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Monday Morning Minors

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When I saw the brawl the other night between the White Sox and the Cubs, I thought to myself, that is such a shame, yet when I was at a minor league game this weekend and there was a similar benches clearing fight, I couldn't help but cheer them on. I KNOW that I'm not the only one doing that. Moving on, this week we will look at, among other things, the performance of a few recent call-ups.

Santiago Casilla (aka Identity Crisis) was called up to Oakland to fill in for whoever the heck got hurt this week. Control and inconsistency has always been his problem in the minors; he has some nasty stuff, but can't always locate it. Certainly he isn't a bad fill-in and deserves a look at the major league level, especially since it has come out that he is actually 38 years old. OK fine, he's almost 26, but at the rate he has gone he may be 38 by the end of the season.

Since coming to Midland, Travis Buck has given the offense a big boost. He hit five doubles in his first five games with the RockHounds and has a .324 average at the level. A Baseball Prospectus article recently mentioned that scouts like his good speed, especially for an A's system typically devoid of any. He's stolen four bases this season, but his speed is best utilized tracking balls down in the outfield.

So Jared Lansford goes five innings before giving up a hit in his first career start and seven innings without a hit in his third. This week, in his fourth start, he went 4 2/3 before he gave up a hit. For the game he allowed just that one hit over six innings. I'm a big believer in the whole DIPS thing, but the kid is getting all this done with horrid numbers: 11 BB, 12 K over 23 innings. It's hard to argue with results, but I just can't wait to see what he is going to do once he starts facing more advanced hitters.

Since Jason Perry's triple-A promotion he has gone just 1-for-26, far from his dominant numbers in Midland. I seem to remember the same type of slump right after he first got called up to double-A... draw whatever conclusions you want, if any, from that. Meanwhile, Jason Windsor has allowed four runs in his two triple-A starts (11 1/3 IP) with 10 strikeouts against three walks. Scouts don't peg him as a frontline starter, but he could settle in nicely as a two or three guy.

So is Jason Windsor going to be the next pitcher to step into the rotation fulltime, or is someone else going to step up into that role?