Sept. 4, 2008
Right-hand pitcher Scott Strickland saw action in 52 games for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees, Triple A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Strickland posted a 4-0 record and a 3.53 ERA. He fanned 72 in 66.1 innings pitched and also notched 12 saves.
Reliever Danny Ray Herrera was quickly promoted from Double-A Chattanooga to Triple A Louisville after an impressive 3-0 start for the Lookouts. He received a brief call up to the Cincinnati Reds in early June, where he appeared in two games. He finished the season at Louisville with a 4-4 record and a 2.78 ERA with six saves and 50 strikeouts in 55 innings.
Jamie Vermilyea started the season rehabbing with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. After posting a 3-3 record in 20 games with 26 strikeouts, Vermilyea was released in late June.
Matt Young spent the season with the Mississippi Braves, Double A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, batting .289 with 16 doubles, 11 triples and three home runs. The left fielder, who was also named a Southern League mid-season all-star, drove in 50 runs while also swiping 30 stolen bases.
Chris Carlson finished his season with the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) batting .277 while anchoring down first base. Carlson was also named a mid-season all-star for the Class A Midwest League. He collected 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 49 RBIs.
Jordan Pacheco, who was converted from an infielder to a catcher, wrapped up his season with the Tri-City Dust Devils, Class A short season of the Colorado Rockies, with a .284 average in 52 games. Pacheco collected 34 RBIs and 10 extra base hits.
Bobby LaFromboise started 10 games for the Everett Aquasox, Class A short season of the Seattle Mariners. LaFromboise posted a 3.46 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched, striking out 35. He also made three relief appearances in his first professional season.
Scott Gracey went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA for the Blue Jays of the Rookie Gulf Coast League. Gracey appeared in 10 games, with six starts, logging 22 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched.
Nate Melek, a member of the Calgary Vipers (Independent), went 6-4 in 16 games started and two relief appearances.
Stephen Smith posted a 1-0 record for the Rookie Pioneer League Ogden Raptors of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Smith appeared in 13 games with one start striking out 18 in 28.1 innings of work and finished with a 5.40 ERA.