Lucky To Get Any Lowell Photos

Lowell Spinners, Boston Red Sox Rookie NY/Penn League

Good thing I got to Aberdeen bright and early July 8th because I got some good posed shots of a few Lowell Spinners before the rain drove me away.

After BA #7 Boston prospect 3B Garin Cecchini, RHP Neil Obando (1-2 W-L, 2.16 ERA), and RHP Swen Huijer (1-1, 1.32 ERA) posed for my camera, the clouds burst before I could finish up with LHP Miquel Pena (0-0, 3.60 ERA, #6 2011 Draft Pick), 3B Travis Shaw (321 BA, 0 HR, 6 RBI), and RHP Jason Garcia (2-0, 1.29 ERA).

I had taken photos of BA #24 RHP Madison Younginer last season at Aberdeen so I felt I was in good shape with him.

Although disappointed I didn’t get any photos of the other players or game shots, after thirty minutes of the hardest rain I saw in years let up, I was happy to run out to my car with the photos I had, drive home 85 miles, and hope for a better day next time..

You can look at the Lowell photos I got at this link.

Inconsistent Pitching Haunts the Sea Wolves

Inconsistent pitching has put the Erie Sea Wolves In fifth place with a 42-44 W-L record, 9 games behind the Eastern League leading Harrisburg Senators.

While Detroit Tigers #1 BA prospect Jacob Turner (3-3 W-L, 3.49 ERA), BA #6 Casey Crosby (5-3 W-L, 3.73 ERA), and Jay Voss (4-3, 3.80 ERA) are pitching good ball, other Erie starters Mark Sorensen (7-6 W-L, 6.38 ERA), Luke Putkoren (1-7, 7.57 ERA) and L.J. Gagnier (3-3, 4.42) have had their good days and their bad days, and been inconsistent so far this season.

In the bullpen, only southpaw Austin Wood, 4-3, 2.41 ERA in 31 game appearances, is getting the side out most every outing.

Other Tiger prospects with the Sea Wolves, #4 3B Francisco Martinez is hitting 285 and showing signs of power with 7 HR and 40 RBI.

Former Texas Christian catcher and 2010 College World Series standout, Bryan Holaday is strong behind the plate, and hitting 237, 4 HR, 26 RBI.

Outfielder Justin Henry is hitting 300 BA, 0 HR 22 RBI, 1B Rawley Bishop, 275, 6 HR 41 RBI, and CF Jamie Johnson, 276 BA, 4 HR, 29 RBI.

Since I was a little boy back in Detroit, I’ve loved the Detroit Tigers, dreamed about playing at old Briggs Stadium, and always get a special feeling when I see their farm teams. It was that way when I saw Erie, May 22nd at Bowie, and took photos of the young Tigers listed below, which you check out at this link.

Erie Sea Wolves 2011, Detroit Tigers Double A Eastern League
List of Available Players Photos

Andy Ciriaco SS,
Austin Wood LHP,
Brandon Douglas 2B,
Bryan Holiday C,
Bryan Pounds OF,
Chris Cron Mgr,
Francisco Martinez 3B,
Jacob Turner RHP,
Jamie Johnson OF,
John Murrian C,
Justin Henry OF,
LJ Gagnier RHP,
Mark Sorensen RHP,
Michael Bertram OF,
Rawley Bishop 1B,
Shawn Roof 3B

Prospects, Prospects, And Prospects

Bowie Bay Sox 2011
By Rodger M. Wood

The roster of the 2011 AA Bowie Bay Sox looks like a “Who’s Who’s” of Baseball America 2011 Baltimore Orioles rated minor league prospects.

