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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Rock Cats drop 2005 home opener

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After starting the season on the road in Maine and New Hampshire, having one game in Portland cancelled by snow, the New Britain Rock Cats (Double-A Eastern League) fell to 2-5 on the '05 season by losing to the Harrisburg Senators in their home opener, 4-0. The bottom of the ninth ended with three Rock Cats stranded on base.

A sell-out crowd of over 7300 made its way to New Britain Stadium for the opener, including thousands of New Britain middle school students who were there on field trips (benefiting from the 10:35am starting time). Most of the students paid little attention to the game, except for the occasional comment such as, "LeBron James woulda had that."

Despite being a part of a Minnesota Twins organization ranked #5 in terms of prospects by Baseball America, the Rock Cats' roster looks fairly thin so far this year. Most of the big guns in the Twins' well-stocked stable of prospects have already passed through New Britain within the last year or so, such as Joe Mauer, Jason Kubel, and Garrett Jones. Lefthander Francisco Liriano is the only Twins blue-chipper starting off the year with the Rock Cats, though down a rung or two in A ball there are several studs who could make their way up to Double-A before the end of the year, such as 3B Matt Moses and right-handers Kyle Waldrop (the Twins' 2004 first-round pick, who just pitched a complete-game shutout for Beloit yesterday) and Anthony Swarzak.

Brian Wolfe
RHP Brian Wolfe


Blogger Brushback said...

3B Matt Moses' stats so far, after 17 games with the Fort Meyers Miracle in the Florida State League (lower A): .435, 4 HRs, 8 doubles, a triple, 18 runs scored, 19 RBIs. He has 4 steals and has drawn 7 walks, and has a .486 on0base percentage and a .790 slugging percentage. 4/28/05

4/28/05, 9:47 AM

Blogger Brushback said...

More prospect news: Anthony Swarzak is 5-2 with a 2.17 ERA so far, pitching in the Midwest League (high A). In his last 5 games (32 innings) he's struck out 38, while giving up only 14 hits and not allowing a single earned run. 5/27/05

5/27/05, 8:39 AM


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