9-13-22 – By Justin Verno – @JV_PITT on Twitter
A lot to go over as it all winds down, let’s get to it!
11-Mike Burrows -ON IL
16-Po-Yu Chen-NO STATS
20-Lonnie White Jr-NO STATS THIS WEEK-
A Few quick thoughts-
Call it a day..
The season is over for Bradenton and the Greensboro affiliates.
The Grasshoppers would have needed to sweep a doubleheader that was scheduled for Saturday to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, the games were rained out and with no scheduled make-up dates left, they officially finished on the outside looking in.
Altoona and Indy still have some schedule left here, but we are quickly running out of time for this year’s weekly updates.
Termarr Johnson was said to have an advanced approach going into the draft. Some said he was the best prep bat to come along in a while. It’s only 53 plate appearances in A ball, but the approach is easy to see so far(and yes, this is a really really small sample size). Walking 18.9% and striking out at a solid enough 24.5% clip has led to a strong .396 OBP. The approach passes the eye test as well. TJ is willing to take some close pitches .
Let’s not get carried away here–please realize this is a really small sample size, but here’s the catch: the average age of the players in A ball is 21 years and 4 months; TJ is 18.3. He’s 3 years younger than the competition. So even with a small sample size here we can allow ourselves to dream a little on the youngster.
Will the real Hudson Head please stand up…
Hudson finished the year on a bit of a down swing after an extremely hot streak that raised his batting average and peripherals 30-40 points on average. It’s no understatement to say this off-season will be HUGE to Hudson. He has a lot of work to do here. Shrinking the zone, pitch recognition, and more consistent contact.
If there’s a player in the system that could benefit from choking up, it’s Hudson. I know nobody chokes up anymore, but Head has the bat speed and power that would play if he choked up. I wonder if they have suggested this to him?
Endy, Endy, Endy!
Are we sure he’s even human? We can actually say this was his ‘down’ week in AA and he had an OPS of .979, (which is ridiculous)nobody in the system is more deserving of a late season cup of coffee than Endy…not even…
First off, a big congratulations to Luis Ortiz who got the call to the Bucs taxi squad on Monday. I have to believe he will be moved to the 25 man and given a start here. They had to add him to the 40 man for this move, so I’d be very surprised to see him not get the ball with this in mind.
At one point a few weeks ago things slowed down for Ortiz and he’s been on the move ever since. I’m not sure if it was mechanical or mental, but whatever it was it has worked. Over his last 7 starts he’s striking out 32% with an ERA of 3.08 a FIP of 3.08 and WHIP of 0.81 .
His velo is up, the slider is sliding, and the change up has played. In his last start he hit 100 on the regular, hitting 101 more than once. But the most impressive thing here? With his 86th pitch he tickled triple digits, 100 MPH. Ultimately the change up, his third pitch, will determine if he’s a starter or a bullpen arm. The change seems to look better every week, so I’m not betting against him.
If Cherington does move him to the 25 man and he gets a start do yourself a favor and clear your calendar, he’s extremely fun to watch!