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Tigers pitching shaky in 8-3 loss

July 5, 2010

Connecticut Tigers pitchers Rayni Guichardo and Tyler White had trouble controlling the strike zone in the Tigers’ 8-3 loss to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Monday night.

Tyler White allowed 5 earned runs in 0.2 innings pitched on Monday

Guichardo did not yield an earned run in his four innings of work, but he did allow two unearned runs on four hits and three walks.  Guichardo’s command was less than stellar as he routinely fell behind in the count.

Tyler White, who came out of the bullpen in relief of Guichardo, also struggled with his command, allowing two walks in 0.2 innings pitched.  White gave up five earned runs including a two-run home run to Chase Burnette.

The most impressive Connecticut pitcher was 18-year-old left-hander Antonio Cruz, who pitched 1.1 perfect innings for the Tigers before leaving the game after his left forearm was hit by a line drive.  Cruz showed a 91-92 mph fastball and a swing-and-miss slider in his brief outing.

Tigers outfielder P.J. Polk showed signs of breaking out of his slump, hitting a single to right field in his first at bat and doubling down the left field line in his third at bat.

In the sixth inning, Londell Taylor showed off the tools that enticed the Tigers to give him an above-slot signing bonus when he was drafted in 2007, hitting a ball off the wall in left center field and flying around the bases for a triple.  Taylor would score the Tigers’ first run of the game when he was driven in by Polk.

The Tigers’ three-game series with the Scrappers will conclude with a rubber match on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  Right-handed pitcher Josue Carreno (1-2, 4.05) is scheduled to start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Owen Dew (1-0, 0.00) of the Scrappers.


Tigers celebrate 4th of July with 6-1 victory

July 4, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers offense provided plenty of fireworks in the Tigers’ 6-1 victory over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Independence Day.

The Tigers finished the game with a season high 14 hits.  Ryan Enos and Matt Perry led the charge with three hits apiece and Brett Anderson hit his second home run of the season.

Matt Mansilla had a rough day offensively, going 0-4 with a strikeout, but he made up for it on the defensive end with a difficult sliding catch in left field.

Connecticut Tigers outfielder Chao-Ting Tang scores a run in the 2nd inning

The Tigers offense was aided by sloppy defense from the Scrappers, which allowed the Tigers to score three unearned runs off of Scrappers starting pitcher Kirk Wetmore.

Tigers starting pitcher Patrick Cooper earned the win in his first start of the season.  Cooper allowed two walks in the first inning, but wiggled out of the jam unscathed.  He allowed a run in the second after a Carlos Moncrief triple and a Brian Heere single, but that was the only run the Scrappers would score all game.  Cooper finished with a final line of 5.0 innings pitched, two hits, one run, two walks and four strikeouts.

Patrick Lawson pitched three shutout innings in relief of Cooper and Kevan Hess struck out the side in the ninth inning to end the game.

The Tigers play the Scrappers again on Monday at 7:05 p.m.  Left-handed pitcher Rayni Guichardo (1-0, 7.50) is expected to start for the Tigers.

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Tigers to host Scrappers for 3-game series

July 3, 2010

After losing two out of three on the road at Tri-City, the Connecticut Tigers will return to Dodd Stadium for a three-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, New York-Penn League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

P.J. Polk has struggled in the leadoff spot.

The Tigers enter the series with a 9-7 record, but the team has struggled to get production out of the leadoff spot since Jeff Rowland’s promotion to the West Michigan Whitecaps.  Rowland had a .442 on-base percentage with Connecticut before his promotion.  P.J. Polk, who has replaced Rowland in the leadoff spot, has only managed a .286 on-base percentage.

The Tigers also have a hole to fill in their rotation with the departure of Luis Sanz, who was promoted to the Whitecaps on Saturday.  Sanz had been Connecticut’s best starting pitcher with a 3-0 record and a 0.56 ERA.

Offensively, the Tigers have received excellent contributions from Matt Perry and Josh Ashenbrenner.  Perry has a .367 batting average and a .472 on-base percentage.  Ashenbrenner leads the team with 20 total bases.

The Scrappers will roll into Dodd Stadium with an 8-8 record, which puts them in the middle of the standings in the Pinckney Division.

Chase Burnette has been one of the Scrappers’ best hitters with a .550 slugging percentage and a team-leading three home runs and ten runs batted in.

