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So of the former Osprey, Who’s Next??

by Ben Catley
87 days until Opening Night

It’s that time of the year, where, since the Bird Droppings blog was born, I have stuck my neck out and attempted to predict who would be the next Osprey to make their Major League debuts.

While I was gathering the information and trying to make my mind up on whom they could be … I came up with two questions:

  1. How many of the players that I have mentioned have actually made it to the Major Leagues?
  2. What Osprey year has the most Major Leaguers? (OK, so this was VP/GM Jeff Griffin’s question … it was a great one to ask!) (more…)

Bianco, BirdWire and the latest from around the farm …

by Ben Catley

OK, so after I had this all written, and set to post at a certain time, it would be helpful to not to change the year. Better late than never, I guess. So now that I have figured that out … let’s not hide all of this until next year, shall we. Especially this part …

36 days until Opening Night at home, 32 days until Opening Day in Billings (more…)

Friday the 13th …

by Ben Catley

So it’s a Friday the 13th. Makes me wonder where Jason is … oh, wait, that was a movie, right?? Of course, right now, Saturday the 14th (at least this time around) may be a little more intimidating, but that is another story for another day on another blog.

Right now, though, it looks as if hitters in the Midwest League and California League have discovered pitchers that are their new nightmares – Archie Bradley and Andrew Chafin.

The pair of 2011 Osprey alums have been dominant in each of their first two outings. Bradley picked up his first win of his career in his latest outing, a 3-1 South Bend win over Fort Wayne. Bradley has allowed just two runs in his first 11 innings with the Silver Hawks.

Chafin, meanwhile, was even more dominant, allowing just three hits and a walk while fanning nine in his first home start.

Two of the top three picks from the 2011 draft continue to impress, and one of them would be moving on up when a spot opens up for them. Question is … which one? And will any of them be sent to Triple-A before making it to the Major Leagues?

There is room for improvement, too, since they haven’t done a Dylan Bundy … yet. Although Chafin is close, six perfect frames is pretty darn good.

On to the rest of the news:

– The Cincinnati Reds have officially ended their time with left-handed pitcher Clay Zavada (2006).

– I was wondering when people would jump off of the Jose Valverde (2000) Save Machine bandwagon, but at the same time, now that he has begun a new streak, how many jumped right back on??

– It looks like Carlos Gonzalez (2003) is starting to warm up … and he may be poised to go all sorts of 2010 on the Major Leagues this season.

Osprey Alumni Minor League Update:
Triple-A Reno (3-5): It could be said that the biggest surprise from the former Osprey standpoint is infielder Jake Elmore (2008), who is hitting .333 with two doubles, an RBI, and two stolen bases. Right now, the other three former Osprey on the Aces roster are struggling – infielder Taylor Harbin (2007) is hitting below .200, while pitchers Tom Layne (2007) and Daniel Stange (2006) have had rough outings.

Double-A Mobile (6-2): In this week’s Under the Radar spotlight is former Osprey starter Derek Eitel (2010), who is the “other” starter … the one who hasn’t received all of the hype. Although Eitel is beginning to show that he may be worthy of some attention. He has allowed just three runs in his first two starts, spanning nine innings of work, while scattering 12 hits and four walks and adding seven strikeouts to the mix. It also helps when you have offense getting your runs, too. Speaking of offense – David Nick (2009) remains red hot, hitting .455 with three doubles, three RBIs and two steals in the first eight games of the season.

Class A Advanced Visalia (5-2): I think former Osprey coach Jason Hardtke (2009-10) is in good shape right now. His top two hitters? Former Osprey first baseman Jonathan Griffin (2011), who is hitting .400, and Mr. Steady himself, Raywilly Gomez (2009), who is right on Griffin’s heels with a .393 batting average. Griffin, though, has an OPS of 1.204 in the first seven games.

