Having got through the end of May yesterday, today we cover the first turn through each affiliate's rotation in June with a little of everything from the poor to mediocre to the excellent (mostly in Lansing).
Jeremy Gabryswski made two very similar and very typical starts, going 5.2 and 6 innings, each time allowing 3 hits with 2 strikeouts. He also had a very similar contact profile, with an above average amount of ground balls and very high popout rate. In his start yesterday he missed more bats than usual, but wasn't around the zone quite as much. The most interesting thing was he touched a couple 93s on the stadium gun in his last couple innings, which may just be a hot gun but is outside his normal range.
Drew Hutchison has one of his poorer starts last night. The peripherals look pretty good, but he got squared up a ton. Of the 18 balls put in play, 10 were hard line drives or "fliners" (soft line drives). On the plus side, he did miss bats as usual. Finally, Shane Dawson had a decent, if utterly unremarkable start for New Hampshire on the heels of a poor one previously.
Francisco Rios had an okay start coming off his complete game, only allowing 1 run over 6 innings despite mediocre peripherals. It was really a tale of two starts, he he stranded the bases loaded in both the 1st and 2nd inning, including all four walks. Starting with the last out of the 2nd, he faced the minimum, allowing just an infield single erased on a DP. He ended the outing with 3 straight strikeouts and a popout, touching 94 on the stadium gun.
Taylor Cole made his season debut after spending the first two months on the injury list, making a solid and efficent 5 innings start. Unfortunately, there's no details to add beyond the box score and pitch by pitch analysis, since there was no available broadcast of that series. Justin Shafer obviously had a very poor start, not even getting the ground balls be usually does. With a season ERA at 6.75 now, it's probably time to move him to the bullpen especially with some potential promotions from Lansing soon. Chris Rowley managed contact really well, almost completing 7 shutout innings despite allowing too many free passes.
The real meat of this pitching rundown is in Lansing. Jon Harris rebounded from his first rough outing since Opening Day with a solid outing, albeit without the sheer overpowering dominance he flashed for a couple starts. But he induced a lot of weak contact, and rolled through 5 innings. After a leadoff single in the 6th, he left the game midcount, after experiencing some discomfort. Fortunately, it was merely an abundance of caution, just a cramp.
That gave Patrick Murphy an extended relief outing, in which he excelled, striking out 4 and allowing just one ball out of the infield, a double. After making one start in a doubleheader, it appears Murphy is will work of the bullpen for the time being, perhaps until a rotation spot opens up which probably won't be too long (the guy above and a couple below being prime candidate for promotion).
Angel Perdomo turned in a second consecutive electric outing, allowing just 1 hit over 6 shutout innings. He had a couple control lapses, walking two and striking out one, but overall actually did a good job filling up the strike zone. And largely, he was just over overpowering working his a fastball in the low 90s, touching as high as 93. He's now allowed just two hits over his last two starts, both ground ball singles and he now leads the minor leagues in opposing batting average.
Not to be outdone, Sean Reid-Foley too turned in a second straight excellent start. His two hits allowed were both infield singles to second base, bring his total to 5 over 14 innings in those two starts. With Perdomo, they were all on the ground too. Most encouraging is a lack of command/control lapses. he got a bunch of swinging strikes these last couple times out on his spike curveball, which seems to be coming along nicely.