Little delay on the minor league report as I had to call my mom and wish her a happy mother’s day and also give a catching lesson (no it wasn’t for Miguel Olivo).
I was at Cheney Stadium last night where Alex Liddi provided game-winning run, by yanking a slider down the left-field line for his team high sixth home run. Liddi is slowly starting to become more comfortable to PCL pitching.
Venerable Tacoma Rainiers announcer and frequent TNT contributor Mike Curto has his Sunday minor league notebook. Last week, he took a look at who’s hot and who’s not in the Mariners league system for hitters. This week he takes a look at the pitchers.
From the who’s hot …
Erasmo Ramirez, Double-A Jackson: Ramirez has been a key part of an excellent starting rotation for the Mariners’ Southern League affiliate, along with Kenn Kasparek, Stephen Hensley, and Jarret Grube. Ramirez, a Nicaraguan who turned 21 on Tuesday, is very stingy with walks. He walked a batter in his first start of the year on April 9, and has not issued a free pass since. For the season, he is 3-0 with a 2.78 ERA after five starts. In 32 innings he has a 20-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
From the who’s not …
Edward Paredes, Triple-A Tacoma: A young left-hander with good stuff, Paredes was placed on the Mariners’ 40-man major league roster after the 2010 season. Paredes battled for a big league bullpen job in spring training before being optioned to Tacoma. Since joining the Rainiers, Paredes has had major command issues leading to 12 unintentional walks and a whopping seven hit batters in 112/3 innings. His ERA is 10.80.
Double A Jackson’s late rally came up short and the Generals lost 7-5. Rich Poythress had three hits, including two doubles.
Class A High Desert got rolled by Rancho Cucamonga, 12-4. Starting pitcher Taylor Stanton gave up six runs on 12 hits in four innings of work.
Class A Clinton got a solid outing from starting pitcher Brandon Mauer, who pitched six innings and gave up one run on three hits and struck out 11 hitters, but the Lumberkings still lost 2-1.