Monday, September 05, 2005

Minors recaps for 05 Sep 05

Portland:
WELCOME BACK Timmy! Tim Stauffer got back on track in a big way in the Beavers final game of the season. He went the distance in posting a 3 hit shut out while striking out 9 and walking no one. Jon Knott(25) and Greg Sain(8) provided all the offense he would need with a pair of solo homers. This was a very nice outing for Tim to take into the offseason. Spring traing should hold a regular job at the major league level for this young man. The Beavers finished their season 70-73.
Beavers box

Mobile:
Brian Whitaker suffered his 13th loss to West Tenn 5-2 in the final game of the season for the Baybears. He worked 6 innings and gave up all 5 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks. Joe Gerber homered and Pete Ramos drove in the other Baybears run. The win by West Tenn sealed the second half title in the Southern Leagues North Division. Mobile finished the year 58-80 and manager Gary Jones admitted disappointment with the record but stated that he was impressed with how the guys went about their business every day.
Baybears box

Lake Elsinore:
Already with eyes on the first rounds of the California League Playoffs starting Saturday, Padres nr 1 draft pick, Cesar Carrillo, got cuffed around for 2.1ip against Lancaster in a 15-4 loss. He gave up 7 earned runs on 6 hits and 5 walks. Lancaster chased Carrillo in the 3rd and then proceeded to bombard 3 other Storm pitchers before being quieted in the 9th by Wilmer Villatoro. I expect Carrillo, as well as the others, were just staying loose and getting their work in. Fernando Valenzuela jr smacked a pair of doubles and struck out 3 times on the night. Skip Adams and Juan Ciriaco each contributed two hits.
Storm box

Ft Wayne:
Dayton erupted for 5 runs in the 3rd inning against Joel Santo and held on for a 5-3 win. Santo allowed 5 runs on 10 hits, 2 of which were homers, in just 3 innings. Matt Thayer had 3 hits, including a 2 run homer, as the Wizards mounted a 7th inning comeback. Pete Ciofrone walked and scored on Drew Davidson's double but that was it.
The Wizards commence the Midwest League playoffs at West Michigan in the Eastern Division playoffs(best of 3) on Wednesday. Michael Ekstrom 13-6 is slated to start for the Wizards.
Wizards box

Eugene(short season)
Steve Delabar gave up 1 run on 3 hits in 5 innings while striking out 5 but John Madden gave up the winning run in the 9th and again in the 10th to take the loss. After Everett took the lead in the 9th, Brandon Gottier hit a solo homer to tie in the bottom of the ninth but to no avail as Madden gave up two runs in the 10th for a 4-2 loss.
Ems box

Minors recaps 4 Sep 05

Portland:
Three former major league pitchers, Kerry Lightenberg, Randy Choate and Matt Herges, combined to shut down the Beavers on one run and six hits. No Beavers batter had more than one hit and Nick Trzesniak was 0-3 in his return to the starting lineup after a 4 game absence.
Beavers box

Mobile:
4 West Tenn pitchers combined to shut out the Baybears for 11 innings on just 2 hits(both by Mobile starting pitcher Jose Oyervidez). In fact, West Tenn was also shut out for 10.2innings before breaking a scoreless tie with 2 out in the bottom of the 11th. It is entirely possible that the participants were more focused on family and friends and the recovery from the storm Katrina than on a baseball game. With all that has happened, and right in their own back yard, its amazing that the players can even play ball at all.

Lake Elsinore:
Clay Hamilton picked up his 11th win as he held Bakersfield to 1 run on 4 hits in the 7-1 victory. He struck out 6 and walked none. Colt Morton got back in the hr column with a 2 run shot(his 19th) in the 7th inning. Fernando Valenzuela jr and Drew Macias also contributed 2 hits each.
Storm box

Ft Wayne:
Josh Alley had 2 hits, walked twice, scored a run and drove in a run while Matt Lauderdale smacked his 10th homer to power the Wizards to a 7-0 win over Dayton. 16th round draft pick, Brent Carter, continues to dominate since signing out of Alabama. He picked up his 2nd straight win with 6 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 8. So far as a pro, Carter (Alabama's all time strikeout leader) has allowed 16 earned runs in 84 innings with 79k's and a 1.71era.
Wizards box

Eugene(short season)
Jimenez Angulo gave up 5 runs(1 earned) on 10 hits as Vancouver beat the Ems 7-3. c Brandon Gottier drove in two runs with a pair of singles and Chad Steiner also contributed two hits.
Ems box

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Minors recaps 3 Sep 05

Portland:
Mike Thompson pitched 7 strong innings, striking out 6 and allowing just 1 run on 2 hits but Jason Kershner was touched for 3 runs on 4 hits to take the 4-1 loss. Kennard Jones doubled and scored the only Beavers run on a double by Manny Alexander. c David Ross was 0-3 while Nick Trzeniak did not play.
Beavers box

Mobile:
Jack Cassel gave up just 1 run in six inning but took the loss as the Baybears were shut out by West Tenn. cf Jeff Duncan tripled and c George Kottaras doubled for two of the Baybears 4 total hits.
Baybears box

