The Albuquerque Isotopes are in first place of the PCL South with a record of 48-44, two games in front of the Oklahoma Red Hawks. The Isotopes play four games on the road this week against Round Rock before returning home Friday to play Iowa.
When I arrived at Isotopes Park yesterday I saw a new face in an Isotopes uniform it said Harper. I didn't know who he was or where he came from, but thanks to the Isotopes front office I have some more info on him and other player news.
Brett Harper was released from the Blue Jays organization on July 13, and was singed by the Dodgers on July 17. He played the first half of the season in Triple-A Las Vegas where he hit .274 with 55 RBI and 15 home runs.
Harper was drafted by the New York Mets in the 45th round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft. He is the son of former Major league player Brian Harper who played for played for seven Major League teams over a 16-year career that included winning a World Series title with the Minnesota Twins in 1991.
Josh Lindblom is still with the Isotopes. I didn't see him around the park last night so I asked the Isotopes media relations what happened to him. I was told "Josh Lindblom is still with us, but has been moved to the bullpen. He’s scheduled to pitch tonight in relief of spot-starter Dwayne Pollok." So if you are going to the game tonight you are going to enjoy watching Lindblom pitch. I know I do.
Xavier Paul was on the Dodgers' bench in last night game. I was wondering what happened to him. He was place on the DL after he got a staph infection on his left knee back in May. I asked the Isotopes media relations about Paul and they told me "He is slated to join us on a rehab assignment shortly."
Jamie Hoffmann is a class act. I was watching him interact with the fans yesterday and he stayed and signed until everyone who wanted an autograph got one. He even ask "Did I get everyone." That goes a long way in my book. Hoffmann and Repko are both great to the fans.