While field dries: Bulls in the minors
Making the most of three hours waiting in the press box during a rain delay, it's a good time for another round of "Bulls in the Minors," catching up on former USF players trying to make their way to the majors. There's some interesting updates -- Dan Otero still hasn't given up a run this season, two more Bulls have made their season debuts, and other players have been promoted and demoted already ...
Dan Otero, RP, Class AA Connecticut: Last year, Otero had a 0.33 ERA in his first 25 games, earning a midseason promotion, and he's off to a similar start. Otero still has a 0.00 ERA after 15.1 innings of work, including 10 saves. He's allowed just 18 hits in those 15.1 innings -- can another promotion be far off?
Jeff Baisley, 3B, Class AAA Sacramento: Rough start for Baisley, who was taken off Oakland's 40-man roster before the season and hasn't broken out of a bad slump. He's batting .167 with no home runs and just eight RBIs, having struck out 33 times already. In his last 10 games, he's 4-for-30 for a .133 clip.
Dan Austen, SP, Class AAA Salt Lake City: Happy 28th birthday to Austen, who made his season debut on May 19, taking the loss for the Bees with a five-inning, eight-hit, two-earned-run outing.
Casey Hudspeth, SP, Class AA Corpus Christi: So-so numbers for Hud, with a 3-3 record and 4.20 ERA. But opposing batters are hitting .307 against him, and he has just 15 strikeouts against 13 walks.
John Raburn, 2B, Class AA Huntsville: Another rough start, as Raburn is hitting .167 with just one RBI in his first 54 at-bats this season. He hit .235 at the same level last season, and turned 30 in February.
Daniel Thomas, RP, Class A Stockton: Thomas has been on the disabled list for the past month and has a 13.50 ERA, having allowed seven runs in 3.1 innings in his five appearances.
Brian Baisley, 1B, Class A Tampa: Baisley earned a promotion to the Florida State league after a solid start at Class A Charleston, where he hit .339 with 23 RBIs. He's had seven games in Tampa and is batting .238, still seeking his first RBI.
Addison Maruszak, SS, Class A Charleston: Maruszak basically switched places with Baisley, as he was slumping after jumping a level to Tampa. Maruszak was hitting .148 with just four RBIs in his first 81 at-bats and was sent down to Charleston, where he's hitting .300 in his first four games.
Walter Diaz, OF, Class A Lake County: Nothing exciting for Diaz, who's hitting .225 with no home runs and seven RBIs for Lake County. He's hitting .192 in his last 10 games.
Chase Lirette, SP, Class A Lansing: Lirette, 23, made his season debut on May 17 for the Lugnuts, a solid outing with two hits and zero earned runs in five innings.
Still no official start time for the Bulls and Huskies, but the outfield has dried considerably, so shouldn't be too much longer ...