Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October 23 - Surprise @ Salt River

Forgot my notes at the office, but here is a brief report on the game last night between the Saguaros and Rafters, which the Saguaros won 5-4 in 10 innings.

2B Kolten Wong (Cardinals) - Wong once again had a multi-hit game going 3-5 for 3 RBI, upping his average to .385.  He continues to show good average ability, but hasn't quite changed my opinion of him yet and still think he is more of a .280-.290 hitter with 10-12 homers.

OF Brian Goodwin (Nationals) - Goodwin made a mental mistake in this game by getting picked off 1st base a trail runner in the bottom of the 9th.  But, that is the only mistake I have seen him make in 3 looks at him.  He homered again last night and continued to work quality at bats and showed ability to barrel the ball.  Still a big fan of him.

1B Matt Skole (Nationals) - Skole hit a moonshot 2-run HR to right field and showed above avg bat speed.  I am not sure if he is an everyday player, but he is a big leaguer for me, likely as a positionally flexible player who can play each of the 4 corners.

RHP Seth Blair (Cardinals) - I was amazed that this was the same pitcher that was the Arizona State ace.  He has appeared to have lost a lot of weight and features a closer to high effort delivery.  His overall stuff was different as well, as he featured a plus FB at 93-95 w/ gd life and paired it with a power CB at 83-87 and what appeared to be an occasional CH at 87-88.  It doesn't look like a starter delivery, but it can have an impact in the middle to back-end of the bullpen.  Intriguing stuff and will be excited to take another look again.

RHP Ryan Perry (Nationals) - The former stalwart of the Tigers pen, he is in the AFL to work as a starter and fired 4 perfect innings and didn't give up much.  He featured a FB up to 97 and paired it with a slurve (after awhile, I changed my charted pitch from SL to CB) that flashed avg.  He also used a cutter at 91 on occasion and a CH in the mid 80's.  I think it is still a reliever, but he showed feel for throwing quality strikes.

RHP Evan Marshall (Diamondbacks) - My first look at Marshall since his days at Kansas State, he featured a sinker that bored in on righties at 92-94 and threw one splitter at 85.  The sinker is impressive and look forward to seeing his SL in later outings.

RHP Eric Smith (Diamondbacks) - Smith was a former starter who has moved to the pen and shows an above avg pitch in his sinker at 92-94.  While he lacks the hard bore of Marshall, he features a little more sink and loves to pitch in.  He is still refining his other pitches, as his SL was more of a 1 plane breaker.

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