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http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=t_ibp&cid=400&stn=true&sid=t400

 

Dang,  Mark is hitting .320 with 13 HRs (AAA).

Cameron Rupp also on the roster hitting ,204 (ouch) with 3 HRs in only 17 games.   Cameron will be 31 in Sep.   C'mon home great one,  you had a great run.    That HR you hit over the CF wall at Rosenblatt to tie the game against Az St in the 9th is still climbing.

The link below may be used to check on any former player.

http://www.milb.com/milb/psearch/bookmarks.jsp?did=milb&t=s_plb

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5 hours ago, HenryJames said:

 

Thanks for posting !   

Very happy for Bocchi.    amazin' what a lil' coaching can do  

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On 8/8/2019 at 1:36 PM, Aldo Raine said:

Bocchi is in AAA? Seriously what am I missing here?

He made one appearance before he was sent back to the Northwest League, probably just to temporarily backfill for another player that was promoted or released or something. 

Surprised no one has brought up Blair Henley who is having a very nice start to his career with the Astros' Penn League affiliate - 32K%, 7BB%, 2.16 FIP, 2.35 xFIP across 28 IP.    

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On 5/3/2019 at 5:20 PM, torre said:

 

Congrats to Nolan.    He is in Class A Advanced, Braves,  Kissimmee, Florida with a 2.06 era.    Should see AA soon.       

 

Things you can do in 96 minutes: • Watch half of Avengers: Endgame • Watch 4 1/2 episodes of The Office • Fly from LA to San Francisco Thing #Braves RHP Nolan Kingham did in 96 minutes last night: • Threw a nine-inning, 85-pitch shutout

 

https://twitter.com/MiLB/status/1123948762387361793

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wow, I wonder why the Braves are being so aggressive with him?  His numbers weren't even that good in rookie and A-ball before his call-up to the Florida State league.  

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On 7/13/2019 at 9:55 PM, Longhorn said:

I went to the El Paso Chihuahuas game last night against ABQ. Michael Cantu was the starting catcher. I looked him up after the game and see he was at texas just a few years ago and has really only played in rookie leagues. He looked pretty solid.

Looks like Cantu is back with El Paso AAA team again. Had another hit last night.

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1 hour ago, Fozzz said:

Wow, I wonder why the Braves are being so aggressive with him?  His numbers weren't even that good in rookie and A-ball before his call-up to the Florida State league.  

He has now advanced to Mississippi, AA (Braves).    Braves may feel he will develop faster under more competition.  

Link can be used to check on any player.    http://www.milb.com/milb/psearch/bookmarks.jsp?did=milb&t=s_plb

 

Nolan Kingham Stats Summary

  LG LEVEL   W    L   ERA    G     GS   CG   SHO   SV  SVO IP   H  R ER    HR  HB BB    IBB  SO AVG      WHIP   GO/AO
Minors 2019 [-] - Minors     6 11 3.98 25 25 3 3 0 0 151.1      153    75  67 9  5 33 0 109   .264 1.23       1.42
Rome SAL A(Full) 1 1 0.56 3 3 0 0 0 0 16.0 12 2 1 0 1 1 0 7   .211 0.81 1.11
Florida FSL A(Adv) 4 8 4.43 18 18 3 3 0 0 113.2 120   63 56 6 3 25 0 84   .274 1.28 1.55
Mississippi SOU   AA 1 2 4.15 4 4 0 0 0 0 21.2 21 10 10 3 1 7 0 18     .247 1.29 1.14
Minors Career - Minors 8 11 4.06 36 28 3 3 1 2 175.0 180 87 79 11 6 40 0 127 .268 1.26 1.46

 

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Pretty weird to promote a 12th round pitching prospect that quickly.  He looks like a guy with a 4th/5th starter type ceiling who will need to limit walks and maximize GBs given his limited stuff.  

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What else does Mark Payton have to do to make the 40 man roster? 3 OF on the current Vegas roster. 2 of them are on the 40 man roster. Payton is not one of them.

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2 hours ago, spystud13 said:

Mark Payton claimed in the Rule 5 draft by Cincy. 

Thanks for posting, spy !    Had to educate myself on the Rule 5 draft.

