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Weinhardt sharp in two-inning rehab appearance

June 28, 2010

Toledo Mud Hens relief pitcher Robbie Weinhardt pitched two scoreless innings for the Connecticut Tigers in Monday’s 6-3 victory over the Lowell Spinners.  Weinhardt has spent the past few days with Connecticut on a rehab assignment, as he is working his way back from a shoulder injury that had kept him sidelined since May 25.

Brandon Jacobs was the only Spinner who reached base against Weinhardt, reaching on a throwing error by shortstop Brett Anderson.  Weinhardt recorded three strikeouts in his two-inning appearance and had good command of his 89-92 mph fastball and high 70s slider.

The Tigers got on the board early against Lowell, scoring three runs in the first inning with singles from P.J. Polk, Josh Ashenbrenner, Julio Rodriguez and James Robbins.

The Tigers added two more runs in the fourth inning off of Lowell starter Roman Mendez.  Mendez’s fastball sat in the mid 90s and touched 98 mph, but it was not good enough to quiet the Tigers offense, which knocked him out of the game after three innings.

Tigers starting pitcher Clemente Mendoza kept the Spinners off balance for five innings before running into trouble in the sixth, in which he allowed three earned runs.  He finished with a final line of six innings pitched, five strikouts and three runs allowed on five hits and four walks.

Brennan Smith earned the save, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.  He flashed excellent stuff including an 90-92 mph, a nasty splitter, a curveball and a changeup.  Smith’s curveball was particularly effective Monday, as he used it to strike out Seth Schwindenhammer and Chia-Chu Chen.

Left fielder P.J. Polk looked completely recovered from his injured hamstring, showing off his speed with a stolen base and a bunt single.

The Tigers play the Spinners again on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  Right-handed pitcher Luis Sanz (2-0, 0.90) is expected to get the start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Madison Younginer (1-1, 6.48) of the Spinners.


Tigers to host Spinners for three-game series

June 27, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers will host the Lowell Spinners, New York-Penn League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, for a three-game series at Dodd Stadium starting Monday at 7:05 p.m.  The Spinners enter the series with a middling 4-6 record, but they have a roster loaded with talent.

The Spinners starting rotation includes one of the biggest arms in the Red Sox farm system in 6-foot-2 right-hander Roman Mendez.  Mendez’s fastball sits in the mid 90s and hit 99 miles per hour in his most recent start according to Chris Mellen of  In addition to his exciting stuff, Mendez showed excellent command last season in the Gulf Coast League, issuing only eight free passes in 50 innings of work.  Mendez is scheduled to start against the Tigers on Monday.

On Tuesday, the Spinners will send another exciting young arm to the hill against the Tigers in 19-year-old right-hander Madison Younginer.  Mike Andrews of gave me the following scouting report on Younginer in an interview conducted in May:

Younginer has electric stuff and an arsenal that could round into a devastating three-pitch mix: a mid-to-high-90s four-seam fastball, a 12-to-6 curveball,and a low-80s changeup. This year Younginer will need to work on cleaning up his delivery to develop a consistent release point to enhance his fastball command and continue to work on the feel for his changeup, which showed good progression during the 2009 season leading up to the draft. He should show flashes of dominance with the Spinners in 2010.

Outfielders Brandon Jacobs and Bryce Brentz and infielders David Renfroe and Kolbrin Vitek are among the top position players on Lowell’s roster.

Andrews says the 6-foot-1, 225 pound Jacobs might have the most power potential in the Red Sox minor league system, though he has not yet homered in the 2010 season.

Renfroe might be the most intriguing prospect on the team thanks to his abundance of tools.  Here is what Andrews had to say about him in May:

Renfroe brings solid all-around tools and an excellent baseball acumen to the table. He has a smooth swing that produces excellent backspin on the ball, and he has demonstrated above-average power potential that should begin to show as he improves his pitch recognition. A shortstop in high school, Renfroe moved to third base this past Fall.

Kolbrin Vitek and Bryce Brentz are very successful college hitters who just began their professional careers a little over a week ago.  They were the top two selections of the Red Sox in the 2010 draft, with Vitek going 20th overall and Brentz going 36th overall.  Brentz is off to a slow start, hitting .100 with zero home runs and 4 RBI.  Vitek is hitting .281 with zero home runs and 4 RBI.

Spinners top Tigers 6-1

June 23, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers lost to the Lowell Spinners 6-1 Wednesday in Lowell, Mass.

Starting pitcher Clemente Mendoza took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits through 5.2 innings pitched.  Center fielder Jeff Rowland had a productive night offensively, getting a hit in three of his four plate appearances.

Lowell starting pitcher Roman Mendez earned the win, allowing one run in five innings of work.

Chris Mellen of and Mark Anderson of were both in the stands tweeting their thoughts on the game.  Here is a recap of their tweets:

Mellen on the Spinners:

Mendez comes out in the 1st pumping mid-90s gas and showing his SL. A bit inconsistent with his FB release. SL had some dart.

Mendez touches 97 and 98 on his swinging K’s in the 2nd. Commanded it well in inning. Very live arm and explosive FB.

1B Miles Head shoots a 3B into the RF gap. Nice easy swing and good job of going with pitch. Nice strength.

Mendez reaches back and hits a legit no-contact 99 in the 4th. Looked pretty free and easy. Delivery is nice and balanced.

Head rips a 2B on a line into the LF gap off the wall. Power looks pretty easy. Getting bat through zone well.

OF Brandon Jacobs lines a shot into the LF gap for another 2B. Flashed the power. Can drive it with authority.

Anderson on the Tigers:

Clemente Mendoza pitching “okay”, but nothing impressive…sitting 87-89/91…starting to use CB more frequently

To say that Londell Taylor gets bad jumps in the outfield, doesn’t do justice to players who get bad jumps.

The Connecticut Tigers are back in action Thursday at 7:05 p.m. against the Lowell Spinners.  Luis Sanz (1-0, 0.00) is expected to get the start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Madison Younginer (1-0, 0.00).

1B Miles Head shoots a 3B into the RF gap. Nice easy swing and good job of going with pitch. Nice strength.