RockiesJeff sends updates to a few of us back-channel. He certainly does not do it for the purpose of our re-posting it on SSI; Jeff has bigger fish to fry than a smidge of pub here. But we also hope he doesn't mind if we copy-and-paste a bit of his own summary.
On March 17th, we posted "Juggernaut In Junior College" when Jeff's son went to 45:3 (!) on the control ratio after five starts.
Last weekend Jeremy had another 9 K's and Jeff provided a bit of a summary:
I had to give you a quick summary of game this last weekend. It was billed as a ‘marquee matchup’ as Jeremy (#4 nationally in Ks) was going against Seward’s left handed ace who is #1.
Our son in the Marines got home late the night before so all of us were actually able to make the drive to Kansas to watch. It was a bit surreal as behind home there were 5 scouts, I believe from the M’s, Yankees, Royals, Rangers and Giants.
Long story short not to bore you but, for a day, Jeremy was the dominate pitcher getting a complete game….5 hits, 9ks and I think 3 walks (funny as different box scores have 2 walks and 2 vs 3 earned runs). Anyway, he had good velocity hitting at least 94 that I saw.
Things can change so fast with these guys if you are not the 1st round stud, but will let you know the next steps....
Jeff was selling his son short, compared to Seward's recap of the game. :- ) Here is Jeremy's stats page - he has 73 K and 13 BB with 5 HR in 52 innings pitched. Your son, don't. Here is a profile for him a couple of years ago when he entered JC; he said his goal was to get up to 96 and go to a 4-year school. Nowadays he may be pointed more towards a direct route into the MLB draft?
TACOMA RAINIERS WIRE-TO-WIRE
The Rainiers opened their season Thursday night by beating the junior Rockies, 6-5.
Joe Wieland got the Opening Day nod over Paxton and Roach, LOL, and those three have been identified as equal* options as soon as the M's first rotation injury strikes. You think DiPoto isn't pressing K-Pax a little bit?! Wieland pitched mediocre, being as he's a mediocre pitcher. 4 innings, 0 strikeouts, 7 hits. We're sure that Paxton realizes his fate is in his own hands .... until Roach goes into June with an 0.79 ERA, that is.
"Mariners B" combined for 9 hits and 6 walks against the Isotopes' #1 starter, a 94-MPH righty who has half of a cruddy season in the National League. Like we sez, 90% of PCL innings are pitched by guys who either just came out of the majors, or who will shortly be in the majors.
Boog with two base hits and a walk. Shawn O'Malley with a hit and 2 walks. Stefen Romero with three hits including a double. Chris Taylor with an 0-fer and an error.
Mike Zunino utterly failed to strike out. Dan Robertson and Ed Lucas were in the starting lineup, providing a straight flush of Crash Davises thirty miles down the highway. I'm not sure I've ever seen a AAA team configured quite so much toward providing a safety net for this year's major league team.
Not that SSI has anything against win-now agendas. I'm ready to start talking about our July 31 blockbuster to rent Jose Bautista.
Edwin Diaz gets some love at the D-O-V Mainframe.