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Alex Liddi (’06, ’07, & ’08) has homered two straight days for his first two home runs in the major leagues.

Homer #1 in ClevelandHomer #2 in Minnesota.

Here is an interesting Geoff Baker post from yesterday about Liddi and home runs by native born Italians.

Lorenzo Cain (’09) hit a two-run triple for Omaha in last night’s Triple-A championship game.  BUT, Columbus beat the Storm Chasers for the AAA Championship.

HOWEVER, not all bad for Cain

Cain’s consolation prize for not winning the Triple-A championship was the news after the game that he was one of six Storm Chasers bound for Kansas City.

No video, but Bryan LaHair (’04) was presented with his award for being the Chicago Cubs Minor League Player of the Year before Tuesday’s game.  No surprise, since LaHair hit 38 home runs to win the Joe Bauman Trophy as the top home run hitter in all of Minor League Baseball AND the PCL MVP.


Liddi has a couple of good days

Italian-born Alex Liddi launches another salami

Liddi hit a grand slam for the second straight day on Thursday, lifting the Mariners to a 10-5 win over the Angels.

On Wednesday he hit one in a 9-4 win over the Dodgers. He’s hitting .364 in eight at-bats with the two home runs and team-high eight runs batted in.
Thursday’s homer came with two outs in the fifth inning on a 2-1 pitch from Ryan Chaffee of the Angels.

“I heard the fans say, ‘Do it again,’ ” Liddi said. “But I was just trying to do something over second base to get some RBIs for the team. What happened (the home run), I wasn’t trying to do it.”

That he did, however, is sure to blow up his phone even more.

He said he got numerous calls, texts and Facebook messages from friends and family in Italy after his slam against the Dodgers. (He hit another home run against the Dodgers in a B game on Tuesday that doesn’t count in his stats, but means that the has unofficially homered in three straight games.)

Yeah. That’s a couple of good days.

Lawrie is #5

Baseball America released their Top 20 Prospects for the Southern League on Thursday.  Ex-Rattlers second baseman Brett Lawrie was #5.

Two other Ex-Rattlers made the list.  Michael Pineda (’08) of the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx was #3.  Pineda’s West Tennessee teammate Alex Liddi (’06, ’07, ’08) made the list at #16.

A bit from behind the subscriber wall:

Aside from [#1 prospect Mike] Stanton, no SL prospect excited scouts and managers alike as
much as Pineda. He throws in the upper 90s from his first pitch and
maintains his velocity throughout a game.

Yet, some scouts seem him as more of a closer than a starting pitcher.

Like [Dan] Uggla, Lawrie is a strong, aggressive hitter with a big swing. He
has a quick bat that stays in the hitting zone for a long time, and
balls carry well off his bat. While he’s prone to chasing pitches out of
the zone, he also has shown the ability to make adjustments during
at-bats and series.

Some scouts see him as a corner outfielder at the upper levels.

Liddi’s numbers were bound to take a hit after he played at hospitable
High Desert in the hitter-friendly California League last year. A career
.244/.311/.372 hitter entering 2009, he led the minors in hitting while
batting .345/.411/.594. He legitimized himself as a prospect with a
solid 2010 season at West Tenn, leading the league with 92 RBIs.

Possible move to first base at the next level? BA and scouts don’t like it.

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