Laredo Lemurs Lingo: May Update
The Laredo Lemurs have been rebuilding a roster that was the third best in the American Association last season. They made some moves early on that allowed key members of last season’s team to move on, but their recent moves have bolstered the club, making them a real threat in the South Division again. The scorching Texas sun will not be the only hot thing in Laredo this summer as the Lemurs look to return to the playoffs.
On April 13 Laredo signed OF JP Ramirez and Cs Luke Bailey and Kevin Taylor. The return of Ramirez was not a surprise at all, following the outstanding season he had for the Lemurs last year. In 96 games the outfielder hit .304 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI. He also scored 57 runs and posted a .347 on-base percentage. He has hit at least .300 in both of his seasons in the American Association. Surprisingly Ramirez was dealt to Bridgeport of the Atlantic League on May 1.
Bailey was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays organization in 2010. Last season he split time between their High-A Charlotte club and AA-Montgomery. He appeared in 32 games, hitting a combined .196 with 2 homers and 12 RBI. Bailey has greatly improved his play behind the plate and should be a quality catcher for the club.
Taylor played for Traverse City of the Frontier League last season, where he hit. 271 with 3 home runs and 18 RBI in 64 games. He can fill a utility role with the Lemurs.
On April 14, the Laredo Lemurs signed RHPs Greg Holle and Rett Varner, plus OF D’vontrey Richardson. Richardson was drafted in 2010 by the Milwaukee Brewers and has been with their organization until this season. He played for AA-Huntsville last season, hitting .239 with 5 home runs and 36 RBI in 77 games. He’s got some speed as well, stealing 15 bases in 17 attempts.
Holle was also drafted by the Brewers in 2010, and last year spent some time in Huntsville, as well as 8 appearances at High-A Brevard County. Between the two stops he pitched in 31 total games, posting a 3-2 record with a 2.11 ERA. The righty has absolutely incredible command of his pitches, walking just 7 batters in 47 innings, allowing 36 hits, and striking out 35.
Varner is a Miami Marlins draft pick (2010) who played for the club’s rookie league team as well as AAA-New Orleans last season. He was 6-3, including 5-1 at New Orleans, but posted a combined 7.61 ERA in 31 appearances. He needs to gain better control of his pitches, but has quality stuff.
On April 20, Laredo signed RHP Matt Loosen and INF Tony Delmonico. Loosen was also drafted in 2010, and he has been with the Chicago Cubs organization since. Last season he pitched for AA-Tennessee where he made 26 appearances, 19 as a starter. He was 5-5 with a 5.77 ERA. He, also, has great stuff, but needs to learn how to harness his pitches a little better and build pitching strategies that will help him succeed.
Delmonico played with three different independent league teams last year, splitting time between Schaumburg of the Frontier League, and Lancaster and Southern Maryland of the Atlantic League. Between the three he appeared in 87 games. He had an outstanding offensive season, hitting .301 with 15 homers and 60 RBI. He also scored 66 runs and posted a .402 on-base percentage. He should be an absolutely awesome addition to their lineup.
By Robert Pannier