Zach Duke against Mike Mussina at quarter past one. FM NewsTalk 104.7 has this one, as does MLB.TV (thanks to the YES network). I’ll be online for Charlie‘s fantasy league draft, so there’s a chance I’ll have a few updates throughout the afternoon. No word on who’ll throw after Duke. —- The answer, it turns out, was Youman, Perez, Brower and Marte, but by the time they got into the game, it was out...
In the early innings of today’s television broadcast, Greg Brown, Bob Walk and Stan Savran spoke with Pirates manager Jim Tracy. Here are a few quotes the skipper gave when asked about a player on the bubble, Don Kelly: You try to pick out something you wonder about … and there’s really nothing there that’s not to like. He’s been terrific defensively [with a] well above-average throwing arm …...
… Add to the mix some veteran experience…..and a name appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day!
born: 7/6/1977��� in Indiana, Pennsylvania
ht:� 5′ 10″����� wt: 182 lb��������� B: Left�� T: Right
Ryan is a western Pennsylvania native, who was drafted in 1996 by the Minnesota Twins.� He progressed steadily upward in the Twins’ minor league system, hitting for�a solid average, mostly singles and doubles, and not a large amount of power.� He played the 2002 season with�Edmonton (AAA), where he did develop some power.� He led the team�with 31HR�homers and tied for the lead with 36 doubles, with a .261 AVG, and was named to the Pacific Coast League post-season All-Star team.� After Edmonton’s season, he was called up to the Twins, and made his MLB debut on Sept 20, 2002.� He appeared in 7 games, and had one hit.� Ryan began 2003 again in AAA, though with the Rochester Red Wings because the Twins had changed affiliates.� In Rochester, his average slid to .225, but with 20 doubles, 15 HRs, and 60 RBI.� He was promoted to Minnesota on August 12th, and had a stellar remainder of the season, hitting .393 AVG, with 5 HR and 13 RBI.
The 2004 season was tough for Ryan.� He started the year with the Twins, but played mostly as a pinch-hitter.� He struggled at the plate, hitting .239 AVG in 36 games.� Then he sustained a shoulder injury while sliding into first base.� When he returned from the injury, he was sent to Rochester, where he also struggled, hitting .205 AVG, with 6 HR and 16 RBI.� Ryan also started the 2005 season in Rochester, but working harder and determined to do better.� His average rose to .283, with 6 HR and 26 RBI, and he was recalled by the Twins on May 31st.� Back in the major league again, he hit .231, with 2 HR and 13 RBI for the remainder of the season.� After the season, the Twins removed him from their 40-man roster, and Ryan became a free agent.� The 2006 season found him with the Richmond Braves (AAA Atlanta affiliate), under a minor league contract.� He started off strong, hitting .296 AVG in the month of April, then slumped a bit in May and June.� �In July he�rebounded, hitting .278 AVG with 18 RBI.� He finished the season with a .242 AVG, 6 HR, and 39 RBI.
Ryan signed with his hometown Pirates for the 2007 season, and he has been in camp as a non-roster invitee, competing for a spot on the major league roster.� He has had an outstanding spring so far, doing well in the field and showing off his skills at the plate.� He has played in 14 of the Pirates’ “A” games, hitting .429 AVG, with 6 doubles, a triple, and 7 RBI.� The Pirates have been impressed, and manager Jim Tracy has said that Ryan is in contention for a roster spot.� If he loses out in the numbers game, then Ryan will be hitting for us in Indianapolis.�
Paul Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was also thinking Irish today:� here
In yesterday’s Pirates’ game, Ryan went 2 for 4 with a double, and Neil Walker went 1 for 4, also with a double.� Don Kelly went 1 for 3 with a home run.
�The Indians did not have a spring training game yesterday.� They will be playing against the Norfolk Tides this afternoon.�
Bucs/Twins at 1. The game should be televised on FSN and MLB.TV. According to Paul Meyer in the P-G, it’ll be Tony Armas Jr. throwing against Boof Bonser. I may or may not be here for live updates, but I’ll catch the game at some point and give you my $.02. —- You can find Pirates.com’s recap here. The real Tony Armas showed up, allowing 7 hits and 2 home runs in 4.2 innings. Jack Wilson, Brad Eldred, Ronnie...
The internet is a beautiful thing. And among the most beautiful things on the WWW is baseball-reference.com. One of the recently added features to that site is a compilation of pitch data for each player. So, I can see how many strikes a player took. How many times he swung at the first pitch. Under a player’s splits, I can see how many one pitch at bats he had. They have yet to compile that data to get summaries for each team...
Another pitcher who could be returning to the Indy Indians for 2007:
born:� 8/21/1983� in Victorville, California
Ht: 6′ 1″��� Wt: 160 lb.
B: Right���� T: Right
Chavez was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2001, but elected not to sign at that point.� After one year at Riverside�Community College, he was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 2002 draft, and signed with them.� He worked his way up through the Rangers’ minor league system, with stops in Spokane (Low A)�in 2003, and Clinton (A) in 2004.��Over those two�seasons, he started in 30 of�his 44�appearances.��He split 2005 between Bakersfield (High A) and Frisco (AA), appearing in 42 games between the two clubs, and pitching 81.1 innings over the season, all in relief.� He had a 4.65 ERA, giving up 87 hits, walking 34, with 58 strikeouts.�
Chavez returned to Frisco to begin the 2006 season.� In 59.0 innings, all in relief, he struck out 70 and had a 4.42 ERA with 2 wins and 5 losses.� He was promoted to Oklahoma (AAA) and in his first and only game with the Red Hawks on July 29th, he pitched 2 innings, giving up 3 hits, one earned run, and striking out three.� Two days later, at the trading deadline, Chavez was traded to the Pirates’ organization in exchange for RHP Kip Wells.� Chavez reported to Indy, where he finished the season.� He pitched in relief in 12 games for the Indians.� In 17 innings, he gave up 18 hits, 9 walks, and struck out 15, for a 4.24 ERA, two wins and one loss.� He spent the fall of 2006 with the Grand Canyon Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, where he performed quite well.� He pitched 14 innings in relief, giving up only 6 hits and 3 walks, with 11 strikeouts, for a 0.64 ERA, 3 wins and 4 saves with no losses.� Opposing players were able to hit only .122 AVG against him.
Chavez has been a non-roster invitee to the Pirates’ spring training camp.� He has seen action in 4 Grapefruit League “A” games, pitching an inning each time.� He’s given up 7 hits and 2 earned runs, with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts.� Unless he has been doing significantly better in the “B” games, this isn’t likely to keep him with the major league club.� Look for him to return to Indy for the start of the 2007 season, as a key member of Trent Jewett’s bullpen.
OTHER NOTES –
The Indians put up 10 hits but only scored 2 runs, as they lost their first Spring Training AAA game to the Louisville Bats, 8 – 3.� The Indians’ outfielders scored first, on a single by LF Nyjer Morgan, a triple by CF Rajai Davis, and a ground out RBI by RF Adam Boeve.� Morgan hit 4 singles in the game, and SS Javier Guzman went 2 for 3 with a home run.� Louisville’s Earl Snyder and Chris Dickerson let the Bats’ scoring with a home run each.� Indians’ pitcher Felipe Garcia was the losing pitcher.
Remember that the rosters have in no way been set at this point — so just because a player appears in one of these AAA-level spring training games, does not necessarily mean that he has been assigned to the Indians’ roster.