Saturday’s Notable Minor League Starting Pitchers

List compiled by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. Follow JP on twitter @Jaypers413

Martin Perez – Texas Rangers – Triple-A Debut
Brad Peacock – Washington Nationals – Triple-A Debut
Jacob Petricka – Chicago White Sox – High-A
Chad James – Florida Marlins – High-A
Jason Adam – Kansas City Royals – Low-A
Tyrell Jenkins – St. Louis Cardinals – Rookie
Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – Double-A
Barret Loux – Texas Rangers – High-A
Kyle Lotzkar – Cincinnati Reds – Low-A
Robbie Erlin – Texas Rangers – Double-A
Christian Friedrich – Colorado Rockies – Double-A
Zack Wheeler – San Francisco Giants – High-A
Justin Nicolino – Toronto Blue Jays – Short-A
Kyle Heckathorn – Milwaukee Brewers – Double-A

Note: List is gathered at MILB.com, is tentative, and all of the day’s starting pitchers may not have been revealed at post time.

Journeyman Outfielder Jai Miller Hopes Career Year Leads Him Back To The Bigs With Oakland

Former Florida Marlins prospect Jai Miller, now 26 years old, is having a Triple-A All Star season for the Sacramento River Cats in the Oakland Athletics system. Miller has hit 7 Home Runs in his last 10 games and has a career high 22 Home Runs on the season. Miller talks about his motivation to make it back to the big leagues after getting a taste majors, playing 55 games for the Royals in 2010.

Miller’s bat heats up for River Cats — SacBee.com

Jose Canseco’s Life Is A Sitcom & This National Post Reporter Wrote The Script

Came across this outstanding comedy piece by National Post columnist Bruce Arthur. He takes Jose Canseco’s recent tweets, couples it with his stint as a player/manager for the Yuma Scorpions and creates a sitcom script. Well worth the read.

A Vacant Mind — National Post

Former Chicago White Sox Pitching Prospect Kris Honel Still Holding On To His Baseball Dreams

Pitcher Kris Honel has gone on quite the journey since being selected as the 16th overall pick in the 2001 draft by his hometown Chicago White Sox. The 27 year old who is still hanging on in the Independent Golden League talks in depth about the long winding road his career has taken including his battle back from Tommy John surgery, his brief retirement, and his current journey through the Indy Leagues.

Comeback kid? Honel says yes — South Town Star

Chicago Sports Writer Becomes Player For A Day With Indy League Joliet Slammers

The Herald News in Chicago recently sent sports writer Tim O’Brien to join the Joliet Slammers independent league ballclub for a day. In this story, O’Brian chronicles joining the Slammers for batting practice, his clubhouse experience, and watching the game from the dugout.

Minor League Baseball: Slammers player-for-a-day lives the dream — HeraldNews.com

Former New York Mets Catcher Mackey Sasser Talks About His Induction Into The Wiregrass Sports Hall Of Fame

Former New York Mets catcher Mackey Sasser of the “Mackey Sasser Syndrome” fame is being inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall Of Fame which honors athletes who are from the Wiregrass region of Southern Georgia and Southeastern Alabama. Sasser who has been the baseball coach at Wallace Community College in Dothan for the past 14 years talks about his induction as well as his big league career and what he’s been up to lately.

HoF inductee Mackey Sasser honored as player, coach — EPriseNow.com

Pair Of Dominican Summer League Pitchers Suspended 50 Games

Chicago Cubs Dominican Summer League pitcher Yomar Morel and Houston Astros DSL pitcher Manuel Sanchez were each suspended 50 Games for violations of the Minor League Baseball Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Morel was 3-3 with a 2.08ERA and 28 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. Opposing batters were hitting just .151 against the right hander. Sanchez was 4-0 with a 2.55 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.

Friday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:

Bryan LaHair Chicago Cubs – Home Run #26

Ryan Lavarnway Boston Red Sox – Home Run #8

Brandon Moss Philadelphia Phillies – Home Run #16 & #17

Chris Davis Texas Rangers – Home Run #21

James Darnell San Diego Padres – Home Run #4

Ryan Flaherty Chicago Cubs – Home Run #1

Jai Miller Oakland Athletics – Home Run #22

Mike Carp Seattle Mariners – Home Run #21

Alex Liddi Seattle Mariners – Home Run #18 & #19

AA:

Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #27

Johermyn Chavez Seattle Mariners – Home Run #11

J.D. Martinez Houston Astros – Home Run #10

Wes Hodges San Francisco Giants – Home Run #4 & #5

Bill Rhinehart Washington Nationals – Home Run #20

Zack Cox St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #3

Blake Tekotte San Diego Padres – Home Run #15

Wilin Rosario Colorado Rockies – Home Run #13 & #14

Brandon Short Chicago White Sox – Home Run #11

High-A:

Kyle Jensen Florida Marlins – Home Run #19

Aaron Hicks Minnesota Twins – Home Run #4

Robbie Grossman Pittsburgh Pirates – Home Run #6

Francisco Soriano Washington Nationals – Home Run #3 & #4

Low-A:

Marcell Ozuna Florida Marlins – Home Run #13

Jake Marisnick Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #9

Red Sox Outfielder Carl Crawford Speaks To Media Following First Rehab Game At Triple-A Pawtucket

Carl Crawford played five innings for Pawtucket on rehab tonight going 1-2 with a RBI and BB in three plate appearances. Crawford spoke with the media following the game.

Some Of The Coolest 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Cards To Surface

The Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card product always produces some pretty awesome cards. Here are some of the cooler ones that have surfaced thus far.

NEW: Carnival Cuts Flea Circus Relic /10
NEW: Dirk Hayhurst The Garfoose Not Brave Or Bold Inscription
Simpson Bunker Horse Hair DNA Relic
Albert Pujols & Matt Holliday Patch & Bat Barrel Book 1/1
Cliff Lee Box Loader Autograph Redemption
Chipper Jones Wood Mini 1/1
Danielle Brown Employee Autograph /10
Diana Taurasi Letter Relic
Millard Fillmore Cut Signature Autograph 1/1
Joe Mauer Box Topper Relic
Dirk Hayhurst The Garfoose Autograph Inscribed “And is known to breath fire”
Jefferson Davis DNA Hair Relic 1/1
Royal Wedding Wood Mini 1/1
Josh Hamilton & Joey Votto Bat Knob & Letter Patch Book 1/1
Mat Hoffman Red Autograph /10
Ichiro Game Used Jersey Box Topper /25
William Howard Taft Presidential Cuts Autograph 1/1

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