Sept. 8, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.-- With a month to go in the Major League season, minor league baseball has concluded its regular season and a majority of Stanford's 34 professional players have entered their off seasons.
The 2010 season saw the debuts of Drew Storen (Nationals) and Jason Castro (Astros), the retiring of eight-year veteran and former MLB pitcher Mike Gosling and the return to form for Greg Reynolds (Rockies) and Jed Lowrie (Red Sox).
Two future stars also continued to move up the charts in Indians infielder Cord Phelps and A's outfielder Michael Taylor.
Storen, likely the closer of the future at Nationals Park, spent just 41 games in the minors before his May callup after being the tenth overall selection in the 2009 draft. Castro, a top catching prospect, soon followed in June with the Astros, giving Stanford 86 Major Leaguers since 1904.
Gosling concluded his career with a 3-0 record and 2.59 ERA with Triple-A Columbus in May, relayed in this story by Craig Calcaterra. Gosling, who pitched in 58 games over five years with three teams had a 4.85 ERA in the Majors and a 4.60 ERA over 218 minor league contests.
Reynolds and Lowrie both returned from injury. Reynolds, who reached Denver in 2008, missed most of 2009 with an elbow injury. Pitching the majority of the season for Double-A Tulsa the former first round pick had an 8-6 record and 4.74 ERA in 19 minor league starts. Lowrie is back in the Majors with Boston in September after a wrist injury, mono and some bad luck derailed his 2009 season with just 58 games.
Phelps, who will play for Team USA next month, hit .317 at Triple-A Columbus with a .506 slugging percentage, and .308 overall in 119 games in the Cleveland organization. He was a top-30 prospect in the organization heading into the season following a .271 career average, which is likely to rise after this year.
Taylor had an off season in 2010, hitting .272 with six homers and 78 RBIs for Triple-A Sacramento after a .320 average in 2009 and a .346 mark in 2008. Prior to the season he was listed as the No. 2 prospect in the A's organization. He was noted as the best A's prospect for average.
Jody Gerut (.324) and John Hester (.370), both who played in the Majors this past season had solid Triple-A seasons. Joe Borchard had 17 homers and 64 RBIs for Triple-A Fresno in the Giants organization, also trying to return to the Majors.
James Rapoport was promoted to Triple-A after batting .321 to start the year in Double-A. The Memphis outfielder hit .267 over 112 games in 2010 in his fifth pro season. Erik Davis moved onto Double-A San Antonio for most of the season, going 4-0 with a 2.75 ERA. Overall the 13th round pick in 2008 had a 14-3 mark and 3.52 ERA over 27 starts and 143.1 innings with 133 strikeouts. Sean Ratliff hit .317 for Double-A Binghampton with 50 RBIs in 73 games and .298 overall in 130 games. The outfielder was a fourth round pick of the Mets in 2008.
Amongst this year's draftees, Jake Schlander (.259), Colin Walsh (.256), Adam Gaylord (.273) and Jonathan Kaskow (.192) all played in the low minors. Walsh did hit .300 in the New York Penn League before getting promoted to Quad Cities.
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