No work today so I decided to make the 3 hour drive east to Springdale and catch the Travelers game for first time this year and glad i did. Exciting game as they won in extra innings. Just had a few things I noticed about some guys.
First Jeff Bianchi is an absolute STUD. My new favorite prospect was 5 for 5 including a walk off home run in the 10th. He looked great in the field getting rid of the ball quick on couple double plays and also showed some leadership as he went to the mound to calm Cortes down multiple time. He has a long power stroke but is fast enough to get the ball through the zone, but also knows how to go the other way when he has to as 3 of his hits were up the middle or to the right side. He could be our shortstop right now and if not then next year could see him stepping in. Very Impressed. Also finally learned how to say his name. BEE- ANKEE.
Dan Cortes has all the makings of a solid MLB starter. He threw 5 shutout innings yet struggled at some times falling behind nearly every hitter and walking 5. Even though he wasn't on target his stuff is good enough to get him through as he was consistently hitting 96 on the gun. He also is terrible at holding runners on base. If he can control his stuff we could very well see him in our rotation next season.
Cody Strait has an absolute canon in right field. 2 throws he made were right on the money, one of them getting a runner at the plate. His swing is all arms and looks as though his legs are in cement though.
Jarrod Dyson is a Joey Gathright clone. Kid can play but can't hit for a lick yet. Yes his average so far for AA is over 400 but watching tonight didnt show it. Got blown away on 88 mph fastball 3 times but did have infield hit and SB. Any ball he hits on ground he has chance to beat out. Needs to work on his first step and routes in the outfield though. Intriguing Prospect though.