:: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 ::
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, the Marlins are a model of pitching efficiency, and Josh Beckett's performance last night was true to that assessment. I don't know what we could have done much different once he started to get going. Today the Rockies try to come back and even the series versus the Marlins' least effective starter thus far, Al Leiter, while we'll be using our own least effective starter to date, Joe Kennedy. If this year's results are all that we use to measure things, this one could be a slugfest. If last year is taken into account, the scores might be a bit lower.
A farm update:
Sam Deduno threw eight more K's last night for Asheville against four walks in a win, if he can get control, maybe we can hold out hope that one day we'll have a rotation as good as the Marlins'. Chris Nelson is back, and after an 0 for 2 night his batting average is down to an even .100. Don't worry too much yet, he has so few at bats that a hot streak can bring it up really quickly. Cold streaks can change batting averages fast too, this early in the season. Chris Ianetta's at Modesto is down to .190 after a pretty good opening. Matt Macri meanwhile is going the other direction lately and is finally coming around to what we expected from him. Seth Smith (2 for 4 last night with a double) is hopefully over his own slump and can catch up to Macri soon. Jud Thigpen remains the top offensive performer on that team. Ian Stewart should be back as early as this week. The Rockies have a lot of pitching talent on that team, but outside of Sandy Nin and Ubaldo Jimenez, little polish. Nin should be called up to Tulsa soon, Jimenez maybe a little later.
As far as the Drillers go, the outfield remains the team's strength as far as prospects are concerned. Albeit Ryan Spillbourghs, Jeff Salazar and Tony Miller all still have weaknesses that they need to work on before moving to the next level. Jayson Nix is still batting only .200 after 70 AB's. I think it might be time to close the book on him as a part of the Rockies as well. I wouldn't be surprised to see him used as a part of any forthcoming trades we make. With Aaron Miles doing a decent job for now, Matt Macri has a little time to develop into our future at the 2-bag.
I hardly look at Colorado Springs' results at all anymore. Outside of two position players, Ryan Shealy and maybe Choo Freeman and the two pitchers mentioned above, Hampson and Esposito, I don't see much future for the rest of that roster at the major league level, That said, the two stories of our Spring Training -both NRI's signed to minor league contracts- Tim Olson and Eddie Garabito, continue to play very well and are begining to change my mind on that. Either one has more power than Miles and might be better fits at second in Coors Field. Should we actually trade Aaron (right now, he's the player we seem to be shopping the most outside of Preston Wilson) I think Garabito or Olson would be able to step in and surprise us. Jorge Piedra has returned from his ten game suspension with a lot of intensity, something to prove it seems. Watch him this year.
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