Good week down on the farm. That said, there were a few canceled postponed games, leaving me wanting more. Let’s get to it!
1-Henry Davis-No Stats this week
2-Temarr Johnson-super small sample size alert
18- Hudson Head
20-Lonnie White Jr-NO STATS THIS WEEK-
A Few quick thoughts-
Lookin for some hot stuff-
It’s no exaggeration that the system got off to a relatively slow start, right? I think we can all agree on that, and that doesn’t mean to a man, as there were some guys that were fine. But the system as a whole, well it wasn’t the best case situation. Man, has that changed. I’ve had a lot of red up there the last few weeks and this week is no different. I can honestly say that since I’ve started writing the weekly updates this may be the most positive one I’ve gotten to write about. 10.5 guys on the list had a good week(the .5 is for Bubba Chandler). Good stuff that could leave a good taste in our collective mouths should the fellas keep it up!
Ji-hwan Bae is back and he didn’t miss a step. I just don’t know what the hold up is getting Bae to the Burgh? What else does the guy need to do and does he realistically NEED to do it in AAA? I’m not one for conspiracy theories, but could Bae be on the block? It’s all I got at this point that could make sense to him still being in the minors.
And while I’m at it, how is Swaggerty not in the Burgh? Is it really vital for Josh VanMeter or Greg Allen to be getting the extended look they are getting at the expense of Swags and Bae? Sorry to get off point here, but what are we doing with this? Anyway, let’s get back on point.
A duece of Aces?
Watching Solometo and Chandler deal has been a blast, next week the training wheels come off and they both get their own starts. The piggy backing is over, at least for now. While both have shown that they are raw, neither has disappointed in showcasing their stuff. Keep an eye on these kids. The sky is the limit. (Keep in mind that little headline is for fun, we have a long way to go before either is an ace)
I think he gets it…
Mike Burrows keeps getting better. And don’t just look at the AAA year to date stat line look past his 4th start in AAA. His ERA drops to 2.47 and the K rate is a solid 23.9%. While he hasn’t been dominant he’s been really good and I have to think he gets a start or 2 in the majors as the year closes out.
I will turn this car around…
Prospects are human, I know we don’t want them to be but they are. What we all want is to see them get better everyday at every level, we want to think that the really good prospects exceed day one at every level. But it’s just not how it works. Prospects do not develop on a linear. They have ups and downs. They have good years and bad years. And sometimes, more often really, they have to figure it out, things have to slow down before they really start to pop.
With this in mind I present Nick Gonzales, Luis Ortiz and Hudson Head. The early struggles for Head and Gonzo are well documented and often discussed by many a Bucco fan and insiders alike. As for Otiz?
While Luis Ortiz is a well regarded prospect he isn’t a household name. I’ve touched on Ortiz’s kicking it into gear before, Those good 3 outings have turned into 4 straight good outings(ERA 2.74 FIP 2.93). Ortiz could have a devastating FB-SL combo that just hasn’t been as good as we had hoped, could we be witnessing a prospect finally “getting it”? This is what this is all about!
I recently wrote about Hudson Heads turnaround as well, his numbers were down last week, so seeing him turn right around and smack the ball around this week hit the spot. Is the game “slowing down” for him?
And last but not least, Gonzo. And unsurprisingly I’ve touched on Gonzo getting it going as well. So why bring it back up? Because since he got it going he hasn’t left off the gas, and that despite missing a good chunk of time in between. Coming off a .438/.528/.625 with an OPS of 1.151 is always worth a mention!
So yeah, I am really hoping for a lot of this as the season winds down!