Back in the saddle …

Welcome to Osprey Ticket Day! The first hour here at the MSO Hub has been exciting, with many fans coming in and enjoying the sunny day in Missoula to get their tickets for Opening Day and throughout the rest of the season. And, of course, that season is days away now – 18 from the Home Opener, 16 from the season opener.

– First, a shout-out to three former Osprey who have earned a spot in the Midwest League All-Star Game. Pitcher David Holmberg, infielder Matt Helm, and outfielder Ender Inciarte were named to the squad on Friday. More coming on this in a story next week on

Speaking of Holmberg, he threw a two-hit shutout in celebration on Friday night.

Roster Moves (or, in the words of Rube Baker, Rooster Moves …):
– Bad news for Charles Brewer, who has found his way onto the disabled list in a pair of abnormal ways this season. While trying to avoid a foul ball in the season opener at Charlotte, the Mobile right-hander, and 2009 former Osprey, bumped his head on the roof of the dugout. Several days later, Brewer developed concussion symptoms and was placed on the DL. Two days ago, during a start for the BayBears, Brewer could not get his hand out of the way of a liner fast enough, and the right (pitching) hand injury has landed him back on the DL.

– Taylor Sinclair (2008), while having a good stinit at Mobile, has been sent back down to Class A Advanced Visalia to help shore up their bullpen. Sinclair had his struggles as a starter, but is beginning to get comfortable coming out of the ‘pen, if the numbers indicate anything. While his ERA was north of 5.00 at times last season in a starter’s role, Sinclair is 2-0 with two saves and a 2.60 ERA in 19 minor-league appearances this season, plus has 36 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings pitched.

– Andrea Pizziconi (2010) has been traded in a minor-league deal to Kansas City. He was placed on the Idaho Falls roster, which is of course pending final assignments in a few days.

– Roidany Aguila (2009-10) has been sent back to Extended Spring Training after filling in for a few days at Class A Advanced Visalia. Aguila was 1-for-4 in his only appearance with the Rawhide, in a May 29 game at Bakersfield.

– Oh, the debate continues on whether or not catchers should block the plate on a play at the plate. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson offers his opinion. Also in this entry, Nick Piecoro offers a different take on who the D-backs are looking at in the first round of the MLB Draft on Monday.

– More good Piecoro pens on the draft and former Osprey. It’ll help all of us catch up over the past couple of days. And we used a good chunk of information from not only Piecoro, but from D-backs insider Steve Gilbert, as well as mock drafts from a number of folks in writing our draft preview.

Oh … Goldy Watch: Now leading MiLB in home runs – you guessed it, Paul Goldschmidt!! The 2009 Opsprey alum went 3-for-5 last night, plus was given the Bonds, er, Goldy Treatment (intentionally walked) in a key spot last night in Mobile’s 11-5 win over Mississippi.

Back to the usual fare, and some added stuff, soon. We’ll share what we will do with draft coverage on Monday’s entry.

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