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Saturday, April 08, 2006
  Game Recaps (4/8/06)

Rain drove the players indoors for the day, and the Rainiers will make up their game tomorrow as part of a doubleheader starting at 1:35 pm.

San Antonio 1, Corpus Christi 2 (HOU)
Though he had only started three games since the end of the ’03 season, LHP Cesar Jimenez (0.00) dominated for six innings, allowing only three base runners via two hits and a hit batter while striking out two. He also recorded twelve groundouts to just four flyouts. That would’ve been enough to win the game, but RHP Nate Mateo (18.00, L) blew it in the eighth, giving up a pair of runs on three hits (HR) while striking out one. Following that, LHP Adam Pettyjohn (0.00) pitched his first inning since the ’04 season, giving up two hits and striking out one. The only run for the Missions came in the fourth, when they played smallball and manufactured a run. LF Jon Nelson (R, .333) singled, was moved over on a sacrifice and a groundout, and scored on a single by SS Oswaldo Navarro (RBI, E, .300). DH Sebastien Boucher (.400) added two hits, and 2B Jason Bourgeois (2B, .300) had the only extra-base knock. Bizzarro RF Wladimir Balentien (.364) was 0-for-3, but had one walk and one strikeout for the third straight game.

Inland Empire 9, High Desert 0 (KC)
LHP Robert Rohrbaugh (0.00, W) put the smackdown on the Mavericks today, going five and two-thirds and giving up just four hits and a walk while punching out seven. RHP Mumba Rivera (0.00), a holdover from last year’s squad, followed him up with an inning and a third in which he allowed one hit. RHP Jon Lockwood (0.00) got himself into trouble after an early strikeout in the eighth, giving up a single and two walks to load the bases, but he came back to get out of it unscathed. RHP Stephen Kahn (0.00) pitched a strong ninth, giving up a hit beyond the reach of Wilson and hitting a batter, but coming back to strike out the side. As the Mavericks broadcaster said, if he keeps pitching like that, he won’t be in the Cal League for very long. Word is that Kahn is the Sixers’ closer for the time being. 2B Yung-chi Chen (2 2B, R, 2 RBI, SB, .800) turned in one of the first exceptional offensive performances of the young minor league season, going 4-for-5 and having a hand in the turning of two double plays. But teams don’t generally score nine runs on the back of one player, and true enough, DH Reed Eastley (2 2B, .250), C Luis Oliveros (2B, 2 R, RBI, .250), and CF Josh Womack (2 2b, 2 R, RBI, .250) had two hits each, and SS Matt Tuiasosopo (2B, 2 R, RBI, .286) was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Peoria 3 (CHC), Wisconsin 6
LHP Paul Fagan (5.79, PO) didn’t have the greatest start to his season, coming up one out shy of the minimum for the win, while giving up three runs on five hits, a wild pitch, and six walks against six Ks and a pickoff. Oddly enough, only one of those walks did come around to score, but it was a different runner due to a force out. As I said before, reducing the number of batters he walks will be key for him, as it’s a problem for some sinkerball lefties. RHP Nick Allen (0.00, W) bailed him out and got the win, going the two and one-third innings and giving up two hits and a walk while striking out one. RHP Joe Woerman (0.00) struck out a pair in the eighth, then RHP Edgar Guaramato (0.00, S) closed the door in the ninth, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch, but also recording two groundouts and striking another batter out on a 91 mph. Mehring was commenting about how his scouting report one Guaramato is that he can get two quick strikes and then try to get too creative while putting them away. That’s about accurate, from what I’ve heard, but I still believe that he’s a talent worthy of note. The top three hitters in the order did most of the damage tonight, with 3B Rob Hudson (2 R, RBI, 2 SB, E, .250), C Chao Kuan Wu (R, 3 RBI, .500), and CF Michael Saunders (R, SB, .400) all had two hits apiece, including three straight to open the game. After that point, every time he came to the plate, you could hear the crowd screaming “Wuuuuuuuuuu!” Shame he got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the fourth, but he did score two runners with the same hit.

Tomorrow’s Starters:
Tacoma: RHP Cha Seung Baek, in Tacoma, @ 1:35 pm PDT
Game Two: RHP Francisco Cruceta, following game one
San Antonio: RHP Brandon Moorhead, at Corpus Christi, @ 12:05 pm PDT
Inland Empire: RHP Cibney Bello, in High Desert, @ 3:05 pm PDT
Wisconsin: RHP Marwin Vega (!), in Appleton, @ 11:05 am PDT

Edit 11:32 am:, if you're wanting to kill some time, tune into the T-rats game right now. Vega has ~22 pitches right now, twice as many balls as strikes, and struck out a guy on a 92mph FB followed by a <70mph change last inning. Vega rules.

