33 year-old Andy Abad has taken his demotion out on AAA pitching so far. He went 3 for 4 with a HR, a 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R. 35 year-old Chris Michalak finally gave up an earned run this year Michalak gave up 3 ER on 7 hits including 2 homers. Michalak struck out 3 in his 7 innings of work. Over 14.2 innings so far he has a 1.42 ERA, 9 Ks, 3 BB, with a WHIP under 1.
26 year-old Edward Valdez came on in relief, and pitched 4 solid innings giving up 2 earned runs on 4 hits, while striking out 6. So far Valdez has pitched 15 innings with 15 strikeouts. He has a 1.80 ERA, and a WHIP below 1.
25 year-old Jeremiah Piepkorn, the man playing 3rd in place of Mark Schramek, went 3 for 5 with a 2B and 3 RBI. Piepkorn is hitting .296/.296/.370. Certainly not a reason to move him from the OF to 3rd to release a former first round pick. I wonder if someone from Dayton is moving up.
Schramrek as a 23 year old at Dayton in 2003 showed his only sign of life with a .296/.368/.447 line in 206 ABs. He showed some patience with 19 BB, and some power, 18 2B and 3 HR, but after being promoted to Potamac in High A, and later Chattanooga he really struggled never putting up over a .542 OPS. Last year, his 2nd year at A+ Sarasota he put up a lousy .634 OPS. His release is no real suprise since he was drafted by a different regime. I am sure his degree from Texas will come in handy now.
19 year-old Jay Bruce, went 2 for 4 with a solo HR, 2 R, and 4 RBI. Bruce, who you would think would get promoted soon, isn’t being challenged at all so far. He is putting up .339/.396/.625….As a 19 year-old!!!! I hope Krivsky is a “DOTF” fan.