Checking up on a few other former Independent players after getting the Independent Baseball Insider column out for the week:
--Brandon Kintzler is finally back to regular work in the Milwaukee system after battling injuries for quite a spell. The St. Paul, MN (American Association) and Winnipeg, Canada (then in the Northern League) right-hander is working his way back toward the majors with six outings at Class A Brevard (FL) County (3.00 ERA) and three appearances in five days for Double-A Huntsville, AL (0.00 in 2.2 innings).
--Greg Smith (Grand Prairie, TX, American Association) has gone 0-2, 4.34 in 18.2 innings for the Angels' top club in Salt Lake City after a 2-1, 4.37 start with Double-A Arkansas.
--Clay Zavada, the lefty released earlier this year by Cincinnati, has worked two scoreless innings (two games) since St. Louis signed him to play at Memphis. Still only 27, Zavada pitched in the Frontier League (Southern Illinois) in 2008 and rapidly climbed to the parent Arizona Diamondbacks a year later with a 3-3 record and 3.35 ERA in 49 relief appearances.
CANSECO'S PRODUCTION LIMITED
Jose Canseco's first five games for Worcester, MA (Can-Am League) have produced only four hits in 20 at-bats (.200) with one run batted in. He has struck out seven times.
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