Fangraphs has become one of my daily stops, as they’ve added some great writers over the last few months. First Marc Hulet looks at two Cardinal prospects headed in opposite directions-Jess Todd and Adam Ottavino. I think both have similar futures in the bullpen, but I think Otto’s got the better chance to stick as a starter. I know the numbers don’t say that right now, and I’m sure some of you will vehemently disagree. I guess my thoughts of Todd are a little changed after seeing him in the Futures Game, his delivery just screamed “reliever” to me. A good reliever, but a reliever nonetheless.
Also at Fangraphs- Eric Seidman gives us some us some Pitch F/X data on the pitching prospects who played in the Futures Game. Pitch F/X had Todd averaging out only 88 on his fastball, although I don’t think he was throwing four-seam fastballs, mostly cutters. Salas averaged out at 91.5. I feel like I have been underrating Salas this whole season. Unlike Todd, whom I had high expectations for, I wasn’t sure what Salas was even doing in the Futures Game despite his lofty K% rates. I had read his stuff was rather average other than his curve, but he impressed me with both his fastball and changeup, and I didn’t even see the curveball. With three solid average to above average pitches, I would say he has a big league future.
Steve Batterson of the QC Times says Nick Additon is feeling good about his command of his fastball. That’s great for Nick, but at least the time I’ve seen him pitch he was topping out at 86 and sitting at 83,84. The article says he tops out at 90. Right.
Former 2nd round pick Nick Webber was let go last week. The man was a one trick pony. The man could not miss bats and had crummy command, but this news still comes as a little bit of a surprise.
Not counting the “CL” teams, Springfield and Johnson City were the only teams that played tonight, everyone else had the night off.
Mark Shorey 2-for-4, 2B.
Cody Haerther 1-for-4, 2B.
Tyler Greene 1-for-4, 2 K.
Kyle Sadlowski 4.2 IP, 11 H, 10 ER, 5 BB, 1 K.
Jon Mikrut 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 K, 1 HR.
Luke Gregerson 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER.
1B Andrew Brown had 2 errors, a fielding error and a missed catch. Brandon Yarbrough also had a rough night defensively with a throwing error and a passed ball. Sadlowski lasted as long as he could, but not long enough, putting more work on a drained bullpen from last night’s marathon. Just a pretty horrid night for the all around for Springfield. It is nice to see Greene starting to come around, his line for July is .295/.323./.541. He is still having troubles with the K’s, with 14 in 14 games this month.
Brett Lilley 3-for-4, 2B, BB.
Nico Vasquez 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB, SB.
Curt Smith 2-for-4.
Travis Mitchell 2-for-3, BB, SB.
Edgar Lara 1-for-4, HR, 2 K.
Jarred Bogany 0-for-3, 3 K, 1 BB, SB.
Matthew North 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.
Jon Bravo 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.
Have I said how much I like Nico Vasquez yet? I have? Oh. Excuse me for keep bringing him up, but he just finds ways to work himself in the conversation. He now has as many extra base hits as he has walks with 11, and a nice .319/.415/.516 line over 91 at bats. LHP Jonny Bravo has 32 K’s to 6 walks in 21 innings. Prior to the draft, Luhnow said he threw 92-93 in a workout for the Cards. I guess means on the 20-80 scale Bravo would have a 65 fastball and an 80 name. I’d love to get some footage of him on the hill to see how he’s getting so much out of that small frame of his.