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   1. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 18, 2006 at 12:54 PM (#2145410)
Don't have much to say about Pena or Marte. Pena seems pretty redundant with Hinske on the squad - I guess Pena's now the backup 10th man, ready to take on many of Hinske's responsibilities if Hinske has to join the starting lineup. He hit .260 in AAA - that's just not good enough for a major leaguer at almost any position, and definitely not 1B. 2006 is maybe the worst year of his career, though, so hopefully he can turn it around a bit, if he gets a chance.

We've talked on and off about Bowden and Buchholz, and I wanted to bring them up again, just because they've been so consistent. I find that I can become unimpressed with prospects when they don't make big statistical improvements over the year, but just maintaining a 9+ K/9 is a lot of work, and they've both pulled it off.

3.28 ERA, 108 IP, 89 H, 9 HR, 30 BB, 117 K - Bowden
2.62 ERA, 103 IP, 78 H, 10 HR, 29 BB, 117 K - Buchholz

Still, too many homers in the Sally League. For reference, Papelbon allowed 6 HRs in 130 high-A innings. Lester allowed 7 HRs in 106 low-A innings and 2 in 90 at high-A. Allowing Sally Leaguers to hit the ball hard is often a bad sign in terms of future opponents, who will be way better than Sally Leaguers. But there's still a lot to like in these lines - Lester, for example, was not yet a particularly impressive strikeout pitcher until he reached Sarasota, and even there he was a bit too hittable. The K/BB excellence of B'n'B is undeniable.
   2. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 18, 2006 at 01:21 PM (#2145418)
Also, that's Buchholz' final Greenville line. He makes his Carolina League debut tonight at 7.

As I've argued before, promotions should be treated by fans like us less as a topic for dispute, and more as a piece of data to add to our evaluations. When a very raw pitcher gets a promotion, it strongly suggests that he's made a lot of improvements over hte year and impressed the coaches and scouts. I'm happy about this. Hope Clay gets off on a good foot with Wilmington.
   3. PJ Martinez Posted: August 18, 2006 at 04:08 PM (#2145554)
Nice Globe piece today on Zink's recent success:

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2006/08/18/zink_refused_to_knuckle_under/

Lots of other stuff in there I haven't gotten to yet.

I didn't realize Zink was inspired to throw the knuckleball by watching none other than Tim Wakefield (when he was a pirate). I don't see him getting a September call-up unless the Sox need a spot start. But if he can keep it up, maybe he gets a tryout in ST next year.

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