Thursday, June 25, 2009

Minor League Promotions

Here are some moves effective for tonight's games:

LHP Cory Luebke from Lake Elsinore to San Antonio
Cory is leading the Cal League in ERA and innings pitched, 3rd in K's, and was the starting pitcher in the All-Star Game.

3B Logan Forsythe from Lake Elsinore to San Antonio
Logan is leading the Cal League in OBP, 10th in average, and has a .976 ops with 61 walks (which I believe is the most in all of minor league baseball).

LHP Nick Schmidt from Fort Wayne to Lake Elsinore
Nick has a 2.79 ERA in 51.2 innings with 59 k's, and has allowed just one earned run in last his 31.1 innings.

3B James Darnell from Fort Wayne to Lake Elsinore
James is leading the Midwest League in OBP, 4th in SLG, 5th in average, and has a .329/.468/.518 line overall.

1B Matt Clark from Fort Wayne to Lake Elsinore
Matt is 2nd in the league in RBI and doubles and 3rd in extra-base hits. He will split time at 1B/DH with Felix Carrasco.

OF Sawyer Carroll from Fort Wayne to Lake Elsinore
Sawyer is 5th in the league in hits and 9th in average. He's turned it up since April, though, hitting .351 and slugging .524 since May 1.

OF Yefri Carvajal from Lake Elsinore to Fort Wayne
Yefri is just 20 years old (Carroll just turned 23), so this is more about pushing Carroll than anything else. Yefri was holding his own in the Cal League (actually hit .304/.333/.451 in May), but with Carroll coming the everyday at-bats are in Fort Wayne.

3B Justin Baum from Lake Elsinore to Fort Wayne
Justin only had 136 ab's in Elsinore, and with the other 3B moving, Fort Wayne offers a chance to play more regularly.

OF Chadd Hartman from Eugene to Fort Wayne
Chadd is moving up due to Carroll and Clark leaving and Decker going on the DL.

LHP Steve Garrison placed on rehab assignment with Peoria, AZ
Steve continues to progress with his rehab and should be facing hitters soon.

Sometimes it makes sense to leave a player at one level for the entire year to let them enjoy success. These players, however, were performing at such a high level that it was time to challenge them at the next level. There is a fine line between challenging players and rushing them, but we feel that all of these guys are ready.

Five posts in one week! Who's with me!


Unknown said...

Thanks for the updates, but you did not mention one roster switch I noticed while perusing the Portland Beavers' site earlier this week: Beamer Weems seems to have been promoted from high-single-A Lake Elsinore. Was that just a one-day emergency thing?

Anonymous said...

What happened to Decker?

Anonymous said...

Please tell me Latos is not injured. He was just taken out after 49 pitches and 1 hit.

chiefgaytonfan said...

Any update on Jackson Quezada? Does it look like he will pitch this year or did he have major surgery (i.e. Tommy John surgery)?

maestro876 said...


Thanks for the quality posts. We appreciate your insights.

How about a promotion for Eric Sogard? He's outperforming Antonelli in about every conceivable category. Surely he's got to be considered a better prospect at second base.

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for all the detailed content.

I for one appreciate it.

Anonymous said...


Do you see the MLB changing the structure of the draft to include trading draft picks and would you be in favor of it?

Unknown said...

I think that the strategy to promote to soon has backfired greatly with Antonelli, Headley and LeBlanc.

Careful with Blanks...

David Spencer said...

Geez... Zawadzki looks like he wants to be in Triple A by the end of the week. Wasn't there some talk of switching him to 2nd?

Unknown said...

For some reason when I read the headline I immediately wondered what sort of giveaways the Bevos were going to do at today's double header and why would Paul care.

Glad it is a short Friday.

Paul DePodesta said...

You Know Me!,

He's had some lower back tightness.

Paul DePodesta said...

You Know Me!,

I'm talking about Decker, not Latos.

Paul DePodesta said...


Quezada had minor shoulder surgery.

Paul DePodesta said...


After missing April and part of May, Antonelli has a .397 obp and .500 slg in June. Hopefully, he's getting back to his old self.

Paul DePodesta said...


Lance has actually played a little 3B as well, but regardless he has really swung the bat well this year.

RichRedFriar said...


Love this blog.

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but is Kulbacki hurt again? I noticed he's been out of the lineup the past few games.

I've been following his career as a fellow James Madison University alum.

Thanks in advance for any info.

Howard Lynch said...

RRF - I'll chime in on Kulbacki ... this article tells how/when he hurt his hamy ...

... and another article there said they put him on a 7-day DL.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. With Darnell and Forsythe, it made a ton of sense. Their performance was immensely impressive.