Minor League Ball Gameday, September 15

Fire - John Sickels, SB Nation/Vox Media

Good afternoon prospect watchers. I am back from my brief camping trip. There is something therapeutic about a good campfire. Someone actually got into my campsite while I was in town and stole my nice store-bought bundle of firewood, but I made due with some scavenged material from the woods and some lighter fluid.


We will be fully operational tomorrow, with reports on Detroit Tigers prospect Devon Travis, Kevin Siegrist of the St. Louis Cardinals, and a Prospect Retrospective/Career Profile for Todd Helton, who announced his retirement from the Colorado Rockies today.

***Yesterday's Minor League Ball Gameday thread.

***The Durham Bulls won the International League championship yesterday. The Omaha Stormchasers won the Pacific Coast League crown with a final win over Salt Lake, despite finishing below .500 during the regular season. The Inland Empire 66ers won the California League title. Padres prospect Juan Oramas led San Antonio to a 6-5 win over Arkansas, forcing a Game Five in the Texas League championship.

What do Inland Empire, Arkansas, and Salt Lake all have in common? They are Angels affiliates. Nevertheless, the Angels farm system is reputed to be quite weak right now, so later this week we will deconstruct these teams and see how they were built.

***Josh Hader began 2013 as a sleeper prospect in the Orioles system, but a trade and a fine summer made him the winning pitcher in Quad Cities victory over South Bend to seize the Midwest League title.

***Just two games today.

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