Inland Empire is the Dodgers’ A+ affiliate. It’s early (very early) for prospects, but this is cool:
Aaron Miller (2009 draftee): 5 IP, 2 runs, 5 hits, 0 BB, 10 K
Kenley Jansen: 2 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 BB, 4 K
Gotta admire De Jon Watson and Logan White’s ability to pick ’em.
You don’t want to imagine that the first start of the season is anything more than one start, but how cool is that? Miller will probably be up to AA by mid-season and get a late season call up to the bigs if everything falls into place. That’s … unlikely, but it’s best possible scenario.
For Jansen, it’ll probably take a little longer since this’ll be his first full year as a pitcher, but what sounds like a good ETA? Mid-2011 if everything goes right?
Chris Withrow also had a good first start at AA Chattanooga: 6 IP, 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 BB, 4 K. Not quite as jaw-dropping as Miller and Jansen’s performances, but still very good.