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Minor League Notes, 2011-04-17

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Nashville Sounds (AAA) 5-4
Lost 2-1 at Omaha Storm Chasers (KCR) (box / pbp)

Huntsville Stars (AA) 7-2
Won Game 1 8-6 vs Carolina Mudcats (CIN) (box / pbp)
Won Game 2 3-2 (box / pbp)

Brevard County Manatees (High A) 3-7
Lost 9-4 vs Clearwater Threshers (PHI) (box / pbp)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Low A) 4-4
Postponed vs Peoria Chiefs (CHC)

Highlights and thoughts after the jump, including some thoughts on the organizational shortstop situation and the line from Manny Parra's rehab start. In somewhat related matters, Lorenzo Cain went 0 for 3 for Omaha.

Matt Cline has shown up in the highlights again. I'll admit my highlights for batters are picked via the day's OBP, so if a guy has the hot hand he'll show up. I didn't know much about him at all before picking up the Minor League Notes here (I'll also be the first to admit that I'm not your go-to person for prospect info; AAA lifers maybe, but prospects, no) but he really hasn't been on the general prospect radar, as far as I can tell. He was a 22nd-round draft pick by the Brewers in 2007 out of California State-Long Beach. He's 25 years old; this is his 1st season at AA. He missed all of the 2009 season on the restricted list. I'm not sure if this was a failed attempt at quitting the game or not; there isn't much info out there. He's played most of his games at shortstop, with a nearly equal amount of both second base and third base.

The org's starting pitching appears to be finally shaking off its bugs in the second week for the most part. I'm a little bit worried about Cody Scarpetta's pitch count in terms of numbers of innings pitched, but you can't argue much about today's results. I'm worried about Maverick Lasker, period. Let's see how his start #3 will turn out.

Player/Pitcher Highlights

Batter Team Pos AB R H RBI BB SO E AVG Notes
Chris Nowak Nashville 3B 3 0 2 0 1 1 0 .125 SB
Matt Cline Huntsville SS 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 .391 2B (Gm1)
Brandon Jones Huntsville RF 4 2 2 4 0 0 0 .259 Gm1
Brandon Jones Huntsville LF 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 .276 HR (Gm2)
Kentrail Davis Brevard County CF 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .273
Shawn Zarraga Brevard County C 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 .346
Pitcher Team IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Dec Notes
Manny Parra Nashville 2.2 4 2 2 2 1 0 11.25 L, 0-1 49 pitches
LaTroy Hawkins Nashville 0.2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.00 21 pitches
Frankie de la Cruz Nashville 4.1 4 0 0 1 5 0 2.61 71 pitches
Jesus Sanchez Huntsville 5.0 7 6 4 3 5 2 4.91 Gm1 89 pitches
Cody Scarpetta Huntsville 4.2 5 2 2 2 8 0 10.50 Gm2 92 pitches
Donovan Hand Huntsville 2.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.00 S, 1 Gm2 24 pitches
Maverick Lasker Brevard County 5.0 8 8 7 3 2 1 9.31 L, 0-2