Buchholz struggles but gets call
News and notes from Sunday in the minor leagues
Updated: July 13, 2009, 12:18 PM ETBy Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
Not a great line, but hey, he's in the big leaguesClay Buchholz, RHP, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket)
Sunday's stats: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
On the day it was announced that Buchholz was finally returning to the big leagues, he responded with his worst start of the year. The numbers overall remain outstanding, with a 2.36 ERA in 17 games and only 67 hits allowed in 99 innings. Whether his start against the Blue Jays on Friday is either a showcase or a symbol of things to come is yet to be determined.
Reclamation ProjectTrevor Bell, RHP, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake)
Sunday's stats: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
A supplemental first-round pick in 2005, Bell is one of the thousands of arms out there whose velocity peaked in high school. To his credit, he's refashioned himself as a command and control type who can place his 89-92 mph fastball effortlessly while backing it up with a solid slider/changeup combination. In the midst of a breakout year, he now has a 1.57 ERA in six Pacific Coast League starts, and could be seeing the big leagues soon.
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