Jason (Amherstview): In your opinion, who do you think are the top candiates for minor league player of the year?
Jim Shonerd: If Matt Moore keeps this up, he has to be the clear favorite. Teheran and Paul Goldschmidt would be worthy candidates, and I'm sure we could come up with more, but I think it's Moore's to lose. Harper could get back into contention if he finishes strong in Double-A.
Cale (Houston): What do scouts like to see this GO/AO statisic be for pitchers? No less than what? Thanks.
Jim Shonerd: Had a scout tell me a couple years ago that 1.50 is the number he looks for. That means you're getting it done.
Ex-Rays News: Recently released VSL Rays RHP Hugo Garcia has been suspended:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that two free agent Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Alejandro Arteaga has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Nandrolone and Stanozolol, and fellow free agent pitcher Hugo Garcia received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Boldenone. In both instances, the suspension will become effective immediately if the player signs with another Major League organization.
Garcia, who turned 19 on July 26, pitched for the Rays' VSL affiliate this year after appearing in eight games for the Mets' VSL club last season. He had an 8.10 ERA in 6 2/3 innings this summer and last took the mound June 17, when he failed to record an out against the VSL Phillies.
Moves: None. Can't remember how long it's been since there hasn't been a single move by any of the ten teams.
Oscar Watch: Hernandez went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored on Friday. Ends five-game hit streak and drops average down to .397 on the year.
Malm Watch: 1 for 4 with a HBP, RBI, and two runs scored on Friday. Batting .330/.450/.659 for the month of July.
End Of Season Watch: Last scheduled regular-season game for each affiliate:
Durham Bulls - September 5th
Montgomery Biscuits - September 5th
Charlotte Stone Crabs - September 4th
Bowling Green Hot Rods - September 5th
Hudson Valley Renegades - September 4th
Princeton Rays - August 30th
GCL Rays - August 27th
VSL Rays - August 6th
DSL Rays - August 20th
Hot: Drew Vettleson, Princeton Rays. Single last night extended his hitting streak to nine games. Hitting .344/.426/.633 in 90 at-bats for the month of July. Fourteen of his 31 hits this month have been for extra bases and he has more walks than strikeouts (15 to 14).
Not: Matt Sweeney, Montgomery Biscuits. With a single last night he's now 1 for 25 in the month of July. He batted .134 in April, .195 in May, .116 in June, and .040 so far in July.
Stat 'O The Day: On-base percentage, minimum 100 plate appearances.
Batter Team PA BA OBP Oscar Hernandez VSL 263 .397 .494 Cameron Seitzer* PRI 140 .345 .443 Taylor Motter PRI 118 .330 .432 Jeff Malm* HDV 165 .301 .424 Tyler Bortnick CHA 443 .299 .421 Robby Price* BWG 401 .263 .419 Jose Lobaton# DHM 224 .293 .410 Adderly Rosa# DSL 198 .268 .409 Jose Bellorin VSL 214 .317 .403 Kyeong Kang* MTG 258 .276 .401
Hint #1: Hat is correct.
Hint #2: Venezuelan.
Hint #3: Middle name is Alberto.
Hint #4: Signed July 3rd, 2007.