Bulls in the Minors: Otero, Quack still dominating
Long overdue for an update on former USF baseball players in the minors, and lots to catch up. We'll start with a pair of dominant closers who have sub-1 ERAs and incredible strikeout-to-walk ratios ...
Dan Otero, AAA, Sacramento River Cats (Athletics): Otero, 28, opened last year in the majors, and he's primed for a return, with a 0.99 ERA and 15 saves in the Pacific Coast League. In 27.1 innings, he has 22 strikeouts against exactly one walk, holding opposing batters to a .147 average. You'd think he's an injury (or even some bullpen ineffectiveness) away from a callup ...
Kevin Quackenbush, AA, San Antonio Missions (Padres): Quackenbush, still just 24, has some of the best numbers of any reliever in minor-league baseball: 1-0 with a 0.31 ERA nad 12 saves. He's allowed one earned run in 29 innings pitched, with 42 strikeouts against 10 walks. Opposing batters are hitting .133 against him. He was just named to the Texas League All-Star Game.
Addison Maruszak, AAA, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees): I will take this opportunity to share that the RailRiders mascot is an angry porcupine engineer. Maruszak, 26 and promoted after two years at AA, is hitting .244 with one home run and 17 RBIs, but he's hitting .324 in hist last 10 games.
Andrew Barbosa, Advanced A, Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks): Barbosa is 3-3 in a 4.21 ERA, with an impressive 57 strikeouts in 47 innings. None of his starts have been longer than six innings, but that might be by design. ...
Randy Fontanez, Advanced A, St. Lucie Mets (Mets): Fontanez is 4-5 with a 4.50 ERA, showing great control with 34 strikeouts against nine walks. Opposing batters are hitting .306 against him, however.
Jimmy Moran, Advanced A, Bakersfield Blaze (Reds): Moran is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA out of the Blaze bullpen -- opposing hitters are just .216 against him, but he has more walks (31) than strikeouts (28).
Sam Mende, Advanced A, Modesto Nuts (Rockies): Mende's been injured for the past month, after hitting .224 with one RBI before the injury.
Sean Buckley, Advanced A, Bakersfield Blaze (Reds): Buckley's been injured since the first week of April -- went 1 for his first 19 before the injury.
Austin Adams, A, Burlington Bees (Angels): Just started his season last week, and he has a 0.00 ERA in three appearances -- five strikeouts, one walk. Promising start for the 22-year-old reliever.
Eric Sim, A, Augusta GreenJackets (Giants): Great mascot, but Sim is just hitting .211 with two home runs and 14 RBIs.
Shawn Sanford, Washington (Pa.) Wild Things, Frontier League: Sanford is a curious case -- he made it to AAA with the Giants last year, getting four starts, but now is in the independent Frontier League. If he keeps pitching like he is, that won't last long -- in five starts, he's 4-0 with 1.02 ERA, with 28 strikeouts and eight walks.
Jeff Baisley, Acereros del Norte, Mexican League: Baisley, 30, had hovered at AAA for several years and was in the majors briefly in 2008. He hit .304 with four home runs in 18 RBIs last month -- I believe the mascot translates to "Crystals."
UPDATES: Stephen Hunt, who had been playing in the Reds' organization with Moran and Buckley, is back on campus to complete a degree in communications. Hunt starts classes again July 1 and should have his degree by next spring ... Two former Bulls are now back in the athletic department with jobs -- Mike Consolmagno is in fundraising, working as Bulls Club director of records and business services, and Zach Pietrzyk is now USF's event management coordinator. ... Former Bull Brian Baisley, now in his third season as a coach in the Yankees' system, is now back home in Tampa with the Tampa Yankees.