Tuesday, April 21, 2009

More Moves and More

First off, last night’s game:
Bulls 2, Braves 5

Box, Wrap, Gwinnett Daily Post

For the Bulls, game distinguished by catcher John Jaso’s unassisted double play (bases loaded, batter chips it into the dirt in front of home plate, catcher grabs ball, steps on home, tags the runner) and Mitch Talbot giving up 4 runs in one inning.

More Moves

Last year it seemed like every time we settled in for a new home stand we’d take a look at the starting lineup and turn to each other and ask, “Who are these guys?” Well, it begins to look like this year might be similar. Again the Montgomery Advertiser breaks the story, but I picked it up off Rays Prospects. Left-handed pitcher Jason Cromer is being sent to Montgomery and left-handed pitcher James Houser is coming to the Bulls. Cromer was Durham’s fifth starter with 2 starts, faced 36 batters in 10 innings, 1-0, ERA of 0.00, and OBA of .250. By a bunch the best record on the team. So why send him to Montgomery? Don’t know.

Who is James Houser? Here’s what I know, can only guess about the rest. He’s on the 40-man roster of Tampa Bay. He spent 2007 and 2008 with Montgomery. Spent a month on the disabled list (knee surgery) but pitched three starts at the end of the season. Where has he been this season? Don’t know. Maybe there’s someone out there on the web who does.

Over at Rays Prospects Kevin Gengler has a piece on the Bulls offense this year with an interesting comparison to the rest of the Southern Division of IL.

1 comment:

  1. Houser stayed in extended Spring Training with what was report to be a slight oblique problem. He's pitched well when healthy, but he's injured a lot. He also was suspended for 50 games in 2007 for a failed drug test. He would have sat out the beginning of '08 to finish up the suspension, but the Rays added him to the 40-man roster in the spring so the minor league suspension was voided. Combining '07 and '08 he pitched almost 200 innings in AA with about a 3.30 ERA. Not bad, but 200 innings in 2 years is a lot of missed time. He's 24, so it's time to step up if he's ever going to. If he makes the majors, on the Rays or elsewhere, it'll probably be as a reliever.