Durham Bulls. The Wes Bankston experiment at third base ended this past week when Aubrey Huff was traded to the Astros and uber-prospect B. J. Upton was moved to third base. Bankston, who has struggled defensively was promoted to AAA Durham and moved back to first base. Bankston is taking well to his promotion and
new old position. In his first four games, he is 6-13 (.462) with 4 RBI…Delmon Young has cooled off a bit, going 2-13 in the last 3 games. His average has fallen to .333…The B. J. Upton experiment at thirdbase is off to a strong start. In four games, Upton is yet to commit an error, marking one of his longest errorless streaks of the season…The Juan Salas streak has finally ended. On Friday night, Salas surrendered a 2-run home run, his first two earned runs of the season…On Saturday night, Salas made up for the snafu by combining with Jason Hammel on a no-hitter. Hammel went 8.1 innings and was taken out after throwing 125 pitches…Ben Zobrist is 4-14 in his first four games with the Bulls …Seth McClung is adjusting well to his new role as closer. He saved two games over the weekend and has struck out 17 in 10.2 innings while only walking 1. McClung should be back in Tampa sooner rather than later and take over for Brian Meadows as the team’s closer…Things are not so well for Doug Waechter. In 6 starts, he is 1-5 with 9.09 ERA. Um? That’s not good.
Other Notes. Josh Hamilton is starting to find his groove. He is 5-7 over the past 2 games. In 9 games Josh is 10-31 (.323) with 3 doubles, 1 triple and 4 RBI...Mitch Talbot was strong in his first start for the Montgomery Biscuits. He worked 6 innings giving up 5 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 5 to pick up the win…Jeff Niemann continues to stretch out his arm. In his most recent start he worked 6 innings, with 4 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. In his first 5 starts of 2006, he has struck out 32 in 27 innings, with a 3.33 ERA…Evan Longoria continues to rack up hits for the Oaks. In 15 games he is hitting .339-5-13 with an 8 to 7 walk to strikeout ratio. He now has 9 home runs in 23 professional games. Would it be so terrible to give Longoria a week or two with the big club in September?