Last night on the farm:Syracuse 8, Buffalo 2I was lucky enough to be in attendance at this game, and I’ll have more some first hand thoughts at the end of this post. Basically, Chris Schwinden had another mediocre outing, lasting only 4 innings and giving up 4 runs (2 earned). Mike O’Connor got his hard as well. Josh Satin and Fernando Martinez were both 1-4 with a double.Charlotte 3, St. Lucie 0Armando Rodriguez gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings, striking out 4. Just 5 hits of the Lucies, although Cory Vaughn did single, getting a hit for a second straight day, which is a sign that he’s coming out of his long slump.Charleston 5, Savannah 1Ryan Fraser pitched 5 shutout innings, scattering 6 hits and 2 walks, and striking out only 3. Michael Hebert got hit bad for 5 runs in the 7th, while the Gnats managed only 3 hits, singles by Alonzo Harris, Blake Forsythe, and Aderlin Rodriguez.Brooklyn 7, Staten Island 5The pitching wasn’t all that impressive, but the Cyclones bats won this one. Charley Thurber had 3 hits, including a double and 2 RBI’s. Javier Rodriguez and Travis Taijeron had 2 hits each.Kingsport 10, Burlington 5Hansel Robles got the win with 2 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Julio Concepcion was 3-5 with 2 doubles and an RBI; he’s hitting .326. Juan Carlos Gamboa, Lucas Stewart, and Dylan Brown all had 2 hits. Tant Shepherd doubled and drove in 2 runs.GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Mets 1Michael Fulmer (44th overall pick) made his professional debut, and well, he didn’t allow any hits. He got 2 outs, allowed 2 runs (1earned), struck out 1, and walked 3. John Gant (21st round pick) made his professional debut as well; he walked 2 and then gave up a 3-run homer, so hopefully he learned his lesson right off the bat: don’t walk people. Justin Schafer (34th round pick from last year who hit .306 between Kingsport and Brooklyn last year) made his season debut and went 2-4. Seven of the nine guys in the lineup got at least 1 hit, someone who didn’t was Chin-Lung Hu.A few musings from seeing the Bisons in person:-Chris Schwinden threw 88-91 mph, but he was very inconsistent with his location. Schwinden is a guy that needs to hit his spots to be successful, but if he can’t control his pitches consistently, he’s going to struggle. He doesn’t have put away stuff, so if he doesn’t have his control and get ahead early in the count, he’s going to struggle to put guys away, which is what happened last night, he gave up a lot of foul balls that caused his pitch count to rise fast (98 pitches in 4 innings). One thing I really liked about Schwinden is that he was not afraid to throw inside, which is something he’ll have to do for sure to get to the majors and have a chance for success. He’s not the best guy to be next in line for a major league start, but if he can improve his control, I can envision him being at the back end of someone’s rotation eating innings. His curveball is pretty good, and I think it could be useful in the majors, but he his changeup is far behind, he didn’t have much confidence in it, and it seemed to just be a show-me pitch.-He got hit hard, but it’s interesting to watching Mike O’Connor up close in person; the dude is all legs in his wind up.-Josh Satin is already batting 3rd in the Buffalo lineup. He was 1-4 with a strikeout. The 3 balls he put in play were all hit pretty hard and all traveled around 375 feet or so. He launched a double to left field in the first inning that bounced on the warning track. I know it’s early, but he can definitely hit AAA pitching. Unfortunately, he also committed an error at 2nd base on what could have been a double play; Chris Schwinden was not amused.-Zach Lutz was hitless. In the first inning he cranked a ball over the left field wall that just went foul, but other than that his timing seemed off soon after coming back from the disabled list. He did field a lot of fly balls at 3rd base while Schwinden was on the mound.-The reports of Fernando Martinez not moving around very well are true; he did not run well. I wasn’t expecting him to look like Carlos Beltran out there, but it wasn’t pretty watching him run. He can make the routine plays in the outfield, but if he has to run hard to make a tough play, I just don’t think he has the speed to get there. He still has a good arm in the outfield, which helped hold Nats speedster Roger Bernadina to a single on a ball that hit the wall (although Bernadina may have contributed by starting his homerun trot a little early). Whether he can run or not, I still love the bat, and he still has a nice swing. The double he hit might have been caught by a better outfield, but he did well to go the other way against a lefty. Also, his final at bat is in the box score as an out, but it was a 398-foot out, with Roger Bernadina catching the ball with his back literally up against the center field wall.-Finally, in case not everyone knows by now, Mike Nickeas is a real good defensive catcher.