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Three Lefties, Two Righties and a Power Bat?

Posted by Jason A. Churchill on April 14, 2006

The M's have a full slate tonight, starting with Jamie Moyer taking on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway… but we'll leave that one for later – after the game.

LHP Cesar Jimenez takes the mound for Double-A San Antonio, looking to duplicate his first start of the season when he went six scoreless allowing just two hits.

Jimenez uses a high 80s fastball and a plus changeup and is working on improving his breaking ball, which is the key to his future as a starting pitcher. Good challenge for the 21-year-old as he faces Midland who has solid bats from top to bottom.

In the Cal League, LHP Shawn Nottingham faces the High Desert Mavericks (kC) in one of the more hitter-friendly parks in all of pro baseball.

Good luck, Shawn.

The good news is, High Desert has hit just three long balls all season and are hitting just .269 as a team, so Nottingham, 21, has a shot. He needs to rebound from his awful 3-inning outing last weekend.

In Wisconsin, RHP Marwin Vega looks to build on his five-inning masterpiece last week when he allowed just one hit and struck out four.

Vega, along with LHP Ryan Feierabend and Rattlers' teammate Justin Thomas are three of the most intriguing arms in the system.

Vega has a chance to turn into a Javier Vazquez-type arm, though he's three or four years away.

Who's the power bat, you ask?

It should be Matt Tuiasosopo. All factors are in his favor as he plays in the Cal League – warm weather, small ballparks.

So far Tui has yet to hit a long ball but he does have four doubles. The area that sticks out to me through his first 25 ABs is the 8-1 K/BB ratio. But he is hitting .440, so there isn't a whole lot to complain about. After all, Tui won't even be 20 until May 10 and the average age of the pitching on opening day rosters in the Cal League was 22.8.

The second righty? It's Rich Dorman down in Fresno. When you check the boxscores, gamelogs and here at PI for an update, don't expect to see Dorman's name mentioned. He's a non-prospect and is throwing the ball like a sissy this year.

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