Tacoma Rainiers: 2-0, 1.000, T-1st in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 2-1, .667, T-1st in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 1-1, .500, 1 GB in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 2-1, .667, T-1st in MWL Western
Organizational Record: 7-3, .700

  Game Recaps (4/7/06)

Colorado Springs 2 (COL), Tacoma 10
LHP Bobby Livingston (3.60, W) took the hill in game two and pitched five strong innings, giving up a couple of runs on five hits and a wild pitch while punching out two. RHP Renee Cortez (0.00) and RHP Aaron Looper (0.00) split the last four innings, with Cortez giving up a hit and striking out one, and Looper giving up two hits. At least for this came, the early season suspicions of CF Adam Jones (2B, 3B, 2 R, 4 RBI, .286) and SS Asdrubal Cabrera (R, 2 RBI, .600) struggling at the dish were staved off. Jones was 2-for-4 in the game with a couple of extra-base hits, and AsCab was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk hitting in the seven spot behind Jones. LF Shin-soo Choo (2 R, RBI, SB, .429) and RF T.J. Bohn (.500) also had two hits apiece, and 2B Jose Morban (2B, R, .143) had the only other extra-base hit in the lineup.

San Antonio 5, Corpus Christi 0 (HOU)
RHP Yorman Bazardo (0.00, W) stuck it to his detractors, hitting 93 on the gun a number of times and throwing a one-hitter through six innings, walking one, hitting one, tossing a wild pitch, and striking out three. The ten to five ground fly ratio is pretty good too. LHP Jason Mackintosh (0.00) followed up with two innings, walking one and striking out a pair, then RHP Mike Flannery (0.00) came in and recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The pitchers weren’t the only ones giving the Hooks fits, as RF Wladimir Balentien (R, CS, PO, .500) had three hits in the game and CF Sebastien Boucher (RBI, CS, PO, .400), DH Jason Bourgeois (R, .400), and 1B Bryan Lahair (2B, HR, 3 RBI, .444) had two hits apiece. It was another night for Wlad where he walked once and struck out once. If not for him and Boucher getting caught and picked off, the game might’ve been even more lopsided. SS Oswaldo Navarro (SB, .333) also turned in a nice performance, going 1-for-2 with a couple of walks.

Inland’s home opener against High Desert was rained out tonight, and should be made up as a doubleheader on April 15th. Series heads back to High Desert again…

Peoria 3 (CHC), Wisconsin 0
LHP Justin Thomas (0.00, L) was handed a tough loss, going six innings and giving up just an unearned run on six hits and a walk against four strikeouts on the night. RHP Jeff Gilmore (5.40) followed and gave up a couple of runs, one earned, on two hits, two walks, a wild pitch, and a strikeout in the next inning and two-thirds, but LHP Rollie Gibson (0.00) bailed him out, leaving the bases loaded and going the rest of the way, striking out two before the game was done. RF Michael Saunders (CS, .333) was the only real producer in this one, collecting two hits, but DH Bryan Sabatella (.333) went 1-for-3 with a walk as well. Even without the four errors and the passed ball, I don’t know if they pull this one out, but that definitely ruined there chances.

Today’s Starters:
Tacoma: RHP Cha Seung Baek, in Tacoma, @ 1:35 pm PDT
San Antonio: LHP Cesar Jimenez, at Corpus Christi, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Inland Empire: LHP Robert Rohrbaugh (?), in High Desert, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Wisconsin: LHP Paul Fagan, in Appleton, @ 11:05 am PDT

Tacoma Rainiers: 2-0, 1.000, T-1st in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 2-0, 1.000, 1st in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 0-1, .000, 1 GB in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 1-1, .500, 1 GB in MWL Western
Organizational Record: 5-2, .714

Thursday, April 06, 2006
  Game Recaps (Opening Night '06)

It’s 10:30ish PM and I’m in a daze, suffering from road hypnosis looking at all those dotted lines on the freeway in the ~50 miles from Cheney to my place. Wooooo! Live from four stations around the country, it’s opening night!

