As always, the important stories at AAA, have clear and nearly immediate Major League implications.
- RHP Elvin Ramirez tossed scoreless innings on Saturday and Monday, fanned three between the two outings. In 12.2 innings in AAA, he's run a 16/1 K/BB ratio and allowed just five hits. He's sitting 93-94 mph and working with a slider and changeup. Pedro Beato will get a chance before Ramirez, but Ramirez's chance is coming, and soon.
- Speaking of Beato, he made his first AAA appearance of the year on Friday and then made his second on Sunday. He gave up a homer on Friday, and walked one and struck out a batter on Sunday.
- 2B Jordany Valdespin has 1. played second base in every game since his return from the big leagues and 2. hit safely in each of his last five games in AAA including a three-run homerun Monday. At age 24, he's hit .282/.321/.408 in AAA and gone 4-for-10 stealing bases in 26 games.
- SS Omar Quintanilla doubled Saturday and Sunday and is heading to the big leagues, now that Justin Turner is DL-bound, because unlike Valdespin, he can play shortstop at a big league level. M0re on Quintanilla later Tuesday.