Class A South Bend (4-3): Test – Which former Osprey has the better ERA after two starts for the Silver Hawks, Archie Bradley (2011) or Jeff Shields (2010)?? It’s not like either of them are bad, but Bradley’s ERA is at 1.64 … while Shields has posted a 1.50 ERA in two starts. Something else – Shields had a “work on this pitch” start on Thursday, and the opponents, the Dayton Dragons (a bunch of the 2010 and 2011 Billings Mustangs) struggled with the High-80s sinker thrown by Shields. And he threw it – a lot. Better to talk about Shields and other former Osprey pitchers, like Taylor Siemens (2011), Seth Simmons (2011), Kable Hogben (2009), DJ Johnson (2011) and Jesse Darrah (2011), all whom have yet to allow a run this season. Click on Johnson for more on his last outing, which a blogger raved about. And outside of Matt Helm (2009-10), who is hitting .296 with five RBIs … the offense has a long way to go – six former Osprey are hitting below .200, and infielder Josh Parr (2011) is right at the Mendoza line. Despite that, the Hawks are above .500 earlier than normal.

More to the story … former Osprey abound

Just about all of these are now confirmed … the list of former Osprey out of the D-backs organization, but still playing baseball. This is the minor-league list … those players on 25-man Major League rosters will be announced in a press release on Friday, and on here.

John Hester (2006) – Norfolk (Baltimore)
Wilkin Castillo (2004)  – Colorado Springs (Colorado)
Hector Ambriz (2006) – Columbus (Cleveland)
Danny Perales (2005) – Las Vegas (Toronto)
Jerry Gil (2000) – Las Vegas (Toronto)
Esmerling Vasquez (2004) – Rochester (Minnesota)
Pedro Ciriaco (2005) – Pawtaucket (Boston)
Jarrod Parker (2007) – Sacramento (Oakland)
Bryan Augenstein (2007) – Durham (Tampa Bay)

Ryan Robowski (2009) – Erie (Detroit)
Adam Worthington (2009) – Reading (Philadelphia) – on DL

Class A Advanced
Kevin Eichhorn (2008-10) – Lakeland (Detroit)

Class A
Scottie Allen (2009) – Charleston (NY Yankees)

Two names we’re still working on are Clay Zavada (2006), who was in camp with the Cincinnati Reds, and Evan Scribner (2007), who was in camp with the Oakland A’s. With the addition to the list of Augenstein, we’re at 13 that we have found so far. Still waiting on a couple of rosters to update … and, of course, we’ll keep track as much as possible.

MLB Spring Training Attendees

Here’s the list of former Missoula Osprey players whom will be in Major League Spring Training camps later this month, by team (non-roster invitees are listed in italics, Osprey seasons in parenthesis) … you can also read the whole story here:

Arizona Diamondbacks (11): RHP Charles Brewer (2009), C Rossmel Perez (2007), IF Chris Owings (2009), IF Rusty Ryal (2005), OF Adam Eaton (2010), C Miguel Montero (2002-03), RHP Yonata Ortega (2007), RHP Bryan Shaw (2008), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (2009), 1B Lyle Overbay (1999), OF Gerardo Parra (2006).

Colorado Rockies (3): LHP Jorge De La Rosa (1999), OF Carlos Gonzalez (2003), C Wilkin Castillo (2002).

Oakland A’s (3): RHP Evan Scribner (2007), LHP Jordan Norberto (2006), RHP Jarrod Parker (2007).

Detroit Tigers (2): RHP Jose Valverde (2000), LHP Daniel Schlereth (2008)

Toronto Blue Jays (2): RHP Sergio Santos (2003), RHP Jerry Gil (2000)

Boston Red Sox (1): IF Pedro Ciriaco (2005)

Cleveland Indians (1): RHP Hector Ambriz (2006)

Cincinnati Reds (1): LHP Clay Zavada (2006)

Minnesota Twins (1): RHP Esmerling Vasquez (2004)

Miami Marlins (1): IF Emilio Bonifacio (2003)

New York Mets (1): OF Scott Hairston (2001)

Congrats to the BayBears!

This note just posted on the Missoula Osprey page on Facebook:

Congrats to Double-A Mobile, who won the Southern League crown today. The BayBears include several former Osprey, including Adam Eaton (2010), Charles Brewer (2009), Jarrod Parker (2007), Taylor Harbin (2007), Jake Elmore (2008), Ollie Linton (2008), Bryan Henry (2007), Clay Zavada (2006), Yonata Ortega (2007), Kyle Greene (2008) and hitting coach Alan Zinter (2008). Paul Goldschmidt (2009) was also on that squad before his promotion to the D-backs.

The Mobile BayBears won a 6-4 decision over the Tennessee Smokies to take their first Southern League crown since 2004, winning the series in four games.