Colorado Springs 1 (COL), Tacoma 3
RHP Clint Nageotte (0.00, W) was straight-up dealing tonight, facing the minimum through five, walking two and striking out four. The two guys that did reach against him were promptly thrown out, and one who reached on catcher’s interference only paved way for the seemingly inevitable double play. Nags had eight ground balls to one fly out on the night, a can of corn to center field that was never much trouble anyway. The slider was on, not vintage, but definitely on, the two-seam was strong, and the change-up even looked good when he threw it. There were no good swings by the Sky Sox off Nageotte that I saw tonight. RHP Scott Atchison (9.00) came in for an inning after that and got a couple of quick strikeouts, followed by a pair of singles and a grounder, but the seventh wasn’t as kind to him, as he allowed a double and a walk before being pulled in favor of RHP Sean Green (0.00), who will battle Nags for the title of most extreme groundball pitcher on the staff. Green gave up a couple of hits to score one of Atch’s runs, and had five grounders to one flyout in the next two innings. RHP Emiliano Fruto (0.00, S) came in for the ninth, inducing a weak grounder on the first hitter, another grounder after that, and a strikeout to cap the game. RF T.J. Bohn (2B, R, .500) had a couple of hits, including a double hit hard down the LF line on the heels of a two-run shot not too far from the pole in RF by LF Shin-soo Choo (HR, 2 RBI, CS, .333). CF Adam Jones (HBP, .000) struck out in two of his three plate appearances, and was plunked another trip up, but looked overmatched and seemed like he knew it. Not too exciting, but the pitching for the Rainiers rocked, and should continue to do so.

San Antonio 4, Corpus Christi 3 (HOU)
The Missions squared off against a team that they gave fits last season and came out on top, with LHP Travis Blackley (1.50, E, W) picking up his first win in too long. Blackley threw six strong innings and allowed three runs (one earned) to score on three hits (HR) and two walks against three Ks. RHP Craig James (0.00) followed him up with a couple of scoreless innings, where he gave up a couple of hits and had four groundouts to a pair of flies. Odd, considering James was a flyball pitcher last year. RHP Jon Huber (0.00, S) came in to seal the game with a 1-2-3 ninth. Huber might do well in relief work, as he’s always had the stuff, but never quite put it all together as a starter. CF Sebastien Boucher (R, SB, .400), C Jeff Clement (2B, RBI, .500), 1B Bryan Lahair (2B, RBI, .400), and LF Jon Nelson (HR, .500) led the charge with two hits apiece, and in five plate appearances, get this, RF Wladimir Balentien (R, A, .250) had a single, A WALK, and only one strikeout, not to mention having a hand in a double play. For a more complete recap, I’d check out G’s thread at SportSpot.

Inland Empire 2, High Desert 6 (KC)
The one loss on the night… LHP Julio Santiago (10.80, L) took the mound in the opener, going only three and a third innings and allowing four runs to score on seven hits, a couple walks, and three Ks. I might’ve sent Rohrbaugh up, but he’ll get his chance soon enough. RHP Mark Lowe (3.86) followed up with two and a third innings and gave up a run after two each of hits, walks, and strikeouts. RHP Ivan Blanco (0.00) pitched the same amount of innings, and did give up one run after a couple of hits, though it was unearned. Not a slick defensive game for the Sixers. 3B Ron Prettyman (2B, R, .500) had a pair of hits, 2B Erick Monzon (E, .500) went 1-for-2 with two walks, and LF Brent Johnson (R, .333) was 1-for-3 with a walk. Johnson was driven in by SS Matt Tuiasosopo (RBI, CS, 2 E, .250), but that was the high point for Tui as he also made a couple of errors and was caught stealing. On the plus side, at least defensively, RF Mike Wilson (.000) threw out one runner at third and another at home, and the pitchers certainly appreciated that. I imagine they would’ve appreciated a wee bit more offense, though.

Peoria 2 (CHC), Wisconsin 4
An odd game, but there’s more positives than negatives, I’d say. On one hand, you have RHP Jason Snyder (1.80, W) giving up eight hits, but on the other, he only allowed two runs (one earned) despite that in his five innings, and had seven Ks to just one walk. RHP Ruben Flores (0.00), returning from labrum surgery, gave up three hits, walked one, threw a wild pitch, and hit two batters in two innings of work, but came out of the mess without any runs scoring and struck out two to boot. LHP Harold Williams (0.00) took on the eighth, giving up a hit and striking out two, then RHP Joe Woerman (0.00, S) closed it out in the ninth by striking out the side. The big hitter in the game was none other than LF Casey Craig (HR, 3 RBI, .500), who jacked a three-run shot in the second off a tough Cubbies prospect in LHP Donald Veal. CF Alex Gary (R, RBI, 1.000) is batting one thousand for the season so far, but had a sacrifice fly and a walk to go with his single, so it’s not that big a deal. C J.B. Tucker (2 R, PB, .000) and RF Michael Saunders (SB, A, .000) both went 0-for-2 with a couple of walks, and that was the other big story on the night, as Chiefs pitchers gave up nine walks to the T-Rats hitters this evening. Sure, the Rattlers were outhit twelve to three, with the other hit going to 2B Luis Valbuena (.250), but I dig the walks.

