Minor League Call-Ups Mostly a Disappointing Sort

There have been moments of brilliance this season for AAA and AA call-ups .  However, for the most part, they have been a disappointment so far, which is the reason the Arizona Diamondbacks will not win the NL West in 2011. Here is a look at just some of what has and and mostly hasn’t worked.

I’ll start with who hasn’t worked out:

Sean Burroughs – He is a great rags to riches story.  Eating out of a trash can a year ago, he was rediscovered by Dbacks GM Kevin Towers.  He played really well in Reno and got the mid-season call-up.  Since his call-up however, he is 7-29 in pinch hitting situations, hitting .218 overall with just 4 RBI.

Cody Ransom – Hitting .091 with just one hit since his promotion.  Only 11 at-bats so far, but I can see where this movie plot is headed.

Ryan Cook – You can’t really blame the guy for sporting a 36.00 ERA.  Thanks to manager Kirk Gibson bringing him in a tied game in extra innings in his major-league debut, he was a ball of nerves.  That was unfair for him to do that to the kid.  be that as it may, Cook gave up four runs in 1 inning of work.  Three of those runs scored in his first outing when he failed to record an out.

Colin Cowgill – He’s another the jury can still be out on, but right now it isn’t looking good.  He is 0-8 since his call-up.  Not a promising start

Wily Mo Pena – Hit some amazing home runs, including a game-winner against the Cleveland Indians, but ultimately did little else.  Now playing on a minor-league contract for the Seattle Mariners.

Brandon Allen – Sure, he too has 3 homers, but overall hitting just .154.  Just 4-26 overall.  Third time is not a charm.

Yhency Brazoban – Clearly not the pitcher he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Zach Kroenke – Yeah, who?  Remember, guy that went 0-1 with an ERA of 9.00?

Barry Enright – Ok, yes I know he started the season with the Dbacks, but he went down in late April, came back and got blown out in 3 innings of work and was sent right back to Reno.  Clearly there is a trend of mis-evaluation

Who has worked out:

Alberto Castillo – 1.17 ERA

Micah Owings – 2.36 ERA – but we already knew what he could do

Josh Collmenter – Although he has been up all but the first two weeks of the season, still, a great move and keeps paying dividends.


Tags: Alberto Castillo Arizona Diamondbacks Barry Enright Brandon Allen Cody Ransom Colin Cowgill Josh Collmenter Kirk Gibson Micah Owings NL West Ryan Cook Sean Burroughs Wil Mo Pena Yhency Brazoban Zach Kroenke

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