Friday, May 24, 2013

Minor League Update

Edmer Rivera of the High A Syracuse Crunch went 0 for 3 with a K in last nights game against the New York Damage Controllers. He has a .198/.260/.262 slash line on the season.

Benny Garcia of the Rookie League Syracuse Crunch had a great game last night against the Kansas City Hotsteppers. He was 1 for 3 with his 10th HR on the season. He scored 2 runs, drove in 3, and had 2 walks to boot. When asked about the game Benny responded, "I was seeing the ball really well. As you can see with the game, we were all seeing the ball exceptionally well out of Hugh's hand. Boy, it looked like a bowling ball coming to the plate, and he threw it about that fast!"

Steve Olson of the Rookie League Kansas City Hotsteppers was 2 for 4 with a double and home run in last nights game against the Syracuse Crunch. Steve has 21 HR to go with a .371 average on the season.

Anthony Belinda of the Rookie League Kansas City Hotsteppers went 0 for 5 with a K in a game three days ago against the New York Damage Controllers. He was the only starter not to get a hit in the game. After the game our reporter was able to ask Anthony how it felt not to get a hit, and he responded, "Wow! This is my first interview ever. We won so I can't complain. I try to help my team however I can." Our reporter went on to say in his article that he didn't foresee Anthony getting many interviews in the future, and he questioned how Anthony was helping the team. We say never give up Anthony. You may one day make it to the big leagues.

One other note...

Max Charlton who has played for 15 years in the minors was recently called up to Louisville. He has as of yet appeared in a game. When GM Arfy was asked about the surprise call up, he said, "We rewarded him for his loyalty. This guy just wouldn't go away so we called him up to the bigs to use him in a mopup roll."

Max was asked about the excitement he must have that he has finally made it. He stated, "I just had to keep my head up each day and know that I deserve this shot." When he was asked what this meant to others like him, he said, "Just hang in there. One day you may get that phone call to pack your bags and head on up to the big league." Max also mentioned that he would like to give a shout out to Anthony Belinda of Kansas City to keep the faith that he too would make it.

The NL South GMs were very pleased to see Max make it to the majors. They really hope he can hang on even into next season. The GM of Charlotte was really hoping the manager would try to make Max a starter and extend his pitch count to 100+ as a reward. "Alas, it doesn't seem to be", he said.

Here's to you Max! And let the rest of the career minor leaguers keep the faith. Or maybe Arfy will sign you after 6 years, and you can play for him. Either way, play ball!

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