Seeing some of the celebration pics … well, I could get all sorts of critical and point out a lack of, um, thought in the picture taking, because, after all, it’s in the clubhouse, and guys don’t necessarily care if cameras are in there or not. (Now the subject of the column, definitely good.) I think I was also struck a bit by the amount of hair on Ollie Linton’s head, but that is a story for a different day …

I do want to point out the trophy pic (at the top of the story), however, which is surrounded by, clockwise from Noon, Taylor Harbin, Jake Elmore, Adam Eaton and the before-mentioned Linton (to the left of the trophy). Yes, you will have to click on it to see it, or … well, we’ll try to post the pic a little later.

Anyway, Goldy celebrated with a two-hit, three-RBI day in the D-backs’ 5-1 win at San Diego.


Game notes for July 25

Off the top … OF Breland Brown is in good spirits, but sore after getting hit in the face by a pitch during Sunday’s game against Casper. The good news is that there were no broken bones, but Brown’s cheek and eye remain swollen, and will be for a few days.

OK, now to the rest of the story …

The Skinny:
The Osprey, who have won four in a row, six of seven and seven of their last eight at home, begin a three-game series with the suddenly red-hot Idaho Falls Chukars, who have won three straight and four of their last five games. The Osprey also will attempt to reduce their magic number to clinch a Pioneer League playoff berth, which currently stands at two over Billings and one over Great Falls.

Last Time Out:
Josh Parr had three hits, Eric Groff hit his second home run in as many nights, and Justin Bianco collected two hits and three RBIs as the Missoula Osprey knocked off the Casper Ghosts on Sunday, 7-4, before 2,323 fans at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. Stephen Cardullo also had two hits for Missoula, who collected 12 safeties on the night. The Osprey jumped out to a 6-0 lead behind the pitching of Jesse Darrah (2-0), who allowed just three hits and three walks in six innings of work, striking out eight batters in the process. Osprey pitchers fanned 12 batters on the night, and have struck out 28 batters in the past two games. Casper (9-24) would rally against the Missoula bullpen, getting a run off of Frank Santana in the eighth and then three more in the ninth off of Matt Sample – the first earned runs he had allowed all season – but could not pull off any more dramatics, dropping their sixth straight game overall.

The streak continues … :
Eric Groff extended his current hitting streak to 12 straight games in style, again, hitting a second-inning home run to get the Osprey on the board. During the 12-game streak, Groff is 21-for-49 at the plate (.429), with five doubles, a triple, six home runs and 15 RBIs. Groff has also collected six multi-hit games during what is now his longest career hitting streak. Groff put together a 10-game streak from June 23-July 6 earlier this season. Groff, in fact, as collected at least one base hit in 24 of the 28 games he has played this season, and currently also has a 14-game road hitting streak.

The Osprey remain tied with Ogden for the Pioneer League’s best record with the win. Both teams are 21-12, and both beat Casper seven times in the first half of the season … Missoula also now leads the league in home runs, with 42 roundtrippers on the season … The Osprey pitching staff also leads the Pioneer League in strikeouts (342). Idaho Falls is second (316).

On the Mound Today:
Missoula will send out left-hander Taylor Siemens, to the mound as they look to clinch at least a tie for the Pioneer League North Division First-Half title. Siemens (2-0, 1.99) has been very effective as a starter – posting a 2-0 record with a 1.56 ERA in his four prior starts this season – and okay as a reliever (3.38 ERA in two relief outings, including one against Idaho Falls). In July, Siemens has been better than that – 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA, with all four runs (three earned) charged to him coming as a reliever. The Chukars counter tonight with a left-hander of their own in Brian Peacock, who has been a Jeckyl-and-Hyde pitcher against the Osprey in his two Pioneer League seasons. At home, he had a run of 10 consecutive no-hit innings against Missoula, which lasted until the fifth inning of his win on July 19. At Ogren Park Allegiance Field, Peacock (1-3, 1 save, 4.41) allowed four runs and 12 hits in five innings of work in his lone start in Missoula in 2010.

A Club First:
Sunday’s win enabled the Osprey to sweep not only the four-game series with the Ghosts, but the season series as well. It’s the first time since the franchise moved to Missoula in 1999 that they have swept an opponent in an entire season series. They had previously lost just once to an opponent in a season – to Casper in 2005 (6-1), and to Medicine Hat in 2001 (15-1).

