- O’s on the Road to the Show
- O’s in The Show- Chase Anderson
- Draft Eve
Good morning Osprey fans!
Today #BirdDroppings brings you swoop of good news on the success of former O’s.
O’s on the Road to the Show
-The Diamondbacks have named Bradin Hagens (09) their Pitcher-of-the-Month for May. Per the Arizona release:
Hagens, 25, went 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA (8 ER in 29.0 IP) and 19 strikeouts in 5 starts in May for the BayBears. He enters June with a 4-game win streak (from May 5-present) after beginning the season without allowing an earned run in 4 games as a reliever (9.1 IP). Hagens limited the opposition to a .186 batting average (19-for-102) in May, and did not allow more than 3 earned runs in any of his 5 starts. The 2013 Southern League midseason All-Star and Mobile Player of the Month for April was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft from Merced Community College.
You can give him a follow on Twitter, too- @Bradin_Hagens16.
-Andrew Velazquez (12), a 7th round pick in the 2012 D-Back’s draft, has been streaky. But in a good way.
On May 31, Andrew Velazquez snapped a 22-game hit streak (May 5—May 30). Over that stretch, he batted .366 with a .431 on-base percentage, 34 hits and 13 extra-base hits. Velazquez entered June with an active 36-game on-base streak, dating back to April 22. He carried a .304 batting average and .387 on-base percentage over that span. He had recorded 11 triples on the season—three more than any hitter at any level of professional baseball. Velazquez ranked among Midwest League leaders in triples (1st, 11), total bases (1st, 107), runs (2nd, 42), extra-base hits (T-3rd, 24) and hits (4th, 64).
-Alex Glenn (12) owns the third-highest homerun rate in the California League with a dinger once every 15.58 at-bats.
I’ve linked his Twitter account.
-Jake Lamb (12) and teammate David Peralta had tied for the Southern League lead with 17 doubles for the Mobile BayBears.
Here’s Lamb’s tweet machine.
-21 year-old Silvino Bracho (13), Enrique Burgos, and Matt Stites and combined for 23 saves in May—each finishing in the top-8 among Minor League relievers.
It was not until May 30 that Bracho suffered his first career blown save that broke up a string of 26-straight saves to begin his minor league career.
O’s in The Show
Chase Anderson (09) pitched Arizona past Colorado last night in Denver and tallied another W to his name. In the process he became one of five MLB pitchers since 1998 to win at least his first four starts. Minus a 5th inning DJ LeMahieu homerun, the righty dazzled to move to 4-0 on the year.
6 IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 3K 1HR 3.32ERA
We’re just a little more than 30 hours away from another annual rite of passage in professional baseball with this year’s draft quickly approaching.
Zach Buchanan of AZcentral.com wrote a preview with thoughts from the Arizona front office on the draft and current farm system.
Read it here.
For those that want to preview what Arizona’s picks on the first day might look like compared to current and former Major Leaguers, here’s a nifty tool from baseball-reference.com
Thanks for cleaning up these #BirdDroppings with me, and be sure to visit http://www.missoulaosprey.com and check back here for draft coverage beginning tomorrow!
Monday April 15 is not only TAX DAY, but 66 days from Opening Day for the Missoula Osprey.
Jose Valverde finally made it to Detroit Tigers minor league camp. He seemed to do just fine in his first outing at extended spring training.
Some geese invaded the Osprey nest adjacent to Ogren Park Allegiance Field. Look for the Osprey to have some promotions around geese this year at the stadium, but a franchise name change just isn’t in the cards at the moment.
Paul Goldschmidt delivered the lone RBI and run of the game in the D-Backs 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
Houston Summers has found a new niche, post baseball on the University of North Carolina Track & Field team and he’s excelling.
Lyle Overbay has stuck with the Yankees at first base and has raised his average to .278 with a pair of homers on the early season.
Let’s head around the Diamondbacks minor league system with updates on Osprey alumni.
Here’s the information on the final five picks for the Arizona Diamondbacks in Day 2 of the 2012 MLB Draft. Rounds 16-40 will be fast and furious tomorrow, so we’ll get the info up as soon as we can …
Round 11 – Ben Eckels, RHP, Davis Senior HS/Davis, CA – R/R – 6-0, 175
Eckels went 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA as a senior, striking out 77 batters in 50 1/3 innings pitched … Pitched two shutout innings in 2012 Raley Field Baseball Showcase … Selected to pitch in 2012 Sacramento Optimists Baseball All-Star Game … Played varsity for three seasons at Davis.
Round 12 – Keith (Alex) Glenn, CF, Arizona Christian/McDonough, GA – L/L – 5-11, 185
Hit .351 with 10 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 36 RBIs for the Firestorm this past spring … Also stole 23 of 25 bases … Posted a .467 on-base and a .580 slugging percentage … Played at USC for two seasons before transferring to Arizona Christian … Was drafted in the 37th round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins … Also spent summers with the Mankato MoonDogs (Northwoods League) and Holyoke Blue Sox (NECBL), hitting .333 for the Blue Sox and helping them to the playoffs … Played in just 77 games at USC, hitting .190 with five home runs and 18 RBIs … Earned 2009 Rawlings Pre-Season All-America First-Team honors and named to the ESPN Rise Magazine All-Area First Team during his senior season … Selected to play in the East Coast Pro Showcase, and was rated as the 65th brst prospect in the nation in 2009 by Perfect Game USA.
Round 13 – Phildrick Llewellyn, C, Trinity Christian Academy/Boynton Beach, FL (Curacao) – S/R – 5-11, 180
Has signed a letter of intent to play at Florida International … A native of Curacao, was sent to Trinity Christian by his parents to give him the chance to live in the US and play baseball … Named a Rawlings Pre-Season High School All-American … Hit .373 with five home runs and 21 RBIs for the Warriors this past spring … Also stole nine bases in 11 attempts.
Round 14 – Derrick Stultz, RHP, South Florida/Tampa, FL – R/R – 6-3, 200
Posted an 18-8 record and 3.61 ERA for the Bulls in his career, which was interrupted by a shoulder injury which required surgery … Was 9-1 with a 3.29 ERA as mostly a starter for USF in 2012, logging a career-high 87 2/3 innings pitched … Earned All-Big East Second-Team honors this past spring … Allowed opponents to hit at just a .218 clip this past season … Was 4-3 with a 3.08 during his freshman season, and was named third-team All-Big East in his sophomore campaign … Selected in the 38th round by the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 MLB Draft.
Round 15 – Michael (Blake) Forslund, RHP, Liberty Univ./Lynchburg, VA – R/R – 6-4, 215
Posted a 2-2 mark with a 3.74 ERA for the Flames in 2012, making 20 appearances out of the bullpen … struck out 34 in 33.2 IP, but also walked 34 batters … Pitched at Virginia in 2009, pitching one inning … Played in the Carolina-Virginia Summer League in 2009 and earned Pitcher of the Year honors … Father attended Liberty, played football and played in the USFL … Two-time All-District and honorable mention All-State in 2008 while playing at Rustburg HS … Was 5-3 with a 0.87 ERA in 48.1 innings pitched his senior season, walking 17 but striking out 99 batters … Also played shortstop, and hit .352 with four home runs … Played football and basketball in high school.