Pinch hitting for the night.
Tonight on Future Redbirds: Another start cut short in Springfield. A catcher distances himself from the mound in Palm Beach. Meanwhile, in the low minors, the starting pitchers flash dominance to lead their teams to victory. All that and cake in your Daily Farm Report.
- Eric Duncan picked up a double and a HR in 4 trips to the plate.
- Zach Cox was 1-for-4 and tried to have his own personal Bryce Harper moment. Cox also committed his 16th error of the season. Word on the street is his defense hasn’t been sharp at the hot corner.
- Another abbreviated outing in Springfield. After Shelby Miller‘s 7 batter outing last night, Joe Kelly manages just 2 IP. He allowed 5 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4.
- Sam Freeman pitched 2 perfect innings striking out 3. When I saw Freeman in person, I wasn’t impressed but that was pre-surgery and I haven’t seen him live (non-video) since.
- Robert Stock was 2-for-3. Stock took a lot of warranted criticism last year for hitting like garbage at Quad Cities. He managed just a .577 OPS over 300 ABs there. His return to Quad Cities in 2011 was still a struggle during his 50 ABs this season. Since being moved up to Palm Beach, he’s hit quite well posting a .290/.347/.383 line in the pitcher friendly Florida State League. It’s way too early to anoint him as fixed but it’s rather unexpected to see him flourish offensively, for however brief a period, in his current hitting environs.
- Deryk Hooker continues his way back through the system after starting the year in Springfield and suffering an injury. He pitched 4 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and striking out 5.
- Jordan Swagerty picked up the save with a scoreless inning. It’s interesting to note that in the small sample size of this season, Swagerty’s walk rate is actually better as a starter but his strikeout rate makes a healthy jump as a reliever.
- Kolten Wong was 2-for-5 with a triple. But, was there a back flip?
- Mike O’Neill was 2-for-5 with a double.
- Geoff Klein was 2-for-5. Only saw a little bit of Klein when I was in QC last. He caught Boone Whiting on the last day I was there. He made a threw the ball away trying to get a runner but looked solid for the most part blocking balls. Admittedly, Whiting was an easy catch that day.
- Packy Elkins (apparently the nickname originates from college; he’s supposed to be a bit of a cutup) was 1-for-2 with a triple and a pair of walks.
- Zach Russell got bit by the command bug again allowing 4 walks in 2 innings of work. He was tagged for 5 runs on 5 hits while striking out 3.
- Garrett Wittels was 2-for-4.
- Romulo Ruiz was 2-for-3 with a double.
- Seth Maness struck out 4 in 5 innings of work. He was saddled with 7 hits which turned into 3 runs (2 earned). While Maness hasn’t shown quite the strikeout capacity of Ryan Copeland or Boone Whiting, he’s another physically smaller pitcher with very little in the way of platoon splits and excellent command. I’ll be keeping an eye out for him in Quad Cities next year.
- Garrett Wittels went 3-for-4 with a double.
- Juan Castillo was 2-for-4 with a double.
- Todd McInnis pitched 5 innings allowing just 1 unearned run on 4 hits. He stuck out 2.
- Danny Miranda struck out the side in his inning of work while picking up the win.
- Matt Williams went 3-for-4 falling a home run short of the cycle.
- Jonathan Keener was 2-for-3 with a double.
- Kyle Hald struck out 9 in 6 innings of work. He 2 hit Bristol allowing a solo HR for the only opposition run. A lefty out of Old Dominion drafted in the 18th round of this year’s draft, he’s struck out 51 batters in 41.2 IP.
The cake is a lie.