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Ranger Beatdown and the Minors Kick Things Off

Minor League Baseball kicked off their season today and the Toledo Mudhens lost their home opener to the Charlotte Knights 1-0.  Wil Ledezma took the loss but he had a pretty impressive start.  He gave up only a single run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings.  He struck out nine and walked two.  I’m still pretty high on Ledezma and people tend to forget that people were talking about him last year the same way people are talking about Justin Verlander this year.

The Erie Seawolves lost their first game 2-1 in ten innings.  Lakeland lost 6-1 and Cameron Maybin went two for four with a triple and a run in West Michigan’s 5-3 loss to Fort Wayne.  Four minor league games, four losses.

It looks like the Tigers are going to start 3-0.  It’s 9-3 in the bottom of the seventh and the Tigers have hit six homeruns.  Chris Shelton went yard twice and now has four and Brandon Inge and Marcus Thames both hit their second of the season.  Magglio Ordonez and Craig Monroe both hit their first homerun of the season.

Ledezma was never thought of as a similar prospect to Justin Verlander. The Tigers may have had high hopes for him, but he was never anywhere near the top 10 propsects in baseball.

Posted by KS on April 7th, 2006 at 12:46 am

He was mentioned as a complement to Jeremy Bonderman as a future stud in the rotation. He wasn’t listed as a prospect because he already had a full year in because he was a rule 5 guy.

Posted by Brian on April 7th, 2006 at 4:52 am

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