In any given game this season, Bowie Manager Gary Kendall can field a rated prospect at any position. He could use Joe Mahoney, BA #11 at 1B, LJ Hoes BA #4 or Greg Miclat, BA #26 at 2B, Pedro Florimon BA #29 or Greg Miclat at SS, Brandon Waring, BA #23 at 3B, catch Caleb Joseph BA #28, and put Ronnie Welty BA #19, Xavier Avery BA #3, and Robbie Widlansky, who is unrated but has shown AA power this season, (261 BA- 7 HR- 45 RBI) in the outfield. On the mound, he could start Choreye Spoone, BA #24, and have RHP Dan Klein BA #5, RHP Wynn Pelzer BA #6, and RHP Eddie Gamboa BA #25 available in the bullpen.

Since call up from Frederick, Hoes, and 3B Buck Britton, and the return of 1B Joe Mahoney from injury to the Bay Sox lineup at the start of June, the offense has taken off. The Bay Sox are now only 5 ½ games behind first place EAS Western Division Harrisburg Senators and catching up quickly.

Mahoney is hitting 290, 5HR, 19 RBI in 124 AB or 34 GP, LJ Hoes 304, 0 HR, 22 RBI in 42 GP, and Britton, brother of Orioles RHP Zach Britton, who is temporarily rehabbing at Bowie, 305, 2 HR, 14 RBI in 32 GP, and showing the glove of a Brooksie Robinson at 3B.

Supporting and sometimes outshining the prospects are unrated stopper RHP Jose Diaz, 0-2, 1.48 ERA in 24.1 IP, RHP Tommy Bascom, 5-2, 2.96 ERA, Michael Ballard 4-0 3.40 ERA and RHP Steve Johnson, 5-1, 2.16 ERA,

The best pitching prospect on the team may be unrated RHP Cole McCurry, who, since call up from Frederick, has shut down the opposition down with a 4-0 W-L record, 0.80 ERA in 15 IP.

I’ve seen Bowie play three day ball games against Binghamton, Richmond, and Erie so far this season.

You can check out the best of my photos this season at this link. The 21 players photographed are listed below.

List of Available Bowie Bay Sox Players Photos

Billy Rowell 1B,
Brandon Waring 3B,
Buck Britton 3B,
Caleb Joseph C,
Carlos Rojas SS/3B,
Choreye Spoone RHP,
Gary Kendall mgr,
Greg Miclat SS/2B,
Joe Mahoney 1B,
Jose Diaz RHP,
Kennie Steenstra pc,
LJ Hoes 2B/OF,
Nick Bierbrodt LHP,
Pedro Florimon SS,
Rick Zagone LHP,
Robbie Widlansky OF,
Ronnie Welty OF,
Steve Lerud C,
Xavier Avery CF,
Zach Clark RHP

Richmond’s Strength Is Pitching, Defense and a Savvy Manager

Led by 1, 233 + game winning manager Dave Machemer, good pitching and strong defense, 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants’ Double A Richmond Flying Squirrels, five and a half games behind, are battling the Harrisburg Senators for first place in the Western Division Eastern League pennant race.

LHP Eric Surkamp leads Eastern League pitchers with a 7-3 W-L record, 1.61 ERA and RHP Justin Fitzgerald is pitching good ball with a 6-4 W-L record, and 3.46.

The Flying Squirrels are sound defensively with Aaron Lowenstein and Johnny Monell sharing time behind the plate, Wes Hodges at 1B, Charlie Culberson at 2B, Nick Noonan at SS, and Chris Dominquez at 3B.

Richmond’s leading hitter is 2B Charlie Culberson with a 266 BA, 6 HR and 27 RBI. OF Roger Kieschnick is second highest, hitting 257 BA, 8 HR and driving in 41 RBI.

The Flying Squirrels can field as many as ten Baseball America Giant 2011 top 30 rated prospects in the lineup: BA #8 Charlie Culberson 2B, BA #9 Eric Surkamp LHP, BA #14 Roger KIeschnick OF, BA #15 Chris Dominquez 3B, BA #19 Heath Hembee RHP, BA #23 Nick Noonan SS, BA #25 Ryan Verdugo LHP, BA#28 Johnny Monell C, BA #30 Clayton Tanner LHP.

