Bulls in the Minors: First updates for 2010
In full disclosure, I looked up all the stats on Monday afternoon, but had other things pop up to keep me from posting the very first "Bulls in the Minors" update of 2010. So if you ask why I'm posting this at 11 at night, it's only because I don't want the stats to be any more dated than they already are. Having said that, here's how at least 10 former Bulls are doing in the minors ...
Devin Ivany, Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs: The 27-year-old made a big leap from high-A ball to the International League, and while he's hitting just .206 with a home run and 13 RBIs, he's gotten a small piece of history this season. On May 24, Ivany was able to catch one of Stephen Strasburg's final minor-league starts before the phenom hit the big leagues. Again, Ivany's never been higher than Double-A before this season, so that puts an asterisk on the low batting average.
Johnny Raburn, Triple-A Nashville Sounds: At 31, the veteran infielder has more than 3,600 career minor-league at-bats, and he's playing at Triple-A for the fourth time in five seasons. He's hitting .225 with one home run and 12 RBIs, but he's hitting .290 in his last 10 games. With his persistence, you'd like to see the Brewers bring him up in September when rosters expand, but his offense will have to improve.
Jeff Baisley, Double-A Midland RockHounds: Baisley, 27, is down a level after two full seasons in Triple-A and a short stint in the majors in 2008, but you can't question his production -- he's hitting .354 in 42 games, which would put him second in the league in hitting if he had enough at-bats. It's strong considering he's never hit .300 at any level -- he's due for a promotion.
Danny Otero, Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels: Otero, 25, hasn't pitched yet this season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery last summer, but it shouldn't be much longer. He did pick up a cool mascot as the Giants' Eastern League affiliate moved from the Connecticut Defenders to their new home in Richmond. Otero has been outstanding as a closer in the Giants' system, so keep an eye out for him once he's healthy again.
Addison Maruszak, High Single-A Tampa Yankees: Maruszak, 23, hit just .148 with Tampa last season and spent most of his first full season down a level in the South Atlantic League, but he's been huge in Tampa this season, with a .322 average that would rank fourth in the league, again missing out because he doesn't have enough at-bats. He's been on the DL since June 18, but is hitting .432 in his last 10 games, including a torrid 9-for-13 run in a three-game span.
Myron Leslie, High Single-A Tampa Yankees: Leslie, 28, was playing in the independent Canadian-American League last season, and he's hitting only .202 for Tampa, with 16 RBIs in 34 games.
Daniel Thomas, High Single-A Stockton Ports: Thomas, 24, has been on the disabled list since May 4, with an 8.71 ERA in nine relief appearances. Control is a concern, as he has as many walks (13) as strikeouts (13).
Shawn Sanford, Single-A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes: Sanford, 21, spent a long time in extended spring training and didn't make his season debut until June 20, allowing one run in two innings while striking out two. He had eight saves in his pro debut last summer, and he'll get another shot this year in Oregon.
Trey Manz, Rookie-A Billings Mustangs: Manz is back in Montana, where he finished his rookie season last fall hitting .306 in 15 games. He's started where he left off, going 2-for-6 in his first two games this week. Rookie Stephen Hunt, just drafted by the Reds, said he expected to be making his pro debut with Manz in Montana, but he hasn't been sent up there yet.
Braulio Pardo, Rookie-A Orem Owlz: If Billings is obscure, try Orem, Utah, where Pardo -- who played two seasons at USF before transferring to Saint Leo -- went 0-for-4 in his season debut this week. This is his third pro season opening the year in Orem after hitting .230 in 36 games there last year.
NOTES: USF junior catcher Eric Sim has signed with the Giants and reported to their rookie-league team in Arizona, though he hasn't played yet. ... Former Bulls reliever Chase Lirette, who played four seasons in the Jays' minor-league system, was released this spring when he didn't have the same velocity coming back from shoulder surgery. ... Haven't found any word on Casey Hudspeth, who pitched at Double-AA Corpus Christi last season but hasn't played yet in 2010. ... If I'm missing anyone from this list, please make mention of it in the comments and we'll make sure to include anyone we've overlooked.