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Fangraphs tabs Carreno as Tigers’ 8th best prospect

November 18, 2010

Two Connecticut Tigers cracked the top ten in Fangraphs.com’s recently unveiled Detroit Tigers prospect list.

Right-handed pitcher Josue Carreno ranked eighth and shortstop Dixon Machado checked in at number ten.  Here are Fangraphs minor league writer Marc Hulet’s comments on the two Connecticut Tigers:

Carreno played in Venezuela for a couple of seasons before moving stateside. The right-hander was one of the more promising starters in the short-season New York Penn League. He features a low-90s fastball, good curveball and developing changeup. Carreno needs to improve his fastball command, and overall control, as he walked 33 batters in 64 innings. He showed the ability to induce a healthy number of ground-ball outs in Venezuela and that trend continued in Connecticut. Just 19, Carreno doesn’t have a huge ceiling, but he could develop into a solid No. 3 starter in the Majors. He’ll work on consistency and developing his pitches in Low-A ball in 2011.

Just 18, Machado showed a lot of potential in 2010 at the rookie ball level. Most of that promise comes in the field where he shows Gold Glove magic both with his range and his arm. He also has outstanding hand-eye coordination and is an athlete that makes all the plays. At the plate, Machado needs to get stronger – he is just 140 pounds – which explains his .060 ISO rate. He has some speed and swiped 12 bases in 43 games, but he needs to get on base more and improve upon his .309 OBP. His walk rate of 7.1 BB% shows potential and has a better eye than a lot of teenagers. He could use another year of seasoning in extended spring training but the lack of depth in the system could push Machado up to Low-A in 2011. He doesn’t have a huge ceiling but he could develop into a Cesar Izturis type of player.

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Josue Carreno named 19th best prospect in NYPL

September 28, 2010

Josue Carreno

Baseball America named Connecticut Tigers right-handed pitcher Josue Carreno the 19th best prospect in the New York-Penn League for the 2010 season.

Carreno is the only Connecticut Tiger to make Baseball America’s list of the league’s top 20 prospects.

Auburn Doubledays catcher Carlos Perez tops the list as the NYPL’s best prospect.  Third baseman Mike Kvasnicka is the only member of the championship-winning Tri-City Valleycats to make the list.  He is ranked 14th.

The full list is available here.

CT Tigers in Florida Instructional League

September 8, 2010

Julio Rodriguez is heading to Lakeland

Fifteen players who suited up with the Connecticut Tigers this season will head to Lakeland, Fla. for Florida Instructional League according to the FIL roster printed by the Detroit Free Press.

Florida Instructional League, which begins September 14, allows minor league ballplayers to develop their skills under the watchful eyes of the Tigers’ player development staff.

Among the former Connecticut Tigers scheduled to participate are catcher Julio Rodriguez, infielders James Robbins, Alexander Nunez and Dixon Machado, outfielders P.J. Polk and Jeff Rowland and pitchers Josue Carreno, Patrick Cooper, Antonio Cruz, Jeff Ferrell, Ramon Lebron, Matt Little, Wilsen Palacios, Shawn Teufel and Michael Torrealba.

Connecticut Tigers pitching leaders

September 7, 2010

Earned Run Average

1. Brennan Smith- 3.38
2. Rayni Guichardo- 3.86
3. Clemente Mendoza- 4.61

WHIP

1. Clemente Mendoza- 1.32
2. Brennan Smith- 1.33
3. Josue Carreno- 1.51

Strikeouts

1. Josue Carreno- 59
2. Brennan Smith- 58
3. Clemente Mendoza- 56

Innings Pitched

1. Clemente Mendoza- 84.0
2. Brennan Smith- 69.1
3. Josue Carreno- 64.1

Tigers offensive woes continue

August 18, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers offense was shutout for the third straight game Wednesday, as the Tigers fell 6-0 to the Tri-City Valleycats in front of 814 fans at Dodd Stadium.

Josue Carreno took the loss Wednesday

The loss continued a string of poor offensive performances by the Tigers, who have only scored two runs in their last five games.  It also allowed the Valleycats to pull to just a half of a game behind the Tigers for second place in the Stedler Division standings.

