The Weekly: Players Return from the IL and Some Roster News

Despite raindrops falling all over the midwest US, Cubs affiliates still got several games in this week. There was a not of lot of big-time news happening, though. It was just a week of players trying to improve and grind away.

The highlights of the week when it came to hitting involved the HR. The Cubs system does not have much power hitting, but this week, there seemed to be a lot more. Delvin Zinn, who had 1 career HR before Thursday, cracked two of them Thursday night. Kevonte Mitchell cracked them on back-to-back days.

Pitching, on the other hand, had a great week. Paul Richan, Colin Rea, Javier Assad, and Tyson Miller all had excellent starts and have begun moving ahead of the pack when it comes to being Pitcher of the Morning nth. All three likely have 2 starts each before June arrives.

There was one promotion this week. Pitcher Ryan Lawlor was moved from South Bend to Myrtle Beach. Good for him! The big lefty has been used mainly in relief for the Cubs but I would not be surprised to see him do some piggyback/long relief outings with the Pelicans’ Erich Uelmen, who is set to come back to Myrtle Beach very soon.

Roster News
Adbert Alzolay had a rehab start for Myrtle Beach early in the week and found himself at Des Moines by week’s end. Neither start went particularly well. But for Alzolay, this is pretty much his spring training for 2-3 more starts.

OF Jake Hannemann is also back in Iowa. Rule 5 pick Alexander Vargas, a pitcher, debuted for Myrtle Beach. His first outing was in relief and his second game saw him throw a 5 perfect innings. My guy, reliever Sean Barry, debuted for South Bend and has been excellent so far. And Erich Uelmen went 4 innings in EXST this week and he should be in Myrtle Beach very, very soon.

And last, but not least, 2B Gioskar Amaya returned to action after 2 years of injuries. He went 1-for-3 in his return to AA Tennessee. He is no longer catching, but is back in the infield.

And in a bit of sad news, Ryan Williams was released after struggling with shoulder issues the past 2.5 years.

Weekly Roundup
Iowa – (1-5; 25-17) – It was a tough week in Des Moines as the pitching and hitting went south in a hurry. The bright spots for the week were pitcher Colin Rea and IF Robel Garcia. Rea is starting to string together good start after good start. His ERA for the year is 2.91 but it is a measly 1.74 in 4 May starts. Garcia, at least offensively, has not slowed down since getting the bump to Des Moines.
Tennessee – (4-3; 21-21) – This team is a little bit Jekyll and a little bit Mr. Hyde. The hitting has plummeted in May with only Vimael Machin and Christian Donahue playing at an All-Star level. As for pitching, Tyson Miller, Cory Abbott, and Oscar de la Cruz keep humming along. The questions should begin to rise about if any of the three will get a shot at Iowa this this summer.
Myrtle Beach – (3-4; 15-28) – Alexander Vargas’ 5 inning no hit start on Friday might be the surprise performance of the year. Vargas is just 21 and was a Rule 5 pick this winter.
South Bend – (4-2; 23-17) – Look out for South Bend! They are playing very well and their bullpen is the unsung hero of this winning stretch with 5 of the 8 having ERAs of 0.00 this month.

Short Season Start Dates
Dominican Summer League – June 3
Eugene – June 14
Arizona Rookie League – June 17

Draft News
It is now just two weeks away. More and more mock drafts are coming out and the first round looks to be getting very crowded with college bats. Some of the high school hitters are falling out of the first at a very fast rate. As a result, the Cubs can get two quality hitters in the first two rounds. However, it looks as though Seth Johnson of Campbell, a pitcher I profiled for Cubs Insider, could be available at the end of the first round. An even more intriguing option might be 3B Kody Hoese of Tulane. I have a profile of him coming up soon over at Cubs Insider as well.

Coming up
On Monday ,I’m going to release a profile update on pitcher Javier Assad. The next day,  I’m going to revisit the draft grades from 2011 through 2017. As for the rest of the week, I will let it just roll out as I have no plans.

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Made from a pic by Dylan Heuer/Iowa Cubs

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The Weekly – Garcia Moves Up, Oscar Catches Fire, and Cole Improves Steadily

It’s been an interesting week in the minors. The most notable news item was the promotion of Robel Garcia to AAA Iowa from AA Tennessee. There was not a corresponding move for a middle infielder in the rest of the system. And there might not be until the middle of June. Nico is still on the injured list along with Zack Short. As a result, we get to see what Garcia can do and if he might be a guy in the short term who could help in Chicago. He went 3/4 on Friday night and 1/2 with 2 BBs on Saturday.

