Not a whole lot happened on the farm this weekend that hasn't already been happening. At Asheville, Matt Miller is heating up hitting three homeruns in the last week, Dragon Lo pitched yesterday and did well for four but ran into trouble in the fifth (a couple of singles and a two run homer) and got a quick hook before it got really bad. At Modesto, Ian Stewart had three more errors over the weekend, while Chris Ianetta is making a case for why we don't need Jeff Clement, and Jordan Czarniecki and Christian Colonel are just making excellent cases as to why they should also be in consideration for being in our top prospect lists. Juan Morillo got hit pretty hard, but he showed some good signs too and was consistently in the mid nineties in his start. At Tulsa Jeff Salazar remains in the radar while up a level, the slumping Choo Freeman is once again in danger of dropping out of it, and back to Tulsa, Ryan Spilborghs wants a shot at the Springs.
One other Driller note, Jon Asahina won, boosting his record to 6-2 and prompting this farm thread. Asahina was a two way player through college, but as an infielder his arm was his best tool and the Marlins drafted him as a draft-and-follow pitcher in the 31st round. His first one and a half seasons he did well for the Marlins, even being selected to the Midwest League's all star team in 2002 as the Kane County Cougars second best first half pitcher (some guy named Dontrelle was a little better) he struggled the second half and then I have no idea what happened in 2003 but he was demoted to the pen and threw only 44 innings before being released and signed by the Rockies as a free agent in April of 2004. He spent a year with Visalia getting his stuff back together and it seems to have paid off as he's already won Texas League pitcher of the week once and continues to look solid and durable.
So right now, the ten starters in Colorado Springs and Tulsa are the following:
and probably Ramsey's replacement any day now:
What I want to do with this thread is write up capsules for each of these pitchers and rate them in the following categories, value to the Rockies currently as rotation depth, value at the end of the season, and value two years from now when we return to contention. Your thoughts and opinions will be welcome as well.