Happy Birthday to Starlin Castro, who turns the ripe old age of 23 today, an age where many ballplayers are still prospects.
News and Notes...
- The Yankees continue to prefer rummaging for lesser players than giving up something to get better quality. After picking up Brennan Boesch off the scrap heap, rumor is that they are after Vernon Wells. The Angels are likely to ask for a very small amount of salary relief and a fringe prospect.
- Scott Baker will miss half the season and won't even start throwing again for a month. This assures he'll be put on the 60 day DL, which opens up another roster spot for the cubs.
- Rafael Dolis was optioned to AAA Iowa. He never really had a shot to make the team, so it's surprising he's outlasted many other candidates. The guess here is that he was doing some work with Chris Bosio or someone else from the big league staff. He has made some tweaks to his delivery.
- Patrick of CSN wrote an excellent piece on Javier Baez. Sr. VP of Scouting Jason McLeod and Farm Director Brandon Hyde have been impressed with his progress yet they know he has some work to do. Hitting coach James Rowson talks about working with him as well.
- Dave Sappelt is out of today's game after getting struck by a ball yesterday while standing at 3B. He's okay, just a big lump on his neck, but will be held out a couple of days.
- Dave Kaplan tweets, "If Tom Tunney really wants to play this ridiculous game of hardball at some point Tom Ricketts has to call his bluff and look around area." I agree they need to step it up and at least look. For more check out the @thekapman twitter feed, as he debates/discusses the subject with ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg and others.
1. Lillibridge - CF2. Navarro - DH3. Rizzo -1B4. Soriano - LF5. Castro - SS6. Hairston -RF7. Castillo -C8. Barney -2B9. Gonzalez - 3BChris Rusin - SP
- Felzz: Chris Rusin- Just because he's going to Iowa doesn't mean he cant make a statement to Dale and Chris Bosio. Rusin has had a great Spring. Here's hoping he ends it on a great note.Let's see if Cub pitchers can avoid the big inning today. It was a problem last year. Seems to have survived the winter and has been prominent in the spring.
- Tom: Brent Lillibridge is in CF today and it will be interesting to see how well he handles it defensively. Lillibridge will likely see he most time at 3B, but he made the team on the strength of his versatility. This is yet another way he can help, by filling in as a 6th OFer when needed.
- John: Three of my favorite sleeper prospects are available on the bench today: Reggie Golden, Trey Martin, and Stephen Bruno. I'd love to see Golden and Bruno get an AB for different reasons. Golden is built like an NFL fullback and has the strength to match. He takes a huge cut and can hit the ball a long, long way. Bruno is more of a pure hitter. He consistently squares up the ball and hits line drives. Trey Martin is interesting for his defense. Hoping to see him in CF and gets a chance to track down a ball in the gap.
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