Fantasy Notes: Down on the Farm
September 9, 2006 | | comment on this post
Let’s check out some minor leaguers today.
- Vincent Sinisi came to the Padres’ organization in a May deal that sent Freddy Guzman to Texas. Sinisi was originally taken 46th overall by Texas in 2003 out of Rice after an excellent college career that saw him named the WAC All-Star first baseman twice. But Texas never could replicate the success with Sinisi that Houston had with another Rice first baseman a few years earlier — Lance Berkman. Sinisi can hit (.296 career average heading into this season), but has not shown any power. He controls the strike zone well (50 walks/71 Ks in 379 at-bats at Double-A Mobile), but a .269 BA at Double-A by a 25-year-old first baseman who has no pop will not excite anyone. Sinisi did record a 766 OPS, so he should get a chance to play at Triple-A next season (he looked a bit overmatched in a 14-game trial at Triple-A in the Rangers’ organization earlier this season). Unfortunately, Sinisi didn’t exactly wow anyone in what may have been a make or break year for him, meaning he could be relegated into an organizational player heading forward.
- Sean Thompson rebounded from a sluggish 2005. Considered a top 10 prospect in the Padres’ organization heading into last year, Thompson did not pitch well at Double-A, so sort of fell off the map a bit. The lefty repeated the level this season with much better results: 6-10, 3.86, with just 46 walks and 134 Ks in 154 IP, while limiting opponents to a .255 BA. Thompson is a groundball pitcher who does not throw hard, but he won’t be 24 until next month, so he’s still a name to track. Expect him to get a chance at Triple-A next year.
- Did you know…that it was 50 years ago today that Elvis Presley made his first of three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show? No, I was not around to witness this, but just thought you might like to know. RotoRob provides the fascinating and the banal.