Mark should make an excellent hitting instructor when his career ends.

 

 The Rule 5 draft is a Major League Baseball player draft that occurs each year in December, at the annual Winter Meeting of general managers. The Rule 5 draft aims to prevent teams from stockpiling too many young players on their minor league affiliate teams when other teams would be willing to have them play in the majors.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_5_draft

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Last season, Texas was represented in the major leagues by a half-dozen of its former baseball players.

Mark Payton was not among those Texas Exes in the majors. An outfielder, Payton instead hit .334 with 30 homers over 118 games with Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas. Since 2017, Payton has played in 260 Triple-A games in the farm systems belonging to Oakland and the New York Yankees.

This spring, Payton has his best shot at making a major league roster. Payton was acquired by Cincinnati in the Rule 5 Draft in December. Due to where the 28-year-old Payton was selected, the Reds must keep him on their 26-man roster for the entire 2020 season or he will be offered back to Oakland.

“We think, given his level of success on the Triple-A level, he’s ready to ultimately compete for that type of role on our big league club,” Rob Coughlin, the Reds’ pro scouting director, told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Payton was among the professionals who appeared at Texas’ alumni game on Saturday. He told reporters that while an extended stay in Triple-A had been frustrating, he was ready for this upcoming opportunity. The Reds currently have 10 outfielders on their 40-man roster.

“They took a chance so I’ve got to go out and play good in spring training and earn the spot that they gave me on their roster,” Payton said.

Payton was a three-time all-conference honoree at Texas who twice led the Longhorns to the College World Series. Payton reached base safely in 101 consecutive games between the 2013-14 seasons and that remains an NCAA record. He was taken by the Yankees in the seventh round of the 2014 MLB Draft.

Catching on: Former Texas catcher Tres Barrera made his MLB debut during the 2019 season. And since he was a member of the Washington Nationals, Barrera will receive a World Series ring as a welcome gift.

Barrera appeared in two late-season games for the Nationals. He wasn’t active for any of the team’s postseason contests.

“I was extremely grateful for the organization for letting me be around in the playoffs,” Barrera said. “I wasn’t active, but I gained a lot of knowledge of what playoff baseball’s all about, what winning’s all about (from) a great group of veteran guys.”

Barrera said he wants to be a contributor this upcoming season and added that last year’s postseason experience “sparked a little fire from within.” Barrera is joined on the Nationals’ 40-man roster by veteran catchers Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki. Raudy Read, who has 22 at-bats in his career, is also on the 40-man roster.

Ex-UT pitchers typically don’t throw in the program’s alumni game, and Texas head coach David Pierce said that is unlikely to change anytime soon because of professional contracts. Former Texas ace Nolan Kingham, though, found a way onto the field on Saturday.

A 12th-round pick by Atlanta in 2018, Kingham went 7-12 with a 3.52 ERA for three of the Braves’ affiliates last season. At UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Saturday, Kingham said he hopes to begin this year in Double-A.

https://www.hookem.com/story/texas-alumni-game-notebook-ex-longhorns-mark-payton-tres-barrera-eye-mlb-roles/

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Still bouncing around. 

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The Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with former Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp, per a team announcement. The former Phillies backstop will be in Major League camp when Spring Training opens.

Rupp, 31, hasn’t been in the big leagues since the 2017 season. He’s bounced between the Triple-A affiliates for the Twins, Rangers, Mariners, Tigers and A’s over the past couple of seasons, hitting for some power but struggling to get on base or hit for average. That general description is well in line with the skill set that Rupp displayed with the Phillies from 2013-17, when he appeared in 296 games and hit .234/.298/.407 with 39 homers in 1127 plate appearances.

The Indians don’t have an immediate need for a backup option, as Sandy Leon was brought in to support starter Roberto Perez, who enjoyed a breakout 2019 season at the plate. The Cleveland organization is a bit thin on catching depth in the upper minors, though, so Rupp will give them an experienced option to pair with fellow offseason signee Beau Taylor in Triple-A Columbus if he shows well in Spring Training.

 

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31 minutes ago, ss13 said:

Still bouncing around. 

 

Any idea of his salary ?

