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- Mike Cameron went 1 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout in yesterday's game.

- Don't be surprised to see Brad Nelson get traded if Fielder signs a long term deal this summer. He's batting .343/.403/.657 with six homeruns and 16 RBIs in AAA-Nashville. While he's another power left handed bat, he's limited to 1B or the OF. That means he's blocked by Tony Gwynn, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Matt LaPorta. He played some 3rd base last year, but struggled with 2 errors in 17 games.

- As for Mat Gamel, the promising 3rd base project with difficulties in the field, he's batting a scary .362/.423/.606 for Huntsville alongside Matt LaPorta. But he already has 3 errors in just 53 attempts. Come on Mat. Pick it up. If he can fix his throws, he could replace Bill Hall and make this the youngest successful team yet with a starting lineup of Hart, Braun, LaPorta, Fielder, Weeks, Escobar, Gamel, Rottino.

- LaPorta has been just as impressive going .289/.390/.602 with six HRs and 22 RBIs. The best part, 0 errors and 5 outfield assists.

- Alcides Escobar, however, has struggled, going .265/.298/.378 and 5 errors in 70 attempts. Maybe he's not as ready as we all thought. Give him some time to prove otherwise.

- Joshua Butler, who was just traded to the Brewers for Gabe Gross, had his first appearance with Brevard Couny and tossed four scoreless, with two hits and struck out four. Don't get to excited about him until we see what he does in the second half the season. If his numbers start to dwindle, they might have to throw him relief for him to be useful.

- Tim Dillard has been pretty impressive this year for Nashville thus far. He's pitched in 7 games in relief, with a 1.76 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 15.1 innings. Dillard was pretty successful last year as a starter with a 4.74 ERA in 133 innings. At 24 years of age, he looks poised to make the jump sometime soon.

- Luis Pena continues to struggle in Nashville, amassing an 11.37 ERA in 7 appearances this year. The problem appears to be control as he's walked 7 batters and struck out 5. It may take some time before he's ready to close baseball games, contrary to what I originally thought.

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