March 27, 2013
My twittered observations during the week in Surprise (March 18-23), from newest to oldest:
(Kevin Pucetas) Knocked around a little. Change decent, 74-81 slurve came and went. FB only 85-86.
Deglan has already spent 2 full years at Hickory. Alfaro just one, and was hurt for almost two months. He will be in Myrtle soon.
Don't fret if Jorge Alfaro starts the season in Hickory. He could, if only for a little while.
Excitement! Offseason signing 3B Marquez Smith blasts a 3-run homer in the 9th for a 5-4 AAA victory over the Pale Hose.
Errors on consecutive pitches by SS Hanser Alberto, 3 in 2 innings. All glove.
2 swinging Ks on 81 MPH corkscrewy sliders from lefty Jimmy Reyes.
Fontster 89-97 on a player's gun pointed at catcher's feet half the time. Anyway, consistently eye-high early then settled. 2 bb, 1 K.
Frasor gave up a homer to White Sock Michael Blake in his inning with AA group. Just left of center, 410 or so.
Texas AA/AAA rosters for today. Lo/Hi-A missing many big names -- Gallo, Brinson, Mazara, Williams, Beras.
Alfaro went yard, I missed it because I fail at life. N Williams tripled off base of center (400), Brinson lashed single to left.
Kirkman 4 R 4 IP. Didn't see much, did see 3 pure curves in span of 4 pitches(!). Being stretched out because... yeah, I dunno.
Sensory overload time: 4 simultaneous minor league games on the KC side.
Remember Carlos Melo? Sure you do. 92-95 with movement and low in zone vs some Canadian all stars. Damn tease.
Slidery 4th for Tepesch: 12 of 21 pitches (83-86) including 8 of last 10. And more bad D. At least 1, up to 3 of 8 hits should've been outs.
Some iffy D behind him, but 2 walks and 4 medium-to-very hard hit balls off Tepesch in 11 batters faced. Also 3 Ks.
Texas farm hurler Zach Brill in uniform in office lobby chair reading Nietzsche. #showoff In English #slack
Playing with AA squad, UTA alum OF Preston Beck waits on a (fat) curve with 1 on, 2 out, 2 strikes in 9th and line-singles home tying run.
Teammates calling Odor "Odie" and "Odie Bear (?)" because he needs more nicknames.
Homer pulled down line for Rougned or whatever his spell-corrected name becomes. #roughed #roofie #rhubarb
Neil Ramirez has (most of) of velo back and pitching with confidence. Control a bit wiggly but still encouraging.
Texas 1B Ronald Guzman out here on crutches. Surgery for torn meniscus last Friday. Out 6-8 weeks more or less.
Seattle dugout talking Cory Burns: He hides his change really well. #eavesdropping
Jake Skole reached on bloop RBI single , then picked off 1st by catcher after Sardinas swung thru bunt. Solid double by R Bolinger.
CF Zach Cone looking fastball on a 2-2 count and got one but swung through it.
Roughed Odor with a wind-aided sun-aided sleeping cutoff man-aided triple to left in AA game.
Okay, all players in my hotel go to bed so I can stream Hulu cleanly. I have a headache and I'm older than you.
Gallo with another E. Ran in to field grounder but short hopped first.
CJ Edwards just froze a batter solid with a third strike curve. FB 91-93 sez @LoneStarDugout
Santo Perez is very tall and completely negates it with his low delivery. You could level your picture frames with his fastball.
OF Nick Williams tripled to center [actually an error] scoring Lewis Brinson who'd walked. Gallo with an E5 (glove). Williams has looked great.
Lisalverto Bonilla's 81-86 CH a killer (6 swinging strikes) but every FB (91-93) has different release point. Also 79 mph CB okay at times.
4-pitch walk for Engel Beltre. And now there's a delay because it's raining frogs.
Manny Pina's watching Jose Felix and thinking "dude you gotta take a pitch once in a while."
@lonestarball I understand -- just saying I wasn't seeing Ortiz as someone who'd help Texas in September. Didn't look as good as stats to me
Engel Beltre is a major league CF through and through. But ohhhh the plate approach #everybeltretweetever
Bulldog Ortiz throwing MLB-quality stuff tonight. And Kins made a stellar play at second. He's got about 0.6 preseason WAR tonight.
My first A game in three years and its Lowe instead of Yu. Have to make the best of it. *cries salty tears*
Jose Valdespina a messy rolled 7th. Up to 96, some good CH + CB later, zero control early. 15 of 28 for balls, and a WP.
Aussie OF Todd McDonald: very tall, very thin, very upright swing
Keone Kela mostly 93-96 with a sinking change. Very erratic in all respects but improving in 2nd inning.
Brinson went deep again. Gallo added one. I was watching the other field.
A hard slashed full oppo homer from @LewisBrinson. Curled around RF pole
OF Nomar Mazara has dispensed with the softball leg kick.
Luke Jackson 93-97 FB tending to run up. 83-86 "curve." Looks slidery but I'm told he's overgripping/throwing his curve.
First action; N Williams hard lined 2b to LCF, Mazara softer 2b to LF, Gallo grounded 1b to right. Hooray baseball.
Posted by Lucas at March 27, 2013 02:15 PM