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Guerrero trying to slug his way back to MLB & Toronto’s Blue Jays


Vladimir Guerrero with Orioles (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Slugging outfielder/designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero had quite a career in Major League Baseball with Montreal, the LA Angels, Texas and Baltimore.

His totals are a .318 average, 2,590 hits, 449 homers, 1,496 RBI’s.

But no one wanted to sign him as a free agent after the 2011 season.

Cleveland took a look at him briefly during spring training down in his native Dominican Republic. And now, the Toronto Blue Jays have him getting in shape in the minors.

The 37-year-old is moving up to Las Vegas, the Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate.

Guerrero was tearing up the Class A League at Dunedin, Florida, hitting .450 with a double, four home runs and eight RBI’s.


Info compiled form Toronto Blue Jays, Radio & TV news

Lakeland’s Lennerton earns two honors in Florida State League


Jordan Lennerton (courtesy of Lakeland Flying Tigers)

Jordan Lennerton, first baseman of the Lakeland Flying Tigers, was named TOPPS Player of the Month for August and the Florida State League Player of the Week. The FSL selection was for the period of August 29-Spetember 5.

In 28 games during the month of August, Lennerton hit .406 (43-106) while scoring 22 runs and driving home 21. His hits included 8 home runs, 10 doubles and a triple. Lennerton’s August OPS was 1.207, his slugging percentage was .745 and on-base percentage was .462.

This is the second time in three weeks Lennerton was selected as the Florida State League Player of the Week. In nine games, he had 14 hits in 30 plate appearances for a .467 batting average. His hits included two homers and five doubles. He had 11 runs batted in and scored six times.

Lennerton is in his fourth season of professional baseball. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 33rd round of the June 2008 draft out of Oregon State University. He lives in Langley, British Columbia.

The Lakeland Flying Tigers are a Class A affliate of the Detroit Tigers.

Info courtesy of the Lakeland Flying Tigers

Reds minor league pitcher Tuttle, suspended 50 games after failing test


Daniel Tuttle (courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

Right-hander Daniel Tuttle, a minor league pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization, has been suspended 50 games after a second violation of baseball’s drug policy.

The Office of Commissioner Bud Selig announce on Tuesday that the suspension is effective immediately.

Tuttle was 3-1, with a 3.91 ERA, in five appearances and three starts in the Reds rookie Arizona League.

For the Dayton Dragons of the Class A Midwest League, Tuttle was 4-3 with a 4.87 ERA.


compiled from Major League Baseball news

Dodgers trade Preston Mattingly, Don’s son to Cleveland

The Los Angeles Dodgers recently named Don Mattingly as their manager for the 2011 season. If Don ever had visions of his son playing for him with the Dodgers, that dream just went to Cleveland.

On Sunday, the Dodgers traded his son, Preston Mattingly, to the Cleveland Indians for Roman Pena in a trade involving minor league outfielders.

Preston Mattingly (MiLB)

Don Mattingly, currently the Dodgers hitting coach, will replace the retiring Joe Torre as manager.

Preston Mattingly, the Dodgers’ Number 1 draft pick in 2006, batted .218 with two homers and 17 RBI’s at the Class-A level this season. He has a problem striking out, 51 times in 165 at bats.

Mattingly, who is 23, unlike his dad, throws and bats right-handed. His best pro season was in 2006, when he batted .290 with a home run and 29 RBI’s for the short-season Dodgers’ rookie level team in the Gulf Coast League.

Don Mattingly, a former Columbus Clipper, was a star left-handed hitting first baseman for the New York Yankees during his playing career, winning the 1985 American League MVP award.

compiled from Minor League Baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers & Cleveland Indians news

Espino and Canizares earn IL Players of the Week

The International League has selected Gwinnett designated hitter Barbaro Canizares and Columbus pitcher Paolo Espino have been named the League’s Batter and Pitcher of the Week for the period of August 9-15. The award represents the second career IL Batter of the Week Award for Canizares (April 3-13, 2008) and the fourth weekly award for the G-Braves this season (Chris Resop: May 10-16, Matt Young: June 21-27, and Todd Redmond: June 28-July 4). Espino’s honor is the third for Columbus in 2010 (Carlos Santana: April 8-11 and Jordan Brown: May 24-30.

Today we’ll highlight the week for IL pitcher of the week, Paolo Espino of the Columbus Clippers.

Paolo Espino Clippers (MiLB)

Making just the third start at the Triple-A level, Columbus right-hander Paolo Espino made a tremendous impact on the race in the IL West this past week.

He pitched for the Clippers on Saturday against Louisville with the Clippers holding a slim 1/2 game lead in the division. Espino outdueled Bats leftys Travis Wood and Matt Maloney, both of whom have seen action in the Major Leagues this season with the parent club, the Cincinnati Reds.

Espino pitched seven scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits and two walks while striking out eight as the Clippers won a hard fought 1-0 game. The eight strikeouts were a season-high for Espino, who was 9-4 with a 4.00 ERA at Double-A Akron before earning the promotion to Columbus earlier in the month.

Espino, who is 23, is in his fourth season of professional baseball after being selected by the Indians in the 10th round of the 2006 draft. Prior to this season, Espino had pitched just 3.0 innings above the Class-A level. Espino is a native of Panama City, Panama.

So far with Columbus, he is 1-1 in three starts with a 2.75 ERA in 19.2 innings, with 5 walks and 14 strikeouts.

On Tuesday we’ll take a look at the week that IL batter of the week Barbaro Canizares had for the Gwinnett Braves.

Info courtesy of the International League

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