Got some notes first:
- 1B Greg Bird (shoulder) took batting practice in Tampa today, according to Nick Peruffo. There’s no timetable for his return — or at least no timetable that has been made public — but taking batting practice means the process of coming back has started.
- Both 3B Eric Jagielo (No. 14) and SS Jorge Mateo (No. 20) made this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. 2B Rob Refsnyder, meanwhile, made the Not So Hot Sheet. Zoinks.
- Chris King posted some firsthand scouting notes on IF Abi Avelino and IF Tyler Wade, calling them a “fun middle-infield duo to watch.” Click the link for more on both players.
Triple-A Scranton (7-0 win over Norfolk)
- CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB
- 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB — 10.1 BB% this year after 9.5 BB% last year and 14.8 BB% the year before that
- LF Tyler Austin: 0-4, 2 K
- RF Ben Gamel: 0-2, 2 R, 2 BB — four walks and two strikeouts in his last six games
- RHP Bryan Mitchell: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 11/6 GB/FB — 57 of 79 pitches were strikes (72%) … brilliant, wish he could have gotten a chance to finish the game
- RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — nine pitches, six strikes … 16/5 K/BB in 17.1 innings