So there's much to cover today. It's going to be a hectic week for me as I will be in and out until Sunday. We'll get you what we can and if I hear anything, I'll stop whatever I'm doing.
I was going to write about my thoughts on the Kris Bryant situation but it started getting long, so maybe I'll save that for a separate article tomorrow.
Futures Game All-Stars
Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara have been selected to play for the World Team in the Futures Game. Javier Baez is one of the finalists and you'll have to vote for him at this link for him to get in. He'll get tough competition from Carlos Correa and others, so get out the vote!
On with the recap...
Tennessee 6 - Jackson 0
- Kyle Hendricks was in beast mode again, pitching 8 shutout innings while walking just one batter and striking out 6. Hendricks is now 8-2 with a 2.17 ERA on the season. He has walked 21 and struck out 71 in 92.1 innings. And in case you think he's getting lucky somehow, his FIP is a very solid 2.77.
- Zach Rosscup finished up with a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out one. He lowered his ERA to 2.05.
- CF Matt Szczur singled and drove in 2 runs but appears to be a in a base-stealing slump of late. He was caught for the 8th time this year.
- 1B Justin Bour is back and doing his RBI thing again. He went 1 for 3 and drove in 2. In 160 games in 2 years at Tennessee, he has 131 RBI.
- 3B Christian Villanueva continues to play well after a slow April. He hit his 8th HR of the season and added a single and is hitting .257 on the year, but .280 since April. His overall line is .257/.316/.435
Beloit 5 - Kane County 4
- I was at this game today and I watched the game from a different perspective, from the first row right behind 1B. I got to see a couple of pitchers I have yet to see in 2013. One of them was Jose Rosario and the other was Armando Rivero. Jose Rosario was the starter and he came out throwing an 92-93 for most of the game and hit 94 often in the 2nd inning. He has a fluid, clean delivery that he should be able to repeat. He throws easy heat with classic arm action (see picture above). He threw mostly fastballs and I couldn't get a good view of his secondary stuff from where I was sitting but I can say he sells those pitches pretty well. He showed pretty good arm speed on the change today. What he lacked, however, was stamina and he lost command, velo, and feel for his breaking stuff in the 4th inning. He walked 3 batters that inning and threw 3 wild pitches to give up 3 runs in all. Rosario had walked just one batter and allowed one infield hit in his first 3 innings of work though he struck out just one hitter.
- The next pitcher Justin Amlung pitched mostly at 90-91 and hit 92 at his peak. It seemed to me hitters had some trouble picking him up today for whatever reason. Got some late swings and struck out 6 batters in 3.1 no-hit innings of relief. He did walk 2 batters.
- The last pitcher was recent addition Armando Rivero and I actually watched him from the 1B side and then from behind home plate in his second inning. He's long and lean at 6'4 and 190 lbs. He was 88-91 in his first inning of work and then dialed it up a little to 90-92 in his second inning of work. He gets some good arm side run on his fastball and throws a short, tight breaking ball that was generally in the high 70s. Rivero's delivery isn't as fluid as the first two pitchers. He throws across his body a little and finishes a little upright, which I think possibly costs him a little velocity. He looks like a bullpen guy to me right now but he's got some movement, so there's a shot to make it in that kind of role. He struggled early with his command and velocity but settled in well. He ended up pitching 2 innings and allowing one run on a solo HR while walking one and striking out 3.
- Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 5 with a pair of singles and a big RBI that brought the Cougars in within one. Side note is that the guy hustles all the time, even in from RF to the dugout (as well as when he goes back out and takes the field again). In general the Cougars played hard today. The benching of Albert Almora seemed to resonate well with all the players as I didn't see a single player dog it to 1B base today.
- Albert Almora had one particularly good AB today where he worked the count to 3-1 and then ripped a line drive single up the middle. He just had the one hit, however, in 5 total ABs.
- Dan Vogelbach had himself quite a day, going 4 for 4 with a double that one-hopped the wall in the right-center field gap. A bit of a scary moment when Vogelbach slid hard on a close play at the plate and came up limping but seemed to shake it off quickly. He played the rest of the game with no visible ill-effects.
- Jeimer Candelario had a well-hit double over the RF'ers head to drive in the first Kane County run and made a nice defensive play in the field at 3B on a slow roller.
- Gioskar Amaya had a pair of hits including his 3rd HR that he pulled over the LF wall.
- SS Brad Zapenas had a pair of hits including a double down the LF line to drive in a run, and then scored on Rademacher's single.
Boise 4 - Hillsboro 3 (Game 1)
- Opening day starter James Pugliese ran into some first inning trouble, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) in the first inning but then settled down the rest of the way and shutout Hillsboro for the next 4 innings. He pitched 5 innings in all and walked 2 and struck out 4. Pugliese has a 1.80 ERA after 3 starts.
- Carlos Martinez Pumarino finished up with 2 scoreless innings and ended up picking up the win after Boise rallied to win in the bottom of the 7th inning. Martinez-Pumarino is 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA in just 7.2 innings. He's been at the right place at the right time this year but he's pitched well enough to earn those victories. He has allowed just 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5.
- CF Jacob Hanneman is on a roll after a 1 for 13 start. He went 2 for 4 with a single and scored a run. He's 6 for his last 15 with 2 doubles and a HR.
- SS Carlos Penalver was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Hillsboro 3 - Boise 2 (2nd Game)
- Paul Blackburn had a bit of a rough patch but it was due in large part to some shoddy defense in the short. An error by 3B Jose Dore opened up the flood gates and a couple of throwing errors by SS Carlos Penalver and 2B David Bote compounded the issue. Blackburn only gave up a pair of infield singles and a walk that inning, but 3 runs did score and all of them were unearned. Blackburn pretty much dominated other than that inning, going 5 innings, walking just the one batter and striking out 8. His ERA is still at 0.00 after 3 starts. He has pitched 15 innings and allowed just 8 hits, has walked 2 while striking out 20. Wow.
- Boise's hottest hitter may be David Bote, who went 3 for 4 and is 9 for his last 21 to raise his average to .289.
- Yasiel Balaguert doubled, walked, scored a run and drove in another. He has cooled off, however, after a hot start and is hitting just .227.
- LF Trevor Gretzky went 1 for 3 and drove in the Hawks' first run with a groundout to SS.
AZL Cubs 6 - AZL A's 5
- Erick Leal had another great start and I don't know if he'll ever make it -- he's a long way away, but I'm pretty excited the Cubs were able to get a pitcher of his talent for Tony Campana. I'm going to have to see what he's throwing these days but he was definitely missing bats today. He pitched 5 scoreless innings and allowed just one hit while striking out 7. He walked one. In two starts he has pitched 10 innings and allowed just one run on 5 hits. He has struck out 12 while walking just 2.
- SS Giuseppe Pappacio is off to a great start and is hitting .412 after a 3 for 4 day. He also scored 2 runs and drove in one.
- 2B Francisco Sanchez is a talented player who hasn't had much success yet but he may be starting to break through a bit. He had 3 more hits today, including 2 doubles to drive in 2 and score a run. Sanchez is up to .250 on the year with 3 doubles (.400 slugging).
- 18 year old 1B-3B Mark Malave singled and drove in a run and he's hitting .308 to start the season.
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