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Originally published July 3, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified July 12, 2007 at 9:09 PM

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M's Farm Report | Shocking trade is treat for Barb

The Juanita High graduate was surprised to be part of Jamie Moyer's trade to Philly. But the longtime M's fan is happy to be part of his hometown team.

Seattle Times staff

Around the organization


(All statistics through Sunday's games)

Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers

Last week: 5-2. Overall: 36-48 in Pacific Coast League. Fourth place in North division, 9 ½ games back.

Noteworthy: CF Adam Jones has hit a three-run homer in each of the past two games, tying him with OF Wladimir Balentien for the team lead with 19. Balentien had taken the lead from Jones with five homers in his past 10 games, and he hit .385 (15 for 39) in that span. ... RHP Chris Reitsma started Sunday's game against Salt Lake, throwing one scoreless inning in a 10-0 victory. It was a rehab start for Reitsma, who is on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis. ... LHP Robert Rohrbaugh was promoted from West Tenn. After going 7-5 at Class AA, he won his first start with Tacoma, allowing one run in six innings in a 12-5 decision over Tucson.

Class AA West Tenn Diamond Jaxx

Last week: 0-6. Overall: 3-10 in second half in Southern League. Fourth place in North division, six games back.

Noteworthy: RHP Andy Baldwin, who played at Oregon State and came to the Mariners last year in the Jamie Moyer trade, has struggled in the move to Class AA this year. He is 1-9 with a 5.10 ERA. ... It has been a tough year for OF Mike Wilson. The second-round pick in 2001 had been making nice progress the past couple of years, but tore a quadriceps muscle after a 2-for-40 start. He returned to the lineup this past week after missing about two months. He played in three games, then strained the quadriceps and landed back on the disabled list.

Class A High Desert Mavericks

Last week: 2-5. Overall: 3-8 in second half in California League. Fifth place in South division, six games back.

Noteworthy: RHP Chris Tillman, last year's second-round pick, allowed three hits and one earned run in seven innings Sunday, but got a no decision in a 4-3 loss to Lancaster. Still, it was a great rebound for Tillman, who was coming off two poor starts. He allowed 11 earned runs in 4-1/3 innings on June 21 and six walks in 1-2/3 innings last Tuesday.

Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Last week: 3-4. Overall: 5-6 in second half in Midwest League. Seventh in Western division, two games back.

Noteworthy: SS Juan Diaz, an 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic, continues to hit well in place of 17-year-old Carlos Triunfel, out with a broken thumb. Diaz is hitting .325 overall in 77 at-bats, and .368 in his last 10 games. The only downside has been 11 errors in 23 games. ... LHP Tony Butler, last year's third-round draft pick, has had a tough year. He is 0-6 with a 7.02 ERA in 33-1/3 innings with 30 walks. He went on the disabled list earlier in the season with what was called a tired arm and is now back on the DL.

Short-season Class A Everett AquaSox

Last week: 4-3. Overall: 8-5 in Northwest League. Third place in West division, two games back.

Noteworthy: OF Greg Halman, a 19-year-old from the Netherlands, struggled at Wisconsin with a .182 average, but is tearing it up at Everett. He is hitting .346 in 52 at-bats, with four homers, including one on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. ... RHP Nolan Gallagher, drafted in the fourth round last month, has not allowed a run and has given up just three hits over two starts and 10 innings.

Scott Hanson

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Andrew Barb was in a state of shock.

A lifelong Mariners fan, he had grown up cheering for Jamie Moyer. He would never have guessed, while playing at Juanita High School in Kirkland, that he would one day be part of the trade that sent Moyer to the Philadelphia Phillies.

"I didn't even know that guys in [Class] A ball could be traded," said Barb, the 22-year-old right-handed pitcher who leads the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers with nine saves. "I think I am still in a little shock even now that I was part of a trade that included Jamie Moyer."

Seattle received Barb and another minor-league pitcher, Andy Baldwin, last August for Moyer, the Mariners' all-time leader in victories. Barb, however, had to wait until this year to show the Mariners what he could do — he underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery and knee surgery after he was acquired.

Although Barb said he has yet to regain full velocity on his fastball, he is off to a good start with a 2-1 record and 2.05 earned-run average in 30-2/3 innings, not including a scoreless inning in the Midwest League All-Star Game.

