The Rat Pack is Back – Josh Rawitch
How about those undefeated Las Vegas 51s? The “Jacksonville Five,” a group of prospects that helped the Double-A Suns to the Southern League championship last year, are mostly now in Las Vegas and are wowing the crowds in their first stint at Triple-A.
Even though James Loney is in the Majors and Andy LaRoche is in Double-A, Chad Billingsley (1-0), Jonathan Broxton (1-0), Joel Guzman (.440, HR, 7 RBI), Russell Martin (.333), Andre Ethier (.389) and Willy Aybar (.333, 2 HR, 12 RBI) are among the Dodger prospects that have helped Las Vegas win their first six games of the 2006 season.
Wilson Valdez, who was recently acquired in a minor league trade, has been playing shortstop for the Dodgers in Vegas and has had a great start, too.
We are all hoping it won’t be long before these guys will be in Los Angeles with us. Well, we won’t be in Los Angeles for another couple of days, but we’ll hopefully head back from Pittsburgh with two more wins than we’ve got right now.