Pitchers Tommy Nance and Jake Stinnett also got their first action of the year. First at Myrtle Beach and then at Tennessee. As well, reliever Sean Barry debuted at South Bend on Thursday night with one scoreless inning and a save. And for Iowa, Jake Hannemann returned on Friday night.

On Wednesday’s Midweek Report, I wrote about some guys that were heating up. I can add a few more names to that list. Javier Assad of Myrtle Beach has thrown 14 straight scoreless innings and Faustino Carrera of South Bend is off to a great start in May. I got to see Faustino on Friday, May 3 in Clinton, Iowa. He can throw His fastball in the mid to upper 80s, but his curve and changeup are just outstanding. I can see why as the weather warms up those pitchers will succeed more than they would in the first couple weeks of April’s chill. And Oscar de la Cruz had a heck of a week for Tennessee – 11 IP, 1 Run, 12 Ks.

I remember a couple weeks ago I said to be patient with Cole Roederer’s progress. He’s now got a nice 10 game streak where he’s showing his hit tool and some patience at the plate as well. Considering that he’s just 19, I’m excited to see him really go at it in June. Why June? It just gets a little warmer and he’s just going to be more comfortable playing in that kind of heat. The chill of the north is not always kind to some warm weather kids in April.

In other good news, Jose Albertos was lights out in extended spring training on Friday. In two scoreless innings, he struck out the side in the first and got weak contact in the second. According to Arizona Phil, he threw 25 pitches, 18 of them were strikes!

19-year-old Luis Vazquez is filling in for Nico at AA Tennessee for a couple of weeks. Everyone knew that the youngster could handle the defensive part of position. But offensively, AA was thought to be way above his abilities. So far, though, he’s surprised everyone by holding his own by hitting .277. When Nico comes back, Luis will probably head back to Mesa, but he’s probably close to ready for a full time gig of his own at South Bend later this summer after the draft.

On Thursday, I posted an article about Cubs’ recent international free agent strategy. Later that day, MLB Pipeline released more footage of catcher Ronnier Quintero batting and it’s pretty impressive.

 A post about SS Kevin Made soon followed.

As for last year’s class, Richard Gallardo has been pitching in extended spring training as a 17-year-old. He’s going to stay in the United States this summer and play in the Arizona Rookie League. Arizona Phil of The Cub Reporter put out a mini scouting report in the comment section this week that is worth reading.

For a 17-year old he’s very polished and poised. If I didn’t know better I would think he was a D-1 college draft pick. High floor type pitcher. 91-93 MPH FB, solid CV, CH looks promising. Throws strikes. Stuff isn’t electric. Doesn’t get a lot of swings & misses. He’s probably not quite as much of a prospect as you would think he would be given his $1M signing bonus. I would call him (at best) a younger version of Paul Richan, or Javier Assad might be even a better comp. He’s a good prospect but he’s not elite. Because he is so polished at such a young age I would say he is one of the Cubs Top 10 pitching prospects, but he’s not one of the Top 5.

To counter what Phil has to say, consider this: Gallardo is essentially a junior in high school who is going to be playing professional baseball in the US. That’s a good 2-5 years before most young players begin their careers in the Arizona Rookie League. Give him time to grow physically and develop professionally. Remember…who he is now is not who he is going to be in 4-5 years.

The Roundup
Iowa (5-2; 24-12) – This team is clicking on all cylinders. The starting pitching is starting to come around and Trevor Clifton just continues to be lights out this year. Duane Underwood has not allowed an earned run this month.
Tennessee (2-5; 17-18) – All of a sudden, the offense went kaput. Hopefully, Nico will return this week from his bruise. Tyson Miller continues to shine along with Oscar.
Myrtle Beach (3-3; 12-24) – Things are improving after a dreadful start to the year. The offense is picking up a bit and the starting pitching has been excellent. The bullpen blew three late leads this week otherwise they would have been 6-0. Still, they are 5-5 in May , which is miles better than April. Alex Lange looks to have put a disastrous April behind him as he has a 2.21 ERA in 2 May starts. Luis Lugo is looking good as their new fifth starter.
South Bend (5-1; 19-15) – The hitters had 12 BBs on Friday night as a team. I really enjoy watching these kids grind out ABs every night and the starting pitching rotation is getting deeper as Derek Casey seems to have found a groove along with Carrera. Eury Ramos was outstanding in his start as well this week with 5 scoreless and 7 Ks. And in the bullpen, one pitcher has a 6.00 ERA for the month, the other 7 guys have 0.00…combined!

