Trying out a new format for the Big Show update. Not much news to really report. But there are a couple of notes and notables.
-Joseph Sanders (Tri-City Dust Devils) and Paul Burnside (Great Falls Voyagers) have already found teams after being drafted.
-Mike Nix, who bounced from a couple of teams, was finally released by the Rockies AA affiliated, the Tulsa Drillers
-Tug Hulett is having a rough 2009. It doesn’t help that the Royals keep Yo-Yo-ing him from Omaha to Kansas City. Hopefully he can stay one place or the other so he can get some consistency
-Nice profile of Chris Bootcheck and his journey back to the Majors:
it's been a longer haul for Bootcheck. The former Michigan City/LaPorte star bounced between Salt Lake City and the Angels for four years before becoming a free agent.
Now gainfully employed by the Indianapolis Indians, Pittsburgh's Triple-A farm team, Bootcheck is raising eyebrows. Over his last 10 appearances, he struck out 16 in 9 2/3 innings and carries a sparkling 0.93 ERA, but the clock is ticking for the 30-year-old pitcher.
Used mostly in relief with the Angels, the former first-round draft choice out of Auburn came closest to establishing himself in 2007, working 77 innings in 51 appearances.
Two Clete Thomas articles and comparisons to Jeff Mathis of the Angels. Since both are from the Panama City area and have taken similar trips to the Majors. Good reads both here and here. Another tries to determine just what is wrong with Clete Thomas that keeps getting him sent back to AAA Toledo. The simple answer? His swing:
"Clete is gradually getting better," Toledo manager Larry Parrish said, and the numbers support it: .306 batting average for the Mud Hens and .429 in his last 10 games. "We addressed it the other night, but he just tends to stride too far. He runs off and leaves the bat head and it just doesn't catch up.
"Against one right-hander he was too big with the swing, real late on the ball, and then in the same at-bat he shortened up and put a good swing on the ball. That's why I say we're starting to see some progress."