Minor League Player Notes

This post should fall under the category “miscellaneous.” Let’s take a look at a few stories I’ve stumbled across the last couple days:

  • Elih Villanueva (Luray 2007) threw 6 innings in his last start for Triple-A Norfolk in the Baltimore Orioles

    minor league system. I wonder if he even realizes what milestone he passed with the second-to-last out he recorded- he topped 1,000 career innings in the minor leagues! Not bad for a 27th round draft pick in 2008. Elih is a career 66-58, 3.64 in 1,000 1/3 innings pitched. He made just one start in the major leagues- for the Miami Marlins in 2011 against the (then) high-powered Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Justin Seager (Woodstock 2011) is the third Seager brother in the minor leagues- his brother Kyle plays in the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners, and his other brother, Corey, is a top prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system (Corey may be the Dodgers’ #1 prospect, actually). Justin is toiling in High-A ball in the Mariners’ system. A 12th round draft pick in 2013, Justin is having zero luck on batted balls lately. In fact, through Saturday, in his last ten games, Justin is 0-35 with 13 strikeouts. Twenty-two times putting the ball in play with no hits? That’s a rough week and a half. For the season, Justin is hitting 184/273/254 in 228 at-bats. Here’s to some better luck for Mr. Seager in the future.
  • Two former VBLers have been named New York-Penn League All-Stars. The first is Pat Porter (New Market 2012) who was just drafted in the 15th round of the 2015 draft by the Houston Astros. Pat’s hitting 263/329/431 in 137  at-bats. The second player is righthander Ryan Meisinger (Staunton 2014), an 11th round pick in 2015 pitching for Aberdeen. Adding in the one inning he threw in the Gulf Coast League, Ryan is 0-0, 1.38, with 6 saves in 13 innings pitched. Congrats to both!
  • I think I’m going to start a “Free Greg Nappo” campaign. Nappo pitched in Haymarket in 2010, and was drafted into the Marlins’ system in 2011. He’s done nothing but get batters out, but he’s never been called up. His career numbers: 21-9, 2.47, 5 saves, 316 strikeouts in 291 1/3 innings pitched. He’s toiling away in Triple-A for the worst major league team (seriously, the Marlins have a worse record than my Phillies)… why not call him up?

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