Coming Up next Week
On Monday, Tyson Miller of Tennessee gets an update while on Tuesday I have a draft profile. Here’s a nice reminder – THE MLB DRAFT IS JUST 3 WEEKS AWAY! That’s all I have planned for the week. Let’s just see where the action, news, and trends take us.

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The Weekly: 10 Day Splits, a Trip to Clinton, and Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

Evaluating a prospect in April is never easy. There are a lot of factors that go into the prospect’s performance that first month. Some of them have to do with Weather, some of them have to do with playing in a new affiliate, and some of them are just about adapting to a new level. And sometimes it takes a player a couple weeks to get going in a season.

The great thing about covering prospects is that you can evaluate their performance over several different increments of time. You can do it over a year, a half a season, a month, or even a 10 game split. For me, I use all of them at some point during the year to look at how the player is doing. Over the past few days, I’ve been looking at 10 games splits for guys who might be starting to turn it on.

One of the best stories of the season has been the maturation of shortstop Aramis Ademan in Myrtle Beach. Not only did he become a father, he also has been on a run the last half of April. During this stretch, he killed the baseball but also drew a lot of walks. At one point, his on base percentage was .560 for the stretch and he drove in 5 runs in one game.

Another player who is getting warm at the right time is South Bend’s Andy Weber. The young infielder’s average was buried below .200 and he went 10/21 a week ago and is closing in on .250. He also drove in 11 over 8 games of that stretch. I was able to sit down with him on Saturday for a bit and talk about his adjustments. A more full length interview will follow later in the week or early next week.

South Bend Pictures and Video
The last two nights I have gone over to Clinton, Iowa to see South Bend play. I have taken almost 400 pictures and I was going to go Sunday, but I have too much to do at home to go to the game today. But you can see some of the ones that I’ve taken on the Facebook account. Here is the link to the collection of albums and just click on the set for each day.

I also have some video on some BP, ABs, and pitching over on my YouTube channel. Last night, I came away extremely impressed with Riley Thompson. He went 5 innings, gave up 4, but only 1 run was earned as the defense struggled behind him. But Thompson struck out 8 on the night and most of the them were on some very ugly swings. He sat 93-94 on the fastball, sometimes topping out at 96. His curve looked unhittable at time.

Weekly Roundup
Iowa (5-2; 19-10) – They just keep rolling and last night they got a nice start from Duane Underwood. Also, Donnie Dewees did not get the player of the week, but he’s on a 10 game tear.
Tennessee (5-2; 15-13) – It looks like they got some life back in them, and no, Nico has not returned.
Myrtle Beach (2-5; 9-21) – They had a tough first half of the week, but Alex Lange had his best outing of the year with 7 Ks in 5 scoreless last night.
South Bend (3-4; 14-14) – I spent two days with them and there’s a lot of talen there that could be amazing if it fully develops.

Roster News
There was a lot of roster news this week. The Cubs signed minor league free-agent John Palmer Roy who was recently released by the Pirates. He is a big 23-year-old right hander who can throw in the mid-to-upper 90s. He had TJS and missed all of 2017. Upon his return in 2018, he had command issues. He was assigned to extend it spring training.

Oscar de la Cruz completed his suspension and was assigned to AA Tennessee. He was very good at Myrtle Beach in his rehab and I will have a full update on him tomorrow. Meanwhile, Jake Stinnett began his rehab at Myrtle Beach. DJ Wilson went on the seven day IL for the Pelicans and Zach Davis came off. In addition, hard throwing Tommy Nance moved out of extended spring training and will be working alongside Stinnett at Myrtle beach.

Draft News
MILB Pipeline changed their top 50 draft prospects into a top 100 this week. And guess who is penciled in at number 27? That’s right, third baseman Kody Hoese of Tulane who I penciled in as one of seven guys the Cubs could take over at Cubs Insider. It’s possible that he could continue to rise but there are still several names right there that the Cubs are going to get one of them. And based upon the depth of this year‘s draft, the Cubs are going to select two really good players in the first two rounds and possibly another really good one in the third round at number 103.

