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Farmers Only: Minor League Baseball is Back, Baby!

Yep.  Definitely a bust.
Yep. Definitely a bust.

Yesterday marked the opening day for the minor league teams, and you know what that means.  You can now look forward to you daily morning prospect updates!  With one of the best systems in the minors this promises to be an exciting season, and the RR Prospect Bureau has some exciting features planned for you this season.

 I would like to get one item of business out of the way.  The stupid Bakersfield Blaze won't typically be starting their games until 10 p.m. Eastern time, and that's way to late for my blood. As a result, I'll be posting this sans Blaze scores every morning, then I'll update the Blaze score sometime mid-morning.  I can't speak for BK.  His professionalism is top notch and he's not a wimp like me, so maybe when he posts these he'll get you your Blaze scores on time, but I won't. Deal with it.

Ok, on to the scores!


  • Louisville lost to Toledo 11-6.  The team put together a solid offensive showing, something we should see on a regular basis from this potent lineup.  Devin Mesoraco doubled and hit a moonshot home run in 4 at bats, Todd Frazier was 2-4 with a triple, Daniel Dorn was 2-4 with a homer, and Zack Cozart was 1-3 with 2 walks.  Every starting position player had at least 1 hit.  Unfortunately, the pitching.  Scott Carroll was decent in his start, lasting 5.2 IP and giving up 2 runs.  But 4 relievers followed him and each gave up at least 1 run.  Daniel Ray Herrera was the worst, giving up 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning.  I'll go on record as saying he's finished as an effective pitcher.  Up Next: Matt Klinker takes the hill at 6:35
  • Carolina fell to Mobile 7-4.  Daryl Thompson threw 5 solid innings, allowing just 1 run.  Brad Boxberger threw 2 shutout innings of relief, striking out 4.  The Mudcats were in line for the win until Donnie Joseph blew up in the 9th.  DoJo gave up a whopping 5 runs in 1 inning to blow the lead and lose the game.  I really hope that is an early season aberration.  Mike Costanzo, 1B of the future and hater of Festivus, went 3-3 with 2 doubles, a triple, and a walk.  Look out, Joey Votto!  David Cook apparently quit his music career and hit a 2 run homer.  Up Next: James Avery gets the start at 7:15.
  • I lied!  Bakersfield was rained out, so no late score!  Up Next: Pedro Villareal gets the start at 10:00.
  • Dayton lost to Bowling Green 4-0.  Josh Smith had a very impressive start, lasting 6 innings and giving up just 1 run while striking out 9.  Unfortunately Smith still picked up the loss because the Dragons offense was shut out and only managed 3 hits.  One was by Billy Hamilton, who also stole his first base of the season.  One of many, I'm sure.  Up Next: Daniel Corcino continues his Johnny Cueto impression at 7:00.