Coming Soon:
Tuesday – Bike to the Ballpark, KRAFT Singles Tuesday Night Tickets
Wednesday – Bang For Your Buck Night, Senior Wednesday, Game Show Night

Osprey Alumni Update/Minor League Report:
The AZL D-backs (10-17) lost in a rain-shortened game to the AZL Dodgers on Sunday, 5-3. Domingo Soriano (2010) went 1 for-3 at the plate, raising his batting average for the season to .242.

The DSL D-backs (17-30) had Sunday off.

Yakima (13-24) lost on Sunday to Tri-City, 10-4. Teo Guiterrez (2010) struggled in the start, allowing eight runs on nine hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings. David Narodowski (2009) homered, while Henry Zabala (2009) and Raul Navarro (2010) also collected base hits for the Bears.

South Bend (12-17, 46-52) dropped a 7-5 decision to the Kane County Cougars on Sunday. Chris Jarrett (2010) led the Silver Hawks at the plate with two hits and two runs scored, while Patrick Schuster (2009-10) had his best relief stint since being moved into the bullpen – 4 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K – and lowered his ERA to 3.54 for the season.

Visalia (12-19, 43-57) lost a pair to San Jose on Sunday, 7-3 and 5-0. David Nick (2009) hit a solo home run, while Keon Broxton (2009) had a base hit and a run scored in the opener. In the nightcap, Chris Owings (2009) and Bobby Borchering (2009) each had a single, while Taylor Sinclair (2008) pitched two innings of scoreless relief.

Mobile (22-8, 60-40) lost a 2-1, 10-inning decision to Birmingham on Sunday. Jarrod Parker (2007) pitched a solid game, allowing just a run on four hits while striking out four batters in six innings of work. Clay Zavada (2006) pitched around two hits and a walk to finish off a scoreless seventh inning. Paul Goldschmidt (2009) (single, double, stolen base) and Jake Elmore (2008) (two doubles) each had two hits for the BayBears. By the way, Goldy’s 29th home run of the season, which he hit on Saturday, set a new Mobile franchise record for roundtrippers in a season.

Reno (61-40) dropped an 11-10, 11-inning contest to Sacramento on Sunday.  Esmerling Vasquez (2004) allowed the first two batters to reach in the bottom of the 11th after 2 1/3 solid innings of relief. Jordan Norberto (2006) then came on and, after getting a strikeout, allowing a walk and inducing a force out, surrendered a base hit for the walk-off setback.

AAA Reno at Sacramento – Tom Layne (2007) gets the start for the Aces.
AA Mobile – off-day
A Adv. Visalia at San Jose
A South Bend vs. Kane County
SS-A Yakima vs. Tri-City
AZL D-backs vs. AZL Padres
DSL D-backs vs. DSL Twins

July 10 – lineups, notes and things

Welcome to the first Sunday home game of the season .. the Osprey and Billings Mustangs to go at it beginning at 5 p.m. We’re on at 4:50 on AM 930, KMPT locally, and online at

Starting Lineups first, then to the notes of the day:

Billings Mustangs
Overall Record: 11-9
Manager: Pat Kelly
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
6 Kurtis Muller CF .279 1 8
23 Juan Silva LF .238 0 3
11 Devin Lohman SS .288 3 11
16 Robert Maddox 1B .242 4 9
39 Sean Buckley DH .333 5 12
15 Kyle Waldrop RF .260 0 9
23 Junior Arias 3B .176 0 5
34 Nick O’Shea C .302 2 4
4 Sammy Diaz 2B .275 0 6
27 Wes Mugarian RHP
Missoula Osprey
Overall Record: 11-9
Manager: Hector De La Cruz
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
30 Chris Ellison RF .307 3 12
14 Josh Parr SS .275 2 10
19 Ryan Court 3B .247 2 10
35 Jon Griffin 1B .273 2 12
11 Tom Belza 2B .388 1 5
38 Stephen Cardullo LF .327 2 12
23 Fidel Pena DH .288 1 11
24 Roidany Aguila C .260 3 10
18 Justin Bianco CF .216 1 6
37 Robby Rowland RHP
Tonight’s Starting Pitchers:
Billings Mustangs W-L ERA G-GS IP H R ER BB K HRA Avg.
Wes Mugarian 1-2 5.85 4-4 20.0 24 17 13 9 25 4 .293
Missoula Osprey W-L ERA G-GS IP H R ER BB K HRA Avg.
Robby Rowland 0-1 6.75 3-3 13.1 23 12 10 2 9 3 .383

Now to the game notes:
The Skinny: The Osprey – winners of seven of their last 10 games – used a pair of big innings to beat the Mustangs and jump into a first-place tie atop the Pioneer League’s North Division. It was the first win for Missoula over Billings at home this season, and it tied the season series at three games apiece, with two more games between the two teams in the first half.

