Who’s next in line?
From the bullpen?
- Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush and Dominic Leone all have fairly recent starting experience.
- Maur… was only going 4.0 IP per game anyway.
- Wilhelmsen has gone as many as 52 pitches this year (but that’s because he was walking four guys). Leone has gone 44 pitches and 2.1 IP in his longest outings.
As much as it would be cool to see Leone converted back to starting, I don’t think that will happen.
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From the 40-man roster?
- Not that you’re pining for Blake Beavan anyway, but he’s on the disabled list too.
- And Anthony Fernandez, who is underrated, is on the Tacoma DL. So scratch him too.
That leaves … Erasmo Ramirez.
He’s had some choppy outings, but Thursday he wasn’t bad (see below).
But they may have already decided e-RAM “doesn’t work” against MLB hitters.
From elsewhere in the minors?
The main guys at Tacoma are Andrew Carraway and James Gilheeney, both of whom have been around a long time and have yet to show much MLB potential.
Jordan Pries was supposed to be in AA, but all the injuries got him promoted, and he’s done quite well at Tacoma. He’s good at limiting damage, but his peripherals aren’t all that impressive.
Pries would be quite a leap of faith, but the options are limited.
There’s also 35-year-old journeyman Matt Palmer, who’s had a few MLB chances but hasn’t done anything with them (4.6 BB/9 and 4.8 K/9?).
Of course, at AA you have 19-year-old Victor Sanchez. He might be the Next Big Thing, but he’s already been through an injury and has been hit pretty hard (8 HR in 6 starts). He probably wouldn’t be helped by even a cameo promotion to the majors.
Unfortunately, perhaps the best AA option — longtime Spectometer sleeper Stephen Landazuri — is also on the DL.
Strange as it is to say, perhaps 40th-round draft pick Trevor Miller would be plausible pick if they’re going to skip over e-RAM. Miller’s just trying to be a No. 5 starter anyway, and he might be a decent one.
But it’s amazing that we would even be talking about something like that.
I think they’ll have to give Erasmo another shot and hope for the best.
Robinson Cano was out sick, giving Nick Franklin a golden opportunity at second base.
He went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Ouch.
Brad Miller had two hits. He’s still getting hammed by BABIP, but his eye has improved dramatically:
April: 2 BB | 26 K
May : 11 BB | 16 K
- Hyper-detailed baseball-reference.com boxscore here.
- As noted, Erasmo got the start for Tacoma: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
- Rehabbing Logan Morrison got a double and a single, plus a steal. LoMo in seven games: 9-for-25, .360/.407/.520. Enjoy the MLB locker room while you can, Cole Gillespie.
- AA Jackson split a double header, with the aforementioned Sanchez giving up 2 ER in 4.0 IP in the opener, and the aforementioned Miller going 6.0 IP allowing only an unearned run in the second game. Miller did walk four.
- Jamal Austin had three hits in the nightcap, and Patrick Kivlehan got homer No. 11 (his second in AA). Kivlehan re-takes the organizational lead with his 11th, after D.J. Peterson and Jordy Lara had tied him at 10.
- High-A High Desert followed up its no-hitter by allowing nine hits and 10 runs. Figures. Travis Witherspoon hit his second homer, and added a walk and a steal.
- Low-A Clinton got a combined shutout from Jose Flores and Rafael Pineda, and Jack Reinheimer tied Xavier Avery for the organizational lead in steals with his 18th.