2009 Eastern Leaguers in the MLB
Eric Hacker -PIT
One of the better guys I've gotten a chance to meet while covering the Thunder, Hacker went from Trenton's opening day starter to the show with the Pirates. Not exactly how he planned it when he got drafted in 2002, but I'll bet he's happy for the chance.
Jeff Manship -MIN
He was with the Rock Cats for 13 starts in 2009, during which he went 6-4 with a 4.28 ERA and 45 Ks in 75 2/3 innings. He's made his ML debut with the Twins on Aug. 15, when he fanned one in his lone inning of work against the Rangers in the Metrodome.
Marc Rzepczynski -TOR
Rzepczynski left the Eastern League early, pitching his final game for the Fisher Cats on June 18 against Akron. He made his MLB debut on July 7 and has compiled a 2-4 mark with a 3.67 ERA since then. He's struck out 60 in 61 1/3 innings with the Jays.
Junichi Tazawa and Josh Reddick - BOS
Tazawa and Reddick each put up fabulous numbers in their time in the EL in 2009. Tazawa, signed last offseason, went 9-5 with a 2.57 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 98 innings. Reddick hit .277/.352/.872 with 13 HRs and 29 RBIs for the Sea Dogs.
Here are their numbers so far with Boston:
Tazawa: 2-3, 7.46 ERA, 13 Ks in 25 1/3 IP
Reddick: Seven hits in 34 ABs, four 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBIs
Tobi Stoner and Josh Thole - NYM
Two Binghamton alums, Stoner and Thole represent a small bright patch on what has been an awful season for the entire organization. Stoner was 2-2 with a 2.68 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his seven starts with the B-Mets. Thole hit .325/.395/.816 with a home run and 46 RBIs with Binghamton.
Stoner hasn't gotten into a game with the Mets, but Thole scored his first MLB hit on September 5 at Colorado. Overall, the 22-year-old is 4-for-12 with a double and an RBI.
Madison Bumgarner and Waldis Joaquin - SF
With Bumgarner's near-win last night, that makes two former Defenders on the Giants' roster. Bumgarner was the Giants' top prospect entering the year, and he debuted last night when he replaced Tim Lincecum, who was experiencing back spasms. Overall, he went 5 1/3 innings with four punchouts and would have gotten the W had the bullpen held the lead.
Joaquin made his debut on August 4, giving up a pair of hits and an earned run against Houston. He's gotten into only one more game since then, a scoreless four outs against San Diego on Monday.
Here are the pair's numbers with Connecticut this season:
Bumgarner: 9-1, 1.93 ERA, 69 K in 108 IP
Joaquin: 4-5, 1 save, 2.77 ERA, 37 K in 52 IP