June 5 and 6
- Lugnuts 1 game, Chiefs 1 game
- Lugnuts are 27-33 (.450)
- Still in the cellar, seven behind the Whitecaps and one behind both the Battle Cats and the Silver Hawks.
A good game (for a loss) against one of the league’s best starters, then they won a rather strange game in extra innings. This is pretty good; the Chiefs are an excellent team. (I’ve lowered my expectations a bit; our team’s just not going to develop a good defense.)
[Emiliano] Escandon’s health is recovering, and so is his offense. That’s good.
The division (now minus our participation) continues to play intramural games, with some effect on the standings. West Michigan continues to lead, easily; the rest of the teams are just beating each other up. In a few days they’ll start over.
Since the Journal forgot we might be interested in the results of Kansas City’s draft, I’ll post what little I know:
- Dermal [Dee] Brown, OF, Marlboro Central HS, Marlboro, NY Brown’s reported to be an excellent athlete; has a football scholarship at Maryland (running back). May play both sports, at least for a while.
- Taylor Myers, RHP, Green Valley HS, Henderson, NV Same coach as Greg Maddux, and a similar pitcher. (That’s asking too much, really.)
- Chad Durbin, SS-RHP, Woodlawn HS, Baton Rouge, LA
- Corey Thurman, RHP, Texas HS, Texarkana, TX A big, strong thrower who needs lots of work.
- Jeremy Hill, C, W.T. White HS, Dallas, TX
- Jeremy Giambi, OF, Cal State Fullerton
- Scott Mullen, LHP, Dallas Baptist U
- Javier Flores, C, U of Oklahoma
- Jeremy Morris, OF, Florida State U A raw talent; former Seminole football player….
- Steve Houston [actually Hueston], RHP, Long Beach State U
My source for all of this is Baseball America.
We’ll certainly see some of these players over the next couple years, though most of them will probably get assigned to one of the short-season teams if they sign. None of these are obviously replacements for Doug Blosser; perhaps we’ll see Giambi.
This stuff is more interesting than it’s important. Don’t hold your breath waiting for these guys to show up in Lansing….