A Trip Around the Minors

Posted by Lionel on June 12, 2009.

A late posting of ATAtM last week plus a busy weekend equals a new ATAtM with only a few games...


Steve Clevenger-So far, Clevenger has played 1/2 the number of games at Iowa that he did at Tennessee, so his stats should be half what they were, right? Not quite. He had 42 total bases at Tennessee, he has 12 so far at Iowa. He had 10 RBI's, he has added only three more. Not surprisingly, he's hitting only .100 with runner's in scoring position. Oddly enough, the lefthanded batting Clevenger is hitting .273 against lefties but only .167 against righties.

Kevin Hart-Hart started last night's game and was solid. 7 innings pitched, 2 earnies, 4 hits, 3 walks, and 5 K's. But those two earned runs doubled his earned run total as a starter and brought his starter ERA up to 1.38. Hart would be in line for a promotion, but given the disparity between starting and relieving, he's probably only going to be called up if there's a starting need and Lou doesn't want to go to Marshall.

Jeff ND-Samardzija has been on a starting rollercoaster since mid May...a good start, then a bad start, then back again. Tuesday night was time for the good start. 6 innings, 5 hits, no walks, one earned run. He got the win in his fifth consecutive start with a decision. Samardzija also managed a run-scoring triple.

Bonus-Since being sent down, Neal Cotts has pitched like a man trying desparately to get back to the Show. After giving up a run on a hit and two oh-so-predictable walks in his first outing, he has thrown up zero's in his last four, totaling 4 and 2/3. Over that span, he has allowed 2 hits and zero walks.


Welington Castillo-A pair of 1 for 3's since the last posting has Castillo's BA for June up to .154 and his overall BA up to .198. Castillo has struck out in each of his last 4 games and has more K's (29) than hits (25). Things haven't turned around for Castillo after being handed the majority of the starts behind the dish.

Tyler Colvin-Colvin's return to Tennessee has too small a sample size to truly determine if he's getting closer to 100% after the off-season surgery, so it's better to focus on a few small items. First, it appears the plan is to rest him about every third or fourth game, although he usually gets an AB off the bench. Strikeouts continue to be his major bugaboo. After striking almost once per game at Daytona, he's only struck out about once every two games for Tennessee, but remains on pace to strike out over 100 times this year.

Jay Jackson-On D.L.

Bonus-There aren't many batting numbers that jump out at you when looking at James Adduci's line. A .282 BA, 21 RBI's and 21 runs in 54 games. But when you get to the running game, it's a different story. He's 12 for 12 in the stolen base department, ranking him 7th in the Southern League and being the only one in the top 15 who hasn't been caught.


Starlin Castro-Castro has a 4 game hitting streak and has hit safely in 6 of his last 7 games. His lone 0'fer was during the first game of a doubleheader (in which he played both games). Over that stretch of 7 games, he's batting .308 with 5 runs and 3 stolen bases. He's now has a 73% success rate in stealing.

Andrew Cashner-It would be hard to characterize any of Cashner's outings as bad, as he hasn't given up more than 2 runs in any start. But the problem is he isn't going deep into games, so sometimes 2 earnies looks big. Like last night, when he gave up 2 earned runs in 4 and 1/3. His second run came after he'd left the game and the bases loaded. Because he hasn't given up a ton of runs and because he has only pitched 5 innings once, it's not surprising that he has started 9 games and doesn't have a record.

Bonus-I generally try to keep from repeating the same name two weeks in a row in the bonus section, but since I used Robinson Chirinos in a double bonus, I decided it was OK. Chirinos continues to crush the ball. Chirinos hit a HR on Tuesday, didn't play on Wednesday, and hit another HR last night (in a 3 for 5 effort). On the season, he has 10 HR's and 31 RBI's. In his last 10 games, he has 7 HR's and 18 RBI's.


Josh Vitters-Vitters has always been a streaky hitter. After hitting .386 with 12 HR's in the month of May, he's off to a .152 start in June, thanks in large part to an 0 for 16 in his last 4 games. The good news is that he only K'd in one of those AB's and still managed to drive in two RBI's. He now has 37 RBI in 56 games, which would be over 100 over the course of a 162 game season.

Ryan Flatherty-Flaherty's minor 5 game hitting streak came to an end on Tuesday. After going 0 for 6 in his last two games, the promising start to the month of June has stalled. Flaherty is hitting .235 for the month after hitting exactly the same in May. In a weird stat, he's hitting .291 with runners on base but only .196 when those runners are in scoring position.

Bonus-With 6 Chiefs on the All Star roster, it's not surprising that there were probably deserving guys left off. One of those guys is Christopher Huseby. Maybe it was Huseby's 1-4 record that kept him off, but the rest of the numbers are outstanding. The 6 foot 7 inch reliever has a 2.31 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He's also struck out 1.41 batters per inning. But here's the mind-blowing number: a 16.5 to 1 K/W ratio. He has struck out 33 batters and only allowed 2 hits all season. If you are trying to remember where you've heard the name before, it might be because the Cubs dished out a reported 1.3 million dollar bonus to lure Huseby from heading to Auburn.

The Others

No news on Dae Eun Rhee or Hak Ju Lee.

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