I arrived at the Carpenter Complex expecting to watch Filiberto Sanchez pitch for the Williamsport group. I arrived early and was excited to see Roman Quinn come out of the club house in uniform. He was carrying both a bat and glove. He began stretching out with the GCL group, so I was beginning to change my plans. Then I saw Ethan Martin long tossing in the outfield, getting loose for some innings. That clinched it; I was watching the GCL group today.
When the team took the field, Quinn took his position at short. Martin walked to the mound. Martin only pitched one inning. He gave up a ground rule double on a 1-1 pitch. He retired the next three batters on a ground ball to second, a strike out, and a fly ball to right. He threw 18 pitches, 12 for strikes. He threw first pitch strikes to three of the four batters he faced. He seemed to have control of his pitches and was able to keep most of his pitches down. He ran one full count. He recorded his strike on a 1-2 breaking pitch that froze the batter. I don’t know how fast he was, but he sure looked good out there.
Quinn batted second in the order. He batted from the left side today since the Yankees’ starter threw right handed. In his first at bat, he struck out swinging on a 1-2 pitch. On the field, he only had one chance. He ranged well to his left to field a ground ball, but threw wide to first. He was inserted into the line up to lead off in the third and grounded out on the first pitch to a shortstop who was shaded next to the second base bag. He ran well down the line. He was replaced after this at bat having played just three innings. It was good to see him on the field again.
I was able to catch about three innings of the Williamsport game. Sanchez looked good the innings I was there. He has been working on a change up to complement his fast ball. The Yankee batters I saw had difficulty squaring up his offerings. He pitched 4.2 innings gave up 3 hits and 2 runs with no walks and one strike out. He was in control in the fifth, sp I assume he was lifted due to pitch count. I didn’t see any of the hits, but was told that two occurred in the first inning when the Yankees scored a tainted run. After Trey Williams dropped a pop up in foul territory, the batter laced a ball between Mitch Walding and third base. Later, a runner at third was picked off but the fielder dropped the throw. In a later inning, Sanchez later gave up a wind-aided home run that barely cleared the fence.
Venn Biter was also in the GCL line up playing in the outfield. He struck out swinging in the only at bat I saw.