Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Farm Notes From 5/4/10

Dustin Ackley finally gets on the board
It has been a rough start for Ackley who is hitting .167/.314/.274 on the year. Are things starting to turn around? Ackley went 3 for 5 last night with his first home run of 2010. This preseason it looked as if Ackley had a chance to make a quick rise through the Mariners system. Now it seems that 2011 will be the earliest M's fans will see him in Seattle. While his early season slump is concerning, keep in mind that it's only 84 at-bats and that he's certainly spending time and energy learning to become a good defensive second baseman, which could be affecting his swing early on. His walk rate is at 19 percent, so the plate discipline is still there.

Mike Moustakas continues his tear
3 for 5 with a home run yesterday, Moustakasis now hitting .417/.491/.917 with five home runs and six walks to only seven strikeouts in 48 at-bats. He is also 5 for 14 against left-handed pitching thus far with one home run. Moustakas hit .238 against lefties last season.

Could Marco Estrada get a look in Milwaukee?
The Brewers, still in search of a reliable fifth starter, may be creeping closer to giving 26-year-old triple-A starter Marco Estrada a shot at big league action. Estrada, claimed off of waivers from the Nationals earlier this year, allowed one earned run, struck out eight and walked only one in six innings of work last night. He now has a 2.48 ERA on the season with 25 strikeouts and eight walks in 30 innings. Known as more of a fringe prospect coming into this season, Estrada has improved his walk rate over the past couple of years. He doesn't have great "stuff", but he has learned to mix and match while keeping the ball on the corners. There is not enough upside here for mixed leagues to look at, but NL-only leagues will want to keep an eye on his situation.
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