Before we get to Opening Day for the minor leagues, I’d like to give a belated congratulations to Brian Barton, Uncle Rico, and Kyle McClellan. All three enjoyed a measure of success in their major league debuts, with Barton singling in his first at bat, Uncle Rico getting an RBI double in his second at bat, and Kyle McClellan mowing through the heart of Colorado’s linup in successive days (he did give up a run on Wednesday, but a little bad luck was involved there). I was a little surprised that LaRussa went back to McClellan on Wednesday, while keeping Reyes unused in the bullpen (Reyes was used on Thursday with great success, striking out the side). It is nice to see that LaRussa is trusting McClellan with important situations, though. The highlight of the season for me so far was the smile on Barton’s face after getting his first major league hit.
The minor league teams went 1-2 with a rainout on Opening Day. Details after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »