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Farm Wrap: 4.17.06

Posted by Jason A. Churchill on April 17, 2006

Well, I guess it was just a matter of time before the club's No. 2 prospect busted out, and he did just that in the final game of the series in Fresno.

Adam Jones went 3-for-5 with three RBI including his first two home runs of the season, both off Fresno right-hander Brian Cooper. Cooper's 167 2/3 innings of big-league experience didn't help him much, and Jones got the best of the 31-year-old.

His first long ball came with one out in the fourth inning with the score tied at one. The blast gave the Rainiers a 3-1 lead. The second bomb came in the sixth with one out and the bases empty and the score 5-2 Tacoma. Jones jumped on a 1-0 fastball and that was that.

The 20-year-old did strike out twice but has his average up to .257 – respectable for sure.

Shin-soo Choo continued his hot streak with three more hits and two RBI, coming on his third home run of the year, a two-run shot off Cooper in the fifth.

Choo also swiped his sixth base of the year and is currently the leading candidate for prospect of the month.

Right-hander Jesse Foppert offered up another mediocre outing throwing 76 pitches in 3 2/3 innings before being ejected. He allowed two earned runs, walked three but did strike out five batters. Tacoma (6-4) did win the game 9-5 and head for Sacramento, who swept the Rainiers at Cheney Stadium last week, looking for revenge.

Say hello to Johnny Doskow, Mike.

In the Texas League, LHP Travis Blackley did exactly what I predicted him to do in his third start of the year – flame out. He was due to get hit after three straight four-to-five inning stints where not a soul hit the ball on the nose.

Blackley went just 4 2/3 innings allowing 10 hits and six earned runs on the night. Two of the 10 hits were home runs. Blackley did avoid the base on balls, which is a good sign that he's not giving into a pure results and is trying to rehab the right way.

almost nothing interesting happened in Inland Empire's win today, but Wisconin's 4-3 extra-inning loss began with six strong innings from RHP Jason Snyder. Snyder allowed six hits and two earned run for the Rattlers, walking two and striking out six.

RHP Edgar Guaramato tossed a scoreless inning, getting two ground outs and a strikeout and his ERA is still non-existent.

It's been a disappointing offensive start to the season for the farm system.


11 Responses to “Farm Wrap: 4.17.06”

  1. JH said

    #2 in the running for prospect of the month: Stephen Kahn.

    7.2IP, 3H, 17Ks, 1BB, 0.00 ERA. He did allow an inherited runner to score today, though.

    Another week or two of dominance and it’ll be pretty clear he’s ready for Double-A.

  2. He’s certainly taking to the closer role, that’s for sure.

    The 17-1 is very encouraging because command hasn’t been his strongest attribute in the past – including college.

  3. BTW, where are you these days JH?

  4. slim said

    If we were to open 2007 with Choo in RF instead of Ichiro, would anyone notice? From a production standpoint, I mean. Right now it looks like Choo could be the .380 OBP, 15 HR, 30 SB guy Ichiro is rumored to be. How far away is Choo from being Ichiro’s equal with the glove and the cannon?

    Maybe another losing year in seattle will convince Ichiro he’d be happier back in Japan where he could be a winner again and we can “downgrade” in RF and save ourselves $12 million. (I still like Ichiro. I’m just speculating.)

  5. slim, I personally would love a Choo in LF and Snelling as DH with Reed and Ichiro. If only Ichiro’s ego didn’t get in the way of him batting in the two hole where his older game seems more suited.


    But then I’d have to figure out what to do with that Ibanez guy…

    Choo seems to be a spare part for the club now.

  6. dnc said

    Choo is more of a two hole hitter than Ichiro anyway. If that’s really the guys you want in your lineup just go Ichi one, Choo two.

  7. slim said

    I expect the 2007 outfield will be Choo-Reed-Ichiro, when Snelling is hurt anyway. Ibanez has a straglehold on the DH spot for 2007-08. That OF has a lot of speed and pobably a good OBP. But it sure leaves the offense hurting for power. It’d just be nice to have Choo and Reed at the top of the order and have Ichiro’s salary converted into something respectable batting 4th.

  8. Willmore said

    I’m still not sold on Choo, but remain optimistic.

    By the way, good article, Jason. Despite the unnatural attention you provided to Foppert as opposed to Vega, Kahn, Rohrbaugh, Fruto or Oldham. Do you really believe that he is still a top-20 prospect over the guys I mentioned ?

    The guy is done, finished. Let it be.

  9. Willmore said

    On the other hand, you’re finally showing some love for Saunders. That-ah boy.

  10. If you were around when Saunders started his season last year, you know I like Saunders.

    But he’s done nothing to gain more attention. So performance is where Saunders’ future is.

    re: Foppert

    He still has a better chance to have an impact at the big-league level than any other starter after Nags and perhaps Bobby – THIS YEAR.

    I wouldn’t say he’s finished. But like I keep telling the world, he’s not on the brink by any means. He again sat 86-88 yesterday.

  11. JH said

    Hey Jason,

    To answer your question, I’m currently in a coffee shop w/wifi in a small town on the Oregon Coast, making my way up to Washington (I should arrive home tonight). I’ll be in touch with much more consistency very soon.

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