Pitcher Graham Godfrey did some offseason work on his mechanics, and it's paying off in a big way for the former College of Charleston standout.
Godfrey, a 6-3, 205-pound right-hander, leads the Pacific Coast League with four victories for Class AAA Sacramento in the Athletics' organization. He's 4-0 with a 2.14 ERA in six starts.
"My mechanics were a little off last year and it affected all my pitches," said Godfrey, who was 4-8 with a 5.33 ERA last year.
"This year, I've worked with (pitching coach Scott Emerson) and our pitching coordinator to raise my arm slot a little bit and everything is coming out a little bit better, a little bit harder and that's definitely helping."
That showed in his last start, when Godfrey gave up just two hits and one earned run over six innings against Salt Lake City, walking two and striking out seven.
"He did a great job," said Sacramento manager Darren Bush. "He attacked the strike zone, he went at hitters and he made them swing the bats. He had command so he was able to get them swinging and then move the ball around."
Godfrey was drafted in the 34th round by the Blue Jays out of Charleston, and traded to the Athletics in 2007.
Around the bases
--First baseman Chris McGuiness (The Citadel) has just come off the disabled list with Class A Myrtle Beach. He was hitting .305 in 15 games for the Rangers' farm club before being sidelined with a strained oblique.
--Catcher John Murrian (Stratford HS/Winthrop) was dropped from AAA Toledo to AA Erie by the Tigers. He's batting .122 in 15 games this season.
--First baseman Richard Jones (The Citadel) had a good week, going 7 of 17 (.411) over a four-game stretch, with three doubles and a homer for Class A Peoria in the Cubs' system. He's hit .333 over the last 10 games to raise his average to .268 with four homers and 10 RBIs.
--Pitcher Daniel Moskos (Clemson), Pittsburgh's first-round draft choice in 2007, made his MLB debut with the Pirates last week. He pitched a scoreless inning in relief against the Rockies.
"It was awesome; it was every- thing I thought it would be," Moskos told the Pittsburgh Tribune. "I'm really glad I got a chance to get out there and get it under my belt. It was just awesome.
--Pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (The Citadel) got rocked in his last start for the Class A Dunedin Blue Jays, giving up seven earned runs in four innings for his first loss. He's now 2-1 with a 3.28 ERA.