Last Time Out: Read the game story here.

Tidbits: Justin Bianco entered Saturday’s game just 2-for-18 against left-handed pitching, but went 1-for-2 with two RBIs against Billings left-hander Ismael Guillon … Chris Ellison’s 2-for-2 night lifted his batting average to .307, while his two walks (giving him a Pioneer League-leading 16) moved his on-base percentage to .424. Teammate Stephen Cardullo ranks second in the PL in that category (.460) … With his eighth appearance of the season on Saturday, Frank Santana moved into the lead in two categories – appearances as well as being tied for the lead in saves (Helena’s Alan Williams also has three) … With his start on Saturday, Raymond Hernandez now ranks second in the Pioneer League in Earned Run Average (2.00).

On the Mound Today: Missoula will send out right-hander Robby Rowland as he looks to build on his last outing, which ended up an Osprey victory.  Rowland (0-1, 6.75) did allow five runs (four earned) in five innings of work, but left the game with the lead on Tuesday in Helena. Rowland has allowed opponents to hit at a .383 clip this season, but he has also surrendered just two walks in 13 1/3 innings pitched. This will be his first start against Billings this season. The Mustangs will counter with right-hander
Wes Mugarian, who will be making his first start against the Osprey this season. Mugarian (1-2, 5.85), a 5th-round selection by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 MLB Draft, was solid in his last outing, scattering four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, while allowing just two runs and collecting six strikeouts in a win at Great Falls on Tuesday. In his first three starts of the season, he posted an 0-2 record and a 6.91 ERA. In 20 innings pitched, however, Mugarian has collected 25 strikeouts.

Did you Know?: The best defensive team in Osprey history played in their last Pioneer League Championship season, in 2006. That team led the PL with a .969 fielding percentage. Good “D” doesn’t always mean titles – the 1999 PL Championship squad had a .942 fielding percentage.

Osprey Alumni Update/Minor League Report:
The AZL D-backs (6-10) lost to the AZL Rangers, 9-4, to drop their fifth in a row, while the DSL D-backs (12-22) beat the DSL White Sox, 4-1.

Yakima (7-16) fell again by a run, this time at Eugene, 7-6. The Bears allowed just five hits and only three earned runs in the setback. Kable Hogben (2009) lowered his ERA to 0.53 with two more shutout innings of relief, Henry Zabala (2009) had two hits, and David Narodowski (2009) had two runs scored without a hit – he collected three walks.

South Bend (5-11, 39-46) lost to Dayton, 4-1. Raywilly Gomez (2009) had two hits, while Roberto Rodriguez (2010) added
a base hit for the Silver Hawks. Jeff Shields (2010) pitched well enough to win, allowing just two earned runs in seven innings of work, but the Hawks’ defense committed four errors in the loss – including two by Shields. Jeremy Erben (2010) pitched a solid inning of relief.

Visalia (10-7, 41-45) took a 7-4 decision from Lake Elsinore. Keon Broxton (2009) had two hits in three trips, plus a walk, and two stolen bases, while David Nick (2009) and Rossmel Perez (2008) each added a base hit. Diogenes Rosario (2009) pitched seven solid innings for the win, and Mike Belfiore (2009) struggled in the ninth, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks, but also struck out two and held on to finish off the game.

Mobile (13-4, 51-36) had no problem playing without Paul Goldschmidt (2009) – away from the team to play in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday – and rapped out 18 hits in a 10-4 win over Mississippi. Tom Layne (2007) picked up the win with seven solid innings, and helped his own cause with a run-scoring double. Taylor Harbin (2007) had three hits, while Adam Eaton (2010) set the trend with a leadoff home run, kick-starting a six-run first inning. Eaton added a triple, scored twice and plated a pair of runs. The BayBears are 8-0 since Eaton was added to the roster. Clay Zavada (2006) allowed a run in two innings of relief work, with two strikeouts.

