I'm tentatively planning on providing a minor-league update each Monday morning in an attempt to supplement Nancy's coverage at Sandlot Swashbucklers. She does a great job covering the day-to-day operations of the Indy Indians, so I'll try to focus the majority of my attention on the lower affiliates.
It usually won't be anything more than a few quick thoughts:
We'll be seeing Jesse Chavez in Pittsburgh sooner rather than later, I think. He's followed up a strong fall ball performance with a good season at Indy. Chavez, acquired in exchange for Kip Wells at last year's deadline, has a 3.23 ERA through 32 games and 55.2 innings. His K:BB ratio is strong (nearly 4:1). He's been stretched out a little, routinely throwing two or three innings per appearance. If a reliever is traded over the next two weeks, then Chavez or Franquelis Osoria could get the call.
Two of our reclamation projects are having some success at Altoona. Dewon Brazelton, a 27-year-old starting pitcher, is the m...