Drew Hutchison turned in a solid if not particularly efficient start, need a season high 105 pitches to go 6 innings but allowing just a first inning run. Across the board, pretty much every measurable was around around, except he fell behind a few more batters than normal but also generated significantly more ground balls then both average and what's normal for him. It's safe to say that he's fully stretched out now, andhis fastball was at least touched 94 deep in the outing.
He was followed by Pat Venditte who pitched 2 scoreless innings while striking out 3 against a walk and 2 hits. It was looking like a really nice inning until the last two hitters doubled and singled, with a runner thrown out at home saving Venditte from giving away the lead.
Since being outrighted to Buffalo, the much maligned Arnold Leon has been kept stretched out, making 4-5 innings starts, and he had his best outing Sunday going 5 shutout innings and striking out 7 against just two baserunners. Now, the more in depth metrics don't establish that he was as dominant as the box score suggests, but he now had 16 strikeouts against just 2 walks in 12 innings for Buffalo. His career minor league numbers are intriguing, and it would not surprise me if he got a call back up if help was needed at the back end of the bullpen.
Jeremy Gabryszski also pitched yesterday and turned in a pretty typical start. No free passes, pounding the zone and getting ahead, a lot of balls in play, managed contact reasonably well though inevitably still gave up hits on solid contact which were mostly scattered. He did miss a few more bats than normal, which helped him get to 5 strikeouts (4 swinging)
Justin Shafer came off a month long stint on the DL to make his second start of the year, and clearly had some rust to shake off as he had trouble finding the zone which meant he was constantly pitching behind. He pitched into the 5th and didn't allow any hits, but also walked 4 and hit 2 batters. He did get a lot of weak contact on the ground with his sinker which was in the low 90s.
Conner Greene started yesterday and continued his uneven 2016. He only allowed one run, but constantly waked a tightrope all evening, bailed out by three timely double plays. He too had trouble throwing strikes, but it was more staying in the zone as he got ahead at a solid clip. His fastball velocity ranged from 91-96, and he frequently blew his fastball by hitters which also throw some good curveballs. The dominance was there, the consistency was not.
The game ended up going 13 innings, which meant some extended relief outings. One Dunedin reliever worth watching is the recently promoted Colton Turner. He's a lefty whose fastball sits in the low 90s and can touch higher. He wasn't at his sharpest, but still pretty effective despite a couple walks as he was able to miss bats.
Another interesting reliever is Tim Mayza, who pitched both of the last two nights, striking out 5 of the combined 9 hitters he faced. His fastball touched 95, which from the left side makes him definitely worth following. Though he took a blown save last night, he's been very effective in the early going as it's not just pure stuff he's got, he can use it.
Sean Reid-Foley came off a short DL stint Monday, and showed a little rust. He came out firing in the first, his fastball at 92-96, and struck out 4 of the first 5 batters he faced despite falling behind all of them. But the Bowling Green hitters adjusted and basically stopped swinging until they had to since Reid-Foley struggled mightily finding the zone was any consistently. On the plus side, he only very little quality contact and only one hit, but piled up deep counts. He fell behind 13 of 15 batters, which a pitcher simply can't do.
Another reliever to highlight is Dusty Isaacs, who had a longer than usual outing last night and dominated with 5 strikeouts of the 10 batters he faced and missing a lot of bats with his low 90s fastball and slider which is his putaway pitch. Frankly, after spending all of last season in Lansing there's little reason for him to still be there and he needs to challenged at higher levels to get a better sense for if his stuff can play at higher levels.