Tag Archives: Eastern League

Michael Cuddyer Walk Off Home Run Saved Life Of Teammate Brad Thomas Scheduled To Be On 9/11 WTC Flight

Ten years ago Minnesota Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer hit a walk off home run to win the first round of the 2001 Eastern League playoffs for his New Britain Rock Cats. The win extended the season and forced the players to change their airline plans. Australian native and Cuddyer’s teammate Brad Thomas was one of many who had to change their flight plans. It turned out that Cuddyer’s blast not only won the series but it also saved Thomas’s life. He was ticketed on American Airlines Flight 11 scheduled to go from Boston to Los Angeles on the morning of September 11th 2001. The plane was hijacked and crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. In the video from KSTP News in Minneapolis, Cuddyer talks about how he thinks of Thomas and everyone affected by the 9-11 tragedy.

Blue Jays Prospect Anthony Gose Thinks Some Players May Be Jealous Of Bryce Harper

The Bryce Harper show rolled into Notheast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester New Hampshire this past weekend as the Harrisburg Senators took on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The visit prompted the usual Bryce Harper was here story in the local newspaper which seems to be status quo on every Harrisburg road trip since the Washington Nationals prospect joined the club. What’s interesting about this one is Blue Jays prospect Anthony Gose chimes in with his thoughts on Harper and how he is viewed by other players in the Eastern League and suggests that many might be jealous of the attention Harper receives. Check out Gose’s quote in the story link below.

Harper’s in the house, not the lineup — UnionLeader.com

Shairon Martis Throws Seven Inning No Hitter Friday For Double-A Harrisburg Senators

The Eastern League had a No Hitter on Friday night as former Washington Nationals pitcher Shairon Martis did not allow a hit and faced the minimum for the Harrisburg Senators in a 3-0 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in game one of a double header. Martis struck out nine and allowed a 3rd inning walk to Callix Crabbe who was subsequently retired on a double play. He improved to 8-5 with a 2.81ERA in 22 starts at Harrisburg this season. Martis has walked 38 while recording 143 strikeouts and opposing hitters are batting .240 against him. The native of Curacao has a career 6-6 record in the majors with appearances with the Nationals in 2008 and 2009.

Baseball Prospect Report: Double-A Eastern League Hitters & Pitchers To Watch

Here is a list of players in the Double-A Eastern League who are worth keeping an eye on. All players will be 24 or younger on 2012 opening day. These players have made strides during the 2011 season and may be in the mix for their respective big league clubs at some point during the 2012 season. Stats represent the cumulative totals across all levels for the 2011 season.

Eastern League Hitters To Watch:
Aaron Baker Baltimore Orioles – .287, 26(2B), 3(3B), 17HR, 84RBI

Greg Miclat Baltimore Orioles – .275, 14(2B), 3(3B), 2HR, 23RBI, 49SB

Xavier Avery Baltimore Orioles – .269, 27(2B), 2(3B), 4HR, 26RBI, 35SB

L J Hoes Baltimore Orioles – .283, 20(2B), 1(3B), 9HR, 63RBI, 19SB

Chun Chen Cleveland Indians – .265, 22(2B), 3(3B), 14HR, 62RBI

Juan Diaz Cleveland Indians – .255, 22(2B), 3(3B), 8HR, 54RBI

Tony Sanchez Pittsburgh Pirates – .237, 12(2B), 1(3B), 4HR, 41RBI

Matt Curry Pittsburgh Pirates – .290, 31(2B), 5(3B), 14HR, 70RBI

Brock Holt Pittsburgh Pirates – .290, 28(2B), 8(3B), 1HR, 36RBI, 18SB

Quincy Latimore Pittsburgh Pirates – .232, 28(2B), 1(3B), 13HR, 51RBI

Starling Marte Pittsburgh Pirates – .328, 33(2B), 7(3B), 11HR, 47RBI, 21SB

Allan Dykstra New York Mets – .258, 19(2B), 17HR, 67RBI

Matt Den Dekker New York Mets – .273, 31(2B), 11(3B), 14HR, 61RBI, 22SB

Juan Lagares New York Mets – .350, 21(2B), 9(3B), 9HR, 65RBI, 10SB

Bryan Holaday Detroit Tigers – .245, 17(2B), 4HR, 35RBI

Gustavo Nunez Detroit Tigers – .276, 13(2B), 7(3B), 5HR, 26RBI, 18SB

Jamie Johnson Detroit Tigers – .280, 28(2B), 5(3B), 4HR, 47RBI, 13SB

Derek Norris Washington Nationals – .207, 14(2B), 1(3B), 18HR, 43RBI, 10SB

Bryce Harper Washington Nationals – .297, 24(2B), 2(3B), 17HR, 58RBI, 26SB

Erik Komatsu Washington Nationals – .283, 22(2B), 1(3B), 7HR, 45RBI, 20SB

Tyler Moore Washington Nationals – .263, 29(2B), 4(3B), 27HR, 79RBI (Will be 25 on opening day)

