Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 4/8 – 4/14

pederson_joc ST 3.13.14

Sorry for the delay in this update, but basically Joc Pederson hits all of the baseballs.

April 8

Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) stayed hot going 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, and a walk. Though I guess it’s not technically a hot streak if his entire year is a hot streak.

Pitcher Of The Day: Yimi Garcia (AAA) pitched two innings of one-hit ball and struck out four. I honestly think he’ll prove ready of a shot in the MLB sooner than later.

Notables

Chris Anderson (A+) couldn’t make it five innings, but did look better. Anderson struck out six and allowed just an unearned run on five hits and three walks in 4.2 innings.

Jesmuel Valentin (A) went 1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases. Bat is a question, but he’s off to a solid start.

April 9

Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (A+) collected four hits in six trips, along with two doubles. Almost three years younger than the league average, and he’s doing well.

Pitcher Of The Day: Victor Arano (A) pitched 2.2 scoreless innings and is showing no signs that this level is too much for him.

Notables

Stephen Fife (AAA) lasted just 3.1 innings and gave up seven runs on nine hits. I understand he looked okay in the MLB during his short stints there, but he looks atrocious right now. Whether that’s the constant shoulder injuries taking a toll or what, I dunno.

Julio Urias (A) gave up two hits, two walks, two wild pitches, and struck out two in just 1.2 innings of one-run ball. Urias was removed for precautionary reasons after being struck in the chest by a liner.

April 10

Hitter Of The Day: Joey Curletta (A) is on fire, going 3-for-4 with a double. The over-the-wall power is there even if it’s not showing right now, and he’s pounding doubles.

Pitcher Of The Day: Pedro Baez (AA) is serving as the closer and thriving so far, posting his second save and striking out one in his flawless inning of work. Baez isn’t far from being ready either.

Notables

Alex Santana (A) went 2-for-4 with two doubles but also struck out twice, and he’s off to a slow start.

Zachary Bird (A) … why? He gave up seven runs (six earned) in 3.1 innings on five hits and two walks. He struck out two but his ERA was over 11 after this start. Sigh.

April 11

Hitter Of The Day: Jacob Scavuzzo (A) goes 2-for-3 with two walks. The more he continues to produce away from Ogden, the more I believe in his tools.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Reed (AA) struck out nine over six innings of work, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks. When he can get ahead with his fastball, he looks like this. It’s a matter of how often he has command.

Notables

Zach Lee (AAA) pitched 5.2 innings of one-run ball, striking out three and walking one.

Corey Seager (A+) collected two hits in four trips, including a triple.

Tom Windle (A+) posted another quality start, surrendering just an unearned run in six innings with six strikeouts and no walks. Doesn’t quite have the upside, but he’s polished, and even if he doesn’t make it as a starter, he should have a future in relief.

April 12

Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. Of course.

Pitcher Of The Day: Jose Dominguez (AAA) took the loss in his inning, giving up a walk and two hits. But he struck out three, once again showing superior stuff.

Notables

*Yawn*

April 13

Hitter Of The Day: Alex Guerrero (AAA) wanted to remind you that he still exists, and he did so by going 3-for-4 with a double and homer in his season debut in the minors.

Pitcher Of The Day: Red Patterson (AAA) started and went six innings while only giving up a run and striking out four. Patterson may have a future as a reliever, and I liked him in that role during Spring Training.

Notables

Scott Schebler (AA) grabbed another goose egg in four trips, striking out three times. Off to a rough start against advanced pitching.

Chris Anderson (A+) only lasted 3.1 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on FIVE walks and four hits while striking out four.

Jacob Scavuzzo (A) and Joey Curletta (A) went 3-for-7 and 4-for-7, respectively, in the team’s doubleheader. Both had a double each, and Scavuzzo also had a walk.

April 14

Hitter Of The Day: Alex Guerrero (AAA) struck again, going 3-for-3 with a homer and a walk. However, he also made an error, which I think is the primary worry anyway. Personally, I’m not totally sold on his bat yet, but most think he’ll hit. It’s the glove that’s a question.

Pitcher Of The Day: Julio Urias (A) gave up five runs and eight baserunners in 4.1 innings but struck out six. Hitters are not intimidating him at all, as his strikeout rate is great. It’s just that his command so far has resembled more a typical teenager than what we’ve come to expect from him.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-4. Another day at AAA for him.

Stephen Fife (AAA) lasted just four innings, allowing 12 baserunners, and four runs (three earned). That meant his ERA plummeted to 11.91.

Darnell Sweeney (AA) went 3-for-4 with a homer but is off to a slow start with the bat. That said, he has more walks than strikeouts, and plate discipline was a primary concern, so he should be fine if he keeps this up.

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