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A couple stories need to be highlighted from the weekend. One of the stories is that the Oklahoma City Redhawks actually have a winning record and are 3-1! That includes yesterdays win in which Jordan Lyles showed up and pitched a good game while out-dueling the Cardinals top prospect Shelby Miller.

Another story is that Telvin Nash is doing exactly what I expected in Lancaster. He's hitting bombs, and a lot of them already. He's played four games and has three home runs so far and two of those came in yesterday's game. The Lancaster offense is going to be quite ridiculous this year, they haven't won a game yet because the pitching is giving up a lot of run as well. That's to be expected since they've started the season in High Desert, whose environment challenges that of Lancaster.

Delino DeShields Jr. is a polarizing prospect with lots of supporters who believe in his tools and lots of doubters who think he is just an athlete who won't put it together. He's repeating a level so he will have to do some things this year that really jump out. Yesterday was a step in that direction. DDJ reached first four out of five plate appearances, including one walk and stole a base as well. He hit all singles, but he showed a little power last year and his type of power doesn't really start showing until he gets in his 20s.

The biggest story though, is the hot start from Austin Wates. Austin Wates doesn't get a lot of love from prospectors but he does have a solid following. Astros twitterverse is getting very excited about his .563/.632/.875 slash line and Hooks fans are loving his approach at the plate. He is a mature hitter and knows what to do at the plate. Many of us were begging to see him promoted last year and he never was, and it looks like we'll be begging again this year. The question comes from where he plays in the OF. He seems to be getting some J.B. Shuck treatment where he gets some time in LF while his bat projects better in CF. I have heard varying reports from his defense in CF last year so only time will tell if he can make it as a CFer. If he can, he has a bright future because of his bat which can provide a good average and OBP with more power than J.B. could provide.

Last thing is a link to George Springer's grand slam audio footage. Farmstros was able to get it from the High Desert broadcast since the Lancaster footage was lost with technical difficulties. He posted it in a fanshot but I'm sure it was lost with the Opening Day coverage.

Saturday, April 7

Oklahoma City RedHawks won 5-4

  • Dallas Keuchel-6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO,12/3 GO/AO-What an impressive groundball stat
  • Justin Ruggiano CF-1-3, 2B, BB, SO, PO
  • Scott Moore 2B-2-3, BB, SB
  • Mike Hessman 1B-2-4, SO
  • Brad Snyder RF-1-4, 3B, SO

Corpus Christi won 7-2

  • Jose Cisnero-4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 SO, 4/3 GO/AO-Impressive stuff, command is lacking
  • Kevin Chapman-1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 SO
  • Jonathan Villar SS-1-4, BB, SO, SB
  • Austin Wates LF-3-4, BB, CS, PO-Ridiculous start to the season
  • Kody Hinze DH-2-5, 2B, 2 SO
  • Jonathan Singleton 1B-2-4, 2B, SO
  • Jose Martinez 2B-2-4, 2 2B
  • Chris Wallace C-1-4, 2B, SO

Lancaster JetHawks lost 16-2

  • Zachary Grimmett-4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 3/4 GO/AO
  • Jio Mier SS-0-1, 2 BB, PO-Good to see Mier pick up a pair of walks
  • Rafael Valenzuela 1B-2-3, SO
  • Adam Bailey RF-1-4, 2B, 2 SO

Lexington Legends lost 11-1

  • Tanner Bushue-2 1/3 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 1/1 GO/AO
  • Scott Zuloaga-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
  • Jordan Scott LF-2-3
  • Alex Todd SS-1-2, 3B, BB

Lexington Legends won 5-3

  • Carlos Quevedo-4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 4/3 GO/AO
  • Dayan Diaz-2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO
  • Jason Chowning-2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO-First Save on the season
  • Jordan Scott LF-2-3, SO
  • Delino DeShields JR 2B-1-4, 2 SO, SB
  • Drew Muren CF-2-3, 2B, SB

Sunday, April 8 (Easter)

Oklahoma City RedHawks won 8-1

  • Jordan Lyles-6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 8/2 GO/AO-If I want to be picky, less hits
  • Mickey Storey-1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
  • Enerio Del Rosario-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO
  • Jose Valdez-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Fernando Martinez LF-1-4, 2B, SO
  • Justin Ruggiano CF-1-4, 2B, 2 SO
  • Brett Wallace 1B-3-4, 2B, HR-Yay, Brick!
  • Scott Moore 3B-2-4, 2B, SO

Corpus Christi Hooks lost 9-7

  • Brett Oberholtzer-4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 8/1 GO/AO
  • Austin Wates LF-2-3, 2 2B, 2 BB-Insane
  • Jose Martinez 2B-2-4, 2B, HR
  • Chris Wallace C-1-4, 2B, SO
  • Brett Oberholtzer P-1-1, 2B

Lancaster JetHawks lost 8-6

  • Bobby Doran-4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR (to the same guy), 4/3 GO/AO
  • Brian Steilein-1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 SO
  • Rafael Velenzuela 1B-2-5, 3B, SO
  • George Springer CF-3-5, SB
  • Telvin Nash LF-2-5, 2 HR-Monster power
  • Adam Bailey RF-1-4, 2B
  • Jonathan Meyer 3B-1-3, HR, SO

Lexington Legends lost 9-8

  • Jonas Dufek-4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 9/1 GO/AO
  • Murilo Gouvea-3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3/3 GO/AO
  • Delino DeShields Jr. 2B-3-4, BB, SB, 2 E-Great to see a good game from him at the plate, I don't care about his errors right now
  • Jordan Scott LF-3-4, BB, 3 SB
  • Zachary Johnson 1B-2-5, HR, 2 SO
  • Matt Duffy 3B-2-5, SB
  • Miles Hamblin C-1-3, HR, BB