The Tigers’ night got off to poor start in the top of the first inning when center fielder P.J. Polk hurt his leg trying to cut an Enrique Hernandez single off on one hop.  Polk overran the play and appeared to injure his hamstring as he reached back for the ball, which bounced into center field.  Hernandez advanced to third base on the play, which was scored a two-base error on Polk.

Polk had to be replaced as he walked off the field favoring his right leg, leaving the Tigers without their leadoff hitter for the rest of the game.

Tigers starting pitcher Josue Carreno was victimized by poor defense in his five innings of work, as two of the four runs he allowed were unearned.

On a night when very little went right for the Tigers, second baseman Alexander Nunez gave the Dodd Stadium crowd a reason to cheer with two highlight reel defensive plays, the second of which was a leaping grab up the middle to rob Michael Kvasnicka of a base hit.

The Tigers and Valleycats will play again on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.  Brennan Smith (0-4, 3.54) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Connecticut.  He will be opposed by Tri-City’s Jake Buchanan (3-4, 3.92).

Walks doom Tigers in 12-0 loss

August 6, 2010

Control problems haunted the Connecticut Tigers pitching staff in Friday’s 12-0 loss to the Hudson Valley Renegades at Dodd Stadium.

Josue Carreno struggled with his command on Friday

Starting pitcher Josue Carreno and relievers Drew Gagnier, Tyler White and Logan Hoch combined to walk 12 Renegades hitters in the lopsided loss.

The Renegades offense ended up scoring 12 runs on 12 hits on a night when nothing seemed to go right for the Tigers.  In addition to its pitching woes, Connecticut made two errors and failed to turn two seemingly tailor-made double plays.

Alexander Nunez and P.J. Polk were the only Tigers to notch hits.  Nunez lined a single to left field in the fourth inning and Polk smacked a triple to right center field in the ninth inning.  Both were stranded on the basepaths.

The loss ended a nine-game homestand on which the Tigers went 5-4 and briefly ascended to first place in the Stedler Division standings (they are currently a half a game behind the Vermont Lake Monsters).

The Tigers will now travel to Brooklyn, N.Y. for a three-game series with the Brooklyn Cyclones, a New York Mets affiliate, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Brennan Smith (0-3, 2.97) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Connecticut.

Tigers take series with 3-1 win

August 1, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers prevailed 3-1 over the Tri-City Valleycats in another low-scoring game Sunday in front of 1,175 fans at Dodd Stadium.

Josue Carreno earned the win Sunday

The Tigers offense got on the board early with two first-inning runs off of Valleycats starter Bobby Doran.

P.J. Polk led off the first with an infield single.  Ryan Enos advanced Polk to third on a well-executed hit and run, on which Enos singled through the right side of the infield.  With Alexander Nunez at the plate, Valleycats catcher Ryan McCurdy allowed Enos to advance to second on a passed ball.

Nunez grounded out to the second baseman, but it was hit softly enough to score Polk and advance Enos to third.  James Robbins followed with a groundout to shortstop, on which Enos had to hold at third base because the Valleycats had pulled the infield in.  The next batter, Josh Ashenbrenner, delivered an RBI single to center field.

The Valleycats countered with a run in the second inning, but that lone run was all they could muster against the Connecticut Tigers pitching staff.

Tigers starting pitcher Josue Carreno earned the win, allowing one run in six innings while recording four strikeouts.  He did a good job of locating his 88-91 mph fastball in the strike zone, throwing 64 percent of his pitches for strikes.  He had success getting swings and misses with his curveball and mixed in a changeup to keep Tri-City’s hitters off balance.

After 89 pitches, Carreno gave way to Tim Mowry, who pitched two scoreless innings in his Connecticut Tigers debut.  He did not throw very hard, but all of his pitches had excellent movement.  His 87-89 mph fastball had good sinking action and his slurvy breaking ball darted right-to-left across the plate.

The Tigers will continue their homestand on Monday with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Lowell Spinners.  Brennan Smith (0-2, 2.76) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Tigers.