Scottsdale Scorpions (1-10)


Mesa 6, Scottsdale 2
. Reid Brignac led of for Scottsdale, going 2-3 and hitting a olo home run, his first in the AFL. Evan Longoria was 2-3 with 2 doubles and a walk.

Scottsdale 9, Peo Javelinas 3. Evan Longoria was 3-4 with 2 doubles, a home run and 3 RBI in Scottsadale’s first win. It was Longoria’s 4th home run. John Jaso also homered for the Scorpions, going 1-2 with 2 RBI. Reid Brignac was 0-4. Mike Prochaska started and picked up the win, going 3 innings, and allowing 1 run on 3 hits, and a walk, while striking out 2. Calvin Medlock relieved and pitched 2 scoreless innings striking out 2.

Phoenix 3, Scottsdale 2. Evan Longoria went 1-4 and is now hitting .317. He also committed his 3rd error of the AFL.Longoria is 4th in the AFL with a 1.063 OPS. He is tied for the league lead with 4 home runs, is third with 8 RBI and second with 4 doubles. Chris Nowak started at first base and went 1-3 with an RBI. Nick DeBarr and Evan Meek each pitched in relief. DeBarr threw 2 perfect innings with a strikeout, while Meek strike out two, but gave up a hit an a walk in two-thirds of an inning.



  • 2007 has been unkind to the state of Ohio. [The Sporting Orange]
  • Was anybody esle disturbed a little to see a member of the Orioles in the Boston dugout and throwing the first pitch in game 7? [The Kansas City Star]
  • We believe the Dustin Pedroia should be and will be AL Rookie of the Year…But Baseball America thinks that Delmon Young was only the 13th best rookie (5th best in the AL)…seriously. [ArmchairGM]
  • Yet another blogger that thinks Joe Torre should take a year off and then replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Devil Rays. After hearing Torre refer to the Yankee’s contract offer as an “insult”, we are starting to warm to the possibility if Maddon gets off to a bad start in 2008 or if the Rays fail to reach .500 at the end of the season. It is not a secret that George Steinbrenner considers Tampa his home turf and has never been fond of the Devil Rays franchise. Taking the Tampa job and beating the Yankees could be the ultimate answer from the manager that is a lot more fiery and calculating than his public persona would suggest. [Quick Hits From The Sidelines]
  • Keep in mind that Joe Torre and Don Zimmer are close, and Zim was none-too-happy about the way the Yankees handled his pal Torre. []
  • More funky baseball math. This time, Roto Authority suggests that Andy Sonnanstine was the 4th unluckiest pitcher in 2007 which suggests he could be much better in 2008. [Roto Authority]
  • Minor-ity Report take a look at David Price and compares his numbers to Mark Prior. Not the first time we have heard the comparison, but Price’s numbers in college were actually better than Prior’s and Price has an extra year of college under his belt. And did we mention that Price is left-handed. We are starting to get giddy. [Minor-ity Report]
  • Despite a big dropoff in production in 2007, the Devil Rays still believe that Reid Brignac is their future shortstop. It just won’t be in 2008. [TBO]
  • “The only thing that keeps this organization from being recognized as one of the finest in baseball is wins and losses at the major league level.” – Devil Rays GM Chuck Lamar…We are not sure why this is one of “The 35 Dumbest Sports Quotes Ever”. Isn’t it true? [LiveJournal]
  • Jon Garland or Jose Contreras for Carl Crawford? Contreras? No. Garland? Not likely. He is set to make $12 million in 2008 and will be a free agent at the end of the year. [Mets Blog]
  • Then again, MLB Rumors cites “industry sources” that “The Devil Rays and White Sox have worked over the past couple months on possible deals this off season that involve Jon Garland and Carl Crawford”. Maybe THIS GUY qualifies as an “industry source” [MLB Rumors]
  • In the four professional sports leagues in North America, there are 92 teams. Sports Frog ranks the Devil Rays 89th, ahead of only the Memphis Grizzlies (90), Charlotte Bobcats (91) and the Houston Texans (92). See? The Rays don’t always finish last. [Sports Frog]
  • RJ Anderson discusses his upcoming book about Chuck LaMar. [The Stat Pack]


  1. Robert Rittner says:

    Despite what Friedman said, Brignac did not have a bad season at Montgomery. The only thing that dropped was his BA. He improved both his walk rate and K rate and continued to hit line drives and hit for power. I have seen reports that describe his defense anywhere from slightly above average to outstanding.

    We have to remember that the Southern League is a pitchers' league and Montgomery is very tough on hitters. Given that and given his improved plate discipline and contact rates, I do not think his BA decline is particularly significant.

  2. The Professor says:

    not sure of the splits, but he was much better in the second half and i would say half of his errors occured towards the end of the first half of the season when he had a horrendous stretch both offensively and defensively.

    so yes. his drop off was not that bad. he only had 9 fewer extra-base hits in 07, which is not a bad decline going From visalia to mont

  3. Robert Rittner says:

    It's interesting that despite the perceived dropoff Brignac remains highly regarded at a number of sites that rank minor league prospects. At BP Goldstein has reiterated more than once his view that Brignac is the top shortstop prospect in the minors and that he expects him to be successful in the majors. I cannot remember the other BP writer who was similarly impressed by Brignac. And at Project Prospect, Brignac is currently ranked #11 out of the top 75 prospects in the game. Since Jan. 2007 he has moved from #24-18-11 in successive rankings. And BA has him as the 6th best prospect in the Southern League, 6 spots ahead of Hu.

  4. Eli says:

    As the writer an founder of MLB Rumors, I will tell you that the industry is source is a White Sox executive...if you want to know more about it- feel free to email me at

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