Tomorrow’s Starters:
Tacoma: LHP Bobby Livingston, in Tacoma, @ 6:05 pm PDT
San Antonio: RHP Yorman Bazardo, at Corpus Christi, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Inland Empire: LHP Robert Rohrbaugh (?), in San Bernardino, @ 7:11 pm PDT
Wisconsin: LHP Justin Thomas, in Appleton, @ 4:35 pm PDT

  Roster Breakdown 2006:
Tacoma Rainiers Roster
The Rainiers are set up much like they have been in past years: a pitching staff that isn't new to triple-A, a couple of studs in the OF, and one hotshot SS prospect that everyone will have their eyes on. The only thing it seems to be missing is the journeyman, former indie league pitcher (preferably a lefty).
The pitching staff does have experience, true, but there are a lot of questions about it as a whole. Do Nageotte and Green continue inducing groundballs like it's going out of style? Does Foppert ever get his velocity and control back (and stop missing up)? Can Livingston's bag of tricks carry him through the highest level of the minors? Are Baek and Atchison coming in with something to prove? Do Dorman and Cruceta ever put it together? Do Cortez and Fruto keep it together? How does Oldham adjust to the 'pen? Not all of these questions need to be answered affirmatively for the team to contend, but it makes the pitching depth interesting in the coming years depending on how they're answered. I'm rather fond of the idea of Nags as the 5th starter.
The offense will be a little different. With both Johnson and Rivera in Tacoma, it'll be a battle between top defensive catchers to see who comes out on top offensively. In the outfield, you'll have Bohn who has been able to get on at a steady pace, but not hit a lot of home runs, Choo, who is hoping that the late season surge carries him through the new season, and Jones adjusting to a new position while everyone worries that the defensive adjustments will temporarily take away from his offensive game. If nothing else, those three guys could seriously limit the chances of the pitchers giving up extra-base hits, because all of them can fly and throw hard. The infield is what probably interests me the least, but it does have Drubie on the fast track, and Morse and Dobbs trying to prove they deserve spots on the big club. Brown might finally break out as a utility infielder candidate, but his case is still hurting there unless he suddenly becomes a capable shortstop. Sears plays the role of minor league first base fodder, Youngbauer plays second, and Morban is in the Rainiers' Bloomquist role, I'd expect.

Prediction: Title Contention

San Antonio Roster
Some familiar faces here, with the roster still shaking out (as Carvajal has recently been traded to the D-Rays for de la Rosa). Jimenez is in the rotation again, which takes the edge off Oldham in the 'pen in Tacoma, and Blackley is back in action as well. Also returning are Mateo, Flannery, and Huber as hard throwers out of the 'pen, and I assume the Bazardo rotation experiment continues. Newcomers include Feirabend, Mackintosh, and Moorhead (who may or may not be healthy at the moment), all of whom need to limit their hits more than they have been, and of whom Feir might be the only real prospect. Fillinger and James look to continue their newfound dominance at the upper levels, and Pettyjohn... well, he's a real wildcard, trying to pitch again after losing most of an intestine. Not an exciting staff, but some things to watch.
The offense is a little better. If you could combine the better talents of Clement and Ruchti, you'd have the best catching prospect in the minors and one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball, but as it stands, Clement's still unpolished defensively and Ruchti would be lucky to hit his weight. The outfield features two guys seeking to establish, with Boucher trying to prove he can do the same things he did last year at double-A and Big Bad Wlad trying to figure out a way to draw a walk and minimize those darned strikeouts. The other two have more question marks, as older college guys. Harris is a speed guy who lost a couple steps last year, and Nelson, after "breaking out" in 04, finally saw the strikeouts catch up with him and beat him down. Also, the whole drinking fountain thing, which I won't soon forget. Your big infield prospect is Navarro, who is arguably the best defensive infielder still in our minors, but his offense has been off and on. Lahair is trying to establish himself as the first valuable 1B prospect we've developed in who knows how long, but needs to hit lefties better. Guzman just needs hit, period, and get back to drawing walks. Some defensive versatility couldn't hurt either. Otherwise, you have Garciaparra coming out of advanced-A after being trapped in Inland for what seemed like forever, though the same could be said for Rogelstad. Bourgeois is the former top prospect trying to re-establish himself with a new org, and the only minor league rule five we picked up (speaking of which, the Rangers released Estelin Soto, who they snagged from us). More questions here, but Clement can't hurt and it should be safer than the pitching.

