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Minor League Call-Ups Mostly a Disappointing Sort

By Scott Allen
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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.

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