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Minding the farm

  • First off, it's painfully obvious that this feature needs a new name. The ballot box is hereby open.
  • Homer Bailey
    Louisville split a doubleheader with the Paw Sox, winning 3-2 after a David Ross triple and passed ball, and losing 8-2 in the nightcap. Homer Bailey went 6.1 of 7 innings in Game 1, allowing 5 hits and a walk and striking out 4 before getting lifted for Bill Bray, who has been lights out in his four appearances. He struck out his two batters for the save. In Game 2, Tom Shearn was touched up for the first time and the Bats were rocked by two George Kottaras homers. Jay Bruce was 1 for 3 on the day, and he, Jerry Hairston and Jolbert Cabrera all had hit streaks end at 8 games.
  • Sam Lecure had another poor start for Chattanooga as the Lookouts lost 6-5. Lecure has given up 10 runs in 9.1 innings with 11 walks and 7 strikeouts. However, B.J. Szymanski continues the hottest two weeks of his professional career, going 2 for 3 with a double and a homer. The good news: He leads the Southern League in average (.417) and homers (3) and is second in slugging percentage (.806), OPS (1.253) and RBIs (12) through 10 games. The bad news: He's a 25-year-old playing in Double-A who has 14 strikeouts in 36 at-bats.
  • Jeff Jeffords
    Dayton won 10-4, and combined with Sunday's game, backup catcher Jake Long is 7 for 8 with 6 RBIs. Also, Raymond "Jeff" Jeffords (remember him? 19th-rounder last year? yeah.) struck out five in his two innings. Get this: He has faced 30 batters this year, walked 3, allowed 4 hits and struck out... 17. Anybody have a scouting report on this guy?
  • Sarasota tore up Lakeland 9-4. Alexander Smit got the win, and there were a ton of hits: three for Heisey, four for Turner, two for Valaika (including a homer) and a triple by Stubbs.