Sunday, June 20, 2010

Always A Tiger: AAA Edition

Like many of you, I get attached to the millionaires playing baseball on my TV screen for the Tigers. And I like to keep tabs on them when they move on to other teams. But one thing I haven't done on here is look through the AAA leagues at some guys that played for us and are trying to make it back to the show. So here's some ex-Tigers that I found playing in AAA ball and what they've done this year. Mud Hen guys aren't included.

International League


Position Players
Mike Hessman, BUF, .287, 18, 57, .985 OPS
Jacque Jones, ROC, .315, 1, 14, .777
Dane Sardinha, LHV, .254, 4, 20, .678
Brent Clevlen, GWN, .259, 1, 14, .761
Matt Joyce, DUR, .324, 2, 11, .970
Josh Anderson, GWN, .125, 0, 0, .310

Pitchers
Freddy Dolsi, CHA, 1-2, 4.54 ERA, 1.54 WHIP
Wilfredo Ledezma, IND, 0-1, 1.50, 1.13
Virgil Vasquez, DUR, 2-0, 5.28, 1.24
Mike Maroth, ROC, 0-2, 1.64, 1.36

Notes: I wish someone would overlook Hessman's early-30's age and give him a shot. The guy has freakish strength and did well in the majors the last time the Tigers gave him a look. In fact, I wish we would have gave him a shot last season at 3B when Brandon's knees were falling apart. As it stands, I believe he is the current leader in career minor league homers, at least among active players. Also, it's good to see that Mike Maroth is still alive. Poor guy was a sacrificial lamb for us. And Dane Sardinha is the only player I dislike more than Don Kelly.

Pacific Coast League

Position Players
Chris Shelton, RR, .291, 8, 31, .829
Jack Hannahan, TAC, .217, 3, 21, .644
Dusty Ryan, POR, .123, 4, 11, .488
Eric Munson, POR, .201, 7, 20, .732
Timo Perez, ALB, .297, 1, 7, .744
Josh Anderson, NAS, .245, 0, 2, .574

Pitchers
Andy Van Hekken, RR, 3-4, 3.80, 1.31
Luke French, TAC, 6-2, 1.93, 1.10
Clay Rapada, OKC, 1-0, 2.08, 0.96
Juan Rincon, COL, 2-2, 7.25, 1.93

Notes: How does Dusty have four dingers and only hit .123? I wish Luke "The Tickler" French was still around...screw you, Washburn. Josh Anderson continues to move around. Guess I was wrong about him...I thought he had something. And as always, I love Timo Perez.

Mexico

Position Players
Alexis Gomez, LAG, .359, 13, 64, .982
Jose Macias, CAM, .321, 5, 35, .880

Pitchers

Estaban Yan, MEX, 8-2, 5.11, 1.37
Victor Santos, LAG, 2-1, 4.97, 1.34
Roberto Novoa, MVA, 3-0, 6.98, 1.55

Notes: Alexis Gomez for MVP! And Victor Santos...there's a guy I forgot about. He has Porcello numbers...actually better. Viva Mexico!

2 comments:

Jon said...

Always A Tiger: Coaching Edition
Here's a rundown of former Tigers players and coaches currently coaching or managing elsewhere in the majors. Tom Brookens and Gene Lamont could be on this list as former Tigers coaching on the big club, but if you're reading this you already know that.

AJ Hinch (2003) - Manager, Diamondbacks, 2nd year
Kirk Gibson (1979-87, 1993-95) - Bench, Diamondbacks, 4
Juan Samuel (1994-95) - Manager, Orioles, 1
Jeff Datz (1989) - Bench, Orioles, 1
John Shelby (1990-91) - 1B, Orioles, 4
Terry Francona (coach, 1996) - Manager, Red Sox, 7
John Farrell (1996) - Pitching, Red Sox, 4
Mick Kelleher (1981-82) - 1B, Yankees, 2
Dwayne Murphy (1988) - 1B, Blue Jays, 3
Tim Belcher (1994) - Pitching, Indians, 1
Tim Tolman (1986-87) - Bench, Indians, 1
Rusty Kuntz (1984-85) - 1B, Royals, 2
Jerry White (coach, 1997-98) - 1B, Twins, 12
Orlando Mercado (1987) - Bullpen, Angels, 7
Todd Steverson (1995) - 1B, Athletics, 2
Rick Adair (coach, 1996-99) - Pitching, Mariners, 2
Mike Brumley (1989) - 3B, Mariners, 1
Gary Pettis - (1988-89, 1992) - 1B, Rangers, 4
Dave Collins (1986, special instructor 1996) - 1B, Marlins, 1
Howard Johnson (1982-84) - Hitting, Mets, 4
Dan Warthen (coach, 1999-2002) - Pitching, Mets, 3
Steve McCatty (coach, 2002) - Pitching, Nationals, 2
Ivan DeJesus (1988) - 1B, Cubs, 1
Larry Rothschild (1981-82) - Pitching, Cubs, 9
Matt Sinatro (1989) - Coach, Cubs, 1**
I couldn't find an explanation for what this guy does for the Cubs. He was the first base coach last year, but this year he's just listed as a "coach". Wikipedia claims he "handles administrative duties".
Alan Trammell (1977-96) - Bench, Cubs, 4
Al Pedrique (1989) - Astros, Bench, 1
Tom Runnells (1993-2003) - Bench, Rockies, 1**
Tom Runnells was a minor league coach and manager in the Tigers system, a roving hitting instructor, and the temporary manager of the Tigers when Sparky Anderson refused to manage replacement players in the spring of 1995.

There are worse ways to kill an hour and a half.

Rogo said...

Jon-

Good work.