May Card Set
I’ve also began a new card set for the month of May. I have yet to go through and make cards of some of the pictures that I’ve taken at South Bend.

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Pic by MiLB.TV

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Affiliate Update – Iowa Cruising in First Place

Photo By Dylan Heuer

For several years now, the Iowa Cubs have more or less been a transient home for AAAA type players and a bed-and-breakfast stay for some of their own elite prospects. This year looks to be different as the roster contained mostly homegrown players to begin the year, especially in the starting rotation. But injuries and attrition have taken their toll and some of the more common AAAA guys are helping Iowa succeed. Manager Marty Pevey has been able to expertly handle the disparate collection of journeyman and prospects and turn them into a winning squad as they were Cubs Central’s team of the month for April.

The Surprises
Well, the surprises at Iowa all began when Ian Happ was assigned to AAA and Mark Zagunis made the big league club out of spring training. That assignment sent shockwaves through the system and created opportunities for other players. Add in an injury to SS Zack Short after the first week and next thing you know Dixon Machado was getting plenty of time to play shortstop Trent Giambrone has always been known for his approach but only has had a couple of walks all month long while hitting six dingers in April and one so far in May.

Infielder Dixon Machado has been the star for most of April. The former Tigers’ farmhand came out strong and wound up hitting .294 for the month with 14 RBI and and an amazing OBP of .455. His wRC+ was equally impressive at 139.

Outfielders Johnny Field and Donnie Dewees both made Cubs Central’s April All-Star team as their were the only other players to hit above .260 for the month that played an everyday basis. However, there were a lot of contributions across the board from Jim Adduci’s power to Francisco Arcia to Ian Happ at times.

As for the Pitching
Things didn’t quite turn out the way on the field as they did on paper. There are a lot of changes as to who was starting and who was relieving and that even flip-flopped at the end of the month. The Pacific Coast League is usually known as a hitter’s league and that held true even in the cold of April. Iowa’s starters kept their team in the game, but most of them had an ERA of over 4 except for Trevor Clifton, who had 4 short starts as he was being stretched out.

Instead,, It’s been the bullpen and its ever-changing personnel that seem to be holding the fort down. Whether it was James Norwood, Dakota Mekkes, Rowan Wick, or Matt Carasiti, there was always somebody to shut teams down for a couple of innings to seal the win.

As for me, I hope to see Zack Short return and now that Trevor Clifton is starting for awhile, I am not sure what’s going to happen. Some roster manipulations are going to be driven by the major league club, especially when it comes to the bullpen. I wonder just how much the longer the AAAA players are going to continue to get when it comes to playing time as some prospects arrive from Tennessee in early June.

And that’s the thing about Iowa this year, even though they are doing very well in games and in the standings, its main job is to develop players and provide depth for the big league club. When Nico Hoerner is ready to come to Iowa, who’s spot on the roster is he going to take? It’s a good question and one that is going to have to be answered in a month or two.

As for May, Adbert Alzolay is getting close to being ready to come back. He threw 3 innings on Thursday in Mesa and should be back after two more outings. I would expect to see him in an Iowa uniform by the 20th of May. That will be exciting as well.

The Friday Six Pack: Who Could Get Promoted Next?

In the next couple of weeks, the Cubs are going to make a small series of roster moves as they will promote just a few players. Usually in the first week in May, which is after a full month of baseball, they tend to promote a few guys up a level. Right now, I don’t for see anyone from Iowa heading to Chicago. As a result, player movement will be limited all the way from extended spring training up to Iowa. Here are six possible promotions we could see in the next couple of weeks.

From Extended Spring Training to South Bend
This could depend on when Fidel Mejia is ready to come back. If his wrist/hand injury has healed by early May he could be the only guy returning to fill a roster spot at that time. If Mejia is not ready, expect to see OF Edmond Americaan, the Cubs’ 35th round pick out of Chipola JC from last year make his single-A debut. 

From South Bend to Myrtle Beach
DJ Artis Exploded onto the scene in South Bend this spring showing maturity far beyond everyone else at South Bend. He could wind up as a Pelican and as a lead off hitter, something they could use.

