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Farmers Only: Trade Bait edition

First of all I'd like to tip my hat and offer a HUGE thank you to BK for covering my duties all last week while I was gone.  He's done 3 weekend summaries in a row, and those are a major pain.  Thanks Beek!  Now, on to the games, where some possible trade candidates are (hopefully) increasing their stock ahead of trade season.


  • Louisville lost to Indianapolis 9-7.  Mark Serrano filled in for Matt Maloney and gave up 7 runs in 5 innings, due largely to 3 homers.  This was Serrano's first start above A ball.  Guess he's not quite ready yet.  Of course, he's not the trade bait the title refers to.  That would be one Yonder Alonso, who went 2-5 with his 9th homer of the season.  He even stole a base.  His numbers on the year are still weak, but in his last 10 games Alonso is OPSing 1.105 with 3 homers.  On the other hand, he's only walked once to 9 Ks in that time.  In AAA Alonso has 11 walks to 49 strikeouts, and his OBP is a measly .294.  It's only 54 games, but those aren't good numbers, which is why I wouldn't mind seeing him as the main chip in a July trade. (not for Lee though, get Stephen Drew!!!!)  Another trade candidate, Juan Francisco, also went 2-5 with 2 homers.  Would you believe his BB/K ratio is almost identical to Alonso's this season?  Crazy!  Todd Frazier was 2-5 with a double, Ryan Hanigan was 2-5 with a double (maybe time to call him up so we can be spared a week of Corky?), and Gary Matthews Jr. was 2-5 with a homer....we all need to hope and pray nothing happens to Drew Stubbs.  Up Next: Matt Klinker starts at 7:05.
  • Carolina won big, 9-1, behind 7 innings of one run ball from Matt Fairel.  Sean Henry and Dave Sappelt were both 3-5, Kris Negron was 2-5 with a double and triple, and Carlos Mendez was 2-4.  Up Next: Daryl Thompson starts (still starting, really?) at 8:05.
  • Lynchburg was off.  Up Next: Someone will start at 7:05.
  • Dayton won 7-5.  JC Sulbaran had a solid start, going 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4.  Recent draftee Ryan LaMarre went 4-5 with a double and 3 stolen bases.  He has stolen 11 bases in 19 games this season.  Alex Oliveras was 3-5, and Chase Weems was 2-4, and DiDi Gregorius went 2-5.  Up Next: Jacob Johnson starts at 7:05.
  • Billings played a doubleheader, losing the first game 7-6 and winning the second 5-3.  In the first game Juan Duran was 2-4 with a homer, and Billy Hamilton also went 2-4.  There was basically no good pitching.  The second game saw a decent start from Daniel Tuttle, going 6, allowing 3 earned and striking out 3.  Trey Manz provided the bulk of the offense, going 3-4 with a double and homer.  Up Next: Daniel Corcino starts at 9:05.
  • AZL Reds lost 9-4.  William Harford was 2-2 with a double, and Kurt Muller was 2-5.  Up Next: Someone will start at 9:00.