Post Game Thoughts
- Joe Kelly looked good. As long as he’s sitting 90-92 (which I suspect he is) with the fastball, he flashed the stuff to be a very good pitching prospect. His command of his breaking ball was erratic. He’s not conditioned to go deep into games yet as he started to show signs of tiring in the 4th. He’s going to be challenged when QC ditches the piggyback rotation later this year. I hope the Cardinals move Kelly slowly through the system.
- Robert Stock looks good behind the plate. I can see why the Cardinals like him as a catcher. Let’s hope the bat comes around.
- Niko Vasquez put a charge into the HR he hit. The athleticism is palpable with Vasquez but he seems to lack focus and is prone to mental errors in the field. He’s got the arm for 3rd but obviously he’s more valuable if he can stick at SS.
- Ryan Jackson covered SS well. It’s hard to tell exactly how good he was because we rarely saw his positioning as the camera switched to the field after the ball was caught in many instances. He didn’t make any obvious mistakes though and seemed to show good range towards 2nd base.
- Ryde Rodriguez shows little pitch recognition and a very long swing. Not a good combination.
- Stock shows a good approach at the plate. I’m not sold on his offensive potential based on today but I like what I’ve seen of him catching today.
- These walks in the 9th are more a function of the Bees’ pitcher than QC’s hitters.
Top 9th: QC 1, Burlington 4
- Nice solid pitching and defense that inning. Two shallow flyouts to Parejo and a groundball hit to Vasquez who makes a strong throw to first.
Bottom 8th: QC 1, Burlington 4
- I hate these batting helmets. They look terrible. If I was a baseball player, I’d probably wear one as well but they look like little kids putting on their dad’s stuff.
- The Quad Cities’ hitters do not look good today.
Top 8th: QC 1, Burlington 4
- Vasquez airs one to first. He looks athletic enough to play either SS or third. The arm would play at third but I’ve seen a lot of mental lapses while Niko has been on defense today.
- Calhoun does a nice job with a ball to his right even with the mound to get the out at first.
Bottom 7th: QC 1, Burlington 4
- Between innings viewing.
- The Bees catcher has a hell of an arm.
- Ingram has good speed but I’m unimpressed with him at the plate.
Top 7th: QC 1, Burlington 4
- Calhoun looks solid if unspectacular. Fastball is flat. Breaking ball is big and slow.
- Calhoun tiring this inning as the defense struggles on some plays. Calhoun walks in a run.
Bottom 6th: QC 1, Burlington 3
- Matt Adams takes a ball on his shoestrings into mid left field. Adams is going to have to hit a ton for me to get past the horrible physique and defensive limitations.
Top 6th: QC 1, Burlington 3
- MLB 2K10 has some great commercials.
- Daniel Calhoun is the only lefty on the River Bandits roster.
- Vasquez starts the 4-6-3 double play on a ball hit right too him. First nice defensive play we’ve seen Vasquez make today.
Bottom 5th: QC 1, Burlington 3
- Finally showing some discipline this inning. Of course it hels when the pitcher is no longer around the zone.
Top 5th: QC 1, Burlington 3
- Second defensive bumble by Vasquez coming in on a bunt down the 3rd base line. Likely wouldn’t have made the play on the bunt regardless though.
- Ugly stolen base with Niko in on the grass and the runner at 2nd takes off.
- Joe Kelly is looking pretty worn out hanging bad pitches in the zone and loosing command of anything non-fastball.
- Parejo and Ingram are no great shakes in the outfield.
- I like what I’ve seen of Stock behind the plate. Good at receiving and framing pitches.
- The umpire helps out Kelly with a borderline strike call for the 3rd out. Kelly’s day is likely over.
Bottom 4th: QC 1, Burlington 1
- Hal McRae is the new batting coach for the River Bandits.
- O Niko, that was a beautiful swing. Hips and core into it and everything. About 10 feet over the left field fence.
Top 4th: QC 0, Burlington 1
- It’s hard to get a feel for Ryan Jackson’s defense since the camerawork is about 3 seconds late after every hit.
- We had Joe Kelly as #18 on the FR prospect rankings.
- Kelly is struggling with command of his breaking ball.
- Bad throw by Vasquez from third. Looked like he wanted to sidearm the throw but didn’t.
- Kelly’s command deteriorates as the game continues. He’s starting to flag as the game goes on.
- Kelly is on a 75 pitch limit today per the announcers.
Bottom 3rd: QC 0, Burlington 1
- D’Marcus Ingram has wheels but the difference between minor league fielding and major league fielding is huge. That looks like a catchable ball if the Bees CF takes a better route and doesn’t pull up short at the end.
Top 3rd: QC 0, Burlington 1
- The one thing this broadcast is missing is a speed readout.
- I like Kelly’s fastball a lot more when he’s pitching down in the zone. It’s a little flat. Not the prototypical sinker we expect from org. pitchers.
- Be careful with the camera angle. It makes the zone deceptive because it’s not the straightaway camera that the Cardinals use.
- Parejo threw a lollipop of a throw to Stock from CF.
- Nice play by Stidham moving back to reach up and snag a pop-up nearly over his head.
Bottom 2nd: QC 0, Burlington 0
- There must be 10,000 children in the park and none of them realize that balls in the air don’t automatically leave the park.
- Ryde Rodriguez has a big swing. He’s going to have problems on offspeed pitches.
Top 2nd: QC 0, Burlington 0
- Joe Kelly looks sharp in the goings thus far. He’s got a little funk in the leg kick of his delivery. Arm comes from a low 3/4 arm slot. Stuff looks good. Fastball is up more than I’d like.
Bottom 1st: QC 0, Burlington 0
- D’Marcus Ingram doesn’t seem to be picking the ball up well.
- Matt Adams is well along on the Adam Dunn bad body path.
Feel free to comment here on the game. I’ll add thoughts as time permits.