I tried to balance my evening between watching the Blackhawks and listening to the Daytona Cubs games.
Tennessee had the day off and the Kane County game was postponed due to inclement weather.
Draft Note: RHP Jonathan Gray signed with the Colorado Rockies for 4.8M (h/t Jim W) well below slot (by about 800K). I don't think that number will influence Scott Boras too much in the Kris Bryant negotiations, however.
Iowa 5 - OKC 1
- If LHP Chris Rusin keeps pitching like this it won't be long before he joins teammate Brooks Raley in the majors. Rusin pitched 7 scoreless innings, walking one and striking out 3. Rusin moved to 5-6 with a 3.38 ERA on the year.
- Barrett Loux pitched out of the bullpen today and struck out the side, but not before he gave up OKC's only run of the game.
- Junior Lake had another pair of hits and scored a run and is now hitting .433 (13 for 30) in his first 8 games as an I-Cub.
- The offensive hero of the day was Bryan Bogusevic, who hit a pair of two run HRs. He also walked. Bogusevic is hitting .324 with 8 HRs and came into the game with a .414 OBP and .900 OPS.
Fort Meyers 6 - Daytona 3
- I'm still coming to grips with the new Ben Wells. I mean, he's still the same guy in some respects: sinker/slider, change, average command...but the one big difference is the velocity is down. It's not that power 2-seamer he had in the spring last year and now the average command isn't quite good enough since he has to locate better. He can't get away with the kind of mistakes he used to. It's not that Wells can't still be a major league starter, it's just that he has to take a slightly different route now. Wells started the game with good command and looked pretty dominant for the first 3 innings. And then the wheels came off. Wells allowed 5 runs in the 4th and and was lifted after 3.2 innings. Wells walked 2 and struck out 5. Wells fell to 4-5 with 3.86 ERA
- Larry Suarez does have some big time velocity and it may be enough for him at this level -- as it was today for 1.2 scoreless innings in which he walked 1 and struck out 2.
- Jorge Soler doubled, singled, scored a run and drove in one. He is hitting .282/.346/.475 on the year.
- Chadd Krist went 2 for 3 including his first FSL HR. He's hitting .269/.387/.385.
Fort Meyers 5 - Daytona 4
- Matt Loosen had one of his better outings of the year but was undermined yet again by the long ball. Loosen gave up a 2-run HR -- the 14th HR he's given up this season -- and it was enough to tag him with the loss. Loosen went 4 innings overall and walked 3 and struck out 6. The walks have been the other issue with Loosen, who has 29 BBs in 39 innings pitched, a rate of 6.7 per 9 IP.
- Big day for John Andreoli who doubled twice and singled to raise his average on the year to .319. He also walked twice in the first game and his OBP after the double header stood at .395 to go with his slugging percentage of .412. The two numbers put his OPS at .807 for the year and with Andreoli repeating his second season at Daytona and nothing left to prove, look for him to get promoted to AA soon with Matt Szczur moving up to AAA.
- Javier Baez didn't get a hit, much less a HR, over the two games but he did walk 3 times. He now has 14 walks, the same total that he had last season and has raised his OBP to .340 on the season.
- Zeke DeVoss went 2 for 3 and hit his 3rd HR on the season. He's hitting .231 though he has an incredible 37 walks, which put his OBP at .384 entering the second game.
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