Minor League Box Scores: 05.09.12 | Disciples of Uecker

Disciples of Uecker

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Nashville Sounds: (9-22), 12.0 GB

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Col. Springs 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 7 11 0
Nashville 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 10 0

RHP Mike Fiers:  7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR — 4.21 ERA
RHP Mike McClendon:  (L, 1-2) 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K — 5.84 ERA
LHP Juan Perez:  0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — 0.90 ERA

CF Logan Schafer:  2-5, HR (3), 2 RBI, R, K — .260 AVG
SS Jeff Bianchi:  3-4, RBI — .714 AVG
2B Eric Farris:  2-3, BB, SB (7), R — .255 AVG

Huntsville Stars: (19-14), 1.0 GB

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Huntsville 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
Jackson 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 2

RHP Evan Anundsen:  (W, 2-1) 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K — 2.48 ERA
RHP Darren Byrd:  (H, 3) 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K — 3.43 ERA
RHP Robert Wooten:  (S, 8) 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — 1.93 ERA

SS Josh Prince:  2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB — .239 AVG
CF Juan Sanchez:  1-3, BB, 2 K — .294 AVG

Brevard County Manatees: (14-18), 8.0 GB

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Lucie 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
Brevard County 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 x 3 7 0

LHP Jed Bradley:  (W, 4-2) 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K — 3.38 ERA
LHP Alan Williams:  2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K — 2.65 ERA
RHP Casey Medlen:  (S, 6) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — 3.00 ERA

CF Franklin Romero Jr.:  1-3, 2 RBI — .198 AVG
C Adam Weisenburger:  1-3, RBI, K — .260 AVG
2B Shea Vucinich:  2-3, R — .228 AVG

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: (20-12), — GB

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cedar Rapids 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 0
Wisconsin 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 12 1

RHP Kevin Shackelford:  (L, 1-2) 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR — 5.66 ERA
LHP Michael Strong:  3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K — 0.00 ERA
LHP Stephen Peterson:  2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K — 1.62 ERA

CF Chadwin Stang:  2-2, 2B, 3 BB, R — .243 AVG
3B Brandon Macias:  2-5, HR (2), 2 RBI, R, K — .273 AVG
LF Ben McMahan:  2-3, 3B, RBI, BB, K — .263 AVG

Prospect of the Day:  SS Jeff Bianchi

Once a decent prospect in the Royals’ farm system, Bianchi found his way to the Brewers organization after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010 and underperforming at Triple-A in 2011. The Royals and Bianchi parted ways, and the Brewers saw an opportunity to bolster the middle of their infield in the minors, which was (and still is) extremely thin.

Bianchi burst onto the scene in 2009, when he hit a combined .308/.358/.435 in Double-A and Triple-A for the Royals. It largely came out of nowhere — as Bianchi had only hit .247 and .255 in the previous two seasons, respectively — but the Royals organization was extremely excited about his development until the elbow surgery that seemingly zapped any power he possessed in his swing. He only hit two home runs in 119 games last year and has yet to hit a home run this year.

As one talent evaluator told me when the Brewers signed Bianchi over the offseason, he has always possessed some skill at the plate, but “he is not a shortstop and has significant health issues.” Granted, in the Brewers current conundrum at shortstop, that combination of skills could be enough to garner some playing time at the big league level if Cesar Izturis and Edwin Maysonet perform to their career norms. The problem with that scenario lies in the fact that the Brewers would be sacrificing defense at shortstop with Bianchi, and Doug Melvin has made it abundantly clear that he values a plus-glove at the position this year.

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