Let’s find out what happened last night, other than me having too much to drink
Buffalo 5, Indianapolis 1
The Bisons have pretty much been neutered in recent weeks of any prospects. Zach Lutz and Jenny Mejia are hurt, while a small army has been promoted to Queens (tuner, Tejada, Gee, Pridie, etc.). Brian Sweeney threw a pretty good game yesterday, going seven innings while giving up a run on four hits without allowing a walk (he also struck out 4). Kirk Nieuwenhuis continues to come on strong, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored. In a recent ESPN chat, Keith Law saw Nieuwenhuis as a 4th outfielder – a very good one mind you – but a 4th outfielder nonetheless. Once Beltran is traded we may get a look at him.
New Hampshire 7, Binghamton 2
Sigh. There is only one real story here. Jordanny Valdespin went 1 for 3 to raise his average to .270. Oh, and Brad Holt is pitching himself into oblivion. Here’s the line: 4 IP, 5 runs, 4 earned, 2 hits (great!) 8 walks (GAH!) 1 K, 4 wild pitches (). In the last 11 IP he has walked 18 and uncorked 6 wild pitches. We are officially concerned. Over the last three starts (which is now a trend) the walks have risen, and now he is having an Ankiel-ian meltdown in terms of wildness. Those great starts of April seem like a looong time ago
Tampa 6, St. Lucie 4
A mini subway series in Florida last night. This Angel Pagan kid went 0 for 5. Meanwhile Matt den Dekker continues to make a bid for AA. He went 3 for 5 with an RBI double. His OBP is .366, so that may be what is slowing up a promotion. Also of note, Collin McHugh. He gave up 3 runs in 3.2 innings, but he did strike out 9. Sure, he got smacked around (7 hits) but of the 11 guys he retired, 9 came on K’s.
Charleston 4, Savannah 3 (12 innings)
Another mini subway series, and this one went for a while. The story here is Robbie Shields. The 3rd round pick out of Florida Southern in the 2009 draft, Shields had Tommy John surgery shortly after making his pro debut. After missing most of last year, he is working his way back to prospect status with Savannah. Last night he was 2 for 5 with a walk, double, and RBI. He’s at .284 now after a slow start, thanks in part to a nine game hitting streak, over which he has hit .447. He’s a little old for Low A, and he has been DH-ing a lot (still hate that rule), so getting a proper read on if/when he will go to St. Lucie or stay at short remains to be seen