Sunday’s game between the Threshers and Cardinals featured two young pitching prospects. Aaron Nola will soon be one our highly ranked prospects and Nick Petree is the 20th prospect in the Cardinals’ system as ranked by MLB. Petree was a 9th round pick in the 2013 First Year Player Draft. He posted an 8-1 record and 1.62 ERA in rookie ball last year. He posted a 2-0 record and 1.29 ERA in A ball this year before being promoted to Palm Beach. So far in the FSL, he is 4-2 with a 1.72 ERA. Five weeks ago, the Threshers scored 4 runs in 4.1 innings against Petree. This was his first start since coming off the 7-Day DL.
Today was Nola’s 4th appearance. He rebounded with 2 nice outings after his FSL debut in Lakeland. He last threw Monday in relief of Cliff Lee in a game suspended the day before. He threw 5 scoreless innings of 1-hit ball. He hadn’t allowed a walk since his debut and had struck out 8 in those 9 innings.
Today, Nola was a little more human. He breezed through the top of the 1st inning, striking out the game’s first batter, Cards #10 prospect Charlie Tilson. His fastball was mostly at 91 mph, but peaked at 93 and “vallied” at 89 during the inning. He gave up a home run on a 90 mph fastball to Luke Voit to lead off the 2nd inning. Nola gave up 2 harmless singles through the end of the 2nd and 3rd innings.
Nola gave up a lead off triple to start the 4th inning. He pitched the next batter, Voit, carefully but left an 89 mph fastball over the plate that ended up in the left field berm. Nola gave up a bunt single to Tilson with 2 out in the 5th inning. Nola fielded the ball quickly and threw accurately to first, but the speedy Tilson beat the throw. Nola completed his outing with his second strike out.
Nola’s line was –
5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 4 XBH: 2 HR, 3B, 2B
He threw 57 pitches, 39 for strikes.
His FB velo was 89-91 and trended toward 89-90 over the last 3 innings. He hit 93 and 92 once each during the 1st inning.
His curve ball didn’t seem to have the break that it had the last time I saw him on July 1st.
Jordan Guth pitched well over the next 3 innings. He allowed 2-outs walks in the 6th and 7th innings, but pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning and recorded 1 strike out.
Rocket Arm Ridenhour pitched a clean 9th inning.
Meanwhile, Petree scattered 4 hits through 7 innings. He walked 1 and struck out seven. The only Threshers’ run came on a pop up that the second baseman lost in the sun. It dropped behind him about 3 feet on the outfield grass. To his credit, Art Charles hustled out of the box and had taken a wide turn around first. When the ball dropped he was at full speed and was able to reach second base. He tagged and advanced to third on a fly ball to right centerfield. He scored on a wild pitch.
Miscellaneous facts/observations –
Joel Fisher started behind the plate and went 0-3 with a strike out.
Chris Serritella went 0-3 with 3 strike outs.
Roman Quinn was 0-4 with 2 strike outs and 2 infield ground balls.
Art Charles went 3-3 with 2 singles, a double and a run scored.
Angelo Mora returned to the line up after being hit by a pitched ball a couple games ago, and went 0-3 with a strike out.
- Nola struck out 2 batters, the first and last batters he faced.
- Nola has now pitched 14 innings with out walking a batter since his debut.
Not only are the Threshers’ missing Crawford this weekend, but hot hitting Brian Pointer seems to have been among 5 players suspended for an on field incident at Brevard County last Monday. Five players were ejected after Roman Quinn’s at bat and before the conclusion of J.P. Crawford’s at bat. Pointer and Corey Bass were ejected from the game.
The FSL issued a release that the Manatees had 3 players suspended – Orlando Arcia, Jose Sermo, and Mark Williams (the pitcher at the time) for violating the league’s On-Field Behavior Policy. The three were cited as instigators in the incident and were handed the following suspensions – Arcia one game, effective on Saturday, July 12, Williams and Sermo three games, each. Williams’ suspension begins Saturday, July 12, while Sermo’s begins on Sunday, July 13. Players serving suspensions from the FSL are required to leave the field before the game starts and may not be in the dugout or press box during the game. They must also change into civilian clothes and either leave the ballpark or take a seat in the grandstand well removed from the vicinity of their team’s bench or bullpen.
I couldn’t find a similar release regarding Pointer and Bass, but neither were in uniform today, Pointer wasn’t in the line up yeaterday, catcher Joel Fisher was called up from the GCL on July 11th, and I’m pretty sure that I saw Bass and Pointer in civvies in the top rows of the stands behind home plate.
Crawford just fisted a single into centerfield in the Future’s Game.
Monday, Cliff Lee at 7:00PM.