With another turn through the affiliate rotations in the books, it's a lot more of the same, with Sean Reid-Foley the headliner continuing his run of dominant outings, facing 23 batters and allowing just a single hit. He had 9 strikeouts, but perhaps most impressive was 0 free passes as he pounded the zone while still missing bats 17 times. That was mostly on the strength of his 94-97 fastball early (93-94 from the 5th onwards), complemented with an effective curveball. It didn't sound like he needed his changeup much. Equally as dominating as the peripherals was the contact, with a bunch of routine ground balls and a couple popups. Basically, just a couple of even reasonably well struck balls allowed.
Turning to the other affiliates, going forward the rookie levels (Bluefield, GCL) will not be covered in these updates. We'll check in on them periodically separately, unless there's something very significant to report.
- Pat Venditte started in place of Drew Hutchison, and actually acquitted himself reasonably well. He worked a lot of really deep counts early, though missed a decent number of bats.
- Taylor Cole got hit really hard. His fastball was 89-93 on the Binghamton stadium gun.
- Jeremy Gabryszwski had a weird start. He would roll through the lineup for stretches, get hit hard, then revert. He gave up four home runs (back-to-back twice to the same two hitters, including one hit off a train passing beyond the stadium). He touched a 93, which is not the first time this year, so it seems safe to safe his velocity has jumped a tick over what I recall from previous years.
- Conner Greene's 2016 AA debut was mixed. After the 1st, he worked a lot of deep counts (only 3 of last 16 batters saw less than four pitches). Started the 3rd with BB/HR,then settled int a nice groove for a couple innings before a messy 5th (two walks and a double)
- Shane Dawson had a funny outing, also not very efficient. In the first half he got hit around a bit, in the second half he alternated strikeouts and walks with a double play the only ball in play. Fastball ~89 MPH
- Tim Mayza had a couple of relief outings, and is still very much figuring out AA, but was 94-95 in the second
- Typical start for Shafer, lots of early contact that allowed him to work deep despite a lot of hits (all singles except one double). Touched a 93.
- Rowley had a great first half, gave up some harder contact in the second half, otherwise typical
- Colton Turner worked two relief outings, striking out 6 of 10 batters faced combined. His fastball was 93-95 in the first (one 91). He's come completely out of nowhere after unremarkable performance last year coming back from Tommy John as a 21st rounder, but the results and stuff are crazy good this year.
- Since this period covers July 2, let's touch on Adonys Cardona who was a J2 signee in 2010 and who was 97-98 with his fastball on this July 2, though with minimal control
- Tayler Saucedo followed up his complete game with a messy outing, though he missed a few bats. Fastball touched 92, but used a ton of offspeed, including two distinct breaking balls, a slider in the high 70s and curveball in the low 70s (as low as a 68)
- Jon Harris had another decent start, okay peripherals but excellent contact profile though gave up some harder hits at the end of his outing. His fastball was mostly 92-93, touching 95-96 (South Bend stadium gun).
- Angel Perdomo didn't have the cleanest outing, but worked around runners until giving up a home run in the 6th inning. But that's going to happen with so many balls in the air. Four of six strikeouts were looking. FB 89-91, touching 92-93 mostly early. Curve at 76. Promotion soon?
- Tom Robson worked 92-93, touching 94 over 2 innings following Perdomo. Rocky start (HR, 1B sandwiched around a groundout) then settled in
- Ryan Borucki tossed another excellent outing himself, notwithstanding two runners he left on base scoring after he departed in the 8th. Allowed some hits early, but mostly on the ground. Retired 13 straight from the end of the 2nd through the 6th, then again gave up some hits in the 7th/8th. Fastball was 90-93, touched 94-95, and just dominated his changeup (at least 8 swinging strikes). Also got a handful of whiffs on his slider in the high 70s. Filthy.
- Jordan Romano wasn't the sharpest, but still effective though all three hits were hard doubles. Fastball 92-94, touched a 96 (usual Lansing stadium gun caveat)
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- Patrick Murphy struggled with control early, settled in pretty well with a lot of weak contact
- Luis Sanchez likewise walked the first two batters but recovered to turn in a decent start
- Andy Ravel got hit around a bit, most notably did not miss any bats
- Justin Maese took a comebacker off his pitching hand from the third batter (after being pushed back a day from normal), managed to get the out, but was removed. X-Rays were negative, so we'll see when he starts next
- Dalton Rodriguez had no control early, managed to settle in a bit the second half of the outing. Amazingly, just two runs despite 13 runners in 5 innings - got three timely double plays. The Salem Keizer broadcast reported some 84s on fastballs, but something's off there.