Star Gazing

The beauty of the minor leagues is having the opportunity to view big league talent away from a big league venue. Not all fans get the chance to visit a major league ballpark so it is always nice when the talent comes to the fans in the form of their hometown team. With a Triple-A team in town, fans are awarded the chance to see up-and-coming prospects as well as rehabbing major leaguers.

The Albuquerque Isotopes have undoubtedly fulfilled that notion.
As the season reaches what is about the halfway mark, plenty of both established and expected talent has made its way to the friendly confines of Isotopes Park.
Take, for instance, the Isotopes pitching corps.
Jason Schmidt, who was a three-time All-Star and spent seven seasons in the Majors has made four rehab appearances with the Isotopes displaying Major League-quality stuff.
The Dodgers have sent down a variety of pitchers including right-hander James McDonald, relievers Will Ohman, Claudio Vargas, Cory Wade and starter Eric Stults – all of whom have allowed Isotopes fans to watch talent live rather than through a TV set.
Lefty Scott Elbert and righty Josh Lindblom both picked up wins in their Triple A debuts. Elbert allowed just one hit in six innings on June 24 while Lindblom surrendered just three hits on July 2.
While any Isotope has the chance to get the call, some notable players to watch include A.J. Ellis, Jason Repko, Blake DeWitt and Jamie Hoffman, all who have had long looks by the Dodgers and even spent some time with the blue crew this season.
It seems like every time the ‘Topes come to town there is even more new and exciting talent to check out. Whether it is a rehabbing Dodger, a recently promoted prospect or any player who opened the season with the Isotopes, the potential is overwhelming!

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