Let’s continue the minor league update and take a look at what’s going on down under in the minors.

Oh my goodness! That Strasburg kid can actually struggle in a game!
Stephen Strasburg took his first loss in Triple-A on Saturday, allowing three runs and a home run (oh no!) to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Yeah, get used to losing to the Yankees, kid. They just have a knack for ruining things even in the minors.

Posey hits the bay
The Buster Posey story has been buzzing this weekend in the bay area as the Giants number one prospect was called up this weekend and so far is 6-for-10 in his first two games. This all comes after he was hitting .349/.442/.552 in 47 games at Triple-A Fresno, but one quote stuck out to me. In the last issue of Baseball America, Giants GM Brian Sabean apparently didn’t think too much of Posey’s performance to date…

“Triple-A baseball isn’t very good. I’m going to tell you that right now. Especially from a pitching standpoint. Anybody who can pitch is in the big leagues.”

Well doesn’t that just give Posey and all of the guys at Triple-A trying to make a career for themselves a nice confidence boost? Sabean is not a stranger to bizarre moves (just take a look at some of his former trades), but holy crap what a vote of confidence in your guys. Basically, he’s saying everyone else down there in Triple-A is a load of garbage that can’t hit some long-time minor leaguer. Didn’t the Giants have Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum pitching in Triple-A for a decent amount of time before coming to the Majors? Sabean never ceases to amaze me.

Can the Rays pitching staff get better?
As if the Rays didn’t already have a freaking legit rotation, another one of their big prospect arms continues to roll in Triple-A. Jeremy Hellickson improved to 8-2 with a 2.49 ERA on Sunday for Triple-A Durham. His eight wins is tied for the most in all of the minor leagues. Not bad. Now where to put him? Unless there’s an injury to the Rays staff, Hellickson will probably be called up soon and thrown into the bullpen because those guys (Matt Garza, James Shields, Jeff Niemann, David Price, Wade Davis) are all tearing it up.

Prospect Hot Sheet
Baseball America takes a look at some of the top prospects that are hot or struggling this past week throughout the minors. Hellickson is currently 2 on the list and Rays prospect Tim Beckham seems to be turning it around after a horrible start to the season. It’s seriously amazing how the Rays still have super prospects coming up through the farm system. They really have a chance to be crazy good for years to come.

Announces retirement and then ends with a victory
A pretty cool and bittersweet story about Indians farm hand Mike Gosling announcing his retirement prior to the Columbus Clippers game on May 17 and then winning the game. Gosling decided to give up the dream and focus on other priorities like raising a family. It’s worth a read if you have time.

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