Arizona League Weekly Report
Report No. Four
Covering Sunday, August 6 to Saturday, August 12
Mascot Basher Plays for Rangers. Randall Simon has played in the majors for seven years but he will always be remembered for one infamous moment--when he swung and hit one of the racing sausages at a Milwaukee Brewers game. Simon, who trying to get back to the big leagues after the playing in Mexico in 2005 and early this season, appeared in five games for the Surprise Rangers this past week. The 31-year-old first baseman batted .278 with one double and three RBIs.
Contreras Knocks in Four More. Rayner Contreras' remarkable RBI streak continued on August 6 when he knocked in four more runs for the Padres. Over an 10-game span from July 25 to August 6, the 19-year-old Dominican knocked in 26 runs. But all good things must come to an end. Contreras finally cooled off driving in only two runs over the next four games.
Francis Gets Hot For Royals. Nick Francis, Kansas City's 15th round pick in this year's draft out of Pensacola (Florida) Junior College, was batting only .227 when the week started. But the 20-year-old saw his batting average 50 points in three days with a four-hit game followed by two two-hit games. During the past week, Francis also drove in nine runs for the Royals.
Ceda Traded from Padres to Cubs. After the Cubs acquired right-hander Jose Ceda from the Padres for second baseman Todd Walker, Ceda moved crosstown--from Peoria to Mesa--but he stayed in the Arizona League. Ceda has made the most of his change of scenery. In his first four outings for the Cubs, the 18-year-old Dominican pitched eight innings and gave up only four hits, a lone earned run and struck out 15 batters.
Hitting Streak. Padres centerfielder Cedric Hunter remains the hottest hitter in the Arizona League. Hunter, the Padres’ third round pick in this year’s draft, has reached base safely in all 37 games and he now has the AzL's longest hitting streak of the season--16 straight games. During the past week, Hunter batted .529 (9-for-17) and his batting average continued to rise--from .357 to .378.
Posted Sunday, August 13, 2006