Minor Month of August

I did a large overview of the minor league system (both hitters and pitchers) back at the beginning of August.  Here is a more brief update on notable August performances in the system.

Columbus

Frank Herrmann - 10 appearances spanning 19 innings out of the pen, 16 Ks, 2BBs, one HR allowed and a 2.67 FIP.  Still working himself into a bullpen option role for 2010, although will likely face the rule 5 draft this offseason.

Chuck Lofgren - after having some success at the AAA level, a tough month for Lofgren.  5 starts and a 6.15 FIP.

Hector Rondon - Rondon was having a solid month until his final start on Aug. 28th when he got rocked for 12 hits and 7 runs in 6 innings of work.

Lou Marson - Marson has struggled since coming over the organization from Philadelphia.  .639 OPS in August with a atypical (for Marson) .310 OBP.

Jordan Brown - on the DL for much of the month, he did manage to hit a lot of singles when on the field (.327/.352/.385)

Akron

Scott Barnes - struggling in his transition to AA.  6 HRs allowed in 4 August starts explains his 6.77 FIP for the month

Jeanmar Gomez - Eastern League pitcher of the year, Gomez had a solid 5 starts in August (3.51 FIP).  Gomez also has his third straight season with 140+ innings pitched.

Eric Berger - Also made his AA debut the first week of August, but unlike Barnes, has been solid (3.47 FIP) despite a rough first outing.  Moving closer to interesting territory.

Connor Graham - 14 walks in 25 August innings

Josh Judy - sensational month of August (2.32 FIP, 15K/9) out of the Akron bullpen

Carlton Smith - also a great month out of the pen, via a different path than Judy.  His 68% GB-rate in August explains why he hasn't given up a HR since May.

Steven Wright - a third great bullpen performance for the Aeros, including a 19:1 K:BB ratio in 17.2 innings of work for the month

Carlos Santana - ho-hummed his way to a .951 OPS and 10 extra-base hits

Lonnie Chisenhall - 4 HRs, but just 8 hits across 70 ABs in his first AA month

Beau Mills - pretty bad across the board, OBP < .300, 4 walks/22 Ks

Carlos Rivero - typical second-half surge from Rivero.  .814 OPS for the month.

Jose Constanza - not pretty numbers overall, but despite that, a .377 OBP and 11 SB against 2 CS for the month. I wouldn't be surprised to see a team without an obvious CFer take a shot at Constanza in the rule 5.

John Drennen - fall back to Earth month for Drennen, .586 OPS

Nick Weglarz - out for most of the month

Kinston

Paolo Espino - some luck on balls in play helped a very good month (2.93 FIP) look even better (0.87 ERA)

Nick Hagadone - 1.89 FIP, 21:5 K:BB in 15+ innings

CC Lee - another strong month out of the pen, 22 Ks, 4 BBs, 5 ERs in 15+ innnings

Tim Fedroff - best month (.869 OPS, .427 OBP) in his pro career

Lake County

Trey Haley - improvement, as he reversed his 11:21 K:BB ratio from July into a 21:11 K:BB ratio in August

Francisco Jimenez - doing to the Sally League what he did to the Arizona League.  In 20 relief innings, 26 Ks, 2 BBs, and a 1.53 FIP

Bo Greenwell - great month (.848 OPS, 12 extra-base hits) for the 20-year old

Mahoning Valley

Brett Brach - solid month (3.22 FIP, 35 IP) for the 2009 10th round pick.  Struck out 10 and walked 0 in his final start of the month.

Vidal Nuno - The Nuno bandwagon is still accepting new members (3-0, 1.93 ERA)

Kyle Bellows - like Chisenhall, only 10 hits for the month, but 3 were triples and 3 were HRs

Jesus Brito - .420 OBP in 18 games after getting promoted from AZL

Jason Kipnis - 2009 2nd round pick has a solid first full (almost) month of pro ball: .341/.402/.506

Greg Folgia - .906 OPS and 10 extra-base hits on the month

Jordan Henry - perfect 8 for 8 in stolen bases and a .400+ OBP for the month (completing the Scrappers starting OF trifecta on that mark)

AZL Indians

Kelvin De La Cruz - 3 rehabs appearances could have gone better (9.39 ERA)

Kirk Wetmore - good month for the 2009 draftee, 21 IP, 26:6 KK:BB, 3.43 ERA

Kevin Rucker - best month of pro-ball for the still 19-year old OFer (.313/.402/.425)

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