So in honor of the first minor league game of the year (even if it was an exhibition) all of the AA and AAA prospects are in the spotlight.
How we got here:
You will have to read Brad’s game recap to find out.
All velocities quoted are off of TV which is off of the LHV gun, which according to Eric Logenhagen of Crashburn Alley was slow compared to the gun Jesse Biddle had for the guys tracking pitches.
Brody Colvin: Looked good, snapped off some good looking curveballs. The fastest fastball I saw was 92 but he was throwing harder as the innings progressed. He had a good changeup that was kind of straight but looked good out of the hand. More importantly he looked in shape and the delivery looked good.
Ethan Martin: Fastball up to 93 and the slider looking good. Ran some deep counts. I couldn’t tell if he was throwing a slider or changeup at times (the ball was not breaking well in the cold). The Reading guys stood no chance of making good contact off of him though, a good start to the season.
Adam Morgan: Came out amped up hitting 93 on the first batter. Was outside the zone and got punished for it. Don’t read into it, he was doing a one inning relief stint in the cold.
Austin Wright: Looked good, didn’t get any velocity readings but looked fastball/breaking ball, but I could be wrong. Wasn’t throwing as hard as I expected.
Anthony Hewitt: This is the first of many times this season I will say how I think there is a 4th OF at least still in Hewitt, feel free to shut it down quick. The tools are still there. He hit a nice easy double off of Martin after laying off some pitches. He had a strong throw from RF on one hop to 3B to keep runners at first and second. Later he struck out, but made it first on a pass ball. He easily stole the base on a straight steal that was nowhere close.
However, Hewitt’s struggles can be summed up in his last AB. De Fratus was on the mound, he started Hewitt off with a fastball for a strike and then proceeded to get him to chase two sliders out of the zone for an easy strikeout. There is little riding on Hewitt this year but he has made small improvements each year and he could make his way to the major leagues eventually.
Everyone Else: Nothing new and exciting to take away, most guys look like they did last year or in Spring (Joseph gunned a guy down). Lots of small sample size things. The Reading team lacks big names but Colvin, Wright, and Biddle will be interesting to follow and in the field you have guys who have their prospect status in the balance (Colvin, Rupp, Valle, Hewitt, Duran, Collier)
Where do we go from here:
The real games begin and we get to see these guys in action. This is more a send off to spring and a hint at what is to come.
Enjoy the minor league season everyone!