Numbers: Bowie Baysox

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Name/Pos AB AVG OBP SLG HR RBI BB K SB/CS
Jeff Nettles - 3B 88 .284 .347 .500 5 12 8 11 0/0
Mike Rodriguez - OF 47 .319 .373 .468 0 5 4 5 2/0
Jonathan Tucker - 2B/SS 74 .284 .391 .432 0 8 12 9 1/1
Zachary Dillon - C 33 .303 .378 .333 0 3 1 2 0/0
Luis Montanez - OF 94 .255 .286 .426 4 9 3 9 0/0
Ryan Finan - OF 68 .206 .300 .382 3 9 10 17 0/0
Nolan Reimold - OF 85 .235 .323 .341 2 7 11 14 1/0
Sebastien Boucher - OF 38 .211 .302 .316 0 4 5 9 1/1
Ben Davis - C 75 .240 .278 .333 0 10 4 7 0/0
Kennard Jones - OF 64 .219 .264 .297 0 8 5 14 3/0
Blake Davis - SS 75 .187 .253 .267 0 9 7 16 4/3
Carlos Rojas - IF 41 .195 .214 .220 0 4 0 4 0/0
Travis Brown - IF 12 .333 .385 .417 0 3 1 2 0/0

Jeff Nettles is slugging the ball pretty well right now. Let's be honest about why someone who's 29 years old and spent five years outside of real baseball is playing on anyone's Double-A team. First off, he's Graig Nettles' son. Which also makes him Jim Nettles' nephew! And he's an in-law of Mike Sweeney, since Jim's daughter married Sweeney. He's not a good player. He's just not. He never has been. He was in indy league baseball for about five years before the Royals picked him up to play at Wichita (AA) last season. The O's grabbed him because they have no hitting prospects. He was once a 53rd round pick of the Blue Jays, but went pro when taken in the 47th round for the big money by the Yankees, who were probably just doing Graig a solid. Not a nice bunch of stuff to say, I don't suppose, but it's not my job to make excuses for why Jeff Nettles is the starting third baseman for the Bowie Baysox.

Luis Montanez is 26 and a massive flameout with whom you may already be familiar if you're a Cubs fan. He was taken third overall in the 2000 draft and never did anything. He never even had an encouraging season, really. I mean, I suppose you could say him tearing up the Midwest League was pretty neat, if you don't take into account that he was 23 by then and was expected to already be in the majors. It's been a tough career for him. Sometimes, I wonder what it is that makes a guy like Montanez or Nettles keep soldiering on. Love of the game is one thing, but jeez. It reminds me of the line from Rudy, when one of the assistant coaches bluntly addresses the walk -on hopefuls: "Now, if any of you has any dreams of one day running out of that tunnel with your gold helmet shining in the sun, you'd best leave them right here."

Reimold is starting to hit a little, thank the heavens. He remains our second-best position prospect. Expect nothing from the rest of these guys. Like the Tides, the Baysox are struggling with hitting, although it's nice to see Jonathan Tucker getting on base the way he is. I like him for no particular reason. Just do.

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Name G GS IP ERA WHIP BB K W-L SV
Chris Waters 5 5 26.0 1.73 0.85 6 17 4-0 0
Jason Berken 5 5 26.2 2.70 1.05 2 30 1-2 0
David Hernandez 5 5 25.0 2.52 1.40 14 37 1-0 0
Chris Tillman 4 4 16.1 3.31 1.35 12 14 1-0 0
Chorye Spoone 3 3 15.0 3.00 1.60 9 13 2-0 0
Brad Bergesen 1 1 7.0 0.00 0.43 0 4 1-0 0
Julio Manon 10 0 11.1 4.76 1.24 7 10 1-1 4
Gerardo Casadiego 8 0 14.1 5.65 2.02 10 11 0-2 1
Felix Romero 8 0 14.2 3.68 1.30 5 20 0-0 0
Kam Mickolio 8 0 13.1 2.70 1.28 4 15 0-0 0
Jim Miller 7 0 13.0 3.46 1.23 5 17 0-1 0
Ryan Keefer 7 0 10.2 8.44 2.34 10 9 0-3 0
Rommie Lewis Jr. 8 0 8.1 8.64 2.64 2 3 0-1 0
Daniel Lonsberry 3 0 4.2 13.50 2.14 5 1 0-2 0
Ryan Finan 1 0 0.1 54.00 9.00 2 0 0-0 0

Tillman is still a diaper dandy, more or less, so his control issues are (1) not a big deal and (2) pretty much totally expected. Spoone's are a little more troubling.

But the other three rotation regulars have been chewing up the Eastern League. Waters should be -- he's 27 years old. Berken's 25 and is sort of at "now or never" himself. Hernandez was regarded by Sickels and Baseball Prospectus as a sleeper dude, so him I'm actually getting a little excited about, despite the iffy WHIP. I mean look at that K-rate -- 13.32 K/9. That's nasty. Even if he never masters a whole repertoire, that kind of power arm could make him millions as a reliever.

But if it's ratios you want to focus on, jeez, take a gander at Berken's absurd K-to-BB. 15-to-1? The Baysox bullpen deserves just as much flak for the team's struggles as the flaccid lineup does, too. Mickolio, Miller and Romero are doing fine, but the rest of them are gasoline men.

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