Brian Dozier Minnesota Twins – .321, 28(2B), 11(3B), 7HR, 47RBI, 24SB

Chris Parmelee Minnesota Twins – .293, 27(2B), 5(3B), 13HR, 72RBI

Joe Benson Minnesota Twins – .283, 27(2B), 3(3B), 13HR, 55RBI, 14SB

Yangervis Solarte Minnesota Twins – .320, 30(2B), 3(3B), 4HR, 39RBI

Travis d’Arnaud Toronto Blue Jays – .321, 31(2B), 1(3B), 18HR, 65RBI

Mike McDade Toronto Blue Jays – .286, 37(2B), 15HR, 71RBI

Anthony Gose Toronto Blue Jays – .251, 17(2B), 6(3B), 13HR, 50RBI, 57SB

Moises Sierra Toronto Blue Jays – .273, 17(2B), 2(3B), 17HR, 58RBI, 13SB

Oscar Tejada Boston Red Sox – .251, 22(2B), 1(3B), 4HR, 39RBI, 13SB

Alex Hassan Boston Red Sox – .302, 32(2B), 1(3B), 11HR, 59RBI

Jeremy Hazelbaker Boston Red Sox – .260, 24(2B), 2(3B), 12HR, 43RBI

Carlos Rivero Philadelphia Phillies – .282, 35(2B), 1(3B), 15HR, 65RBI

Charlie Culberson San Francisco Giants – .258, 28(2B), 2(3B), 9HR, 47RBI, 13SB

Francisco Peguero San Francisco Giants – .306, 10(2B), 6(3B), 5HR, 38RBI, 11SB

Austin Romine New York Yankees – .285, 13(2B), 5HR, 44RBI

Corban Joseph New York Yankees – .267, 32(2B), 8(3B), 4HR, 48RBI

Robert Lyerly New York Yankees – .285, 28(2B), 6(3B), 8HR, 75RBI

Jose Pirela New York Yankees – .237, 20(2B), 3(3B), 7HR, 41RBI

Zolio Almonte New York Yankees – .282, 21(2B), 3(3B), 15HR, 75RBI, 17SB

Eastern League Pitchers To Watch:
Bobby Bundy Baltimore Orioles – 12-7, 3.30ERA, 131IP, 37BB, 108K, .244BAA

Brett Brach Cleveland Indians – 8-9, 3.58ERA, 130.2IP, 42BB, 79K, .232BAA

Rob Bryson Cleveland Indians – 0-1, 1.55ERA, 29IP, 11BB, 38K, .184BAA

Cory Burns Cleveland Indians – 2-4, 31SV, 2.34ERA, 50IP, 11BB, 57K, .217BAA

Kelvin De La Cruz Cleveland Indians 5-6, 4.56ERA, 79IP, 53BB, 84K, .236BAA

T.J. McFarland Cleveland Indians – 9-8, 3.72ERA, 130.2IP, 43BB, 102K, .256BAA

Kyle McPherson Pittsburgh Pirates – 11-5, 3.02ERA, 146IP, 24BB, 131K, .229BAA

Jeurys Familia New York Mets – 5-4, 2.81ERA, 109IP, 37BB, 120K, .217BAA

Matt Harvey New York Mets – 11-5, 3.36ERA, 120.2IP, 37BB, 146K, .254BAA

Collin McHugh New York Mets – 7-4, 4.26ERA, 114IP, 43BB, 120K, .263BAA

Casey Crosby Detroit Tigers – 8-5, 3.57ERA, 118.1IP, 70BB, 104K, .242BAA

Drew Smyly Detroit Tigers – 10-4, 2.29ERA, 102.1IP, 33BB, 103K, .235BAA

Jay Voss Detroit Tigers – 11-6, 3.43ERA, 126IP, 39BB, 107K, .237BAA

Daniel Rosenbaum Washington Nationals – 8-5, 2.44ERA, 151.1IP, 48BB, 121K, .230BAA

