Yesterday was Big Project Saturday at the UTR Compounds, though Marc decided to play the “outside contractor” and preformed his work at a satellite location. For me, I had a list of things to do since my retirement…but the weather hasn’t cooperated, in that I needed consecutive days of dry weather in the forecast to knock-out parts of that list. Well, we are getting it…and I took full advantage of it yesterday. So, I apologize for the lateness in my post yesterday. It pains me when this happens, as I know we have loyal following and we try, ever so hard, to be consistent.
Thanks to the performances at the LoA level last night, I can reward our followers with some extras. Its not very often when I scroll through the boxscores where two of my 2016 “Ones to Watch” are matched-up. It occurred last night in the South Atlantic League between the Hickory Crawdads (Texas) and Greensboro Grasshoppers (Miami). And it didn’t disappoint…turning into a pitchers duel between Pedro Payano and Chris Paddack. For some of you that have both stashed in your rosters, this gives you some bragging rights in the future of your team. Payano went 6 innings, 6 hits, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, while Paddack (5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) has been on fire. He now hasn’t allowed a hit in 15.1 innings and has only allowed 3 baserunners during that time. Over the last 6 starts, he has posted a 0.95 ERA and 0.39 WHIP.
Thanks to Jose Taveras setting the Lakewood BlueClaws franchise-record with 15 K’s last night, neither Payano or Paddack will be receiving the best performance mention. They wont even get a shot at the “Radar Blip” (though being OTW’s makes them strong on the radar)…..as you will see when you scroll to the bottom for another huge night by a kid that’s trying to supplant a 2016 OTW for the Indians….maybe next years?
RHP Alfredo Colorado (DSL Rockies – Colorado) 20 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 2.84 ERA, Win 2-1Gulf Coast League
RHP Jorge Alcala (GCL Astros – Houston) 20 years old
5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, Win 1-0Arizona League No UTR Pitcher Qualified for MentionAppy League
RHP Ricardo Castro (Greeneville – Houston) 20 years old
5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Castro has been racking-up frequent flyer miles. Not sure if he was rehabbing from an injury, as he made his first appearance on May 22nd at LoA Quad Cities. He was sent back to extended Spring Training before appearing again on June 20th with the Tri-City ValleyCats in the NY-Penn League and now with Greeneville.
Pioneer LeagueNo UTR Pitcher Qualified for MentionShort-Season League
LHP Jose Paulino (Northwest League Eugene – Chicago Cubs) 21 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 KLoA
RHP Jose Taveras (LoA Lakewood – Philadelphia) 22 years old
8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 15 KTOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
Top Relief Pitcher Performance
RHP Kenny Oakley (Pioneer League Grand Junction – Colorado) 22 years old
2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, SaveRADAR BLIP
RHP Matt Esparza (LoA Lake County – Cleveland) 21 years old
7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K, 3.36 ERA, Win 7-3TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
The 14th round pick from 2015 is making the early case to be named 2017 “One to Watch” for the Indians, as he whiffed 12 last night in setting a career-high. This is second double-digit K outing over the last 5 starts and he’s holding his overall K9 rate (10.3) close to what he posted in 2015 (11.3). Prior to the All-Star break, Esparza has gone 2-1, with a 2.38 ERA in 22.2 innings allowing 15 hits, 6 earned runs, 6 walks, and 26 strikeouts.