Thoughts and pictures of my local minor league baseball team the New York Penn League Connecticut Tigers; a Detriot farm team. We'll still be looking at former Navigators/Defenders players along the way....

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Good Luck Darren Sack..........

as we were alerted by Hondo's comment about GB's blog reporting; the hard luck '07 Defenders pitcher was released by the Giants this week. If it were not for GB, we would probably scratching our heads about his fate in about three weeks when the rosters come out. Some of these guys kind of fade away and you're left with a Google search to find out the answer.


Blogger thehondohurricane said...


The transactions in today's Courant reported the Pirates had sent Steve Pearce, Neil Walker, and Andrew McCutchen to the minor league complex. With the lousy team they have, why not keep these guys around? At the very least, they would generate some fan interest. Last year Pearce hit at A, AA, & AAA and Walker in AA & AAA. McCutchen was rated as their No. 1 prospect. I would have bet the house that at least two of these guys would have started the season with the Pirates.

12:47 PM

Blogger LC said...

I think they want to get everybody at-bats regardless whether its at the ML spring games or at the minor league complex. Also the Pirates don't spend a lot of money and they have guys they are keeping up that have either ML contracts or minor league contracts with some money attached. They don't want to spend extra cash giving other guys the major league minimum.

McCutchen is young and the feeling is that he has a high ceiling. He's not as good at this point in time as McClouth, who is having a good spring, and my homeboy Nyjer Morgan, who hit well in the bigs last year and takes away extra base hits in the outfield. He generates fan interest with his speed.

Walker is good, but isn't as good as good as the guys they have up at this point in time.

Peace is going to be an all star in my estimation some day, and if allowed to play all season he'd probably do pretty good. I suspect he'll play in a ton of MLB games this year. I saw him play in high A, AA, and MLB spring, and the kid is ferocious. He is the biggest surprise out of the kids you mention. I thought for sure he'd be on the opening day roster, but I'm not ruling it out yet either.

I'm a mile from McKechnie field and 2 miles from Pirate City, and have been checking out both the ML and MiL games. Its fun going to the minor league complex because the home plates are almost adjacent on the two fields where they have games going on, and you basically stand between them.

I'll see quite a bit of ball until I come back on the 27th. Yanks tomm. night.

Hope you cats are staying warm and I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks.

12:49 AM

Blogger LC said...

Velez over .300 with 10 stolen bases this spring.

2:36 AM

Blogger thehondohurricane said...

A post on MCC today was good news/bad news for ex Defs. Velez is on the team. Nate, Sadler, and TI have been sent down. No surprises really. Ortmeir's lost the job at first for now, but stays because he's out of options.

As a long time Giant fan, to me it doesn't matter who goes or stays, the team is still going to suck. And it probably means Fresno and Ct, will stink too. And a bad team will make it harder to improve the fan base in Norwich.

12:56 PM

Blogger David said...

The fact that they've decided to jump Travis Denker to Fresno instead of sending him out here isn't going to help matters for the Defenders' offense. They'll have Sandoval and, um, well, uh...

Incidentally, Greg... no Google searches necessary to track org moves. We had the story up on SFHardball before Garrett's blog was out. We'll have the next round up tonight.

3:19 PM

Blogger greg8370 said...

Denker was someone I was looking forward to seeing based on GF9 posts.
"Eugene" makes the team! Bummer about Nate but he'll be back up.
Thanks David about the heads up...Montes got released as well. He was the first player to ask me for a pic of himself that I had taken.

9:56 PM

Blogger David said...

Montes and Gregorio Martinez, who only made it as high as San Jose, both signed with a club down in Texas with the United League. For Montes, it's all about trying to get his arm strength back. For Martinez, it's delaying the inevitable departure from professional ball.

6:22 AM

Blogger KRB said...

My guess is that when you see the final minor league rosters that it will make little sense in some areas of player's team placement.

12:49 PM


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