Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Baseball Quick Hitters

 

A couple of quick baseball news and notes.

MIKE BIANUCCI:

Monster Mike” had a tremendous start at Low-A Hickory earlier this year (.331/15 HR) and earned a call up. He’s struggle a bit since, only hitting .167 for Bakersfield. Here’s a quick youtube clip from Mike before his call up.

GARRETT BUSH: While techinally not a Tiger yet, the high drafted SS might still be coming to Auburn. At least that’s what one blog thinks:

I thought he might be signable in the top ten rounds, but it’s more difficult this far down. Great pick for talent and draft position, but I fear he may end up at Auburn without $250K heading in his direction.

TONY CALDWELL- TC has had a nice summer with the Waynesboro Generals. So good that he made that league’s All-Star game, which he had to miss because of injury:

Tony Caldwell of the Generals was scheduled to participate in the derby and 60 yard dash, but had to scratch from both contests as well as the game due to an injury.

“He took a foul ball off his foot last night in the game,” Waynesboro coach and South Division assistant Andy Chalot said. “It is nothing serious, but it was hurting him today so that he couldn’t play.”

HUNTER MORRIS- Talk about a tremendous summer. Hunter Morris is tearing it up at the Cape Cod league and his exploits are starting to become the stuff of legends:

Trundy said it didn’t quite compare with the shot that Falmouth first baseman Hunter Morris hit at Cotuit last Sunday. We heard reports last week that Morris’ shot cleared the second line of trees behind the fence at Cotuit and ranked among the longest home runs in years on the Cape. Trundy backed up that account.

"It was ridiculous," Trundy said. "I’ve coached in the league now for 15 years—11 years as a head coach—and it certainly was one of the longest balls I’ve seen hit. It was one that when you see it hit, you know you’re not going ot see many like that. That was jaw-dropping—everybody just kind of went, ‘Oh my gosh!’ the minute he hit it. It almost went kind of quiet, because you had that long to watch it, to be honest with you. He’s a strong kid, and he’ll continue to develop as a hitter. But the power is obviously there."

And he follows that up with Big game after big game. Including one where he was a triple short of the cycle.

CLETE THOMAS- Speaking about just missing the cycle. Clete Thomas did just that (missing out by a double) on the Tigers final game before the All-Star Break. Since being recalled from AAA Toledo, Thomas has been scorching, hitting at an above .500 clip. He’s gotten people taking notice as well:

"Seems like every getaway day or every day game he always comes up and performs," [Detroit Tigers All-Star CF Curtis} Granderson said. "He's a well-rounded player. He can play defense, he can throw, hits for average and hits for power.

"He's a very balanced player and has a lot of potential going forward."

Including his skipper:

"He's staying in the strike zone better," said manager Jim Leyland. "I think the main thing is he's staying on the ball. He's shortened up (his swing) a little bit, but the main thing is he's swinging at strikes."

TRENT MUMMEY- Finally, here’s a nice little article on Trent Mummey’s Summerball experience.

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