Lake Elsinore:
Bakersfield jumped on starting pitcher, Clark Girardeau, for 8 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks and cruised to an 17-3 win over the Storm. Only Dirk Hayhurts(2.0ip scoreless) and Wilmer Villatoro(1.0ip scoreless) escaped unscathed. Fernando Valenzuela jr hit a solo homer while Skip Adams and Brett Dowdy each contributed a pair of singles.
Storm box

Ft Wayne:
Josh Geer shut out Dayton on 6 hits for 6.1ip despite walking 4. He struck out 5 but Jonathan Ellis gave up 4 runs to tie the game at 4 in the 8th inning and Richard Steik gave up the winning run in the same inning. dh Matt Thayer and rf Tom Vincent each had 2 hits in the 5-4 loss. Dayton swiped 3 bases off of c Nick Hundley.
Wizards box

Eugene(short season)
Grant Varnell, not to be confused with Geoff Vandel, gave up 5 runs on 10 hits for his second loss. Vancouver pitchers limited the Ems to just 1 runs in the 5-1 Ems loss. 1b Daryl Jones had 2 of the hits and drove in the only Ems run.
Ems box

Who is: Geoff Vandel?

Geoff Vandel - P/1B/OF - 2005
Geoff was committed to Chipola JC
He was a star for Shaw High School in Columbus Georgia both as a pitcher and a hitter. Born June 9, 1987.
HT: 6'2" - WT: 205 - GPA: 2.95 - PSAT: - SAT:
B: L - T: L
His HS stats: Bat Avg. .348 - RBI 20 - HR 4 -
Pitching - W-10 L-2 - ERA 2.05
Career Highlights
1. MVP sunbelt classic
2. All city MVP HS coaches award
3. Rookie of the year

Excerpt from the Columbus Enquirer: full article

On draft day, everyone finds out they were selected a little differently.

Shaw pitcher Geoff Vandel read it for himself on MLB.com.
Vandel was picked by the San Diego Padres in the 34th round, the 1,028th overall selection.

Waiting around for one's name to be called isn't easy.

Vandel and his dad, Robert Vandel, had plenty of time to talk before his name was called. Every so often the phone would ring -- it was friends and family wanting to find out if Vandel had been selected.

After three-plus hours of talking and waiting, Vandel's name finally appeared.

"I was kind of expecting it," Vandel said. "But I was watching and waiting, and now it's a big relief."

Robert Vandel said Geoff wants to sign with the Padres. Vandel has signed a letter of intent to play for Chipola College in Marianna, Fla.

"He wants to go play ball," Robert Vandel said. "I would rather him go to school for a year or two and wait and see."

But that might not happen.

"It's a great feeling," said Vandel, who went 4-1 with 65 strikeouts in the GHSA playoffs. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a dream come true."


Geoff was among the first to sign with the Padres after being drafted in the 34th round. He was assigned to the Peoria Padres in the Arizona Summer league where he has excelled. He appeared in 10 games, all in relief, where he struck out 29 and walked just 5 in 19 innings. He allowed just 1 earned run there and when the league finished he was promoted to Eugene of the Northwest league. At Eugene he was given a start and went 5 innings, allowed 3 hits, no runs, struck out 6 and walked no one. His current era stands at 0.37 with k/bb of 35/5. Pretty heady stats for a 34th round pick.

I am fairly sure that no one expects Geoff to continue posting these incredible numbers as he moves through the Padres system, but I wouldn't bet against him.

Minors recaps 2 Sep 05

Portland:
Brandon Emanuel pitched 4 innings allowing just 1 run on 2 hits but Eddie Bonine picked up the win with 2 superb innings. He allowed no hits and struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced. Scott Cassidy picked up his 11th save. Josh Barfield hit his 15th homer and Bobby Scales had 3 hits including a double and scored twice. Nick Trzesniak pinch hit and singled to raise his average back to .395. David Ross has been getting most of the p/t since being sent down from the Padres. Its a shame that Nick has been benched while hitting over .400.
Beavers box

Mobile:
Sean Thompson allowed just 1 run in 7 innings despite 4 hits and 5 walks. He struck out 7 but was not involved in the decision. Dale Thayer logged his 27th save. Jeff Duncan tripled and scored the winning run on a balk in the 10th inning.
Baybears box

Lake Elsinore:
Luke Steidlmayer gave up 4 runs(3 earned) in six innings as Bakersfield beat the Storm 6-1. Skip Adams had two hits and drove in the only Storm run.
Storm box

Ft Wayne:
Michael Ekstrom worked into the 6th inning and gave up 6 runs on 9 hits for his 6th loss as Dayton beat the Wizards 9-3. Josh Alley had 2 hits. Matt Lauderdale homered, walked, scored twice and drove in two runs. Matt Bush and Chase Headley were both held hitless.
Wizards box

Eugene(short season)
Geoff Vandel, promoted from Arizona, made his debut for the Ems. He pitched 5 strong innings, striking out 6, walking none, allowing no runs on 3 hits. Geoff has allowed just 1 earned run over 24 innings and struck out 35(total). Chad Steiner doubled and drove in Mike Richardson with the only Ems' run. Will Venable singled and struck out in 4 ab's.
Ems box

Friday, September 02, 2005

Minors recaps 1 Sep 05

Portland:
Brian Sweeney gave up 3 runs in 7 innings as the Beavers beat Tucson 5-4. Sweeney gave up 9 hits and struck out 6 while giving up no walks. Scott Cassidy picked up his 10th save. Sitting out 3 games apparently cooled off Nick Trzesniak. He had only one hit in 4 trips to drop his average under 400 to .387. Bobby Scales and Dustin Delucchi each had 2 hits.
Beavers box

Mobile:
No game today.

