I'm going to steal some stuff from Anthony a bit and talk about some related things first.
I want you to go read this. It's a first hand report the Lancaster game from the 29th. We didn't really see much about this, but apparently the Astros estimated that one of Telvin Nash's home runs from the night went 480 ft! That's an estimate because it hit a pole. But that estimate was from Kevin Goldstein.
It also has a tidbit about Delino DeShields being the best prospect on the field.
The other thing I want to talk about is the necessity to get an understanding of the type of people prospects are. It may not be for us, but for organizations it is. I remember the groans, you remember the groans. I didn't really groan much because I wasn't that high on this particular player but several in the community were. That guy is Josh Sale and I could understand that. He has tons of tools. But, apparently not much a brain.
You know, the one that was slapped with a 50 game suspension for testing positive for methamphetamine.
What about the one who threw loose change at a stripper and bragged about it on facebook?
Yep, he's now suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the organization.
Character evaluation is real and critical aspect of player evaluation. The chances of Josh Sale developing are getting slim because he's just not a good person. He can't see the field because he is a bad person. He could mature. This suspension could be what he needed to kick him in the butt so he grows up. But there are more cases of the opposite happening than it being a good thing. He could become Josh Hamilton. But, it's not likely. Organizations are just not willing to invest in bad characters because more often than not, young kids with character issues do dumb things that cause organizations to not get a return on their investment.
Asher Bounces Back in 8-1 Win
Asher Wojciechowski has had a rough go of it in his two previous starts heading into last night. He had given up eight runs in one game and five in the other. The peripherals still looked good, but he was just too hittable. Last night he bounced back very nicely and put a smile back on everyone's face. He allowed just three hits in his six innings and walked two while striking out four. Kept that WHIP under 1 for the game. Robbie Grossman made his return to OkC last night as well and despite not picking up a hit, he drew two walks and didn't strikeout.
- Asher Wojciechowski-6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 7/5 GO/AO, 95/50 P/S
- Kevin Chapman-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
- Josh Zeid-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2/1 GO/AO
- Rhiner Cruz-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
- Robbie Grossman-0-3, 2 BB, SB
- Fernando Martinez DH-2-4, 2B, SO
- Carlos Perez C-2-4, 2B
Hooks Dominate in 5-0 Win
My sister attended the two games prior to last nights up in Northwest Arkansas but the threat of rain kept her home last night. They were able to finish the game and she was awfully sad she missed it. She was able to meet Mike Foltynewicz, David Martinez, and Nick Tropeano and they were very nice to her as you can tell from the photo above. She also told me how George Springer had a fit after his third strikeout the night before and was throwing stuff and hitting things in the dugout. She said "Springer has a temper!" But, that tune quickly changed when I informed her of his real demeanor, passion, and his stutter. So, when I told her about his home run last night, she was was quickly excited and responded with "Yay! That makes 16!" I am proud of her.
- Jake Buchanan-5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 8/2 GO/AO, 54/36 P/S
- Carlos Quevedo-4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0/4 GO/AO, 54/36 P/S-Odd that had the exact same pitch count
- Jiovanni Mier SS-2-4, 2B, BB, SO
- George Springer DH-1-4, HR, 2 SO
- Erik Castro 1B-1-4, HR, SO
- Drew Muren CF-1-3, 2B, BB, 2 SO
Lancaster Goes on a Warpath in 15-2 Win
Can you get much more ridiculous than a 15 run game...with only one home run? It's not uncommon for high scores in the Cal League, but the other team scraped a measly two runs. Amazing. The most encouraging part was that they drew nine walks! Jason Schwartz said it best on the radio broadcast during the game, "If you don't throw it in the zone, they won't swing." We've talked about Delino DeShields a good bit recently and how he's starting to kick it into gear. We've all been nervous about his stolen base numbers, and he may be taking notice of it as well. He picked up two last night. Kyle Hallock did that whole no-hit thing in his Cal League debut, but followed it up with three stinkers. He put together another good game last night with just two allowed base runners in his five innings. He also struck out five.
- Kyle Hallock-5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 7/2 GO/AO
- Luis Cruz-3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 2/1 GO/AO
- Thomas Shirley-1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2/0 GO/AO
- Delino DeShields 2B-2-4, 2 BB, SO, 2 SB, E
- Joe Sclafani SS-2-4, 2 BB
- Andrew Aplin CF-2-5, BB
- Preston Tucker RF-1-2, 2 BB
- Chris Epps LF-3-5, 2 BB, SO
- Matt Duffy 3B-2-3, HR, 2 BB, SO
- Jean Batista DH-2-5, 2B