Reno (52-36) beat Tacoma, 14-5. Jordan Norberto (2006) pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing a hit and two walks while striking out three batters.

AAA Reno at Tacoma
AA Mobile vs. Mississippi
A Adv. Visalia at Lake Elsinore – Eric Smith (2009) gets the start for the Rawhide.
A South Bend at Dayton – Bradin Hagens (2009) makes the start for the Silver Hawks.
SS-A Yakima at Eugene
AZL D-backs – off day
DSL D-backs – off day

Moving days …

 There are 27 days before Opening Night, 25 days before the 2011 season begins in Helena, and more boxes to move. Yup, the Osprey Team Store and offices will be part of the MSO Hub, which opens on June 1.

– Good news from the injury front – the D-backs removed outfielder Roberto Rodriguez (2010) from the 7-day disabled list late Wednesday. R-Rod should be back in the South Bend lineup tonight when the Silver Hawks play a pair against Lake County.

– Notes from the former Osprey who played in Arizona’s 2-1 win over Colorado:
Miguel Montero (2002-03) had an 0-for-3 day at the plate, with a walk … Gerardo Parra (2006) was 0-for-4 (and he is 0-for-the-series) … and Carlos Gonzalez (2003) was 1-for-4.

– Former Osprey relief pitcher Jose Valverde (2000) continues to make his mark in the Detroit community.

– Speaking of relievers, a converted one, Jerry Gil (2000), managed to shut the door for Triple-A Louisville last night in a win.

– Lyle Overbay’s struggles continue at the plate, and the 1999 Osprey alum is trying to get back to where he was in Spring Training. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle gives his assessment.

– There is some convergence of former Osprey in this article, namely left-hander Greg Smith (2005) and catcher Javier Brito (2003-04).

Minor League Update

– Triple-A Reno: The Aces took care of Round Rock on Wednesday, 7-2. Bryan Shaw (2008) pitched a scoreless inning and struck out a batter in the win.

– Double-A Mobile: The BayBears were scheduled to play 14 innings in two games on Wednesday … and instead managed to get in 25. The lidlifter of the doubleheader went very well – an 8-0 win featuring Paul Goldschmidt’s 16th home run of the season (and two hits). Ollie Linton (2008) added three hits and a RBI, Taylor Harbin (2007) had a 1-for-3 game, and Jake Elmore (2008) posted as close to a perfect line that you can with one hit – he also hit a sacrifice fly, was hit by a pitch and scored a run in one official trip to the plate.

Game 2 – wow, 18 innings, and a 5-4 BayBears win that featured three position players pitching (two Osprey – one has before, the other made his debut), one pitcher playing a position, three innings in which both teams scored a run (the 12th, 13th and 14th innings), and, finally, the game-winning run scores on an error with two out in the bottom of the 18th. Oddly enough, former Osprey surrendered the three extra-inning runs – two by Elmore, one from Clay Zavada (2006). Bryan Henry (2007) was solid, allowing one run on four hits and two walks in five innings of work, with six strikeouts. At the plate, Linton went 3-for-7, Goldy was 2-for-7, and Kyle Greene (2008) went 2-for-8 with an RBI.

– Class A Advanced Visalia: The Rawhide lost a 14-12 slugfest to Stockton on Wednesday. The Ports overcame a 12-7 deficit with a seven-run top of the 8th, the final three runs surrendered by Victor Capellan (2009), who took the loss. Trevor Harden (2008) struggled, allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits and five walks in 6 2/3 innings. Adam Worthington (2009) pitched a scoreless ninth. At the plate, both David Nick (2009) and Chris Owings (2009) had four hits and a RBI each, Rossmel Perez (2008) had two hits and a run scored, while Adam Eaton (2010) and Bobby Borchering (2009) each drove in runs.

– Class A South Bend: The game schedule for Wednesday with Lake County was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.

Today’s games (and Osprey probables):
AAA Reno (28-19) at Round Rock
AA Mobile (25-20) vs. Jackson – Jarrod Parker (2007) is scheduled to make the start tonight.
A Adv. Visalia (21-25) vs. Stockton
A South Bend (22-24) vs. Lake County – Bradin Hagens (2009) gets the Game 1 start, while JR Bradley (2010) will go in Game 2

Pinch yourself, it is six in a row

OK, 30 days before the home opener, 28 days before the season opener and not much longer before the Osprey office will be fully moved into their new location at the new MSO Hub. And after the first sneak peek, it looks awesome.

