HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 26: Infielder Nolan Fontana #3 of the Houston Astros, who was selected by Houston in the second round of the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft, takes infield practice before a game against the San Diego Padres at Minute Maid Park on June 26, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Saturday evening I headed up to Greenville, with the family, to watch the Lexington Legends take on the Boston Red Sox A affiliate the Greenville Drive. It was a good game with the Legends coming out on top 7-5. Here are my impressions of that game.
Apologizes if this reads a little scattered brain. After a nine hour drive I'm finding this difficult to write.
Michael Foltynewicz started for the Legends and pitched well enough early. He got into some trouble in the third and fourth inning from what I perceive as his own doing. In the third inning Folty appeared to get a little upset with the homeplate umpire for calling ball four on what he thought was strike three. The one thing I harped on Folty about last time was his maturity on the mound. He tends to let his emotions get the better of him, so I was hoping that I'd get to see him face a little adversity on the mound.
After the walk, Folty made a bad pickoff throw to first that allowed the runner to get to second. Right after that he threw a wild pitch that allowed to get the runner to third. An infield hit scored the run. He then issued a walk and at this point there was a mound visit. A single scored another run and you get the picture. Folty has got all the talent in the world, but he really needs to work on that mound presence.
Mound presence aside, I saw Folty make a nice play on a bunt attempt for a hit.
Matt Duffy looks like a legit hitter. Zachary Johnson looks like a legit defender.
The Legends have got some speed. Nolan Fontana showed off some speed and aggressive base running legging out a triple. Justin Gominsky looked slightly faster than Fontana. Delino DeShields is faster than them all, but I didn't get to see him show off his wheels. I did, however, get to see him spray balls all over the park.
DeShields 3-5 with two doubles could have been 4-5 had the center fielder not made a nice diving play to take a hit away. I'm loving the power DeShields is developing.
Nolan Fontana, one of the biggest reasons why I was excited to go to this game, was interesting. His approach at the plate came as advertisted, his defense however was another story. I still think he can stick at short, but after watching Saturday's game I see why some people have questioned his defense.
On one particular grounder a bad hop played a role in him air mailing the throw to first into the stands. I was actually really impressed that he handled the bad hop as well as he did, unfortunately it appeared he didn't get a good grip on the ball. On another grounder, with the double play in order, he fielded the ball that he bobbled while moving towards second. He did manage to get control of the ball early enough to get the runner at second, but lost the double play because he speed up the play a little too much. Both plays seem like they can be corrected with experience.
Finally, for the second time in a row a Legend hit a homerun over the Drive's mini-Green Monster; this time it was Brandon Meredith.
Oklahoma City RedHawks - Weekend Record: 0-3
- Brett Oberholtzer 6IP, 7H, 6ER, 7SO, 3HR
- Brandon Barnes 1-4, BB
- Brett Wallace 1-2, 2BB
- Jimmy Paredes 2-4
- Jimmy Paredes 3-4, 2B, HR
- Travis Buck 3-4 , 2x2B
- Paul Clemens 3IP, 10H, 8R, 3ER, 2BB, 0SO
- Brandon Barnes 2-5 BB
- Jimmy Paredes 2-5 BB
- Jordan Kreke 3-4, 3B, BB
Corpus Christi Hooks - Weekend Record 3-0
- Rob Rasmussen 6IP, 5H, 3ER, BB, 6S0
- Andrew Simunic 2-3, HR, BB
- Jake Goebbert 2-4, 3B
- Adam Bailey 2-4, 2B
- Rene Garcia 2-4, 2B
- Jarred Cosart 7.2IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 4SO
- Andrew Simunic 2-4
- Jake Goebbert 2-3
- Rene Garcia 2-3
- Jose Cisnero 9IP, 5H, 1R, 0BB, 7SO
- Austin Wates 0-1, 2BB
- Jake Goebbert 2-4
Lancaster JetHawks - Weekend Record 3-0
- David Martinez (relief) 6IP, 7H, 0ER, BB, 3SO
- George Springer 3-5
- Domingo Santana 1-5, HR
- Enrique Hernandez 1-5, HR
- Alex Todd 2-3, 2B
- Tyson Perez 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2SO
- Grant Hogue 2-5
- George Springer 1-3, 3B, BB
- Telvin Nash 1-2, HR, 2BB
- Alex Todd 2-4
- Bobby Doran 7IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 6SO
- George Springer 1-4, 2B, BB
- Erik Castro 1-4, BB
- Telvin Nash 1-2, 2BB
- Chris Epps 1-2, 2BB
- Jonathan Meyer 1-3, BB
Lexington Legends - Weekend Record 3-0
- Juri Perez 5.1IP, 3H, 4R, 1ER, 3BB 7SO
- Delino DeShields 2-3, 2B, BB
- Ruben Sosa 3-4
- Zachary Johnson 2-4, 2x2B
- Brandon Meredith 1-3, 2B
- Nolan Fontana 0-2, 2BB
- Michael Foltynewicz 6IP, 6H, 4ER, 2BB, 5SO
- Delino Deshields 3-5, 2x2B
- Ruben Sosa 2-5, 3B
- Brandon Meredith 1-3, HR, BB
- Luis Cruz 4.1IP, 7H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 3SO
- Delino DeShields 3-5, BB
- Zachary Johnson 2-5, BB
- Brandon Meredith 2-4, 2B, BB
- Mike Kvasnicka 3-4, 2HR, BB
- Jose Fernandez 2-5
- Justin Gominsky 1-3, 2BB
- Ryan McCurdy 1-3, 2B, BB
Tri-City ValleyCats - Weekend Record 2-1
- Aaron West 7IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7SO
- Andrew Aplin 2-5
- Jobduan Morales 1-4, BB
- Jesse Wierzbicki 1-4, BB
- Jarrod McKinney 1-3, 2BB
- Preston Tucker 2-5, HR
- Brian Holmes 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0BB, 8SO
- Dan Gulbransen 2-4, HR
- Tyler Heineman 2-4, 2B
- Lance Day 5IP, 6H, 1R, BB, 3SO
- Andrew Aplin 1-3, 2BB
- Austin Elkins 0-1, 3BB
- Jobduan Morales 0-2, 2BB
- M.P. Cokins 1-3, BB