Lake Elsinore:
Once again High Desert and the Storm slugged it out with the Storm winning 8-5. Bret Bonvechio homered but Michael Johnson didnt as he was held hitless. Josh Howard, promoted from rookie league Arizona, collected 2 hits in his first game with Lake Elsinore. Leo Rosales picked up his 27th save.
Storm box

Ft Wayne:
Cesar Ramos gave up 5 runs on 10 hits in just 5 innings as the Wizards lost to Lansing. Lf Josh Alley, lead off hitter, was on base 5 times(2 hits and 3 walks) but did not score a run. cf Yordy Ramarez had 3 hits and 2b Sean Kazmar contributed 2.
Wizards box

Eugene(short season)
Ben Krosschell pitched well, allowing 2 runs(1 earned) in 7 innings and struck out 7 but was not involved in the decision as Salem-Keizer came from behind to win 4-2. 3b Chad Steiner and cf Tim Turner each contributed 2 hits.
Ems box

Arizona(rookie)
AZL completed with the Padres at 14-14, 4.0 games back of the AZL champion Giants. Javis Diaz finished 3rd with a .352 ba and tied for 3rd in stolen bases with 19. Kyle Blanks held on for the home run title with 7, he also finished tied for 10th in rbi with 30. Juan Jimenez led all pitchers in innings pitched with 79.1 and finished 4th in strikouts with 67. Ernesto Frieri finished 6th in strikeouts despite pitching just 46.1 innings. He had 59k's, was tied for most wins(7) and led in era 1.17(of pitchers with more than 20 ip).

Thursday, September 01, 2005

PMac is BACK!

On Sep 1 the Padres recalled Paul McAnulty from Portland, however it was a day to late for PMac to be added to the playoff roster. I suspect that this will be the last Padres playoff roster that PMac will miss. He has hit every where he has been assigned from that first year winning the batting championship at Idaho Falls(rookie) hitting .379/.488/.604/.1092 and being touted by yours truly as a possible Padres most valuable prospect. He seemed to be forgotten after hitting only .273 in Ft Wayne but redeemed himself by hitting .297/.404/.521..925 with 23 hrs and 87 rbi at Lake Elsinore in 2004. All he has done this year is hit well enough at Mobile to recieve a callup to the Padres when they needed a left handed bat. When the numbers forced him to be sent down, it was to Portland and not Mobile. He responded by hitting .344/.405/.563/.968 with 6 homers(giving him 16 between Mobile and Portland).

Also receiving callups were lefty Craig Breslow and righty Chris Oxspring.

In other news, Wilson Valdez has cleared waivers and accepted assignment to Portland. The Padres are hoping their stupid move, waiving Paul Quantril, will not cause them to lose him. I should not be surprised to see Arizona claim him.
Padres press release

Minors recaps 31 Aug 05

Portland:
Tim Stauffer again failed to make it past the 4th inning, giving up 7 runs on 8 hits. He struck out 4 but walked 4 also. Greg Sain and Bobby Scales each had 3 hits. Sean Burroughs was promoted to the Padres instead of Paul McAnulty, although PMac will probably be called up after Sep 1.
Beavers box

Mobile: No game

Lake Elsinore:
Cesar Carrillo got reminded of how tough it is to pitch at High Desert. He was torched for 6 runs in 2 innings as High Desert beat the Storm 10-2. Michael Johnson led the offense with 3 hits, including 2 doubles while Bret Dowdy also contributed 3 hits.
Storm box

Ft Wayne:
Brent Carter got his first win with six strong innings. He allowed just 4 hits and one run while striking out 5 as the Wizards beat Lansing 3-1. Josh Alley had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run. Matt Thayer had 2 hits and an rbi.
gm1 Wizards box

Neil Jamison blew the save and took the loss as Lansing would score single runs in the 7th and 8th to gain a split of the twin bill 5-4. 2b Kelvin Vasquez had 3 hits and Pete Ciofrone had 2 hits. Chase Headley singled in his first game with the Wizards.
gm2 Wizards box

Eugene:(short season)
Joey Delabar gave up 6 runs in 2 innings as Salem-Keizer beat the Ems 6-4. Will Venable, Javis Diaz and Chad Steiner each had 2 hits, while Diaz and Steiner both scored 2 of the four Ems runs.
Ems box

Arizona:(rookie)
No score for 31 Aug 05