More offense from Charleston

RAB day at the park?
An elbow injury, a one-inning pitcher and a rain delay that never came

Triple-A Scranton (11-0 beatdown courtesy of Louisville)
Juan Miranda: 2 for 4, 1 K
Eric Duncan & Nick Green: both 1 for 3, 1 2B – Green committed a throwing error
rest of lineup: combined 1 for 21, 1 BB, 2 K – Bernie Castro picked up a single … Jason Lane drew a walk
Steven “don’t call me” White: 4 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 0-9 GB/FB – as ugly as it gets
Heath Phillips: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K – this year’s Ben Kozlowski
Scott Patterson: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2-4 GB/FB – okay, who kidnapped the real Scott Patterson?
Jose Veras: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 1 HB

Double-A Trenton (4-3 loss to Altoona)
Reegie Corona: 1 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Austin Jackson: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 K – gettin’ himself in a nice little goove
Jose Tabata & Colin Curtis: both 2 for 4 – Tabata walked … Curtis drove a run in
Matt Carson: 0 for 5, 1 K
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB
Chris Malec: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B – .292-.346-.417 on the year
George Kontos: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 10-5 GB/FB
Zach Kroenke: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB – already has allowed as many ER this year as he did all of last year (3)

High-A Tampa (8-4 loss to Dunedin)
Damon Sublett: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI – guess he’s not injured anymore
James Cooper: 2 for 4, 1 R
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K – 5 XBH and 9 RBI in 7 games
Kyle Anson: 1 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K
Kevin Smith: 1 for 4, 1 R
Tim Battle: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Braedyn Pruitt: 0 for 4, 2 K – yet to reach base this year after hitting .347-.458-.447 last year
Mike Dunn: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP
Grant Duff: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – piggybacking with Dunn so far
Steven Artz: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Low-A Charleston (8-6 win over Savannah) they’re averaging 11.57 hits and 6.86 runs per game
Abe Almonte: 4 for 5, 3 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) – picked off first
Justin Snyder: 3 for 5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 5, 1 K – it was bound to happen eventually
Jesus Montero: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – slugging .586 as an 18-yr old in full season ball
Austin Romine: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B
Carmen Angelini & Austin Krum: both 2 for 4, 2 R – Angelini drove in a run, swpied a bag and K’ed once … Krum stole a base
Jairo Heredia: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3-5 Gb/FB – picked a runner off first
Lance Pendleton: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 Balk – 14 K in 4.2 IP this year for the forgotten prospect
Jon Ortiz: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

RAB day at the park?
An elbow injury, a one-inning pitcher and a rain delay that never came
  • dan

    Jesus, Almonte was picked off again– that’s like 3 or 4 times this year already.

  • matt K

    Where has JB Cox been????

    • Mike A.

      He’s probably in Extended Spring Training, where they can keep a close eye on him in the warm weather. They probably didn’t want him eating up a roster spot on High-A Tampa if he wasn’t good to go. Relax, I’m sure he’s fine, they’re just playing it safe.

  • Luigi

    oh my lord montero is exploding, number 1 hitting prospect in all of baseball by end of year mark my words

    • Jamal G.

      I think Travis Snider will have something to say about that.

      Seriously, is Almonte’s instincts on the basepaths that bad?

  • Travis G.

    Almonte might have to spend the whole year in Charleston just to learn baserunning. what’s the record for pickoffs in a season?

    i wonder if the Charleston offense could outscore the Yankee lineup. seems possible right now.

    Mike, any chance Montero goes to Tampa before the break?

    • Travis G.

      Almonte was also caught stealing. holy lord, i could run better than him.

      • Mike A.

        The caught stealing is from the pickoff.

    • Mike A.

      Almost zero chance he moves up at all this year. Can’t rush his development behind the plate because he’s hitting like a madman. Besides, it’s not the worst thing in the world to let him rake in Low-A and build up confidence for the year.

  • Jamal G.

    Might there be an injury in Boston? Seems Sean Casey pinch hit for Mike Lowell before Lowell even took one swing.

    • Mike A.

      Yeah, Lowell left with a bruised thumb. No real biggie.

  • CB

    Heredia loaded the bases today in the third inning on a single, a walk and an error by Snyder.

    That left it bases loaded and no outs.

    He falls behind the next hitter. Clearly a fastball count. So behind in the count with the bases loaded and no outs what does Heredia throw? A change up. It’s a strike and he goes on to strike out the hitter for the first out. Next batter hits a sacrifice fly. Next hitter grounds out.

    How impressive is that? An 18 year in his first full season action throws a change up with the bases juiced, no outs, behind in the count and K’s the guy. And that was after his second baseman loaded the bases on a throwing error. Then he limits the damage to 1 run.

    Not many 18 year olds have that much composure and sense of how to pitch. I was sure he was going to have to groove a fastball. Instead he threw a change – that’s almost unfair for Sally League ball.

    • Jamal G.

      That was one of the raves of Heredia. I believe Mike also made note of it in his profile of him last year. The kid knows how to “pitch”.

  • Mike R.

    Charleston is just exciting. It’s like a parade of prospects down there. The Charleston play by play guy couldn’t stop raving about Heredia.

    Here’s my question and it is open to the floor:

    How long does Eric Duncan have to put up impressive stats before he regains your trust? I say one full season. What do you guys think? More? Less?

    • CB

      He needs a good full season. He has to be consistent in both the first half and second half. He can’t do what Cervelli did last year where he has a torrid 2-3 months and is then mediocre after.

      That said I think he just needs to be good (especially his BB:K) – not great in order to get himself back on the prospect map.

  • Jamal G.

    Here’s a link to John Sickels’ analysis of our upper level prospects.

  • felixpanther

    where is CJ Henry? his name in Tampa roster

    • rbizzler

      CJ started the year on the DL. Mike would know better than me, but they might start him in high A when he is healthy.

  • Manimal

    That wasnt scott patterson, that was his cousin Guillermo Pitching.

  • JohnC

    Has Humberto Sanchez gotten on a mound yet? I heard he was supposed to start throwing off a mound by the end of March. As for CJ Henry, I heard he was injured in a collision with another outfielder during a ST game was has not made it back yet. He should be back soon.

  • pounder

    Any Brett Smith news ?