The South Bend Silver Hawks
and Arizona Diamondbacks
have announced the promotion of Brett Anderson
to the Visalia Oaks
. Brett was selected to the Midwest League All Star Game that took place June 19th. Anderson signed as Arizona's second round selection in the 2006 June Free Agent Draft.
Anderson was dominating the Midwest League this season, going 8-4 through the first half with a 2.21 ERA in 14 starts. He has struck out 85 batters in a shade over 80 innings, and has walked just 10, leading to his outstanding 8.5:1 strike out to walk ratio. He is a ground ball pitcher extraordinaire, as he has given up just 3 home runs all season, and induces 2 ground balls for every fly ball he allows.
On a depressing, yet encouraging note, both Brooks Brown
and Max Scherzer
have been promoted to Double-A Mobile
. After an All-Star berth, Brown will take his sinker to the Southern League, and hopes to continue his solid pitching at a higher level.
Max had been dominant in his three starts in Visalia, allowing just one run over 17.0 innings, and coming within 6 outs of a perfect game in San Jose. The Diamondbacks felt Scherzer was more than ready to make the leap to Double-A, and no one would be surprised to see Max continue his climb before year's end.
The second half starting rotation for the Oaks should consist of newcomer Anderson, Dallas Buck
, Matthew Torra
, Hector Ambriz
, and the reinserted Anthony Cupps
The Oaks have just been informed that recent acquisition and Carolina League All-Star Aaron Cunningham
will join the Oaks on Saturday, June 23, in Modesto. Cunningham is coming off an impressive first half with the Winston Salem Warthogs, where he hit .294 with 8 homers and 37 RBI. He should provide an offensive spark to an Oaks team that has often struggled to plate runners.