25 year-old Josh Hall made his AAA debut pitching 5 innings giving up 3 H, 2 BB, 1 ER, and a HR. He struck out 2. Hall was drafted in the 7th round of the 1998 draft. In his 5 year minor league career he has posted a 4.04 ERA with 464 ks in 566 innings.
29 year-old Alex Sanchez led the lookouts going 2-4 with a 2B, HR, 2 R, and an RBI. 25 year-old Jung Bong got smacked around a little giving up 7 hits and 3 runs in 4.2 innings. Bong gave up a homer and struck out 4. 24 year-old Carlos Guevara pitched 2.1 stellar innings, with 0 R, 0 H, and 4 Ks. Guevara was a 7th round pick in the 2003 draft and has performed well at every level in the farm system. Last year at Sarasota he posted a 2.45 ERA with 65 ks and 14 BB in 51 IP. His career minor league WHIP is only 1.15. We’ll keep an eye on him.
19 year-old Homer Bailey took the loss in his second start for Sarasota. Bailey tossed 5 innings giving up 3 ER on 7 H. On the bright side he struck out 5 and walked none. Despite his two losses early he has pitched well for a teenager at this level. In 10.1 innings he has 10Ks, 0 BB and a 4.35 ERA.
In the best news since Pokey signed somewhere else, 19 year-old Travis Wood was SMOKIN’ versus Lansing last night. Wood pitched 5 innings recorded 10!! Ks, 1 BB, 0 ER and 4 H. He now has a 3.12 ERA for the season with 15 Ks in 8.2 innings. 23 year-old Paul Janish went 4 for 4 with an RBI. For the season the 5th round pick of the 2004 draft is hitting a lofty .429/.409/.429. If Paul wants to stay on the “DOTF” radar he better take a walk soon.
I was at last night’s game. The gun at 5th/3rd has to be close 3-5 MPH slow. Wood was never clocked about 85. If that’s the case, his upside is probably a soft-tossing LH reliever.
He does get really good movement, though and it did look like the gun was a little slow. If he was hitting the low 90’s (I think he was close to it) then the upside is higher.