After largely toying with hitters in the Midwest League, it took Jon Harris a couple weeks but it now looks like he's doing the same with the Florida State League. On Monday evening, Harris went 7.2 innings, allowing just one run on 3 hits, a walk, a HBP and 5 strikeouts. But he was actually better than the line indicates, as he faded in the 8th with the the two free passes, and the only run scored.
Harris took a no hitter into the 5th inning, with nothing remotely close. That was broken up by a bunt single and then a clean grounder up the middle, and those were the only hits Harris allowed other than the last batter on his 101st pitch. In fact, they were the only runners until the 9th. Harris was 92-94 with his fastball, and touched 96 in the 1st inning. If the broadcast was correctly identifying the pitch, his change-up was really effective for him, especially in the later innings.
A quick word on a couple names that are not below. Sean-Reid Foley is on the disabled list after his only August start did not go well. Hopefully it's either freeing up a roster spot while limiting innings, or something minor. Second, T.J. Zeuch was scheduled to start Tuesday, but did not make the start and has not pitched since. This is sort of curious considering he was ramping up, to 5 innings in his last start. We'll have to keep an eye for him, again hopefully nothing serious.
- Mike Bolsinger should be sufficiently stretched as a starter now having gone 6 innings and 80 pitches Wednesday. Decent starts, but he did give up 2 home runs, and didn't crack 90 MPH on the fastball.
- Danny Barnes continues to blow away the International League for Buffalo, striking out almost half the batters he's faced since bieng demoted.
- Neither Jeremy Gabryszwzski (FB 87-91) nor Shane Dawson had good outings, they've both struggled as they go the second and third times through the Eastern League. Another reason I didn't like it when the Anthopoulos regime would promote pitchers through so aggressively.
- Conner Greene continued his inconsistent 2016, getting hit pretty hard and struggling to find the zone a start after totally dominating. He did touch 97 a couple times on the stadium gun, working a few clicks below that.
- Some reliever notes: Alonzo Gonzalez had a pair of extended outings, the equivalent of a start really. Not great, not bad, but he's more of a middle relief name. Colton Turner had a handful of decent outings as he settles into his AA promotion. Wil Browning has a couple longer outings, and was totally lights out, striking out over half the batters he faced.
- Between injuries, weather, inning limits and whatever else, it's hard to get a handle on what's going on with Dunedin's pitching, as 7 different pitchers have started in the last 10 days
- Chris Rowley came out of the pen with some effective relief, working in the high 80s.
- Francisco Rios appears to be a reliever now, with a second straight one inning outing.
- Justin Shafer's start with interrupted by weather; and he was better than the line indicates as he pitched the 2nd inning when the damage occurred in a huge downpour.
- Justin Maese continues to be a very different pitcher in Lansing than Vancouver, and last weekend he blew up the West Michigan gun sitting 94-95 and touching 97. He still got a lot of contact on the ground, and was quite efficient working into the 7th innings, but with nice peripherals
- Jordan Romano worked in the 90-92 range throughout his outings. After issues finding the zone in the 1st, he was fantastic going 6 shutout with almost all weak contact on the ground or popped up.
- Tom Robson was 93-95, gave up hits at the beginning and end of his outings, but was effective in the middle
- Ryan Borucki's line is far from his best in the last while, but on the other hand, he was Cy Young compared to what happened to the pitcher who following him in a 12-0 loss. On the plus side, he missed a ton of bats.
- 10th rounder Kirby Snead is being used in extended relief roles (interesting since he projects as a LOOGY), and was decent though with a lot of contact in the air. In his last outing, got into the 90s, up from the mid/high 80s until then.
- Andy Ravel and Mike Ellenbest continue a very strict piggybacking arrangement. Ravel in particular has settled in very nicely and is now missing bats more consistently, though it would be nice to what happens beyond 10-12 batters.
- Patrick Murphy had another really good start. He allowed three hard hit balls, with three hits on the infield and the last a roller up the middle. Excellent contact profile, and probably heading up to Lansing soon for the playoffs.
- Luis Sanchez and Dalton Rodriguez still can't throw strikes
- 3rd rounder Zach Jackson made a couple very good relief outings. He struck out almost 40% of batters, and got a lot of weak contact from the rest. His fastball velocity seemed to be inconsistent, as low as 88 in his first outings; up to 95 in the second