Veteran catcher Wyatt Toregas has been sharing time behind the plate with Diego Seastrunk.  Toregas is a 27-year-old with major league experience, so his presence on the Mahoning Valley roster is a bit odd.  According to Tony Lastoria of Indians Prospect Insider, Toregas was assigned to Mahoning Valley after a falling out with the Indians organization.

The Tigers begin their series with the Scrappers on Sunday at 4:04 p.m.

Previewing the Mahoning Valley Scrappers

May 26, 2010

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, New York-Penn League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, finished last season in first place in the Pinckney Division with a 49-27 record.  They will play a three game series with the Connecticut Tigers July 4-6 at Dodd Stadium.

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Tony Lastoria of Indians Prospect Insider joined Connecticut Tiger Den to help preview the 2010 Scrappers.  “The Mahoning Valley roster is almost completely filled out from the recent draft as they assign almost every college draft pick there,” Lastoria said.  “As a result, maybe at most a half dozen extended guys make the Mahoning Valley roster.”  The following is a Q and A about those players in extended spring training who may play for the Scrappers this season.

Stephen Hamel: Alexander Morales had a good strikeout rate in the Arizona League a season ago. What kind of stuff does he have? Considering his size, does he project better as a reliever? Do you expect him to be assigned to Mahoning Valley?

Tony Lastoria: Morales will be used as a starter likely in Mahoning Valley, and he is one of the few guys in EST that they consider has some upside. Had an ACL injury in 2008 which wiped out his season, and came back last year with a solid year. 88-91 with his fastball and complements it with a curveball and changeup. His biggest strength is he is an aggressive pitcher and is not afraid to pitch around the strike zone. I think ultimately he becomes a reliever, but he will open in the Mahoning Valley rotation (though there is an outside chance he goes to Lake County in June to start instead).

SH: Why do you think the Indians gave up on Carlos Moncrief as a pitcher and moved him to the outfield? Will he be ready for Mahoning Valley or do you think the Indians will want to keep him in the Arizona League initially?

TL: Moncrief is just too raw as a pitcher and couldn’t throw consistent strikes. First pitch strike rate and walks were not good. He has an amazing arm, but some guys just have problems mechanically and with throwing strikes. Thankfully, he was just as heralded in the draft as an outfielder as he was a pitcher, so his power bat and plus arm could be a nice find in the outfield. But he is still gonna take a lot of work.

SH: Are you surprised Vidal Nuno was not assigned to a full-season team considering his success with Mahoning Valley last season? Will he be sent back to Mahoning Valley this season?

TL: Nuno actually just got promoted to Lake County in the past week, so likely won’t be in Mahoning Valley. Yeah, he had a lot of success last year at Mahoning Valley, but he is a prime example of how sometime results don’t necessarily don’t make a great prospect. He came out of nowhere and surprised, but some think with him being a crafty lefty and plus strike thrower he took advantage of some very inexperienced bats at the short-season Single-A level. He’s still an interesting guy, but his stuff is nothing special and he will need to continue to put up superhuman numbers to erase the label of being just an organizational guy.

SH: 2009 draftees Kyle C. Smith, Daniel Jimenez and Mike Rayl are all in extended spring training. Who has the most upside of the trio? What roles do you see these three having with Mahoning Valley this season?

TL: Mike Rayl probably has the most upside and is a guy the Indians really like. All three should be a part of the Mahoning Valley opening day pitching staff, though it is possible any of them could go to Lake County as well since lots of mid-season moves are made in Lake County to bring a few Mahoning Valley holdovers there or some college guys from the previous draft. But getting back to Rayl, he is a very interesting lefty with a good pitching frame. He has a low 90s fastball and a changeup and curveball, and most importantly throws a lot of strikes from the left side.

SH: Is there anyone else in extended spring training who may make an impact with Mahoning Valley this season?

TL: Middle infielder Kevin Fontanez is still very young and learning to hit, but is an above average defender who the org likes. Outfielder Trent Baker may move to Lake County first, but if not he will be a key tablesetter at the top of the lineup with his speed. Left-hander Elvis Araujo, if he is healthy, will be the best or one of the best young Latin players in the league when he gets there, though I expect him to pitch in rookie ball to start before going to Mahoning Valley.

I’d like to thank Tony Lastoria for helping me preview the 2010 Mahoning Valley Scrappers.  His work can be found at and