Some Saturday Odds and Ends:
- The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has more on Bennie Looper, one of the new assistant general managers of the Phillies.
According to the article, Pat Gillick recommended Looper for the general manager job after Gillick decided to step down in 2003. The Mariners instead hired Bill Bavasi, who led the Mariners to a combined 359-451 record and four last-place finishes in five seasons.
- The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs will host the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game.
Hopefully some of the guys in the lower levels will be playing in that game. There is hope.
A quick winter leagues update …
- The Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League continue play, and hitting is faring much better than pitching.
Jason Donald is carrying a .400 average and is fifth in the league in OPS (1.151). Quintin Berry is hitting .359 with a .408 OBP and 5 SB. Jeremy Slayden is hitting .284. Meanwhile, all four Phillie prospects (Pat Overholt, Andrew Carpenter, Tyson Brummett, Sergio Escalona) carry ERAs over 5.00. Of course, it is a hitter’s league.
- Over in Hawaii, Dominic Brown is second in the league in hitting (.373) to catching prospect Buster Posey. Meanwhile, Michael Taylor is struggling with a .224 average.
- Brian Mazone is in Mexico, and is 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA.
- And Carlos Carrasco has a 2.84 ERA with 19 K and 4 BB in five starts in Venezuela. Carlos Monasterios is carrying a +6.00 ERA, and RJ Swindle has a 1.50 ERA.
And from the blog:
- Finally, if you were awake early today, you saw a video on the site. Not right now — it’s kind of large.