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Sunday Pebble Report: Early PuRPs Discussion

First the recap:

Colorado Springs, L 1-6: Josh Fogg made his rehab start and performed well in five innings. He allowed three runs (two earned), struck out three and issued no walks. His return to the rotation is not secure. Denny Bautista struck out two and walked none in one inning of relief work.

Sean Barker and Joe Koshansky both doubled. JoKo drove in the only Sky Sox run and Sean Barker stole his ninth base.

Tulsa, L 0-1, L 3-4: In the first game, the Drillers managed to record only two hits, a Christian Colonel double and a Rick Guarno single. Joe Gaetti also reached base on a walk. Mike Esposito was moved to Tulsa for an emergency start and threw a complete game in the loss. He walked three and struck out three.

Steven Register blew his first save of the season after allowing two runs in the top of the seventh when the Driller led 3-2. Matt Daley started, pitched two-hit ball over four innings and struck out five.

All three of Tulsa's runs came via the home run: Frey's first in the first inning, Gaetti's eighth in the second inning and Czarniecki's first in the fifth inning.

Modesto, W 10-5: The Nuts hit three homers in this game, Eric Young's second of the season, Neil Wilson's three-run homer (first of the season) and Lino Garcia's fourth. Garcia and Young hit them back-to-back in the ninth. Dexter Fowler had a two-run single and Chris Nelson had a pretty good night also. He went 3-for-3 with an RBI and walked three times. The Mod Bee will inform you about a closed meeting Coach Weinstein called once the game was over.

Xavier Cedeno recorded his first win of the season and allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four, but also walked five. Jonathan George stuck out five over 2 1/3 innings, picking up his first save of the season.

Asheville, L 4-8: Andrew Graham ran into a bit of trouble in the third and fourth innings. In the third he gave up a two-run homer and in the fourth, he walked the bases loaded before giving up a bases-clearing double. He was relieved by David Parker after that hit. Craig Baker struck out three in two innings before giving way to Will Harris.

Mike Paulk had two hits and scored three times while Michael McKenry hit a two-run homer, his eighth on the season.


If you look down the right sidebar, you'll find the latest Top 30 PuRPs results (not sure when we conducted that one). With the draft on Thursday, we should update this before we have an influx of new talent to possibly rank at the end of the season.

Tulo, Baker and Hirsh have all passed the rookie limits and are therefore disqualified from the list. I'm not sure how Chris Iannetta should be handled. He hasn't reached the rookie limit yet on at-bats, but he has passed the service time. I'm not sure if we've disregarded service time in the past (like Baseball America). That's up to Rox Girl since this is her pet project. Also, Oscar Rivera is no longer eligible as he was returned to his parent club last week and Jeff Salazar is no longer with the organization.

So here are some starter questions and names to discuss:

Franklin Morales - Is he the #1 prospect now?

Brandon Hynick - Has his performance vaulted him into the top 10?

Should Shane Lindsay have a place in the top 30 still?

Where does Steven Register appear on the list?

Do Keith Weiser and Mike Paulk make the list?

Feel free to bring up other questions.