Prediction: Second or third

Inland Empire Roster
Your '06 Inland rotation right now is Rohrbaugh, Santiago, Bello, Nottingham, and Jensen. Rohr is getting challenged, and he didn't pitch quite as well as some of the past lefties to come through Everett, but I'd still keep an eye on him. Santiago is the continuing question, with regard to both velocity and health. I guess my opinion on Bello is evident, but to summarize, between the walks and flyballs, he's probably the weakest link there and the most easily replaced, if he pitches much like last season. Nottingham should survive, if he's over his flexor bundle thing, and I'd expect him to be one of the brighter spots. Jensen, I can only hope carries over his dominance from the T-Rats playoffs. The bullpen iis curiously filled with swingmen types who have started in the past and could move to the rotation in the future, with such names as Lowe, O'Flaherty, Blanco, Mumba Rivera, KAAAAAAHN!, and Trolia. The only pure bullpenner is Lockwood, who is again, trying to follow up on his good season last year. In terms of stuff and overall velocity, this might be the best minor league roster the M's are fielding, but it still has some injury and stability concerns last year's T-Rats had.
The Sixers were left with the short end of the stick as far as catchers go. Falcon can hit, and did better than it appeared last year in Wisconsin, but he's been hanging around for what feels like forever, as has Oliveros, though both guys are fairly young. Both have been all over the place in terms of their placement the past few years, and could provide some decent skills, but it's hard to know what you'll ultimately have with both. It's a similar story in the outfield, where you have Colton technically returning after an impressive Wisconsin stint and a terrible run in Inland. Mike Wilson might be the guy to watch here, as he's regarded as the most improved player from this spring training and stood out quite a bit last year as well. His power stroke could make an impact in the Cal League. Womack's the prototypical five-tool left-handed outfielder, who hasn't stood out in any one place just yet, and Heid is making his first jump to full season after breifly putting the hurt on the NWL last year. The largest group here is the infielders, but don't bet on all of them playing solely there. Hubbard, Jack Arroyo, and Brent Johnson have experience in both places and have done all right there, though Hubbard is a stronger bet for first and should turn some heads at least with his offense. Prettyman and Eastley make the leap from Everett, and should join Chen and Monzon (returning for yet another run) as utility infield types who could play in a number of positions. The guy everyone will be watching is Tui, who will at least start out at short. How long that lasts is anyone's guess, but he's the top offensive prospect on the team. It's going to be Tui and Hubbard and maybe Monzon as the big offensive producers on the infield, with the rest as slightly questionable, or needing to recover from the whole Midwest League thing.

Prediction: Title contention, if things break right (second or third, more realistic)

Wisconsin Roster
Oh man. This one's going to be either fun or nerve-wracking. You have Escalona and Vega getting pushed hard, but both are extremely talented. Escalona may soon establish himself as the system's best LHSP, and Vega combines a low90s FB with a mid60s change, which is just crazy (AND, he was named the most improved minor league pitcher in camp). Should either falter, the staff is stablized by the presence of Snyder, Thomas, Williams, Gilmore, Woerman, Gibson, and Allen, all of whom have college level experience. The top three are the clear favorites from that group, and if Snyder proves himself healthy, he could move out quickly. Thomas and Williams are lefties with good stuff, as is Gibson, if he can reign it in and stop walking guys. Fagan and Guaramato are both serious breakout candidates, with good stuff that's just a few tweaks away from making a considerable impact. Limiting walks should help both.
The offense has some of the same craziness. Catcher features an indy leaguer signed last year (Prosise), a college veteran who brought havoc to the NWL last year (Tucker), and an oft-injured Taiwanese backstop who may ultimately shift to first (Wu). The outfield has one of the AZL's better hitters in Hernandez, though he didn't see much time, and Craig who needed to move up desperately. What he does with it, is still a question, but he has plate discipline and some usable speed working in his favor. Saunders can hit 'em as hard as anyone, but he's still kind of a raw athletic type. Gary is an unknown to me, and that he was called up in a spring training game surprised me more than anything. The outfield could probably carry it, particularly when you add in such hard hitting IF/OF guys as Sabatella and Flaig, assuming they get in a groove. They don't have to, however, as there are strong hitting infielders in Valbuena and Garth, who hit quite well in the NWL and AZL respectively. Dominguez and Hudson are probably the weakest links here. Both are pluses defensively, and could see time because there's really no other strong defensive shortstops on the roster. They're really the only holes in an otherwise strong lineup. Let's see if they can overcome the MWL...

