I'll write more about the Peoria game in the recap, but for now suffice to say that Jorge Soler hit a HR in Kane County that Javier Baez would have been proud of. Though Baez hit a pretty long HR today in his own right.
I have a video of the Soler HR but it's a bit grainy. It's tough to track the ball but you can see how explosive his hands are through the zone here...
Here is a video with a good angle on the HR, though you can't see the ball land. Come to think of it, not sure if it did land.
Once again, great meeting some more readers/contributors at the game! One more tomorrow if anyone is still going.
Only 3 games on tap...
- Dae-Eun Rhee finished the season with 6 strong innings, allowing one run while walking 3 and striking out 5. Rhee ended the year at 9-8 with a 4.81 ERA but did have a 3.29 ERA in his last 5 starts, gaining some momentum as he heads to the AZ Fall League.
- Tony Zych, unfortunately, did not finish as strong, allowing 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning to blow his first save. He lacked his usual good command, walking 2 and not striking out a batter. The bad outing raised his ERA to 4.38, though he has pitched better than that.
- Frank Batista (1.1 IP), Brian Schlitter (3 IP), and LHP Casey Harman (4 IP) shut Pensacola out the rest of the way. Harman picked up the win.
- Logan Watkins had a pair of hits, including a double. He scored a run and drove in 2. Watkins is about to close out the best year of his professional career with a line of .281/.383/.424, 9 HRs, and 28 SBs in 35 attempts.
- SS Junior Lake went 1 for 5, hitting his 10th HR of the year and driving in 4 runs. Lake is hitting .279/.338/.433 on the year.
- 3B Matt Cerda had 3 hits, scored a run and drove in another. After a poor start, he's hit a respectable .283/.408/.368 since the all star break. Cerda has a great approach at the plate and some of the best plate discipline in the system, but a lack of power and true defensive home has set his ceiling at a utilty infielder.
- AFL bound Rubi Silva had a pair of hits and is hitting .267 in AA.
- Ryan Searle started and pitched a solid 6 innings, allowing just one run. He walked one and struck out 4.
- LHP Hunter Cervenka bounced back with 1.1 scoreless innings, walking one and striking out 2. Cervenka's ERA in the FSL is 3.86 and in 3 minor league stops has struck out 71 batters in 62.2 innings.
- 2B Ronald Torreyes had cooled off as of late but today he did get 2 hits, including a double, and a walk. Torreyes is hitting .264 with 6 HRs and a .326 OBP at age 19 in a tough league for hitters.
- Javier Baez had a big night with 2 HRs, one of which was reportedly hit 420 ft. Baez is hitting just .188 in the FSL, partly due to the sporadic schedule, but he has shown flashes of his big time power. He'll head to the AFL and will likely start in Daytona next year, but he'll have a shot at reaching AA by the end of the year, putting him in position for a call-up as early as 2014, though 2015 is most likely.
- RHP Starling Peralta was on the mound and sat at 94-96 all game long, touching 97 at one point. He also flashed an 83-85 mph slider with occasional sharp, horizontal movement. He had both pitches going early in the game and started the game with 4 no-hit innings, but then struggled with his command in the 5th, leaving some balls up in the zone and they got crushed, resulting in a 3 run rally by the Cougars. Peralta wound up striking out 8 hitters in 5.1 innings, allowing just the 3 hits in the 5th. I didn't see Peralta throw a change, but his first two pitches would make him a pretty solid reliever as long as he commands his pitches.
- LHP Sheldon McDonald has been reliable all year and today I got my first look. The stuff was pretty pedestrian, the 23 year old McDonald throws 85-86 mph with an occasional slider, but he spots them well and today he got Peoria out of trouble with 1.2 scoreless innings.
- RHP Stephen Perakslis got the call from AZ, where he'd been red-hot and flashed a solid 92-93 mph fastball. He did give up 3 hits and the tying run in the 8th.
- Austin Reed showed a better fastball and slider than I expected. He was consistently 93-94 and touched 95 mph hour. He had a good slider but it was inconsistent and he did wind up giving up a couple of hits and the winning run in the 10th after breezing through the 9th.
- Jorge Soler hit the booming HR but he also had two singles, resulting in a 3 for 5 day. The HR was Soler's 3rd in AZ and he's hitting .333/.381/.513 at low class A.
- 1B Jacob Rogers is finishing up strong in Peoria as 2 more hits left him at .300 for the year. He also has 19 walks in 69 PAs, helping him post a .493 OBP. Rogers has some power, as he showed in Peoria when he became the first player to hit a ball of the scoreboard at O'Brien Field.
- This was my first in-person look at Timothy Saunders and he was pretty much as a I expected, more of a grinder who is neither fluid in his swing or out in the field, but he battles out there and gets the job done in both areas. Saunders had 2 groundball singles and a walk (intentional), putting his line at .325/.386/.494 in 19 games at low Class A Peoria.
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