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Minding the farm




It was a clean sweep for our three farm teams in action, and one other was swept out of action by bad weather and bad schedule making.

Great days were had by a non-prospect; the other piece of the Hobbs trade; a second-rounder and former top-6 prospect; and one of the three Texas boys we drafted in the first round from 2004-2006. To find out which one, hit the jump.



  • Justin Lehr had another terrific start, shutting out Pawtucket over seven innings as the Bats won 3-1. Jay Bruce was 1 for 4 and extended his hit streak to seven games; Jerry Hairston Jr. was 1 for 1 with two walks and extended his hit streak to eight games; and Jolbert Cabrera was 2 for 3 and extended his hit streak to eight games. The Bats (7-3) also moved into a first-place tie in the International League West with Indianapolis as Toledo lost.

    If you're curious, Lehr (pronounced LEER) is a 30-year-old righty with an 87 mph fastball, although he started the AAA All-Star Game last year for the PCL.
  • Chattanooga beat Birmingham 5-4 on a walk-off single in the 11th. Josh Roenicke blew a save (though he struck out four in 1.2 innings), and Danny Ray Herrera (remember? the other guy we got for Josh Hamilton?) got the win. He hasn't allowed a run in five appearances (10.2 innings).
  • Sarasota beat up on Tampa 10-0. Drew Stubbs was 4 for 5 with four singles and four runs and Juan Francisco, Drew Heisey, Chris Valaika, Sean Henry and Carson Kainer  all had two hits.  In nearly a mirror of his first start, Travis Wood went five innings, allowing four hits and two walks and striking out six. I'd love to see a couple more of those starts from the 21-year-old second-rounder.
  • The Dayton doubleheader against the Timber Rattlers snowed out after Friday's game rained out. They'll try another doubleheader today. April home games in Wisconsin: bad idea.