Minor League Baseball Wrap-UpSeptember 5, 2003 · MT Media Relations
Jeremy Owens enjoyed probably the best season for a former Blue Raider, batting .263 in 136 games with 21 home runs, 63 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. The Johnson City, Tenn., native also collected 25 doubles and eight triples and drew 41 walks for the Portland (ME) Sea Dogs, the AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Owens will participate in the Arizona Fall League for the second time starting September 29, playing for the Mesa Desert Dogs. He was called up on September 3 to AAA and the Pawtucket Red Sox to participate in the International League playoffs.
Jason Maxwell, playing his second straight season for the Louisville (KY) River Bats, the AAA club for the Cincinnati Reds, batted .260 in 103 games after missing some time with a hamstring injury. The Lewisburg, Tenn., native had 17 doubles and eight home runs with 46 RBIs in helping the River Bats make the International League playoffs.
Bryan Peck batted .259 in 35 games before suffering a torn labrum in the right shoulder in mid-May, ending his season. The Athens, Tenn., native collected nine doubles and 24 RBIs in the 35 contests for the Visalia (CA) Oaks, the A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
Josh Renick batted .241 in 102 games for the New Britain (CT) Rock Cats, the AA club for the Minnesota Twins. Renick missed time in the middle of the summer with a hamstring injury. The Sarasota, Fla., native had eight doubles and 13 stolen bases in helping the Rock Cats into the Eastern League playoffs.
Justin Sims suffered through a tough year after breaking his left wrist in spring training. After sitting out six weeks Sims was ready to get back into action, but the wrist did not heal properly and another cast was put on the injury. After rehabbing, the Knoxville, Tenn., native played 25 games for the Elizabethton (TN) Twins, the A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Sims batted .197 with two home runs and eight RBIs before re-injuring the wrist in mid-August. Elizabethton defeated the Martinsville (VA) Astros, 2-1, in the Appalachian League Championship Series. Sims is scheduled for surgery on the wrist in the upcoming weeks.
Chad Cooper played against Sims in the Appalachian League this season for the Princeton (WV) Devil Rays after being selected in the 11th round of the First-Year Draft in June by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Cooper batted .264 in 55 contests with 38 runs scored, five doubles, 22 RBIs and a league-leading 25 stolen bases. He played the final week of the season for the Hudson Valley (NY) Renegades in the New York-Penn League, collected three hits in 21 at-bats. The Picture Rocks, Pa., native will take part in the Devil Rays Instructional League this winter.
Four Blue Raider hurlers also just completed their minor league seasons, led by Adam Larson. The Germantown, Tenn., native posted a 2-4 record with seven saves and a 3.62 ERA in 74.2 innings of work for the Kannapolis (NC) Intimidators, the A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Larson struck out 66 and walked just 13 in 39 outings. The righthander will also be heading to Instructional League.
Jason Moates compiled a 4-6 mark with two saves for the Lakeland (FL) Tigers in the Florida State League. The Columbia, Tenn., native posted a 3.61 ERA in 31 outings and 92.1 innings pitched, striking out 84.
Dewon Brazelton has pitched at all four levels in major league baseball this season, starting with the Durham (NC) Bulls, the AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Brazelton compiled a 2-2 mark in five games for the Bulls in April before earning a call-up to the Devil Rays.
In Tampa, the Tullahoma, Tenn., native posted a 1-6 mark in 10 starts before the Devil Rays sent Brazelton to the Bakersfield (CA) Blaze, A club in the California League, to work on his delivery mechanics. The 6-4 righthander went 1-5 in nine outings at Bakersfield in 49.2 innings of work before his final two starts of the season for the Orlando (FL) Rays, the AA affiliate of the Devil Rays. Brazelton picked up victories in both of those outings to run his season record to 6-13 in 134.1 innings pitched. Brazelton will join Owens in the Arizona Fall League, playing for the Mesa Solar Sox.
Former Oakland High School product Jerry Knox also just completed his season for the Shreveport (LA) Sports, a club in the independent Central Baseball League. Knox compiled a 1-5 record with one save in 17 appearances, six starts, posting a 3.88 ERA in 51 innings of work.
For more complete stats on these minor leaguers, go to minorleaguebaseball.com.
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