Harrison Bader getting plunked was the biggest story on the farm, but Palm Beach put on an unexpected power display and the system went 3-1.
- Harrison Bader (CF): 0-2, K
- Michael Pritchard (LF): 2-4, R, 2B
Palm Beach is the walkingest team in the Florda State League, they lead the league in team walks and they also have three players in the top 10 in BB%, Caseys Turgeon and Grayson and league-leader Michael Pritchard. Palm Beach is also dead last in team homers. So tonight they tried it the other way around and put two balls over the wall and went walkless.
(CF): 1-4, K
- Edmundo Sosa (SS): 0-4, 2 K
- Eliezer Alvarez (2B): 1-4, R, 3B
- Brian O'Keefe (C): 2-4, 2 R, 3B, RBI
- Chris Chinea (DH): 2-4, R, 2 RBI
- Junior Fernandez (SP): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
Chris Chinea isn't exactly young for the Midwest League, but he was just drafted last year, and he has hit well in both the NY-Penn League and now in A ball. He hasn't shown a lot of power or patience at this level, although the Midwest League isn't a great hitting environment, so right now his high average is propping up his whole line. He could be a very interesting bat as a catcher, but he has only caught one game since May 2nd, so it looks like the plan is to move him out from behind the plate. His offensive profile doesn't look like it is the greatest fit for 1B/DH, but we will see how the bat plays in a more forgiving park and league...Junior Fernandez is holding his own as a 19 year old in full-season ball, but as you would expect his command can elude him at times.
PB - Ian McKinney
PEO - Ryan Helsley