as part of the moves noted above.

Not much goin' on with Ryno's boys this week. They must have been working hard though. They're now out of the basement, for the time being anyway, by a .5 game with a record of 30-38.

Boise's season kicked off on Tuesday with a 6-5 win over Eugene Emeralds. (God, I love minor league ball. What a great team name.) How about this for a story: this game was won with a walk-off HR by SS Jake Opitz who was making his professional baseball debut after being drafted in the 12th round of this year's MLB draft out of Nebraska. Opitz entered the game as a pinch runner and the HR was his only at bat. 1 AB in pro ball. 1 game winning walk off. Welcome to the organization kid.

In other news for the Hawks, they've been assigned 4 Cubs 1st round draft picks in Josh Vitters, Mark Pawelek, Kyle Burke, and Ryan Flaherty. Michael Brenly has also been assigned to the Hawks.

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