Daily Archives: August 7, 2009

Pirates sign Colton Cain; Colvin implications

As reported by Baseball America today, the Pirates signed 8th rounder Colton Cain for $1.13M. Cain was ranked the 14th best prospect in Texas, #109 in the entire country. By comparison, Brody Colvin was ranked #3 in Louisiana, and #43 in the entire country. Cain’s bonus could provide the Colvin camp with some extra leverage, and this could basically confirm my suspicion that it was going take seven figures to keep Colvin away from LSU. I’d say now that we’re looking at $1.2M at least to get a deal done. The signing deadline is 9 days away, so there’s still time, and deals should start trickling in this coming week.

Slayden retires, Susdorf promoted

In a somewhat surprising move, 27 year old OF Jeremy Slayden has announced his retirement according to readingphillies.com.  Slayden has had a tough year after being demoted from AAA Lehigh Valley back down to Reading after struggling both at the plate and in the field for the IronPigs.  His production has picked up at the plate in Reading, and was hitting .281 with 9 HR and 30 RBI for the RPHILS, while seeing limited action in the field.  While having a fair amount of success through his minor league career at the plate, SLayden was a defensive liability because of a weak arm and a lack of speed.  After a solid season last year at AA Reading, SLayden was left exposed in the Rule 5 draft, however, was not taken.

Taking Slayden’s place on the Reading roster is 23 year old Fresno State product Steve Susdorf.  Susdorf started the year at (A) Lakewood, and hit .333 in 78 at bats before getting called up to Clearwater.  In CLearwater, Susdorf hit .373 with 3 HR and 22 RBI, with a .423 OBP.  He hit a huge .467 with RISP.  With Domonic Brown/Quintin Berry/Susdorf in the Reading outfield, it becomes an area of alot of interest.

Tyson Brummett was placed on the Reading DL with elbow inflammation, making room on the roster for Brian Rosenberg.

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

A middle of the road, 3-3 week for Lehigh Valley, who now stand at 54-57, 9 games out of first place in the Northern Division of the International League.  ‘Pig league leaders include Andy Tracy who is 8th in runs (57), 4th in homers (18), 2nd in RBI’s (67),  and leading the league in walks (52).Mike Cervenak is 8th in RBI’s (57).  On the mound, Andrew Carpenter is 3rd in the league in wins (9), 7th in ERA (2.72), 7th in IP (119), 9th in WHIP (1.20) and 9th in strikeouts (94). Kyle Kendrick is 5th in starts (20) and 8th in IP (118). Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report