Minors Moniker Madness: Razor Shines Bracket

Cumberbatch looking to redeem himself after 2007 opening-round loss

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March 18, 2008 6:00 AM

Voting is under way for MiLB.com's second-annual "Minors Moniker Madness" competition. The goal of this bracket-style tournament is a noble one -- to determine the best name in all of Minor League Baseball.

Here's a comprehensive look at the first-round matchups. After all, the voting public needs to be as well-informed as possible.

No. 1 Cirilo Cumberbatch vs. No. 16 Harris Honeycutt -- Cumberbatch easily dispatched Benjamin Harrison in the opening round last year, but ultimately was sent home from the tournament at the hands of Will Startup. The 21-year-old Panamanian outfielder returns this year with big expectations, and his first challenge is Reds pitching prospect Harris Honeycutt.

No. 2 Jetsy Extrano vs. No. 15 Devin Drag -- The whimsically named Jetsy Extrano was upset by Gil Gil in the first round of last year's tournament, but the seeding committee has nonetheless seen fit to grant him No. 2 status. If the 19-year-old infielder is upset again this year, it will be at the hands of Washington Nationals pitching prospect Devin Drag.

No. 3 Austin Bibens-Dirkx vs. No. 14 Dimaster Delgado -- The inimitably named Austin Bibens-Dirkx went down in the first round of last year's competition, and now he's looking for revenge against the liltingly poetic Dimaster Delgado. Bibens-Dirkx made 31 relief appearances for the Class A Advanced High Desert Mavericks last season, while Delgado made his professional debut as a starting pitcher for the Dominican Summer League Braves.

No. 4 Mark Hamburger vs. No. 13 Brett Butts -- Since he shares a last name with one of America's staple fast-food items, Hamburger is sure to get lots of support in this competition. Here, the 21-year-old right-handed Twins farmhand goes up against the alliterative beauty that is Atlanta Braves pitching prospect Brett Butts, who competed at three different levels during the 2007 season.

No. 5 Flint Wipke vs. No. 12 Bienvenido Beltre -- Wipke was a first-round loser in last year's competition (at the hands of the mathematically inclined Archimedes Euclides Caminero), but the slate is now wiped clean for 2008. The 24-year-old backstop will go up against the rhythmically monikered Bienvenido Beltre, a 19-year-old who pitched for the Dominican Summer League Cubs in 2007.

No. 6 Callix Crabbe vs. No. 11 Deik Scram -- Both Crabbe and Scram lost in the first round of the 2007 Minors Moniker Madness competition, so the upside of this matchup is that at least one of them will avoid the same fate in 2008. Both players are speedy outfielders; Crabbe plays in the Padres organization, while Scram is a Tigers farmhand.

No. 7 Rubi Koko vs. No. 10 Tobi Stoner -- Koko couldn't get past Sharlon Schoop in the opening round of the 2007 tournament, but maybe he'll have better luck against Tobi Stoner. The Curacao-born Koko suited up for the Pioneer League's Idaho Falls Chukars in 2007, while Stoner, a native of Germany, toed the mound for the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League.

No. 8 Sundrendy Windster vs. No. 9 Houston Summers -- Summers shocked the world last year by winning the inaugural Minors Moniker Madness tournament, yet our seeding committee still placed him in the middle of the pack for this year's contest. Will the Diamondbacks catching prospect emerge victorious once again this season, or quickly exit the contest at the hands of 19-year-old Giants prospect Sundrendy Windster?

Benjamin Hill is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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