Nine to Know: Minor League edition

  1. Same results, different location: It’s the same old Wily Mo Pena, now playing for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of the Japan Pacific League. Pena is tied for the league leaders in homers with 10, tied for fourth with 32 RBI and leads the league with 56 RBI.
  2. How’s the Vladimir Guerrero Toronto minor league experience going? Now playing for the Jays Triple A Las Vegas team after being in Dunedin, Vlad has gone  a combined 14-for-43 (.326) but only .217 in Vegas and all four of his homers were for Dunedin.
  3. How’s the Adam Lind Toronto minor league experience going? Playing for the Jays Triple A, Lind is hitting .408 with three homers and 16 RBI in 18 games.
  4. How’s the Russell Branyan Yankee minor league experience going? Playing for A+ Tampa and Triple A Scranton/Wilke-Barre, Branyan is hitting .333 with four homers and 11 RBI in 10 games.
  5. Is Anthony Rizzo a major league player, a Triple A player, or simply a a Four A player? Well, we know the former Red Sox, Padres, and current Cubs prospect has no trouble at Triple A. The 22-year old first baseman is playing for Iowa and tearing up the Pacific Coast League hitting .362, with 17 homers and 48 RBI. So why don’t the horrible Cubs bring him up? One reason is their current first sacker Bryan LaHair who pinch-hit a homer yesterday to bring his HR total to 12 to go along with his .312 batting average.
  6. Lew Ford of the Norfolk Tides, the Orioles Triple A team, leads the International League with a .382 batting average. Ford is 35 and in his 13th minor league season. Brad Eldred of the Tigers’ Toledo Mud Hens leads the IL with 22 homers.
  7. Do you remember Jo-Jo Reyes who has struggled in the majors with the Braves, Jays, and Orioles with a 12-26 record and a 6.05 ERA? Well, he may have gotten it together this season pitching for the Pirates’ Indianapolis Indians in the International League. In nine games, eight starts, Jo-Jo is 5-1 with a league leading 2.05 ERA. He’s only 27 and he is a lefty.
  8. Think the Giants have enough starting pitching? They also have a 29-year old righty by the name of Eric Hacker who has been drifting in the minors for nine seasons with minimal success. Last season, pitching for Rochester, the Twins AAA affiliate, he compiled a 7-14 record with a 6.10 record. This season for the Fresno Grizzlies Hacker is 9-1 in 11 starts with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.112 WHIP.
  9. Think the Yankees have enough home run hitters? They also have 23-year old left-handed outfielder Cody Johnson who is leading the Eastern League with 15 homers for the Double-A Trenton Thunder.