Tuesday Lineups and roster moves

The Osprey welcome in a new player, infielder Adam McConnell, when they take the field against the Helena Brewers tonight at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. There’s more info about the moves in the notes section of today’s post (which is after the jump), but here’s a refresher on McConnell, a 29th round draft pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2012 MLB Draft. McConnell was hitting .240 in limited action with Short Season-A Yakima before the move:

Round 29 – Adam McConnell, SS, Richmond/Yorktown, VA – R/R – 6-0, 187

Previously drafted in the 30th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2011 MLB Draft … Hit .283 this past spring with six doubles, two triples, two home runs, 24 walks, 12 stolen bases, and 24 RBIs … Tied for seventh in the Atlantic 10 in runs scored (45) … Ranked fifth in program history with 64 career stolen bases … Redshirted in 2011 after sustaining a hip injury following the 2010 campaign … Hit .288 in 2010 with nine doubles, 21 stolen bases and 29 walks against 23 strikeouts … Led the team in at bats (215) and steals (21), was second in walks (29) and third in on-base percentage (.390) … Also struck out the fewest times among everyday starters (23) … Named to the Ping Baseball Freshman All-America Team and Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team … Enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons by a Richmond freshman by leading the club in hitting (.355) with a school freshman record 31 stolen bases, which was the most by a rookie in the NCAA in 2009 and tied for the third-most by a Spider in a season … Selected as a top prospect at the Perfect Game National Underclass Showcase and picked as one of the state’s top prospects by Virginia Preps … Was a First Team All-District, All-Region and All-State selection on the heels of his senior season … Batted .604 in 2008 with 19 RBIs and 25 stolen bases after batting .340 as a junior … The speedster swiped 42 bases in his final two years… Other senior-year honors included the Daily Press Player of the Year, District Player of the Year and the Tabb HS Male Athlete of the Year … Honorable Mention All-State pick as a junior … Lettered three years in both baseball and indoor track.

As the ebb and flow of minor league baseball goes, that may or may not be the last of the moves made. It’s hard to tell for certain. One thing we do know, the trade deadline passed without a whole lot of pieces moving involving former Osprey. In fact, as it stands now, only Bobby Borchering (2009) was involved in a non-waiver trade. The possibilities are not done yet, either – especially with Lyle Overbay (1999) getting designated for assignment on Monday. Rumors had a potential deal with the Cincinnati Reds, but that did not materialize before the deadline. However, we shall see what happens when Overbay likely hits the waiver wire.

Anyway, here’s the lineups and game notes for tonight’s game. O’s manager Andy Green is tonight’s pre-game show guest, as we dive in a little bit of the process of learning the game. We’re on the air tonight at 6:50, with the first pitch slated for 7:05 on AM 930 KMPT and online at MissoulaOsprey.com.

Helena Brewers
Overall: 1-1, 14-26
Manager: Jeff Isom
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
6 Michael Reed CF .258 1 15
3 Chris McFarland 2B .297 2 25
8 Alfredo Rodriguez SS .301 0 17
9 Adam Giacalone 1B .325 1 13
2 Emmanuel Quiles C .237 2 16
5 Raul Mondesi, Jr. RF .212 3 19
22 Ruben Ozuna LF .253 0 12
18 Andres Martinez 3B .281 1 4
1 Kevin Berard DH .136 0 2
26 Tyler Wagner 0-1 8.56 6-5 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 1-1, 19-21
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz SS .319 2 10
35 Evan Marzilli CF .364 0 8
18 Jake Lamb 3B .325 4 28
7 Michael Perez C .321 5 32
19 Socrates Brito RF .277 1 18
9 Danny Pulfer 2B .310 1 12
21 Breland Almadova DH .315 1 13
17 Ty Linton LF .238 4 17
39 Kyle Koeneman 1B .143 1 4
24 Ross Gerdeman 2-2 4.57 8-7 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Clinton Vondraic
First Base Mitchell Morgan
The Skinny:
The Osprey  close out their two-game series with Helena, and their five-game homestand, with Halloween in July tonight at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.

Last Time Out:
The Missoula Osprey nearly rallied all the way back from a four-run deficit, but the Helena Brewers held on for a 5-4 win on Monday here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field in front of 2,226 fans. The Osprey fell behind 4-0 before they could get to the plate, as the Brewers jumped on Missoula starter Jared Ray (1-4) with a four-run uprising in their first at-bat. Breland Almadova would bring home the first Missoula run with a sacrifice fly, but Helena scratched across a run in the top of the sixth to push their lead to 5-1. The Osprey would mount a furious rally in the bottom of the eighth. Almadova led off the inning with a walk, Ty Linton singled and, after Tyler Bream grounded into a fielder’s choice, John Leonard hit a RBI single to shallow right field to score Almadova. After Evan Marzilli singled to load the bases, Michael Perez delivered a two-out, two-run single to pull the Osprey within 5-4. Socrates Brito then grounded out to end the inning. In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Osprey managed to get a runner to second base, but could not score, as right-hander Michael White closed out the game for the Brewers. Ray allowed all five runs – four earned – on six hits and three walks while striking out seven batters in six innings of work. Chris Thomas and Justin Thompson combined to keep the Brewers off the scoreboard over the final three innings of the game. The Osprey had just six hits on the night, two of which were by Linton.

