********Yeah, Tim Vaillancourt will take this new
The 22-year-old right hander from Delaware made his first gig in Play Ball Park
a memorable one with an immaculate six-inning stint, propelling the Missoula
Osprey to a 9-1 Pioneer League baseball win over Billings.
Vaillancourt raised his record to 1-2 by striking out 10 Mustangs.
The only two hits he allowed traveled a combined distance of 100 feet.
"I just got after them from the get-go," Vaillancourt said. "My
first two starts I had two rough innings and then I settled down and pitched
well from there. I had a live fastball tonight and I was able to locate. That's
the biggest thing, the biggest difference."
********Diamondbacks 3rd round pick Garrett Mock appears to be living up to the
hype. In three games at Yakima (Short Season A) Mock has yet to give up an
earned run in 10 and a third innings with five strikeouts.
********Jesus Cota and Conor Jackson played in the Futures Game yesterday in
Houston with decidedly mixed results. Cota struck out in his only plate
appearance for the World Team white Jackson doubled and scored in his only trip
to the plate for the U.S. team. Despite a final inning rally by the World
Team the U.S. held on to win 4-3. At High A Lancaster Cota crushed the
ball, hitting .403 with 2 homers and 22 RBI in just 16 games, and then continued
his torrid pace at AA El Paso, hitting .313 with seven dongs and 29 RBI in 49
games. Jackson meanwhile hit .345 with 11 homers and 54 RBI in 67 games at
Lancaster and then bumped up to El Paso with a .322 average, two stolen bases,
and six RBI in just 16 games.
********Luis Terrero has been a stud when he plays
the game, but after two suspensions at AAA Tuscon this season it came as
something of a surprise that he was called up to the Diamondbacks when Scott
Service went on the disabled list. While his behavior might not justify
it, his stats certainly do. In 188 ABs at Tucson Terrero had displayed all
five tools that have made him the top prospect in the Diamondbacks system,
hitting .330 with eight homers, 33 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 16 attempts.
With rumors swirling about Steve Finley being moved to San Diego Terrero,
already the Diamondbacks centerfielder of the future, could be in a position to
become the centerfielder of right now.
********After a dominant start to the season at Low
A South Bend (8-5 2.57 ERA), LHP Matt Chico has struggled since making the jump
to AA El Paso (0-3 11.32 ERA), but the organization is still impressed by the
slightly built lefties strikeout numbers. At South Bend he Ked 89 hitters
in just over 87 innings, and even through his struggles at El Paso he's struck
out 11 in 10 and a third. "He might be getting rushed a little bit,
but its hard to argue with his numbers at South Bend," El Paso manager
Scott Coolbaugh said, "he'll work it out."
additional reporting by James Renwick