Kary Booher has a nice article in the Springfield News-Leader about Clayton Mortensen. Mortensen talks about staying away from websites that discuss minor league prospects (I guess that means he doesn’t read us) so that he won’t get caught up in the hype for himself, or the guys he is about to face. There is a pretty interesting quote from a Cubs scout in the article (it is sort of a non-sequitor in the middle of the article), where the scout discusses what he looks for in a prospect:
“I judge hitters on how they play against the No. 1 and No. 2 pitchers,” Jim Crawford, Chicago Cubs veteran scout, said. “That gives you an idea of what you’ve got. In college ball, after Friday night, some hitters make their living on Saturdays and Sundays.”
“I look for guys who have fastball command, if they can go in and out, change eye levels with their fastballs,” Crawford said. “Fastball command means they are throwing strikes. With college guys, after a couple of years in pro ball, you have to adapt to throwing inside. You’ve got live on the inner half (of the plate).”
Obviously Crawford isn’t giving away any secrets of the trade here, but it is still interesting to hear a high level description of what scouts look for in players.
We had three games this evening, with Quad Cities getting the night off. The system went 1-2 on the day, with an outrageous boxscore from Springfield and a punchless attack on both sides in Palm Beach. All the details after the jump.
- I was really looking forward to talking about how Mitchell Boggs has had such a great start to the season, and for the first couple of innings it looked like I would get to do just that. But alas, it was not meant to be. Boggs went 6 innings and struck out four, but he gave up five earned runs on six hits and two walks. He is still 2-1 on the season with a 2.84 ERA, so it is still safe to say that he’s had a nice start to his season.
- Mark Worrell followed Boggs with 1.1 innings and three strikeouts against a hit and a walk.
- Chris Perez finished the game with a perfect inning, striking out one.
- All of the Redbirds’ scoring came in the first inning on a Nick Stavinoha two-rbi double. He finished 1-4.
- Colby Rasmus didn’t exactly break out of his slump, but he did get a hit, going 1-4 and scoring a run.
- Jarrett Hoffpauir went 2-4 with the other run scored.
- Otherwise, there wasn’t much offense: Amauri Marti and Mark Johnson each went 1-3 and Cody Haerther hit a double in his only at bat.
- John Gall victimized us again, going 2-4 with a homerun and three rbi.
We’ve been waiting for the Springfield offense to break out, well here it is. That is not a typo: they put up 20 runs tonight, including a 10 spot in the second inning. Sit back and enjoy, this might take a few words to describe.
- Brendan Ryan continued his successful rehab stint by going 4-6 with a homerun, two doubles (that’s nine total bases, if you are counting at home), four runs scored, three rbi and a stolen base. Let’s get him to the big club while he’s hot.
- Bryan Anderson also went 4-6 with a homerun and two doubles, but he ‘only’ drove in two and scored twice. He did, however, have his first passed ball of the season.
- Allen Craig went 2-4 with three rbi, three runs scored, a walk and a sacrifice fly. He also committed an error in the field (his second on the season).
- Mark Hamilton went 2-5 with a homerun, three rbi, two runs scored and a walk.
- Jose Martinez also went 2-5 with a homerun, three rbi and two runs scored (no walk, though).
- Shane Robinson went 4-5 with a double, three rbi and two runs scored.
- And finally, Mark Shorey went 1-4 with an rbi, a walk and a run scored.
The team scored twenty runs on nineteen hits, including four homers and five doubles, and three walks. I need to take a break now to rest my fingers…… ok, I’m back.
- The pitching was outstanding as well, except for Kris Honel who did not record an out and gave up five earned runs on two hits, a walk and two HBP.
- But Clayton Mortensen was outstanding. He went six scoreless innings, giving up only three hits and striking out five. Of the remaining 13 outs he recorded, twelve were on ground balls.
- Nick Webber pitched a perfect inning, Cory Rauschenberger gave up two hits and struck out one in his scoreless inning, and Fernando Salas cleaned up the ninth inning, giving up only a walk and striking out a pair.
- This game, on the other hand, was a pitching duel. The Cardinals only managed two hits, singles by Daniel Descalso and Donovan Solano, and two walks, by James Rapoport and Nathan Southard.
- The pitching was phenomenal, led by starter Brandon Dickson, who threw five no-hit innings, walking one and striking out a pair.
- Dickson was relieved by Tyler Herron, who was also fantastic. He went three innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out a pair.
- Kenny Maiques struggled with his command and gave up the only run on the night – without surrendering a hit! He gave up four walks and threw two wild pitching in his 1.1 innings.
- Jon Mikrut got the last two outs for the Cardinals, striking out one.