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The Carolina League All-Star break occurs at approximately the same time as multiple other leagues around the minors. Thus, it becomes a popular time for promotions. The Dash sent Spencer Arroyo, Daniel Wagner and Jake Oester up to Double-A Birmingham the day after the All-Star Break and received Blair Walters from Kannapolis. While the Dash did not lose any of their three All-Stars to promotion, the same wasn’t true for all representatives of the California-Carolina League All-Star Game. Here are a few of the big names who have recently departed the High-A level.
Cody Buckel- The Rangers called up the 20-year-old Buckel the day after he pitched a scoreless second inning for the Carolina League All-Stars. Their 2nd round pick in 2010 led the league in every major statistical category for a pitcher. He finished with a 5-3 record and a 1.31 ERA. Buckel also had 91 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.98. He made his Double-A debut Sunday night but picked up the loss after allowing five hits and two runs in four innings.
Buckel is a good friend of Trevor Bauer, the Arizona Diamondbacks top pick in the 2011 draft. Bauer was called up to the big league club Sunday night and will be the first member of the 2011 class to make it to the majors when he makes his debut Thursday night against the Atlanta Braves.
Jackie Bradley, Jr.- To the relief of every Carolina League pitcher, Jackie Bradley, Jr., was called up to Double-A Portland. The Red Sox center fielder set the tone for Salem in the leadoff spot, going on to record league bests in batting average, doubles, on-base percentage and walks. In his first four games at the Double-A level Bradley Jr. is hitting .375 and has scored four runs. Outside of his offensive numbers, Bradley also has tremendous defensive range in center field.
Jeremie Tice- The Mudcats masher during the first-half of the season carried his big bat up to Double-A Akron. Tice was primarily a designated hitter for Carolina but spent a few games in left field and first base. In 52 games during the first half of the season, Tice hit .282 with 12 home runs, 47 RBI and a league-best slugging percentage of .580. In three games with Akron, Tice is hitting .417 with a homer and five RBI.
Sugar Ray Marimon- The former Wilmington right-hander punched his way into Double-A after compiling a 4-2 record and 2.12 ERA in nine starts. Marimon struck out 60 batters and walked 18 in 68 innings. He will make his debut for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Monday afternoon.
A few players from the California League were selected as All-Stars but had already been promoted from their High-A clubs. Most notably, Tony Cingrani of the Cincinnati Reds organization was sent from Bakersfield to Double-A Pensacola after compiling a 5-1 record and 1.11 ERA in the notoriously hitter-friendly California League. Cingrani also struck out 71 batters in just 56 and two-thirds innings. Cingrani has made four starts with the Double-A Blue Wahoos, with his best coming against Birmingham on June 8 when he pitched six scoreless innings, striking out nine batters.
Mid-season promotions change the dynamic of a team but are a necessary part of minor league baseball. The Dash lost many pieces from a title-winning first-half team, but, for the moment their three All-Stars remain on the roster. With each of the Southern Division teams losing key members, the Dash could be in line to win the second half as well.
Winston-Salem is the host for the 2012 California-Carolina League All-Star Game, which is 34 days away. As we lead up to the game, we wanted to give Dash fans a chance to read about some of the prospects that will likely make the trek to Winston-Salem next month.
We will preview a different team almost every day, and the California League takes the stage first. Today, we feature the Bakersfield Blaze, the High-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, with help from Dan Besbris, the Blaze’s play-by-play broadcaster.
LHP Tony Cingrani – In a hitters league, Cingrani has dominated on the mound. He is 4-1 with an earned run average at 0.68, which is almost a run lower than the second-best mark in the league. The 15th-best prospect in the Reds system according to Baseball America, Cingrani has struck out a league-high 53 batters in 40 innings.
“He is a rare lefthanded starter that can hit 96-97 in short bursts,” Besbris said. “He compounds hitters’ frustrations with a goofy, late release. He looks like the best pitcher in the California League.”
SS Billy Hamilton – If you could only pick one prospect from the California League to watch, it would likely be Hamilton because of his base-stealing exploits. Hamilton, who stole an absurd 103 bases for Low-A Dayton in 2011, already has 35 swipes with the Blaze this season, which is the highest mark in the minors by a long margin. Throw in his batting average of .346 (5th in the California League), and you have a guy who deserves his number two spot on Baseball America’s Reds prospect list.
“Hands down, Hamilton is the most electrifying player I have ever seen,” Besbris said. “He makes entire press boxes stop what they’re doing and watch. This is a guy that has already done a handful of things on the field that many 20-30 year baseball veterans have never seen before, and he makes every game special.”
1B Donald Lutz – Lutz has a different skill set than Hamilton. He is tied for the top spot in the league with 11 home runs, which is almost one third of Bakersfield’s team total. Lutz, who was not among the top 30 prospects in Cincy’s system to begin the year, paces all Cal League hitters with 34 RBI, too. His numbers are impossible to ignore, and he has been the league’s best first baseman so far this year.
“Lutz is a big guy with a hard swing that has managed to bring a .300-plus average and 30-plus homer power together into a terrifying Cal League bat,” Besbris said. “Lutz burst onto the Reds radar last year, and his follow-up to a big 2011 has not been a disappointment.”
3B David Vidal – Vidal and Lutz combine for quite a corner infield connection in Bakersfield. Vidal’s numbers aren’t as overwhelming as other Blaze members’ stats, but he leads all California League third basemen in homers (7), sits in second in RBI (21) and boasts a respectable .281 batting average through Monday’s action. However, Vidal’s contributions go beyond his numbers.
“He is one of those ballplayers who just does everything right,” Besbris said. “He’s a great defensive third baseman, he can hit the breaking ball much better than most 21-year olds, he’s patient, and he has some sock despite being just 5’9″.”
Once again, thanks to Dan for his help in this. Bakersfield should provide some great players next month for the All-Star Game in Winston-Salem. Tomorrow, we will break down one of the minor league’s best offensive clubs–the High Desert Mavericks.