Logan Darnell Minnesota Twins – 11-5, 4.13ERA, 133IP, 34BB, 80K, .262BAA

Tyler Robertson Minnesota Twins – 8-3, 14SV, 3.97ERA, 79.1IP, 24BB, 76K, .261BAA

Drew Hutchison Toronto Blue Jays – 11-5, 2.68ERA, 134.1IP, 33BB, 150K, .223BAA

Chad Jenkins Toronto Blue Jays – 9-10, 3.62ERA, 149IP, 40BB, 97K, .260BAA

Deck McGuire Toronto Blue Jays – 9-5, 3.06ERA, 123.1IP, 45BB, 121K, .233BAA

Nestor Molina Toronto Blue Jays – 11-3, 2.41ERA, 119IP, 15BB, 132K, .241BAA

Chris Balcom Miller Boston Red Sox – 6-7, 4.34ERA, 110IP, 42BB, 105K, .284BAA

Cesar Cabral Boston Red Sox – 3-4, 9SV, 3.00ERA, 54IP, 21BB, 69K, .268BAA

Michael Cisco Philadelphia Phillies – 7-0, 3SV, 1.76ERA, 51IP, 21BB, 43K, .197BAA

Tyler Cloyd Philadlephia Phillies – 7-4, 3.02ERA, 125.1IP, 20BB, 116K, .234BAA

J C Ramirez Philadelphia Phillies – 8-13, 4.82ERA, 127IP, 46BB, 76K, .263BAA

Hector Correa San Francisco Giants – 5-2, 3SV, 2.67ERA, 70IP, 22BB, 68K, .180BAA

Heath Hembree San Francisco Giants – 1-1, 35SV, 2.12ERA, 46.2IP, 19BB, 72K, .189BAA

Eric Surkamp San Francisco Giants – 9-4, 2.14ERA, 134.1IP, 41BB, 161K, .220BAA

Graham Stoneburner New York Yankees – 1-3, 3.60ERA, 75IP, 23BB, 50K, .266BAA

Chase Whitley New York Yankees – 3-4, 7SV, 2.13ERA, 84.1IP, 27BB, 71K, .254BAA

Jacob Turner Called Up To Pitch For The Detroit Tigers

As first reported by SI.com’s Jon Heyman late Friday night, the Detroit Tigers plan to call up the organization’s top pitching prospect Jacob Turner. The 20 year old was 3-5 with a 3.48ERA in 17 starts for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves. Turner has struck out 90 batters while walking just 32 in 113.2 innings this year. Eastern League batters are hitting just .239 against him. Turner who was 9th overall pick in the 2009 draft went a combined 6-5 with a 3.28ERA between the Low-A Western Michigan Whitecaps and the High-A Lakeland Flying Tigers in 2010. He is considered to be one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball and was among the key pieces of the Tigers bid to acquire Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez at the trading deadline.

Philadelphia Phillies Pitching Prospect Josh Zeid Adjusts To Double-A

After opening his pro career with two straight seasons posting an ERA under 3.00, Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospect Josh Zeid has found some struggles at the Double-A level with an ERA currently sitting at 5.74 for the Reading Phillies. In the story Zeid, who skipped High-A entirely, talks about adjusting to the Double-A level, moving back and forth between starting and relieving, and his passion for writing.

Hamden Hall Baseball Standout Now Hitting the Minor Leagues — Patch.com

Prospect Breakdown: White Sox Trade Edwin Jackson & Mark Teahen To Toronto For Jason Frasor & Zach Stewart

The Chicago White Sox have acquired Toronto Blue Jays prospect Zach Stewart as part of a trade sending Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to Toronto for Stewart and Jason Frasor. The 24 year old Stewart has long been a prospect in Blue Jays organization and made his major league debut in 2011 going 0-1 with a 4.86ERA for Toronto in 16.2 innings of work. At Double-A New Hampshire, Stewart has posted a 5-5 record with a 4.26ERA. He has 74 strikeouts in 94.1 innings and Eastern League batters were hitting a pretty hefty .286 against him. Stewart was originally a third round pick of the Cincinnati Reds back in 2008. He came to Toronto in the deal that sent Scott Rolen to the Reds back in 2009.

Prospect Breakdown: Reds Trade Jonny Gomes To Nationals For Bill Rhinehart & Chris Manno

The Cincinnati Reds have traded Jonny Gomes to the Washington Nationals for Bill Rhinehart and Chris Manno. The 26 year old Rhinehart is in the middle of his 4th season at Double-A Harrisburg. He is currently having a career year hitting .289 with 17 Doubles, 21 Home Runs, and 59 RBI’s. The outfielder was a 2011 Eastern League All Star. He was an 11th round pick of the Nationals in the 2007 draft. Manno was a 26th round pick out of Duke in 2010. Since turning pro, the 6’3″ lefty has been a force out of the bullpen. This year at Low-A Hagerstown, Manno posted a 1-3 record with 12 saves in 34 appearances out of the pen. He’s struck out 69 batters and opponents are hitting a ridiculously low .135 against him. The 22 year old was a 2011 Sally League All Star.