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Rondon nearly flawless in Columbus debut

News and notes from Wednesday in the minor leagues

Updated: July 9, 2009, 5:30 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Announcing his presence with authority

Hector Rondon, RHP, Indians (Triple-A Columbus)
Wednesday's stats: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
The best arm in the Indians' system, Rondon briefly was moved to the bullpen earlier this season when the Indians were desperate for some help, but now that the 2009 season looks like a lost cause, he's back to starting, and it's hard to have a better Triple-A debut than Rondon had Wednesday night. He's a real possibility to hit the Indians' rotation sometime in 2010, if not earlier, and with his low- to mid-90s fastball, rapidly improving breaking ball and quality changeup, he's got the stuff to succeed there.

Makes no sense at all …

Brandon Wood, 3B, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake)
Wednesday's stats: 2-for-4, HR (17), R, 3 RBIs
If someone can explain how Wood doesn't make the Angels a better team right now, I'd love to hear it. Guy can play any position in the infield, has gone deep in back-to-back games and now is batting .313/.368/.597 (average/on-base/slugging). Somebody might get him from the Angels at the trade deadline, and if that happens, Anaheim is going to regret it down the road.

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