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Minor Matters: Cody Ransom Running on Borrowed Time

September 5, 2011 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Cody Ransom is struggling at Triple-A for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Other than a big dinger, Cody Ransom wasn’t exactly a hit in his latest look in the Show.

Veteran minor leaguer Cody Ransom is having a big season at Triple-A, but he seems to have forgotten how to swing the bat since he was sent back to Reno after a month with the Diamondbacks. The 35-year-old infielder hit .383 with five homers and 15 RBI in 16 games in July before his promotion to the D-Backs, his first taste of the Show this season.

Notwithstanding a big dinger against Clayton Kershaw, Ransom continued to prove he can’t hit big league pitching, and his MLB visits are getting shorter and shorter as a result. But since Arizona DFAed him to send him back to the minors, Ransom can’t even hit at Triple-A. He’s just 3-for-25 since heading back down and on Sunday he scored his first run in almost a week.

A couple of years ago, we lay witness to his ineptitude as a utility infielder. Now we wonder how much longer it’ll be before he winds up in an Indy league.

The way RHP Graham Godfrey is pitching lately at Triple-A, he could be in line for another shot with the A’s once Sacramento’s season wraps up. He’s won his last three starts for the River Cats (with one less than awe inspiring spot start with the A’s mixed in) to take over the PCL lead with 14 wins.

Having turned 27 last month, Godfrey isn’t exactly a prospect, but he had a couple of decent starts with the A’s earlier this year, including an impressive seven-innings of one-earned run ball on May 17 against the Giants for his first big league win.

Still, you’ve got to think he’s at least put himself in the mix for a job in 2012 with his breakout campaign at Triple-A. Godfrey has massively improve his hit rate, improved his control and beefed up his strikeout rate.

Acquired from the Jays in the Marco Scutaro deal in 2007, Godfrey will need to bring his Triple-A strikeout numbers with him to the Show if he has a chance to stick, but he’s at least put himself on the map with his performance this season.

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Minor Matters: Wesley Wright Continues to Shine

August 17, 2011 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
I don’t get it, personally, especially since now that he’s back to relieving almost exclusively, he’s been superb at Triple-A. And it’s not as if Houston’s bullpen has been good. In fact, really the only good things you can say about the Astro bullpen is that it’s been better than their rotation and that it isn’t as bad as the Twins’ pen.
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Minor Matters: Brad Peacock is on the Doorstep of the Majors

July 28, 2011 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
On Wednesday, in just his third start for Triple-A Syracuse, Peacock took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, winding up with seven shutout frames of one-hit ball with seven Ks and four walks. Peacock was roughed up in his debut for Syracuse, but in the past two starts, he’s only given up five hits and one earned run in 12 IP, fanning 11 and walking five.
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Minor Matters: D.J. Mitchell Ready for the Call

July 26, 2011 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
In his first full season at Triple-A, the 24-year-old has been quite impressive, especially lately, tossing extremely strong starts in four of his last five outings. All Mitchell has done in July is go 3-0 (including two shutouts) with a 1.07 ERA and just 12 hits allowed in 25 1/3 IP with 25 strikeouts. That’ll get your attention.
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Minor Matters: George Kontos Plagued by Recent Inconsistency

July 23, 2011 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
He was looking filthy good in the first few months of the season (2-0, 2.65 in April; 1.08 in May; and 1.93 in June with 26 Ks in 23 1/3 IP), but has definitely hit a snag in July. Kontos started the month brilliantly, tossing four innings of one-hit shutout with five Ks and no walks in his second start of the season, but he was rocked in his next outing (four hits, three earned runs and a walk in one inning). Four days later on July 10, Kontos tossed two shutout frames, but then he got hammered again on July 16. He looked strong on the 19th, hurling 2 2/3 IP of shutout ball with four strikeouts, but on Friday night, the evil Kontos showed up again, getting rocked for three earned runs in 3 1/3 IP to suffer the loss and drop his record below .500. In fairness, he was looking sharp to begin the outing, before hitting the wall on a very hot night.
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