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He is no Otto Velez, yet, but Otto Lopez went 4-4 on Friday, scoring three runs. All the runs by Otto came off the Somerset pitcher, Glenn Otto. It was some Otto on Otto violence. The Fisher Cats won that game. The Canadians won too with Canada's own Tanner Kirwer hitting a grand slam. The Bisons also won while Dunedin, this years lovable losers, lost despite home runs from Miguel Hiraldo and Orelvis Martinez.

Rochester 2 Buffalo 5

Somerset 3 New Hampshire 7

Spokane 2 Vancouver 8

Bradenton 8 Dunedin 4

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

The Bisons scored five runs on six hits and six walks. The big blow was a three run home run by Christian Colon. And it came on his 32nd birthday. Forrest Wall had a triple.

Jacob Waguespack had a decent start, 6.1 innings, two runs allowed on four hits.

The starting pitcher for Rochester was ex-Jay Sean Nolin. Nolin took the loss and has a 5.23 ERA.

As mentioned in the introduction Otto Lopez was 4-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. His batting average is up to .349. He still has a ways to go to catch Gabriel Moreno who went 2-4 to keep his BA at .500. Jordan Groshans had two hits, one a double. Austin Martin had one hit.

Maximo Castillo pitched five innings, one run allowed on five hits with four K's. He was followed by Brady Rodning who threw three innings. Rodning has now thrown nine innings in four appearances with a zero ERA, recording 11 K's. His WHIP allowed is 0.78. The 25 year old is a lefty thrower.

Tanner Kirwer was 3-4 with three runs scored and four RBI. He hit a grand slam in the eighth inning. Luis De Los Santos, Tanner Morris and Phil Clarke had two hits each.

Nick Fraze had an excellent start, six innings, two runs on four hits with six K's. Hagen Danner got the save with a perfect ninth.

Three pitchers gave up eight runs on seven hits and six walks. Winder Garcia started and gave up four runs thanks in part to two home runs. Nine of the ten outs by Adrian Hernandez came via the strikeout. But he walked four and conceded four runs.

Miguel Hiraldo and Orelvis Martinez each homered. Hiraldo also added a double.

Three Stars

Third Star - Christian Colon

Second Star - Tanner Kirwer

First Star - Otto Lopez


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tercet - Saturday, May 15 2021 @ 01:19 PM EDT (#398007) #
For those slightly puzzled by Austin Martin's slow start, Asa Lacy who was drafted before AM by the Royals is off to a very bad start as well.
4IP 1H 11B 9K 11.25ERA
hypobole - Saturday, May 15 2021 @ 02:18 PM EDT (#398008) #
I'm a bit disappointed, but the slow start was not totally unexpected. The second half of the season will be more telling.

Martin just turned 22 about a month ago. Groshans not for another 6 months. The pitching staffs they've faced both average 24.9 yrs. For context, the average batter in their league is about 6 months younger than the average pitcher.

As an aside, NH batters are the youngest in the 10 team league and pitchers 2nd youngest. Remember in days gone by, posters complaining about lack of aggression in promotions. Not hearing that now that the FO are tossing the kids into the deep end.

scottt - Saturday, May 15 2021 @ 02:40 PM EDT (#398009) #
Moreno played in the Winter league.
Lopez played in the Winter league in 2019. He was the younger player on his team and hit .289. 
hypobole - Saturday, May 15 2021 @ 03:01 PM EDT (#398010) #
Lopez played this year as well, on the same team Vlad did IIRC, although he left right around the time Vlad arrived. Luciano, Dany Jimenez and Maximo Castillo also played this past offseason.
John Northey - Saturday, May 15 2021 @ 03:55 PM EDT (#398012) #
The draft is a crapshoot in many respects. Garrett Crochet is the first from the 2020 draft to reach - 15 games for the White Sox so far (11th overall pick) 0.54 ERA. Nice. Spencer Torkelson was #1 overall hitting 156/349/188, the O's took Heston Kjerstad who has yet to play any pro ball, 3rd was Max Meyer for Miami (5.00 ERA in 2 starts in AA, 9 IP 9 H 3 BB 7 SO), 4th Asa Lacy for KC - in A+ 11.25 ERA in 2 starts (4 IP 1 H 11 BB 9 SO). 6th was Emerson Hancock for Seattle A+ (1.93 ERA in 2 starts, 4 2/3 IP 3 H 2 BB 7 SO). Nick Gonzales was #7 (some thought the Jays would take him) 382/432/735 in 9 games in A+ for Pittsburg. Zac Veen was 9th (some thought the Jays might take him ) A ball 161/341/226 in 9 games.

So right now the 2020 draft class is off to a slow start outside of Hancock and Crochet (can't get quicker than in the majors already - never played a game in the minors, had 5 games in the majors in 2020).
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