He has 41 strikeouts and 12 walks. Barb said he has always had good strikeout-to-walk ratios, and he has a simple explanation for it.

"I know that strikeouts are good and walks are bad," he said, "so I try to do one and avoid the other."

Barb, recently put on the disabled list with a strained elbow, said his fastball is topping out at about 92 mph, compared to about 94 mph before his surgery.

"I think it's actually helped me become a more complete pitcher, knowing I might not be able to throw the ball right by guys," he said.

Barb was known more for his catching than his pitching at Juanita, from which he graduated in 2003. He was drafted by Philadelphia in the 40th round that June, then pitched for Everett Community College before signing with the Phillies.

"I didn't care if it was as a catcher or as a pitcher, I just wanted a chance," he said.

Barb is taking advantage of that. He has a hard time describing how special it would be to one day pitch for the team he rooted for. Just warming up at Safeco Field during the offseason was overwhelming.

"I was playing catch with one of the trainers, and I couldn't even concentrate because I was looking all around, taking in everything, from the seats to the field," he said. "It would be a surreal experience to someday be playing there."

Around the organization


(All statistics through Sunday's games)

Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers

Last week: 5-2. Overall: 36-48 in Pacific Coast League. Fourth place in North division, 9 ½ games back.

Noteworthy: CF Adam Jones has hit a three-run homer in each of the past two games, tying him with OF Wladimir Balentien for the team lead with 19. Balentien had taken the lead from Jones with five homers in his past 10 games, and he hit .385 (15 for 39) in that span. ... RHP Chris Reitsma started Sunday's game against Salt Lake, throwing one scoreless inning in a 10-0 victory. It was a rehab start for Reitsma, who is on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis. ... LHP Robert Rohrbaugh was promoted from West Tenn. After going 7-5 at Class AA, he won his first start with Tacoma, allowing one run in six innings in a 12-5 decision over Tucson.

Class AA West Tenn Diamond Jaxx

Last week: 0-6. Overall: 3-10 in second half in Southern League. Fourth place in North division, six games back.

Noteworthy: RHP Andy Baldwin, who played at Oregon State and came to the Mariners last year in the Jamie Moyer trade, has struggled in the move to Class AA this year. He is 1-9 with a 5.10 ERA. ... It has been a tough year for OF Mike Wilson. The second-round pick in 2001 had been making nice progress the past couple of years, but tore a quadriceps muscle after a 2-for-40 start. He returned to the lineup this past week after missing about two months. He played in three games, then strained the quadriceps and landed back on the disabled list.

Class A High Desert Mavericks

Last week: 2-5. Overall: 3-8 in second half in California League. Fifth place in South division, six games back.

Noteworthy: RHP Chris Tillman, last year's second-round pick, allowed three hits and one earned run in seven innings Sunday, but got a no decision in a 4-3 loss to Lancaster. Still, it was a great rebound for Tillman, who was coming off two poor starts. He allowed 11 earned runs in 4-1/3 innings on June 21 and six walks in 1-2/3 innings last Tuesday.

Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Last week: 3-4. Overall: 5-6 in second half in Midwest League. Seventh in Western division, two games back.

Noteworthy: SS Juan Diaz, an 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic, continues to hit well in place of 17-year-old Carlos Triunfel, out with a broken thumb. Diaz is hitting .325 overall in 77 at-bats, and .368 in his last 10 games. The only downside has been 11 errors in 23 games. ... LHP Tony Butler, last year's third-round draft pick, has had a tough year. He is 0-6 with a 7.02 ERA in 33-1/3 innings with 30 walks. He went on the disabled list earlier in the season with what was called a tired arm and is now back on the DL.

Short-season Class A Everett AquaSox

Last week: 4-3. Overall: 8-5 in Northwest League. Third place in West division, two games back.

Noteworthy: OF Greg Halman, a 19-year-old from the Netherlands, struggled at Wisconsin with a .182 average, but is tearing it up at Everett. He is hitting .346 in 52 at-bats, with four homers, including one on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. ... RHP Nolan Gallagher, drafted in the fourth round last month, has not allowed a run and has given up just three hits over two starts and 10 innings.

Scott Hanson

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