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Brothers not just in name

By MIKE READLING

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 4, 2001


In June 2000, Edgar Gonzalez watched as his brother, Adrian, was drafted No. 1 overall by the Florida Marlins. Eight hundred eighty-five picks later, it was Edgar's turn, as the Rays took him in the 30th round.

Last week you would have been hard pressed to figure out which brother was the better prospect.

Edgar Gonzalez, a shortstop for the Hudson Valley Renegades, was named New York-Penn League Player of the Week after going 10-of-18 with three doubles, a home run and seven RBI. That came less than two months after Adrian was named the Midwest League Player of the Week.

Edgar Gonzalez is off to the hottest start of any Rays short-season player. Entering Tuesday night's games, he ranked third in the league with a .417 average and led the league with a .500 on-base percentage and .667 slugging percentage.

A season after he banged out seven triples in 61 games, Gonzalez is adding power to his repertoire, connecting for his first professional home run and knocking in four runs in his first 24 at-bats. In 208 at-bats last season, he tallied 16 RBI.

NUMBERS GAME: Even when Durham catcher Toby Hall strikes out, he gives you something to talk about.

Hall, named the top player in Triple A by Baseball America this week, struck out twice Monday night. It was the 15th and 16th time Hall whiffed this season, giving him as many strikeouts as homers in 294 at-bats through Monday.

Hall is in for a busy week. He will play in the Major League Futures Game on Sunday in Seattle, followed by the International League All-Star Game on Tuesday in Indianapolis.

STREAKING: Dan Grummitt was supposed to start the season in Orlando but was told on the last day of camp that he would head to Class A Bakersfield instead.

Grummitt played 46 games with the Blaze, hitting .321 with nine home runs and 28 RBI before he was promoted to Orlando. Now that he's with the O-Rays, Grummitt is proving he belongs.

The first baseman ripped a three-run home run in the first inning Monday to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, including four straight with a home run, then walked and scored during a seven-run rally in the fourth.

Grummitt led Orlando with nine home runs and was hitting .229 with 21 RBI in 33 games.

OLD HAT: Durham pitcher Mickey Callaway picked up his second Player of the Week honor Monday, a day after his first shutout of the season. Callaway gave up one run in five innings June 26.

GRAB A TOE: Princeton Devil Rays officials are bracing for a rush on the new 30-card team set that includes one of Toe Nash's first baseball cards.

The price is $10 per set with a $5 shipping and handling charge for every 10 sets ordered. P-Rays general manager Jim Holland reserves the right to limit the number of sets to one person or business.

The cards will be available for shipment the second week of August. Orders are being taken on the team's Web site (www.princetondevilrays.com) and by mail (P.O. Box 5646, Old Bluefield-Princeton Rd., Princeton, WV 24740). Orders will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

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