Thursday, August 03, 2006

Brignac, Longoria staying together

Third baseman Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay's first-round draft pick this year, is also coming to Montgomery.

He and shortstop Reid Brignac, who are scheduled to debut with the Biscuits on Friday, will arrive in town today.

I didn't think the Rays would be this aggressive with Longoria, who has played only 36 pro games. He starred at Long Beach State this spring and was this year's top-rated position player. Tampa Bay picked him third overall.

He does have the numbers, combined between short-season Hudson Valley and high-Class A Visalia: .350 average, 12 home runs, 39 RBIs. He also has a decent walk-to-strikeout ratio: 18 walks and 24 whiffs.

This gives the Biscuits a revamped left side of the field Friday: Longoria at third, Brignac at short and Patrick Breen in left. If those guys can give Montgomery some needed offense, the Biscuits are easily in line to make noise in the playoffs. They already stood a good chance of reaching the postseason.

6 comments:

Jake said...

Was there an open roster spot or did someone get promoted(Sonnanstine) or put on the DL(Johnson) to make this move possible?

Bubba said...

I bet it is Prochaska back on the IA list.

Stacy Long said...

I don't know the corresponding move yet. Prochaska is in the rotation, so I'd think it won't be him. My bet is that a position player will go TIA.

By the way, Brignac and Longoria did successfully manage the Fresno-Denver-Atlanta-Montgomery trek. It started at 6:30 a.m. PDT and ended about 5 p.m. CDT (with MDT and EDT stops in between).

They looked a bit weary. Can't blame them.

Brent said...

The infield seems to be set (Martinez, Johnson, Brignac, Longoria) with Raburn also available. No need for five outfielders on the roster (Breen, Pridie, Owens, Leandro,Coleman, so I'm thinking Coleman, the "old man" at 30 might be gone...

Bubba said...

Don't think its Coleman, need his bat. My pick is a pitcher or Leandro.

Stacy Long said...

Bubba wins the guessing game. Leandro goes TIA, but Chris Flinn also moves up to Durham.