I came home last night to find a great email from Buck Rogers, GM of the Brevard County Manatees:
The players and team stats are simply gaudy, and that's an understatement. The team abtting average is .307, ERA is 2.85. Josh Wahpepah has started two games, chunked 11 innings, allowed six hits, divvied up four walks and struck out eight. ERA of 0.0, Mister Blutarsky...all courses incomplete. The pitchers have 28 walks, 81 hits and 91 strikeouts and that's including the one night they allowed 18 hits in the 11-9 loss. There's something going on here that you don't see every year, but you can feel it just by walking into the clubhouse.
I was gone all day yesterday so I didn't read about this before, but Friday night was a great one in Nashville: Dana Eveland gave up one run in seven innings--he had a perfecto going through five--and Nelson Cruz was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run.
In other news, John Sickels picks out WV Power outfielder Michael Brantley as a sleeper prospect:
In still other news: the Yankees signed Carlos Pena to a minor league deal. It amazes me that he remained a free agent for so long; he's had his ups and downs, but he's a solid major league hitter, and a decent or better defender as well. I'm shocked the Reds didn't sign him in all this time he's been available. Heck, the Pirates could've used him after Sean Casey got hurt.
Tags: Carlos Pena, John Sickels, Josh Wahpepah, Mickey Brantley, Buck Rogers, Cincinnati Reds, West Virginia Power, Michael Brantley, Sean Casey, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Brevard County Manatees, WV Power