From Myrtle Beach to Tennessee
I was a little perplexed he came back for part of a third year in the Carolina League, but Ryan Kellogg is showed his versatility in April. He’s did a spot start, he’s piggybacked, he’s was a long reliever, and a short one. I don’t think there’s much left for him to do and achieve at Myrtle Beach.

From Tennessee to Iowa
Craig Brooks did not allowed an earned run as he was dominant throughout the entire month of April. The problem with promoting him is that there’s not really a spot for him right now in Iowa. The same is true for the other guy that I would like to see promoted from Tennessee and that’s catcher PJ Higgins. Higgins has arguably been the most valuable prospect in the system for the month with his mix of power and defense as he’s put up a wRC+ of 171 so far. He’s earned a promotion, but when will he get it?

The biggest name out there to get a promotion is Robel Garcia. The 26-year-old is becoming a Friday staple as he is just impressing, impressing, and impressing everyone with his his play. He should be the Cubs hitter of the month as he was Cubs Central. Since last week’s post about his Phoenix-like rise, he has not slowed down. The issue for him is the same one that Brooks and Higgins face. There’s just no where to go.

The Cubs can make room, but who do you release or who do you demote?

Usually, promotion commotions work pitcher for pitcher, position guy for position guy. So if Garcia goes up, does that mean Aramis Ademan is going to be playing 2B alongside Nico at Tennessee? That could happen, too.

The next week should be intriguing to see if any promotions do take place. And if they do, which way the movement of players goes. However, I would not expect too much movement until the end of the first half in June, shortly after the draft. But for now, these prospects have earned a shot at the next level.

The Weekly – It Felt Like the First Week of the Season with Lots of Debuts

Ok, that was a quick month.

I’m finding it hard to believe that April only has a couple days left. On Wednesday, I go to Illinois History Day in Springfield for two days. Then, I return to school on Friday only to be followed that night by heading over to Clinton, Iowa to see South Bend play Clinton in a three-game set. I’ll be driving back-and-forth every day.

The big news in the minor leagues this week was that Iowa Cubs are currently in first place by a few games in the Pacific Coast League. In fact, the entire system is about .500. Although the minor leagues are about development, it’s always nice to win.

There were some big performances this week as Delvin Zinn of South Bend went 5/5 on Wednesday and both DJ Artis and Jared Young went 3/5 with 3 RBI one night apiece. On the pitching side of things, Duncan Robinson had a great 7 inning start last Sunday and Zach Hedges had a great five inning start Oscar de la Cruz also looked good in his second rehab start at Myrtle Beach. Faustino Carrera had his best start of the year as he went 6 IP with 6 Ks and he allowed just 1 run.

The biggest two performances of the week actually came in the RBI category. Jim Adduci of Iowa drove in seven, four of those courtesy of a grand slam. But the biggest run producer of the week was my guy Andy Weber of South Bend. He drove in 10 runs on the week and he also went 7-f-r 19 and saw his average jump almost 50 points. This is more in line with the Andy Weber that I know from Virginia and Eugene.

As a result of yesterday’s snowstorms, both Iowa and South Bend will play double dips today.

In the News
Baseball America released their latest draft list, a top 400, and slotted in at #27 was none other than Jack Leiter who I profiled a couple of weeks ago in the high school pitchers report.

Brennen Davis got a lot of praise in this article by Bill Mitchell from Baseball America.

Meanwhile, Down in Mesa…
Richard Gallardo made his extended spring training debut in an actual game this week. At 17-years-old, Gallardo is the Cubs #1 international free agent whom they signed last summer. Here is what Arizona Phil of The Cub Reporter had to say:

17-year old RHP Richard Gallardo (2018-19 IFA – Venezuela – $1M signing bonus) made his professional game debut for the Cubs, getting the start and working 1.1 IP. He allowed two runs on two hits (both singles), issued no walks, and struck out two (one swinging and one looking). He also uncorked a WP. As was the case in his “live” BP session last week, Gallardo mixed a 91-93 MPH FB with a slow CV and had excellent command of both pitches (he threw 75% strikes).    

Other than the wild pitch, everything looks very positive especially throwing 75% strikes.

Also, Erich Uelmen made his EXST debut after missing the first month of the season. He threw three innings and allowed just 1 hit. When he is stretched out a bit, he will head to Myrtle Beach.

