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Series preview: Aeros Vs. BaySox

By sstorm Published: April 7, 2009

Series No. 1: Bowie Baysox Vs. Akron Aeros at Canal Park   

At: Canal Park (Wednesday through Friday 7:05 p.m.; Saturday 1:35 p.m.)

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Double A
Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles
A little History:   

It only makes sense that the Aeros would open the season against their budding rival Bowie for a rematch of last season's first-round playoff series. Although the Baysox rode a late-season surge to claim the regular-season Southern Division Eastern League pennant, the Aeros rebounded by taking three-of-four games in the division series to win the post  season title and advance to the EL Championship game. Bowie didn't take too kindly to Akron having Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner for a few games on loan via a rehab stint, leaving town with a bitter taste in their mouths. But the Aeros' karma quickly evened out when they ran into the post-season buzz  saw that was Trenton (New York Yankees), falling to the Thunder in the EL Championship Series for the second consecutive season.

Top Three team Prospects (As ranked by Baseball America):   

Carlos Santana, catcher
Jake Arrieta


Santana, a switch-hitting catcher, is the Indians top-rated prospect in the entire Organization. He joined the Tribe last year as part of the Casey Blake trade. Santana profiles as a hitter who will hit for average and a high on base percentage.
The 6-foot-4, 225 pound right hander possesses a fastball that peaks around 97 miles an hour. Baseball America says his slider has the most potential out of his other pitches (change and curve). He is rated as their No.4

Nick Weglarz, left field
Brandon Erbe, RHP


The Indians third-rated prospect overall. Weglarz is a power-hitting left fielder, who shows tremendous patience at the plate. He profiles as a player who could walk 100 times a season.
The No.6 prospect in the organization. Erbe, a right- hander, works in the mid-90's with his fastball. His slider and changeup are still a work in

Beau Mills, first base
Troy Patton, LHP


Mills is the the reigning league MVP in the Class A Carolina League. he
brings tremendous power potential to all fields. The first baseman is ranked fifth in the organization overall.
Patton is a soft-tossing left-hander who was acquired from the Houston Astros in the Miguel Tejada trade. He is coming off surgery for a small
labrum tear. He is the No.8 rated prospect.

Other Notables:


No.11 Carlos Rivero, shortstop
No.9 Brandon Snyder, first baseman
No. 13 Hector Rondon,
Starting pitcher
No. 17 Jason Berken,
 right-handed pitcher

PITCHING ROTATIONS (for Akron only):

Wednesday - RHP Hector Rondon (11-6, 3.60 ERA in 27 starts at Class-A Kinston)

Thursday - RHP Frank Hermann (11-6, 4.10 ERA in 23 starts with Aeros)

Friday - RHP Josh Tomlin (9-5, 2.98 ERA, three saves in 40 games at Kinston)

Saturday - RHP Steven Wright (4-3, 4.30 ERA in 14 games with Aeros).


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