Two games in two days–made it to Reading today (with family, so I missed the start and end of the game). I was interested in watching Harold Garcia and Cody Overbeck as position players (Galvis got the night off) and seeing Drew Naylor throw.
Naylor’s outing was not pretty, the second consecutive time I’ve seen a Phils’ minor league starter get lit up. Naylor’s FB hovered around 86, and he threw a 79 mph slider and a 69-70 mph slow curve. The curve was his only effective pitch. Erie tattooed his FB, even when he was pitching ahead in the count, and managed to punch a lot of his sliders into the OF for base hits. None of the relievers who pitched while I was at the game was interesting, as I left before DeFratus came in.
Garcia had one at bat where you could see a lot of potential–got behind 1-2, took two close pitches then roped a single in the hole. He got jammed in the other AB I saw. He was most interesting to me in the field–I had seen him in spring training a couple years ago and he looked awkward in the IF–today he looked like the smoothest fielder in the game. Very well balanced, nice throwing motion, very soft hands. I can see why he’s been earning praise for his defense.
Overbeck really hit the ball hard the first time at bat, but right at the CF. He was completely overmatched by high FBs in the other two ABs I saw, chasing them above his waist and not making contact. The Erie lefty was only throwing 88/89, so it wasn’t a matter of superior stuff.
Brandon Douglas, the Tigers’ 2B prospect (Erie is a Tigers’ farm team), looked like the real deal. He’s hitting .378 in AA this year, and his day at the plate (only a HR short of the cycle) made him look completely legit. None of the Erie pitchers was anything special. While I was there, not one pitch by either team topped 90 mph (I assume DeFratus broke this trend).