Originally created 06/04/06

Minor league notebook

Former Augusta GreenJacket Wiki Gonzalez, who played in 202 games for Augusta in 1995-1996, was a part of minor-league history in early May.

Gonzalez, a catcher who began this season with the Washington Nationals, plays for the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs of the Pacific League.

On May 5, the Zephyrs took on the Nashville Sounds in a 24-inning marathon that tied two games, played in 1909 and 1911, for longest in league history.

The game took two days and more than eight hours to complete.

After Brendan Harris drove in the game-tying run in the ninth, the game continued for nine more innings that night before play was suspended because of curfew. The game resumed the next night.

Six innings later, in the 24th, Gonzalez singled in the winning run, giving the Zephyrs a 5-4 victory.

SLIM PICKIN': Major League Baseball's first-year player draft begins Tuesday at 1 p.m. and continues into Wednesday.

Players from the area that might be selected in this year's draft include Tyler Colvin, Nick Wandless, Keltavious Jones, Chris Demons, Robert Davis and Rafael Parks.

Colvin, a North Augusta product, hit .360 in 62 games as an outfielder for Clemson this season. He hit 12 home runs and drove in 64 runs for the Tigers, who are playing in the NCAA regionals. He is projected to be picked between the fourth and 10th rounds.

The other players are possible second-day selections or longshots to be chosen at all.

Wandless, a Division II All-American for USC Aiken and a Greenbrier product, saved 17 games with a 1.56 ERA in 31 appearances for the Pacers this season.

He tallied 48 strikeouts in 34w innings and set the Division II career saves record.

Jones, from Hephzibah, now attends Darton College in Albany, Ga., where he is an outfielder. At 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, the speedy Jones was named second-team all-conference by the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association.

Demons, an outfielder for Augusta State from Glenn Hills, hit .307 with nine homers and 28 RBI for the Jaguars.

Davis, a catcher at USC Aiken from Evans, hit .345 with 57 RBI for the Pacers this year.

Parks, an outfielder for Greenbrier, "might be the team's best draft-eligible pro prospect," according to Baseball America. Parks has good speed and a lively right arm that produces velocity in the high 80s. At least five scouts have worked him out.

The San Francisco Giants, with which the Augusta GreenJackets are affiliated, have the 10th pick in this year's draft.

The first round will be covered live on mlb.com.

MANNY'S UP: Former GreenJacket pitcher Manny Delcarmen, who started 24 games for Augusta in 2002, was called up to the Boston Red Sox on May 28 from Pawtucket.

In six games at the major league level this season, Delcarmen has a 5.40 ERA in 6w innings, having allowed nine hits and four earned runs with four strikeouts.

Reach Steve Sanders at (706) 823-3216 or steven.l.sanders@augustachronicle.com.


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