– Just in case you missed it, the D-backs have won six games in a row. It’s their longest win streak since the 2008 season. If they want to make it seven straight, they will have to get it done against Jorge De La Rosa (1999), Carlos Gonzalez (2003) and the Colorado Rockies. They’ll play two on Tuesday.

Great story on Paul Goldschmidt (2009) courtesy of Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Note the headline. There’s also some interesting nuggets in this blog entry from that story – extras that Nick could not work into the original piece.

– Here’s the weekend minors update from AZ SnakePit – Saturday offered another Goldschmidt tater (he now has 15), and Friday’s includes a good night for the former Osprey with the Rawhide.

– Over the weekend, the D-backs made some moves in the minor leagues involving former Osprey players … one of them was promoting closer Bryan Shaw (2008) to Triple-A Reno, to fill the roster spot for DL’d Jordan Norberto (2006). To take Shaw’s place on the Double-A Mobile roster, left-hander Taylor Sinclair (2008) was promoted from Class A Advanced Visalia. And, in an expected move, right-hander Enrique Burgos (2009) was sent back to Extended Spring Training, as lefty Tyler Green came off of South Bend’s disabled list.

– The Pittsburgh Pirates also made a move over the weekend involving a former Osprey … infielder Pedro Ciriaco (2005) is back with the club, as third-baseman Pedro Alvarez was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Ciriaco’s promotion is a bit of a surprise, since he was only hitting .190 in 36 games with Triple-A Indianapolis, but the Pirates, at the moment, may need his versatility more than anything, since he can play any position other than pitcher or catcher.

– Speaking of the Pirates, more on Lyle Overbay’s season to date is here, and let’s hope that he has found that part of his swing that didn’t come north from Florida with the rest of him after Spring Training ended.

– Former Osprey catcher JD Closser (1999) went 2-for-8 in two games for the Albuquerque Isotopes (LA DOdgers) in their recent four-game series with Reno. Closser hit a two-run homer in Friday’s game, then added a single on Saturday. Closser is hitting .292 for the season, with four home runs and 18 RBIs.

Minor League Update:

– Triple-A Reno: The Aces dropped a 3-1 decision on Sunday at Albuquerque. Tom Layne (2007) pitched an inning, and allowed a run on two hits for the Aces.

– Double-A Mobile: The BayBears dropped their fourth straight game on Sunday, a 4-2 setback to the Tennessee Smokies. Charles Brewer (2009) allowed just a run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched, but the bullpen could not hold a slim 2-1 lead. Clay Zavada (2006) also allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the eighth inning. At the plate, both Ollie Linton (2008) and Goldschmidt had a base hit apiece, while Taylor Harbin (2007) went 0-for-2 with two walks.

– Class A Advanced Visalia: Well, Eric Smith (2009) had one of his better starts working, until the sixth inning. That’s when the High Desert Mavericks managed to get to Smith, scoring seven runs off of the right-hander in a 9-4 Rawhide setback on Sunday. Bobby Borchering (2009) had two hits and a RBI, Adam Eaton (2010) had a double and two RBIs, Chris Owings (2009) doubled, stole a base and scored twice, while Keon Broxton (2009) also had a hit and a steal. David Nick (2009) added a base hit and a run scored for the Rawhide.

– Class A South Bend: David Holmberg (2010) struggled in his start, but it enabled Keith Cantwell (2009) to pick up his first win as a SilverHawk, as South Bend outscored Great Lakes, 10-7, on Sunday. Cantwell scattered four hits while allowing a run and collecting a pair of strikeouts in the win. Matt Helm (2009-10) had two hits and three RBIs, while Ramon Castillo (2009) collected a hit and two RBIs. Roberto Rodriguez (2010) chipped in with a double and two runs scored.

Today’s games (and Osprey probables):
AAA Reno (26-18) at Round Rock.
AA Mobile (23-19) at Tennessee.
A Adv. Visalia (20-24) is currently playing (as of 2 p.m.) against High Desert. Derek Eitel (2010) gets the start for the Rawhide.
A South Bend (20-24) at Great Lakes – Jeff Shields (2010) gets the call for the Hawks

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