I kept seeing random mentions here and there about the whereabouts of the various players I profiled last season for MiLB.com, so I finally decided to put together a list of where each one was assigned to start the 2012 season and how they’re doing so far. Of the nine, seven advanced to Low-A, one to High-A, and one is expected to miss the season due to injury.
Stetson Allie (West Virginia Power, Low-A, South Atlantic League) – Allie started for the Power on April 6, lasting one-third of an inning. He walked four, struck out one, hit one, threw three wild pitches, and allowed two runs. He didn’t allow any hits, though. Sometimes, you take any victory you can get.
Aaron Altherr (Lakewood BlueClaws, Low-A, South Atlantic League) – For the second straight season, Altherr was assigned to Lakewood to begin the year. He’s off to a strong start at .273 with a homerun and two steals after three games. The only thing to worry about at this point is strikeouts – five in his last nine at-bats.
Matt Rice (Bowling Green Hot Rods, Low-A, South Atlantic League) – The former Mr. Don’t Count Him Out has appeared in two games so far, going 0-4 in the first and 2-6 with a pair of singles in the second.
Garrett Wittels (Quad Cities River Bandits, Low-A, Midwest League) – Wittels saw his first game action of the year on Saturday, going 0-4 and striking out three times in a 7-3 loss to Kane County.
Garin Cecchini (Greenville Drive, Low-A, South Atlantic League) – After missing the last six weeks of the 2011 season with a wrist injury, Cecchini is hitting .231 with two stolen bases in three games this season. Two of his three hits have been doubles.
Matthew Neil (Jupiter Hammerheads, High-A, Florida State League) – In his first start of the season, the tall right-hander out of BYU allowed just two hits, one walk, and an unearned run in a no-decision at Palm Beach.
Cito Culver (Charleston RiverDogs, Low-A, South Atlantic League) – Culver has struggled at the plate to begin the season, starting 0-8 with three strikeouts in his first two games.
Matthew Hobgood (Aberdeen IronBirds, Short-Season A, New York-Penn League) – Hobgood is still listed as an IronBird on his MiLB.com player page, but he won’t pitch this season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. Tough break for someone who seemed like a decent kid when we spoke last year.
Colin Kaline (West Michigan Whitecaps, Low-A, Midwest League) – Playing less than three hours from the city where his grandfather spent his entire Hall of Fame career, Kaline is hitless in his first five at-bats but has walked twice.
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