- Nice bounce back outing from the 3rd round pick (2017) out of Auburn University. The former ace of the Tiger staff is handling the jump to HiA well, especially after seeing only 19 innings at Short-Season Eugene in 2017. After allowing five earned runs during his previous start, the 6′ 0″- 193 lb right-hander threw a one-hit shutout over six innings last evening.
- Javier was on my International Watch list prior to the 2016 season. That season, the 6′ 1″- 170 lb righty made his United States debut gliding across three rookie levels. He logged a 2.29 ERA in 13 appearances (6 starts) along with 66 K’s in 51 innings. Over his last four starts, the Dominican Republic native has spun a 0.95 ERA with 35 strikeouts and only 2 walks in 19 innings, including a career-high 10 K’s on May 16th. The Astros allowed Javier to spend a month with HiA Buies Creek to begin the 2017 (where he impressed in two relief appearances) before being sent to short-season Tri-City in mid-June to begin the short-season league.
LoA Mentions – Starters RHP Ryan Lillie (LoA Greensboro – Miami) 22 years old 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2.66 ERA, Win 3-1 LHP Orlando Razo Orlando(LoA Clinton – Seattle) 23 years old 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0.00 ERA, Win 1-0
First start of the 2018 seasonLHP Anthony Kay (LoA Columbia – New York Mets) 23 years old 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2.31 ERA, Win 2-2
- The Mets 1st round selection in 2016 is getting his first pro action since under-going Tommy John shortly after getting drafted. He had a rough stretch in late April/early May, but has only allowed one earned run over his last 2 starts (12 innings).
- Sotillet twirls another gem after getting the Top Performance nod on May 21st and was a Two-Start Treasure from May 15th to May 21st. The Venezulean righty has been impressing since coming out the Dominican Summer League, where he was the 2016 DSL Pitcher of the Year and was rostered as my UTR Organizational All-Star that season.
HiA Mentions – Starters RHP Blake Bivens (HiA Charlotte – Tampa Bay) 22 years old 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA, Win 1-0
- Bivens getting stretched out after missing 3 months last season due to arm fatigue. Last nights rain shorten affair saw Biven’s go five innings, his longest outing since mid-May 2017.
- 2017 3rd round pick gets his first HiA win after his promotion from LoA Lexington on May 2oth.
National League – Relief RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (HiA Lake Elsinore – San Diego) 23 years old 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 5.33 ERA, Win 3-1 American League – Relief RHP Jose Disla (LoA Bowling Green – Tampa Bay) 22 years old 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2.92 ERA, Save (1)