Nothing earth-shattering, but as a daily MiL stat and box score scourer, here's some observations I thought worth sharing.
1. Don't look now, but the light bulb may be coming on a little for Keon Broxton. He has his BA up to .254 after hitting .417 in his last 10 games. His OBP has been climbing steadily and his K rate is declining. The K rate is still alarmingly high, but it's been 25% in the last 10 instead of the mid-30s where he's been for 3 years. He was promoted in May to Visalia from SB for no apparent reason but after missing a few games in mid-June has been on a tear. Let's hope the progression continues.
2. The whole world has been on the Goldie watch, but his sudden increase in Ks has to be a concern. Perhaps we chalk it up to a mini-slump and the league learning the holes in his swing. It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the slump and how he fights his way out of it. Maybe teams are just semi-pitching around him and he's getting impatient? We know he's got power. The first stat I look for in his box score every night is his BB/K. I am not liking what I've been seeing there. Month to month BB/K rates. April - 20/13. May - 20/23. June - 18/29. It's surely delaying his call-up date.
3. Is the organization loaded at CF or what? Cowgill, Pollock, Eaton, Broxton. There's got to be a trade opportunity there to pick up a quality bullpen arm.
4. Mobile's Ryan Cook seems to have found himself since being converted from a starter to a closer this year. His K rate is way up and his WHIP is way down. He may be a candidate for a September call up to take on a few innings down the stretch. There is a downside as his numbers with with Runners On are not so hot.
5. What else to say about Holmberg than Wow! He just makes the Edwin Jackson trade that much more lopsided. If he keeps this up he'll be in Mobile next year and a 2013 rotation candidate. He's threatening to approach Parker/Skaggs status.