As we move into the final six days of the MLB regular season, let’s do a quick look at a few former Rainiers and see how they are doing. These guys are doing quite well:
Mike Carp: I’m going to skip most of the Mariners who once played in Tacoma – if you read this blog, you probably already have an idea how they are doing – but I want to point out that Carp has now hit 32 home runs and has 108 RBI combined between Tacoma and Seattle this year. He’s played in 67 games for Seattle and 66 for Tacoma.
Mike Morse: What a huge breakout for Morse, who launched his 28th home run on Thursday night for the Washington Nationals. He’s hitting .304/.361/.541 with 89 RBI. For the ridiculously superstitious Morse, clearly the key was changing his first name to Michael. Let’s pull for him to get two more homers and reach 30.
Adam Jones: Slowed recently by nagging injuries, the Baltimore Orioles center fielder has batted .284 with 24 home runs and 82 RBI this year. He’s still a free swinger and has drawn only 27 unintentional walks – I figured he would start to improve in this area by now, but it hasn’t happened yet. He’s becoming a better base stealer; he’s 12-for-14 on steals this year.
Greg Dobbs: Dobbs went to spring training with the Florida Marlins as a minor league invite, and low and behold, he has over 400 at-bats for the Marlins. He’s hitting .274 with 8 home runs and 49 RBI.
Scott Atchison: The 35-year-old reliever pitched for Tacoma from 2002-2006 before having success in Japan. He’s made a late-career move back to the US and has contributed to the Boston Red Sox bullpen, with a 3.71 ERA in 26.2 innings pitched. He’s gone back-and-forth between Pawtucket and Boston this year; he is eligible for the Red Sox post-season roster and hopefully he’ll get to pitch in the playoffs.
Bryan LaHair: As we followed at the beginning of the month, the Chicago Cubs called up LaHair after his PCL MVP season for Iowa. He’s made the most of his opportunity with the Cubs, going 15-for-40 (.375) with eight extra-base hits, including two home runs.
There are many, many more former Rainiers in the majors, I just wanted to highlight a few. If you guys like this I’ll do a few more players early next week.
A few good links:
- From Baseball America’s transaction report, we learn that the Mariners have re-signed three minor league free agents, including Tacoma catcher Ralph Henriquez. This is good – Henriquez, rushed to Triple-A because of a rash of catcher injuries, played well for Tacoma and at age 24 still has room for development.
- Two Everett Aqua Sox made Baseball America’s list of Top-20 Northwest League Prospects. Pitcher Jose Campos checked in at #3.
- The Nashville Sounds are the first PCL team to name their 2012 manager – and it’s a new guy, Mike Guerrero, promoted from Double-A. Former manager Don Money is now a special advisor to the GM in Milwaukee. The Sounds also named Al LeBoeuf hitting coach, doubling the number of French-surnamed hitting coaches in the PCL (as long Rene Lachemann comes back to the Sky Sox).
I’m not allowing myself to get too excited about Cal’s game tomorrow at UW. I’ve seen this before, and I know how it ends: miserably, for me.