Luv Cameron and I hope he makes wise decisions on his future.

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The Boston Red Sox spent the first half of the 2019 season without a reliever in a defined closer role, but interim manager Ron Roenicke does not have a similar plan for the 2020 season.

Roenicke said Wednesday that he envisions reliever Brandon Workman closing out games this season.

"I think with what he did last year, he deserves a shot to be the closer," Roenicke said.

Workman, who entered camp as the favorite to close games out, ended 2019 15th among major league relievers with an average of 13.06 strikeouts per nine innings. He also posted a 1.88 ERA and a 2.1 fWAR, which was tied for fifth among qualified relievers.

 

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Excerpts from a lengthy article:      Good to see Morgan Cooper is still in the game.

 

Life in the minor leagues is hardly glamorous. Most players do not make a livable wage, and not all prospects received a sizable signing bonus. Paychecks don’t come during the offseason. It took until Thursday for MLB to pledge that its minor leaguers would be compensated through April 8.

With limited financial resources, many minor leaguers are in the same boat. Booted from spring training, how do they stay in shape and prepare for the upcoming season?

The Texas campus has been shuttered, so the ex-Longhorns don’t have access to UT’s new multi-million dollar development center. High schools and gyms across the nation have also been closed.

Kingham has turned to home workouts; his girlfriend has stepped up as his throwing partner. Kansas City outfield prospect Travis Jones plans on using the old batting cage in his parents’ backyard in Humble. Ty Culbreth, a left-hander in Colorado’s farm system, is training alongside a few others and treating this time as if it were December or January. Morgan Cooper, who was a second-round pick in 2017, has been allowed to stay in Arizona at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ facility since he is rehabbing an injury.

“Right now, my training is mainly outside, trying to find little things to do here and there to keep my body in shape and ready to go,” said Kyle Johnston, a pitcher in Toronto’s organization.

A local option for UT’s minor leaguers — at least those who swing a bat — did open its doors last week. The Hitforth facility in South Austin has several ties to Texas. Owner Lowell Galindo is a Longhorn Network host who does play-by-play for baseball broadcasts. Former UT infielder Masen Hibbeler is a coach on the Hitforth staff.

Hitforth is described by Jeff Leach, its director of hitting, as a “hitter’s heaven.” It’s also a haven for the technologically savvy. The facility uses HitTrax, Blast and Driveline to track data. The iPitch machines can be calibrated to imitate any type of pitcher.

Hitforth is targeting clients who are both competitive and committed, whether they be 10-year-olds or in high school. (Hitforth does not yet instruct softball, but does have a pitching machine for that sport). In addition to lessons, the facility is designed so that hitting competitions can be staged. Fun and swag — bandanas, chains and arm sleeves — are also encouraged.

“We want this to be a place that empowers athletes to realize their full potential as powerful, athletic hitters,” Galindo said. “(Ideally that would) bleed through into other areas of their life. … We want this to be the foundation of their confidence.”

Membership is not cheap — $100 each month gets you unlimited hitting and data tracking, and an initiation fee and individual lessons are extra.

Galindo, though, recently tweeted that Longhorns on a professional hiatus can use the facility for free. He’s heard from minor leaguers like Zane Gurwitz (Los Angeles Angels), Bret Boswell (Colorado) and Michael Cantu (San Diego). For Galindo, offering up his facility was a way to pay the Longhorns back for the time they’ve spent with him and young fans like his son, Mack.

“To me it was a no-brainer that we would provide them with the opportunity to get all the swings in that they possibly need,” Galindo said. “It’s family, right?”

https://www.hookem.com/story/as-the-coronavirus-puts-their-baseball-careers-on-hold-ex-longhorns-look-for-some-spring-training/

Former Texas player Masen Hibbeler instructs 17-year old Landon Pyles at the new Hitforth hitting facility in South Austin on March 20.image.png.2a8798a09308552fe666bbaac70d423b.png

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No. Never. He’s an obnoxious jock sniffer of the highest order who hardly understands the games he calls. That’s a very kind gesture of him, but that doesn’t offset the numerous Texas games he ruins just by running his mouth. And that’s before our teams actually ruin the game with our 10 year stretch of shit

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