Minor league news and notes

By | April 20, 2013 1:33 am | 0 Comments

 

The Erie SeaWolves have been living a bit dangerously with two catchers in the lineup in 12 of their 13 games this season. It wouldn’t be as dangerous but Erie didn’t have a third catcher. Zach Maggard has been called up from Lakeland as a safety valve for the SeaWolves while Brandon Douglas is in Toledo. Maggard was 2-for-19 in Lakeland but provides depth to a team that almost has to play both catchers.

Ramon Cabrera, the No. 19 prospect in the Detroit Tigers organization according to MLB.com, leads the Eastern League with a .396 average. Cabrera is 21-for-53 at the plate, while fellow catcher James McCann is 20-of-53 for a .377 average. McCann is the No. 12 prospect in the organization and is fourth in the Eastern League in hitting. Cabrera and McCann are the top two hitting catchers in all of Double-A baseball and are two of the three catchers in the Eastern league hitting over .300. Trenton’s J.R. Murphy, who had three home runs on Thursday, is the third with a .362 batting average.

Cabrera and McCann are second and third in hitting in the Detroit system behind West Michigan outfielder Jeff Holm at .414. Holm and the Whitecaps have been snowed out the past three days. Erie infielder Hernan Perez is fourth in the Tigers’ organization with a .356 average. Perez, who is eighth in the Eastern League, missed Friday’s game after fouling a pitch off the top of his foot Thursday. X-rays came back negative and he could be in the lineup Saturday.

-Daniel Fields ripped a three-run triple Friday to contribute to the 6-2 win over Trenton. Fields, who has a grand slam and a two-run home run this season, leads all Tigers minor leaguers with 10 RBIs this season. Cabrera is second with nine, while Wade Gaynor and McCann are tied for fourth with eight each.

-Kyle Lobstein leads all Detroit minor leaugers with 16 strikeouts. He is set to start Saturday’s game against Trenton. Will Startup recorded his second three-inning save Friday in a 6-2 win. Startup leads the Tigers organization with a 1.46 ERA and he is fifth in the Eastern League.

-Bruce Rondon earned his second save on Friday as Toledo beat Columbus 3-1. Rondon struck out two of the three batters he faced and hasn’t allowed an earned run this season. Rondon has two saves and his save Friday closed out the Mud Hens’ win over former Boston Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka only allowed two hits and two runs in four innings but dropped to 0-1 this season.

-Former Erie SeaWolves first baseman Jordan Lennerton leads Toledo with a .294 average. He has five extra-base hits, including one home run, alon with seven RBIs and seven runs scored. Nick Castellanos is fourth for the Mud Hens with a .254 average.

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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