Welcome to another edition of MiLB Tonight. We’ll take you all around the Minors and highlight some of the major happenings affecting Minor League Baseball. Let’s play ball!
Draft-Pick Signing Deadline
Some of the best college and high school players in the world selected in the first-round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft received handsome paychecks to join their clubs as the deadline for teams to sign their draft-picks was August 16, at midnight.
|Below is a look at which 2011 first-round Draft picks signed
and did not sign. For a complete list, click here.
|16||Chris Reed (LAD)||8/12||$1.59m|
|17||C.J. Cron (LAA)||6/28||$1.47m|
|23||Alex Meyer (WAS)||8/15||$2.00m|
|32||Jake Hager (TB)||6/23||$0.96m|
Delmon Young to Tigers
Monday, August 15 was a busy day for former Minnesota Twin Delmon Young. Before the 7:05 P.M. game against Detroit, Young was told he would be playing for the Detroit Tigers, after a deal involving Tigers prospect Cole Nelson and a player to be named later were sent to Minnesota. Young arrived at the Detroit locker room before the game, and many Tigers had not yet received word he was their new teammate. Players were confused and angered by what they thought was a visiting opponent on a rival team entering THEIR clubhouse. When the Tigers were made aware of the situation, they were happy to welcome the left-fielder to Detroit. Young homered in his first at bat as a Tiger against his former team, the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota would win the ball game and the main headline throughout baseball was the milestone 600th home run hit by Jim Thome.
So, Who is Cole Nelson?
Cole Nelson attended Auburn University, known for its excellent baseball history, and was a 10th round draft pick for Detroit in 2010. Nelson, a 6’7″ left hander spent this season pitching for the Detroit Tigers’ Single-A affiliate in Lakeland. Nelson went 5-11 in 17 starts, with an E.R.A. of 4.87. The 22-year-old was born in Edina, Minnesota which may be something for Twins fans to take pride in. We’ll see how Minnesota benefits from the addition, and there is still a player to be named later included in the deal.
The coveted, MiLB Tonight Gameball Award for August 15 goes to Ryan VandenHurk of the Norfolk Tides. VandenHurk had been struggling going into Monday night’s game versus Charlotte, but one would not be able to tell based on his performance for six innings. VandenHurk did not allow an earned run, and struck out a career-high 13 batters. Congrats to VandenHurk on an outstanding night on the mound.
Monday night’s Marquee Matchup featured the Orem Owlz versus the Missoula Osprey. The Pioneer League showdown in Montana went the way of the home team as Missoula defeated the Owlz by a final of 8-4. All of the eight runs for the Osprey came in the first five innings, and entering the sixth inning Orem had yet to score. Orem rallied to put up four runs in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit in half, but neither team would score the rest of the way. Conrad Flynn would get the win, improving his record to 4-1, after pitching five scoreless innings, dealing six strikeouts, and allowing four hits with one walk. Entering Tuesday’s action Missoula currently holds a six-game lead over Billings for first place in the North Division, while Orem holds a five-game lead over Ogden in the South.
What to Watch Tomorrow
Our Marquee Matchup for Tuesday, August 16 features two playoff contenders in the Pacific Coast League. The Omaha Storm Chasers travel to Tacoma to do battle with the Rainiers. Omaha currently leads the American League North Division by four games, while Tacoma, the defending PCL champs, are second place in the Pacific League North Divison, 4.5 games in back of Reno. The probable starters are Luis Mendoza (8-5, 2.26 E.R.A.) for Omaha, and Anthony Vasquez (4-2, 3.11 E.R.A.) for Tacoma. We’ll let you know how this plays out in our Tuesday night episode.
Alex Rodriguez will play his first game with the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees Tuesday night, and sellout crowds are expected for both the Tuesday and Wednesday night games.
The 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star Game from Lowell, Massachuesetts is Tuesday night, as the brightest stars in Single-A take the field for what will likely be the first All-Star Game of their professional careers. MiLB Tonight will provide full coverage of this late-summer classic on our Tuesday night edition.
Thanks for tuning into another episode of MiLB Tonight. I’m Matthew Medley and until next time, we’re outta here!