Drew Hutchison turned in a pretty underwhelming start for Buffalo Friday, allowing 4 runs over 5 innings including two solo home runs in the first inning. His peripherals were poor, and he allowed 11 balls in the air to the outfield which is the type of contact we generally don't want to see, though he limited damage on the balls that didn't go over the fence. In terms of pitch level data, things were more solid - he generally got ahead and missed a fair number of bats. He managed to exit the game leading 5-4 and in line for the win, but the bullpen had a game to forget in what was ultimately a 14-6 Buffalo loss.
Jeremy Gabryszski likewise didn't have the most impressive start, though Hartford (Colorado AA) came in 20-6 and is one of the more prospect laden teams in minor league baseball. He was uncharacteristically both inefficient with his pitches (needing over 5 pitches per batter), and not pounding the zone, falling behind two thirds of batters faced. Since he doesn't usually miss bats, getting ahead is critical to getting strikeouts, and he had none. The one positive is he induced a good amount of weak contact, in particular his four popups, which is ultimately why he only allowed one run.
Shane Dawson, native of Fort McMurray, came off a two week DL stint and turned in a solid start. He was particularly sharp early, striking out 4 the first time through the order. He didn't allow any hits until his last inning of work, though he had some control issues that resulted in three walks but were mitigated by his 10 swinging strikeouts. In the 5th inning, the bottom of the order got to him, squaring balls up to string 3 hits together before he ended the inning with a pickoff.
Conner Greene turned in perhaps his best start of 2016, going 6 innings for the first time. He was more efficient than dominating, though his fastball was consistently at least touched 94-96 MPH throughout the start. The three runs he allowed are not really indicative, as they came via small ball and a timely two out single.
Jon Harris turned in an efficient if unspectacular start on Thursday, needing just 59 pitches to go 5 innings (and threw a pitches on the side afterbeing removed to make way for piggybacker Tayler Saucedo). He did a good job keeping the ball on the ground, though he gave up 4 hits on the other 6 balls in play - a good number of which were squared up pretty well. But he scattered the hits to keep runs off the board. The one negative is he didn't really any bats, which you want to see from a 1st round college draft pick in low-A.
The best start of the last couple days belonged to Francisco Rios, dominating on his 21st birthday. He continued what's looking like a breakout season, striking out the side in both of the first two innings. In all, he struck out half the batters he faced, only allowing 1 hit with 3 walks due to some periodic control lapses (overall, he was around the zone, as he had a solid rate of called strikes on balls taken).
Tayler Saucedo and JoshDeGraad both had solid multi-inning relief outings following the those last two, combining for 5.1 shutout innings. Colton Turner has a couple of strikeouts in a single inning of work Friday night.