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.
* 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.