Chris Dominquez was particularly impressive the game I saw him at Harrisburg, hitting two doubles and a triple and fielding several one hop hot rockets shots at 3B without blinking an eye.

I saw Richmond in day ball games at Bowie June 1st and Harrisburg June 22nd. Photos are available of the Flying Squirrels listed below. Click here to see a slide program of the photos.

List of Available Players Photos

Aaron Lowenstein C,
Charlie Culberson 2B,
Chris Dominquez 3B,
Clayton Tanner LHP,
Dave Machemer mgr,
Edwin Quararte RHP,
Eric Surkamp LHP,
Heath Hombee RHP,
Joe Kohansky 1B,
Johnny Monell C,
Juan Perez OF,
Justin Christian OF,
Justin Fitzgerald RHP,
Nick Noonan SS,
Osiris Matos RHP,
Roger Kieschnick OF,
Ryan Verdugo LHP,
Skyler Stromsmoe 3B,
Thomas Vassala RHP,
Wes Hodges 1B

Harrisburg Senators 2011 Photo Folder Added to Photo Galleries

The Washington Nationals Double A Harrisburg Senators team are leading the Eastern League Western Division by five games over Richmond.

BA Nationals #10 RHP prospect Brad Peacock is 9-2 W-L 2.14 ERA in 83.2 IP, and is the Eastern League 2nd best.

BA #13 2B Steve Lombardozzi was hitting 309 BA before being promoted to Triple A Syracuse in mid – June.

Veteran OF Archie Gilbert are hitting 308 BA and Chris Rahl 304 BA.

All these prospects and the ones listed below are pictured in the 88 photo 2011 Harrisburg Senators folder, which we have recently added to the photo galleries and the editors choice folder, so the photo can be downloaded with a password.

I took these photos at Trenton away and Richmond and Altoona at home.

Look for Bryce Harper photographs in the 2011 Hagerstown Suns photo folders until I get a chance to see him in Harrisburg.

If you want to check the Harrisburg photos out, click on this link.

List of Available 2011 Harrisburg Senators Players

Alex Valdez 3B,
Archie Gilbert OF,
Bill Rhinehart OF,
Brad Peacock RHP,
Chris Rahl OF,
Devin Ivany C,
Jimmy Barthmeier LHP,
Josh Johnson SS,
Pat McCoy RHP,
Steve Lombardozzi 2B,
Tanner Roarke RHP,
Tim Pahuta 1B,
Tyler Moore 1B

Altoona Is Loaded With Prospects but Still Lost to Harrisburg 6-0

I saw the prospect loaded Altoona Curve play the Harrisburg Senators in a 2 o’clock game at the new look Senators Stadium last Sunday, June 26th.

Senators hurler, Shairon Martis shut the young Curve lineup down 6-0 with his wide assortment of major league pitches and changing speeds.

The strong Harrisburg lineup scored 4 unearned runs in the 4th against young RHP Philip Irwin, whose pitching performance deserved better than a loss.

BA #4 Starling Marte, who is hitting 331 BA, good for second highest in the Eastern League, patrolled CF, but struggled at the plate until he rapped a 1-out double to right center field off Senators’ closer Rafael Martin in the 9th. Marte is scheduled to play in the Future Game next week.

BA #6 RHP Bryan Morris allowed 2 runs in the 8th. BA #11 Andrew Lambo played RF, BA #21 Quincy Lattimore, pinch hitting in the 9th, grounded out, and BA #22 Jody Mercer played a flawless 9 innings at SS, but also struggled at the plate.

Pirates BA #2 catcher Tony Sanchez, BA #8 RHP Jeff Locke, and BA #28 RHP Aaron Pribanic didn’t play in the game.

You can view the 80-photo Altoona Curve gallery here

Altoona Curve 2011, Pittsburgh Pirates, AA Eastern:
List of Available Player Photos