The Memphis lineup looks quite a bit different than it did at the beginning of the season. Anthony Garcia and Tommy Pham have left for Springfield and St. Louis respectively, and the big club hasn’t sent anything back the other way. Likewise, DeJong’s promotion has temporarily cleared up some room on the infield. On the one hand, it could create an opportunity for somebody to play their way into the big league roster picture. On the other hand, the current composition of the 25 man roster and their willingness to play with a one man bench and Eric Fryer means opportunities are limited for non-pitchers unless there is some sort of shakeup in St. Louis…Marco Gonzales bounced back nicely after a tough start in Sacramento last week.
The Springfield lineup is a lot more fun with Adolis hitting well and Magneuris Sierra in center field. And with Gabriel Lino and Anthony Garcia both doing their "too good for AA, not quite good enough for AAA" thing the lineup actually has some depth now…Eliezer Alvarez hitting well, would make this team really interesting, it just doesn’t look like it is happening right now though. He’s getting carved up by AA pitcher right now and doesn’t do enough other things well at the plate to give away almost a third of his at-bats. He skipped high A so it may be time to give him a crack at the Florida State League to see if he can get going. Roger Dean is a much tougher offensive environment than Hammons Field, but with speed to burn and gap power, Alvarez is the type of hitter than may be alright playing more than half of his games in Jupiter. The bigger issue may be where he would fit down there…Chris Ellis made his first start of the season for Springfield. The return of Weaver, Gonzales and Gant squeezed him out of the rotation in Memphis. Eight strikeouts is a nice way to kick things off, although the long ball issues he had in the AAA seem to have followed him to the Texas League.
Andy Young continues to play surprisingly well. He’s old for his level, and a 22% K-rate in A ball isn’t a great sign, but he’s also a 2B drafted in the 37th round with a .263 ISO, we should just enjoy this ride for as long as it lasts…Bryce Denton was reassigned to extended spring training, and he’ll probably end up in short-season ball after the draft, so that is likely the end of the Extremely Young Outfield. Which is a shame because another fun outfield had just come together in Springfield…Denton is probably wear he needs to be, and Edman earned a callup, but that leaves Peoria with two fewer familiar prospects than it had last week.