The Cubs also have 6 weeks left before the 2018-2019 International Free Agent signing deadline ends. With almost $350,000 left in their pool, they Cubs could add a decent player, most likely from Cuba. To date, the Cubs have signed 8 pitchers, 4 infielders, and 7 outfielders.

Affiliate Updates
Iowa – (3-2; 13-8) – I am not used to them winning but they are doing well and in first place in their division. I am also glad to see Dillon Maples is back in the show.

Tennessee – (2-4; 10-11) – Everyone kind of freaked out when Nico Hoerner took a pitch of his wrist/forearm but tests showed just a bone bruise. Everyone can breathe now.

Myrtle Beach – (1-5; 7-15) – Cam Belago took over the team RBI lead in just 10 days of work and he doesn’t seem to to be relinquishing it.

South Bend – (3-2; 11-10) – Lefty Jack Patterson made his South Bend debut this week and looked good in relief. He was a 32nd round pick last year out of Bryant University.

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Coming Up This Week on Cubs Central

Prospect Update – Cory Abbott gets some love on Monday, and lots of it!
College Pitchers – The “Examining #27” series concludes Tuesday as there could be a few lottery tickets left with college pitchers.
April MiLB All-Star Team – There were a lot of late changes as players heated up or cooled off. This drops on Wednesday.
Cards of the Month for April – Sunlight seems to be the theme of the month for 15 out of 181 cards. The cards of the month sees the light of day on Thursday.
Promotion Commotion – Now that May is here, expect a few guys to move up a level. On Friday, I take a look at six of them.
Affiliate Update – I will examine how the Iowa Cubs became the hottest squad in the system.

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It’s all about light…and the tongue.

Affiliate Update: Pelicans Getting off to a Rough Start

For the first 10 games of the season, you could have called the Myrtle Beach Pelicans a hot mess. At that point they were 2-8. They had pitching woes, hitting troubles, and overall inability to properly field and throw the ball. There was one point in that week where I thought,
“Well, it can only go up from here.”

And it did, thankfully.  

The week of the 14th through the 20th saw them go 4-3 thanks in part to some fresh blood in the starting rotation and three new guys at the plate. Oscar de la Cruz, Zach Davis, and Cam Belago all came aboard. They were Cubs Central’s team of the week on the 21st. It was a refreshing change and quite the turnaround.

The Stalwarts
In spite of the poor start, there were a couple of good performances. 2018 second round pick, starting pitcher Paul Richan. had success over his first three starts. He had a 1.32 ERA with 7 Ks in just 13.2 IP. and he had not giving up a home run either. 

Ryan Kellogg has been outstanding in long relief and whatever role the Pelicans have asked of him. In fact, he should be the first one promoted to Tennessee very shortly.

I also like what I’m seeing from Javier Assad  who got off to a great start last year at South Bend but kind of weathered down the stretch. Hopefully, he’s in much better shape to withstand the rigors of a second 140 game season. He has a 2.77 ERA in 3 starts.

In the bullpen, Ben Hecht has been very good for the Pelicans. In 8 outings, he’s posted a 1.80 ERA with 12 Ks. Jesus Camargo has been very good the last two weeks. His ERA has gone from 6.75 to under 3.00 in just 3 appearances.

As for the hitting, Tyler Payne, a.k.a. Teddy Payne, is a  stabilizing force in the lineup whether he’s catching, playing first base,  or is the designated hitter. Carlos Sepulveda has been up and down usually fluctuating between 250 and 300 in his batting average. As for MIguel Amaya, he got off to a great start, cooled off, and has heated back up again. Amaya has 4 HRs so far. Teammate Aramis Ademan also looks to be much stronger than last year. He’s hitting over .273 with a walk rate of almost 20% and an on-base percentage of 404. That’s a very good sign.

There are three guys who I think are showing an excellent approach, but the balls are just not falling in for them. I love to watch Jimmy Herron hit all day long. DJ Wilson and Luke Reynolds have good days and bad days. Hopefully, the ball will start finding some holes here in the next few weeks as they try to get their averages and on base percentage is up.

Manager Steve Lerud has his hands full this spring and summer. The key for him should be the long view of fully developing these pitchers and hitters over the course of the year, not just today or tomorrow.

Hopefully, the rest of the season is like the last 10 days where the Pelicans have gone 5-5 and have shown glimpses of putting it all together. There are some elite prospects who are at Myrtle Beach and I’m looking forward to seeing how this team bounces back in May.