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2004 Pacific Coast League 2004 Pacific Coast League
Player Highlights Triple-A minor league baseball action during the 2004 season

Players are eager to showcase their abilities and are patiently awaiting a call from a major league affiliate.

Player Bios presented by the official Baseball Historian

* Kevin Witt Memphis Redbirds Infielder – highly rated by Redbirds’ manager Danny Sheaffer. An up-and-coming star, Kevin batted .500 with 4 homers, scored 10 runs and had 11 RBIs during the week-ended August 30 2004. Witt had five multi-hit games and a .933 slugging percentage during that week. The Triple-A Memphis Redbirds are in affiliation with the St Louis Cardinals.

* Xavier Nady Portland Beavers Outfielder – voted PCL Player of Week ended on September 7 2004. Xavier batted a red-hot .455 and belted out 4 homers, drove in 11 runs, and compiled a steaming 1.091 slugging percentage. Also Nady hit a 3-run walkoff homer to beat the Sacramento River Cats in that week. The Portland Beavers are an affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

* Sergio Mitre Iowa Cubs Pitcher Right-handed – on August 13 2004 in a game vs the Albuquerque Isotopes Sergio Mitre yielded a double and a walk in the 1st inning, then halted Albuquerque’s hitters. He set down 23 straight batters en-route to a complete game shutout, and rang up 9 strikeouts. Iowa Cubs are an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The Albuquerque Isotopes are an affiliate of the Florida Marlins.

* A.J. Zapp Tacoma Rainiers First Baseman – lined two grand slam homers during week ended August 23 2004. AJ Zapp powered a game-winning walkoff grand slam against the Fresno Grizzlies giving the Tacoma Rainiers a 11-7 victory. Hios numbers for that game were 5-hits in 5-trips to the plate, Including a double, two homers and 9 RBIs. The Tacoma Rainiers are in an affiliation with the Seattle Mariners.

* Matt Cain Fresno Grizzlies Pitcher Right-handed – a 20-year-old fireballer, he’s rated one of the best rookies in Triple-A minor league baseball. Last year in parts of Class A and AA he posted 161 strikeouts (Ks) and allowed only 57 walks in 158 2/3 innings and Matt Cain hung-out a 13-5 w/l with a 2.66 earned run average. The Fresno Grizzles are an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.




Oakland Athletics (2000-2005) Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics (2000-2005) Sacramento River Cats
Minor League Stars shinning in the major leagues - News Update by migalareport.com - C U Round the Ballparks

A joint venture between the Oakland A’s and the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League has proven to be highly productive for both teams. The River Cats started minor league baseball in 2000 and have employed numerous baseball talent who moved up to the major league level with Oakland.

The Official Baseball Historian

* Bobby Crosby Shortstop – an impressive defensive shortstop he was Oakland’s first draft pick in 2001. Moving up to the Sacramento River Cats in 2003 Crosby made the PCL All Star team and batted .308, lined 22 Homers, 90 RBIs and named the Pacific Coast League’s Rookie of the Year. Brought up by Oakland in 2004 the highly touted Bobby Crosby played in 151 Games, hit .239, crashed 34 doubles, 22 home runs, scored 70 runs, 64 RBIs and was selected the American League’s 2004 Rookie of the Year.

* Eric Byrnes Outfielder – the 6 ft 2-inch, 210-pound free-swinger was one of the Pacific Coast League’s most popular players during his 3-year tenure in Sacramento – 2000-02. Noted defensively in the minors for his tumbling and over-the-head catches Eric Barnes made an successful entry to the majors. For the Oakland A’s in 2004 he batted .283, had 39 doubles, 20 homers, Scored 91 runs, 73 RBIs and stole a team leading 17 bases.

* Joe Blanton Pitcher – the right-handed throwing fastball pitcher struck out 143 batters in 176 1/3 innings spanning 26 starts for the River Cats last season, 2004. Just 24-years-old Joe Blanton debuted with Oakland late in ’04 and was not a pitcher of record in 3 relief appearances. Rates high on scouting reports.




The Sacramento River Cats The Sacramento River Cats
Tickets... Tickets... everybody's buying tickets! After an absence of 24 years, minor league baseball returned to the city of Sacramento

On May 15 2000 at Raley Field 14,111 baseball lovers went to the watch the Sacramento River Cats play its first game since 1976. That the team could outdraw all other minor league teams in its inaugural season was simply amazing. 861,808 fans poured into Sacramento’s Raley Field.

Highlights of Inaugural Season 2000 <>

Sacramento River Cats

Barry Zito Left handed Pitcher – drafted by the Oakland Athletics at age 21 as its first round draft pick in 1999 he compiled a 8-5 w/l record in 2000. Using one of the most roundhouse curve balls in baseball history – a 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock - the 6 ft 4 inch 215-pound Zito posted a solid 3.19 in 21 games for the Sacramento River Cats and before the 2000 season ended was pitching in an A’s uniform. Barry Zito won the 2002 AL Cy Young at Oakland.

June 23-24 2000 – In a game that lasted 4-hours, 55-minutes the River Cats defeated Las Vegas 13-12 in 12 innings. The next day Sacramento scored a whopping 10 runs in the 1st inning on their way to routing the Hollywood Stars 15-6. Leadoff batter Mike Lockwood led off with a homer, and 15 batters followed in the inning.

August 22 2000 – the Sacramento River Cats lined a season-high 5 home runs in winning 15-5 over the Omaha Royals and clinched the Pacific Coast Southern Division Title AAA. Homers were hit by Roberto Vaz, Mark Bellhorn, Mario Valdez, Bo Porter and Mario Encarnacion…. by baseballhistorian.com Minor League Baseball History – Pacific Coast Baseball History




Joe Thurston Joe Thurston
Second Baseman Las Vegas 51s - debuted in TripleA baseball in 2002

April 2005 Advance Scouting Report by baseballhistorian.com

One of the fans favorites of the Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League, Joe Thurston is aa aggressive all-around second baseman.

In 2002 in Triple A with the 51s the left handed swinging Joe Thurston led the PCL with 196 hits, led with 106 runs while batting a red hot .334 and lined 39 doubles, 13 triples, 12 homers, and 55 RBIs. In his first three years in the Triple-A minor league baseball, 2002-2004, Joe Thurston has averaged .296. Graduated from Sacramento’s Fairfield High School, then was one of the top players at Sacramento City College, and was rated the LA Dodgers #1 prospect.




Clint Barnes Clint Barnes
Shortstop Right-handed Colorado Rockies 2004-2005

Updated Report on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox by the migalareport.com

One of MLB top baseball prospects as we head into 2005, Clint Barnes put together two red-hot offensive seasons in Triple A before debuting with the Colorado Rockies late in 2004.

In 2004 Clint Barnes hit .328 in 125 games, with 42 doubles, 16 homers, stole 20 bases and scored 104 runs for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the PCL Triple-A Baseball. Then, after joining the Colorado Rockies he hit a respectable .280 in 20 games.

The 6 foot, 170-pound Barnes has been playing in the minors for awhile and is 26-years-old heading into the 2005 season.




 


Headline News - McGwire Lines 1st NL Hit - August 3, 1997
Aug 3, 1997 Baseballhistorian.com - Internet News Service

Mark McGwire got his first National League hit yesterday and also scored the go-ahead run for the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. Todd Stottlemyre (11-7) pitched eight strong innings and helped the Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak. McGwire traded to the Cardinals Thursday, went 1-for-3 with a walk. Hitless on Friday night, McGwire got his first for St. Louis in the sixth, an infield single



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