Minor Matters: Boggs, Beau, Smith, First Round Picks

From the Minor Leagues…
* Brandon Boggs has been activated at Triple A Oklahoma off the disabled list.

* Steven Murphy has been promoted from Frisco to Oklahoma City.

* So has pitcher Bea Vaughn. Hey Beau, if you’re reading this, would you please get off your tail and blog more.

* RHP Clayton Hamilton (back soreness) is on the disabled list at Oklahoma City.

* OF Tim Smith (strained intercostal muscle) has been placed on the disabled list at Double A Frisco.

* RHP Thomas Diamond has pitched in 19 games 302/3 innings at Double A Frisco and has a 2.93 ERA. But he has walked 23 and struck out 33.

diamond_bakersfield_blaze_action.jpg* Beyond what the Rangers got for Mark Teixeira – namely Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Elvis Andrus – they have nothing on the big league club right now to show for ten first-round draft picks in the last eight years since 2002.

— Drew Meyer – buried in the Astros system when last seen.

— John Danks – Brandon McCarthy not likely to pitch again until September.

— Thomas Diamond – Inexplicably being used as a reliever at Double A.

— Eric Hurley – Out for the season because of shoulder surgery. HUGE loss for the Rangers. Said that before but….

— John Mayberry – He’s actually up for the Phillies although hitting just .176. Rangers traded him for Greg Golson, who is at Triple A Oklahoma and hitting .272 with a .319 on-base percentage.

— Kasey Kiker – Doing fine. He is 6-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 18 games, including 17 starts, for Double A Frisco. Right where he needs to be.

— Blake Beavan – He is 20 and at Double A Frisco. He is 1-3 with a 5.49 ERA in seven starts. Right where he needs to be.

— Michael Main – He is at Class A Bakersfield but hasn’t pitched in six weeks because of illness. Had a 7.33 ERA in 12 games before that. May not pitch again this season.

— Justin Smoak – He is hitting .135 in 14 games at Oklahoma City. He was hitting .328 at Double A Frisco before those 50 games and 183 at-bats merited a promotion.

— Matthew Purke – Apparently Aug, 17 is the big date. Word is he’s asking for $5 million. That’s a reduced rate.



Congrats to Murphy and Vaughn!
A 2.93 ERA @ Double A?! When’s Diamond gonna join them @ Okla?
Hurley will be back soon and should make a great back of the rotation or spot starter.
Kiker and Beavan will be along soon enough and Smoak is the Ranger’s slugging first baseman of the future (sorry Chris Davis).

You figure a few first-rounders will wash out (see Meyer and Mayberry). The only blemish I see is the Danks trade and I think McCarthy could have paid better dividends if not for the DL stints. He is still a young cat and can still make up some ground on Danks.

Not bad for a bottom-of-the-celler-dwelling team!

Love this comment. What makes you think Smoak has a brighter future than Davis? And McCarthy will not even approach Danks… Ever. I like what the Rangers have done the past couple of years, but that was a really stupid trade that won’t even out. Not even a little bit.

<—Wishes we had Danks and never traded Chris Young for Adam Everit.

As many pitches as he expends walking almost 7 batters per 9 innings and striking out almost 10, Diamond would probably tear up his surgically repaired elbow trying to get through 5 innings an outing as a starter.

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