Minor League Monday: March 15th, 2010

Welcome to this week’s edition of Minor League Monday. First and foremost, my apologies for the lack of a MLM last week. For those who don’t know, I’m in the process of planning a wedding and needless to say, sometimes that can cause some crazy weeks. Since the last MLM, some baseball has been played and we’re going to talk about it.

Minor League Player of the Week: Colin Curtis
For the record, this is technically taking stats from the past two weeks since I wasn’t around last week. Curtis has put up some great numbers. In 8 at bats this spring, Colins has four hits and an OBP of .636. He also has posted a slugging percentage of 1.000 and driven in four runs. He’s also stolen one base.

Minor League Moves (Courtesy of Baseball America)

Signed: 1B Myron Leslie (New Jersey (Can-Am))

Leslie is 27 years old and had a solid season in the Can-Am League batting .272 and belting 18 home runs. He’s a big guy at 6’3 and 225 pounds.

Minor League Headlines

At BBD, we’ve been covering the recent cuts from the Major League camp at this year’s Spring Training. If you’ve missed our coverage thus far, no worries, here’s a nice recap of the current players who have since been demoted down to the Minor League Camp.

Ivan Nova
Hector Noesi
Andrew Brackman
D.J. Mitchell
Christian Garcia
Kevin Whelan
Wilkins Arias
Kei Igawa
Wilkin De La Rosa
Jeremy Bleich
Kyle Higashioka
Jose Gil
Grant Duff

Some interesting names in this bunch. One that stands out is Kei Igawa. Igawa has spent plenty of time in Scranton Wilkes-Barre racking up some records at the minor league level. But at the Major League level, he’s done very little. We took a look at Kei Igawa’s trip back to the minors earlier this week at Bronx Baseball Daily. Andrew Brackman is a name we will be seeing again in the future, but for now, it’s back to the minors.

Award Winning

Austin Romine and ZachMcAllister were both award winning Yankees as McAllister and Romine won the Yankees 2009 Kevin Lawn Award for Yankees’ minor league Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.

Five Questions with Chad Jenning

Once again, I want to make sure we go and highlight some of the interviews Chad Jenning has conducted over at the LoHud Blog. He’s been doing some great work with his “Five Question” series with some minor league players in the Yankees system. Here’s a few you may have missed since…

Wilkin De La Rosa
Reid Gorecki
Kyle Higashioka
Colin Curtis
Jason Hirsh

Speaking of Jennings, the Lohud Blog also featured a list of some spring training leaders thus far. A few minor leaguers made that list.

And the leader is…

At-bat (Jamie Hoffmann) Hoffman isn’t guaranteed to stick around, as the Yankees have to make a decision about him since he’s a Rule-5 pick. Leading in at-bats isn’t exactly special, as Jennings points out he’s only batting .150.

Stolen bases (Eduardo Nunez): Golson, Curtis and Pena have one each, Nunez has two. And no, Gardner doesn’t have any.

Innings pitched (Alfredo Aceves): That’s right, the man who would like to see himself steal a 5th spot in the rotation from Hughes and Chamberlain, has thrown the most innings.

Bronx Baseball Daily Minor League Stories of the Week

Adeinis Hechavarria close to signing with Toronto

Aceves Vying for 5th Spot

Kennedy: Was he given up too early?

Video Game Reviews:
MLB the Show 2010
MLB 2k10

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