Editor’s Note: Please welcome Nick, who will be helping out with DFR’s this season.-CE
This is my first piece on Viva El Birdos. I’ve lurked around this site for years without posting or contributing to the discussion. Now, I’m here ready to get my feet wet as a writer. I’ve spent the last several years climbing the ranks of professional baseball as an intern for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, and Atlanta Braves. I hope to really get to know the community and participate in some lively debate. Anyway...on to the DFR.
- Last year’s 3rd round pick, Zac Gallen, pitched six shutout innings, allowing five hits, striking out nine, and zero walks. Impressively, he totaled 63 strikes in 86 pitches. I imagine he will be in Springfield before too long.
- Cuban signee Randy Arozarena went 3-5 with a double, a RBI, and a run scored. His average sits at .221.
- Darren Seferina went 3-5 with a double, a RBI, and 2 runs scored.
- Casey Turgeon plated two runs. One on a single in the first inning, the other on a sacrifice fly in the second.
- Luke Dykstra, who was acquired in the Jaime Garcia trade, had two singles in four AB’s. He’s a gamer just like his dad, Lenny, and he’s hit nearly everywhere he’s played up to this point. No reason to be concerned...yet.
- Peoria could only muster 4 hits (all singles) by J.R. Davis, Andrew Knizner, Andy Young, and Brian O’Keefe.
- Bryce Denton and Dylan Carlson were both hitless. Both of them are scuffling after relatively aggressive promotions by the Cardinals’ front-office.
- Tyler Lyons, making the rehab start, pitched 2.2, allowing 4 hits, 2 runs, and he struck out 1.
- Ian Oxnevad was fantastic in relief. He pitched 5 innings, gave up 1 run, and he struck out 4.
Both Memphis and Springfield had the day off. Here are Thursday’s probables:
Memphis: Arturo Reyes
Springfield: Jack Flaherty
Palm Beach: Derian Gonzalez
Peoria: Steven Farinaro