Prediction: Title contention, if things break right (second or third, more realistic)

Play Ball!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006
  Post-ST Cuts

Baseball America has the goods, again...
Released Cs Jose Yepez, Anthony Sanguinetti, Jason Radwan and Andy Dominique, OFs Carlos Arroyo, Sam Bradford, William Hogan, Michael Nesbit and Jaime Bubela, 2B Fernando Vina, RHPs Brian Stitt, James Mault, Nibaldo Acosta, Dave Burba, Don Clement, Michael Bumstead, Eric Carter and Stephen Grasley and LHPs Chris Key, Donny Langdon and Jared Thomas. Placed RHP Greg Wear on voluntarily retired list. Returned Rule 5 selection LHP Luis Gonzalez to Dodgers. Traded LHP Luke Lockwood to Phillies. Traded RHP Chris Jaile to the Padres

Can't claim a lot of surprise on any of these, but it seems that RHP Brandon Moorhead, LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, and 2B Ismael Castro are still around, just temprorarily missing in action.

My computer SEEMS to be fixed now, so everything's on track again. I'll be at the Rainiers opener tomorrow and back with a report in the evening. I may yet preview some of the teams, but the more I type, the more I want to talk about. The biggest thing is that they're now pushing players a lot harder. I'm very interested to see how the T-Rats fare, particularly the pitching staff.

  Computer Issues / Delayed Posting
Over the past few weeks my computer has developed an odd problem that I've yet to find any sort of clear solution to. It seems to be constantly consuming disk space, and to what ends, I've yet to find out. In this time period, I've probably deleted anywhere from 700mb-1gig of files or programs I figured I could do without, and each time, that space has been used up in absurdly short amount of time. I'm not downloading anything, I haven't visited any unusual sites in recent memory, it's not something Ad-Aware could pick up, and when I run Disk Cleanup, it seems convinced the there's only a few megs of Temprorary Internet Files and negligible space that could be saved through other means. Still, every few hours, my computer seems convinced that I only have 8k left when it was 250mb only a short time ago. I can't do any new tasks or download the neglected update or to because as soon as I try, it runs out of space again.

I know the basics of computer management, how to to put things together and what to avoid, but I've never ran into something of this nature. It seems to defy explanation. I'm going to run an error check today to see if it finds anything at all, but I doubt it even gets through it without believing it has run out of the memory necessary.

Should that fail (and I fully expect it to at this point), I'm going to run it down to my usual computer shop tomorrow and have them try to fix it, shifting everything over from my current 30gig to a new 300gig and installing a newer DVD drive I have lying around here while they're at it.

I have no idea when they'll have my computer fixed, but I'll be without it for the minor league home opener (also tomorrow), and will be left to find other cputers to post from in the meantime. This cancels the roster commentary I anticipated doing (they're up at Prospect Insider, if you follow the sidebar link), but I should figure out something for the game recaps.

Thanks for your patience in the meantime.

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Inside The Park's 21-30 Mariners Prospects
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On Deck Baseball's Future 500 (AL Only)
Wait Til Next Year's Top 50 Prospects
Wait Til Next Year's 51-90 Prospects
The Sports Network's Top 10 Mariners Prospects
Creative Sports' Top 10 Mariners Prospects
CBS Sportsline's Top AL West Prospects's Top 10 Mariners Prospects's Top 50 Prospects
Seattle PI's Top 15 Mariners Prospects
2003 Runs Created (Current system players)
2003 Runs Created (New acquisitions)
2003 Secondary Avg. (Current system players)
2003 Secondary Avg. (New acquisitions)
2003 WHIP Charts (Current system players)
2003 WHIP Charts (New acquisitions)
2003 K/BB Charts (Current system players)
2003 K/BB Charts (New acquisitions)

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