O’s make roster moves:
The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced a series of roster moves involving the Osprey. Three players – first baseman Rudy Flores, infielder John Leonard and outfielder Justin Bianco – have been transferred to the Arizona League D-backs, while infielder Adam McConnell has been transferred from SS-A Yakima to Missoula. McConnell, the D-backs 29th round draft pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, hit .240 in seven games for the Bears, with a double and two runs scored. McConnell can play second base, shortstop or third base, and has played all three positions already this season with the Bears.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Ross Gerdeman to the hill as he looks to build on his starts from the South swing through Grand Junction and Orem. In three starts against those teams, Gerdeman (2-2, 4.57) was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA, allowing no more than three runs (or two earned) in either of those three starts, including holding the Owlz to one run on five hits, two walks and a hit batsman in six innings of work, while striking out five batters in a win at Orem in his last start. Gerdeman will be making his ninth appearance, and eighth start, of the season – as a starter, Gerdeman is 2-1 with a 3.99 ERA.

The Brewers will counter tonight with right-hander Tyler Wagner, who is looking to pitch better than he did in his first start at Ogren Park Allegiance Field this season. Wagner (0-1, 8.56) was the starter on June 27, the night when the Osprey scored 20 runs against the Brewers.  Wagner will be making his third start away from Helena, and is 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA in those two outings. However, Wagner has also only allowed six earned runs in the month of July, in four starts, spanning 9 2/3 innings pitched. In his last outing against Missoula, in a relief effort at Kindrick Legion Field, Wagner logged a scoreless fifth inning.

Pitching Probables
Wednesday, August 1
MIS RHP Chris Pack (3-1, 4.47) vs. GF RHP Andrew Virgili (1-1, 5.67)

Thursday, August 2
MIS RHP Karl Triana (3-3, 4.71) vs. GF Pitcher TBA

 Friday, August 3
MIS RHP Yoimer Camacho (0-3, 4.71) vs. GF Pitcher TBA

Saturday, August 4
MIS RHP Jared Ray (1-3, 3.89) vs. HEL RHP Leonard Lorenzo (1-3, 4.18)

Peanut Inning Tally:
The Osprey have been pretty proficient at giving away peanuts during the peanut inning this season. The proof:

In Peanut Inning (Bottom of 6th at home):
10-21 (.476)

Other Innings:
51-166 (.307)

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

L1

Extra Innings:

3-2

Team Hitting:

.282

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

13-4

PL Rank:

3rd

Second Half:

1-1

Tied After 5:

5-2

Team Pitching:

4.32

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

1-15

PL Rank:

2nd

July:

12-15

One-run games:

4-6

Longest Winning Streak:

3 games

August:

0-0

Two-run games:

2-3

Longest Losing Streak

6 games

September:

0-0

Three-run games:

4-1

HR total at home:

9

Score First:

12-8

+3-run games:

9-11

Pitching K total:

324

Score Last:

8-5

Shutout Record:

1-2

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.14

D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: We will keep you up to date as the season rolls along on the former Osprey playing in the AZL.

 

Record: 14-15
 
DSL D-backs Update: The DSL D-backs are a half-game ahead of the DSL Rockies for first in the Baseball City Division.

 

Record: 28-19
 
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: The Bears had Monday off.
Record: 3-3, 24-20
Next: vs. Tri-City
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Chris Ellison (2011) had his second straight three-hit night, while Tom Belza (2011) had two hits, including a home run and four RBIs in a tough, 9-8 loss to Lansing on Monday. Eric Groff (2010-11) and Raul Navarro (2010) each had a hit and a RBI, while Matt Helm (2009-10) and Roidany Aguila (2009-11) each added a hit and a run scored. Kable Hogben (2009) pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

UPDATE: Belza had another two hits, but the Silver Hawks lost on Tuesday to Fort Wayne, 3-2. Belza drove in a run, while Ryan Court (2011), Helm and Ellison added base hits. 2011 Osprey teammates Frank Santana and Matt Sample combined for three shutout innings of relief.

Record: 18-19, 53-54
Next: vs. Fort Wayne
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Taylor Siemens (2011) pitched seven solid innings and struck out eight batters, while Ender Inciarte (2009) had three hits as the Rawhide rolled past the JetHawks, 11-4. Siemens went seven innings allowing three runs – none earned – while scattering four hits. Keon Broxton (2009) added two hits, including a home run, while Jon Griffin (2011) added a base hit, a RBI and two runs scored. Jeremy Erben (2010) pitched the ninth to close out the game.
Record: 19-18, 50-57
Next: vs. Modesto, with Bradin Hagens (2009) getting the start for the Rwhide
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: The BayBears had their game rained out with the Suns on Monday. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday at Hank Aaron Stadium.
Record: 14-22, 54-52
Next: vs. Jacksonville (DH)
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Adam Eaton (2010) had four hits, including a double and a two-run, inside-the-park home run, as the Aces knocked off Sacramento, 9-7. Charles Brewer (2009) allowed just three runs on eight hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings pitched, striking out five to get the win on the mound, improving to 7-6 on the season. Taylor Harbin (2007) drove in a pair of runs, while Jake Elmore (2008) drew three walks and scored a run.
Record: 65-45
Next: vs. Sacramento

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .292 BA, 14 HR, 51 RBI, .886 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .290 BA, 6 HR, 30 RBI, .784 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .284 BA, 11 HR, 58 RBI, .832 OPS Lyle Overbay (1999)* .292 BA, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .815 OPS

TEAM: 51-51, 3rd in NL West, 3.5 GB … 6.5 GB in wildcard

*-Overbay was designated for assignment on Monday.

 

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