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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The keys to Tigers’ rebuild are ‘right around the corner’ from majors

PORTLAND, Maine — Even with nearly two decades in professional baseball, Mike Rabelo still couldn’t hide his giddy enthusiasm for his current team’s stacked pitching rotation.

The manager at Double-A Erie and former big league catcher gushed over the talents of Casey Mize, Matt Manning, Alex Faedo, Tarik Skubal and Joey Wentz, who, along with Triple-A Toledo starter Beau Burrows, are at the forefront of the Detroit Tigers’ rebuild.

“I’m not moving the chess pieces, but if I had to say, this is the group. And rightfully so,” Rabelo told Yahoo Sports. “They’re right around the corner from pitching in Comerica [Park].”

The Erie pitchers themselves know it’s a long process and are focused on the here and now. But Rabelo said they know that all eyes are on them, and they’re thrilled about it.

Isn’t claiming that your future is in AA-level pitchers the equivalent of saying that you don’t have any?

QLE Posted: August 14, 2019 at 05:07 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: casey mize, double a, tigers

Friday, May 10, 2019

Mets Double-A prospects combine for no-hitter

Two Mets prospects combined for a no-hitter with Double-A Binghamton in Wednesday’s 7-0 win against the Harrisburg Senators.

Harol Gonzalez struck out six batters in 6 2/3 innings while Ryder Ryan finished it off by retiring all seven batters he faced for the Rumble Ponies’ first no-hitter in 13 years.

“Pretty much everything was working for me,” Gonzalez said, according to MILB.com’s Michael Avallone. “I looked at video from my last start and then some from earlier. I got back to using my legs more, which helped my fastball and throwing it for strikes. My curve was in the dirt a little too much early on, but I got it working in the sixth and went from there.”

Gonzalez, a 24-year-old right-hander who has been in the Mets organization since 2014, walked just two batters. He was at 91 pitches before he was lifted for Ryan, a reliever who joined the Mets’ farm system in the 2017 Jay Bruce trade.

 

 

QLE Posted: May 10, 2019 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: double a, harol gonzalez, mets, no-hitter, prospects, ryder ryan

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Life after Vlad: Former No. 1 pick tosses no-hitter to enter top prospect conversation

With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finally in the majors where he belongs, it will soon be time to crown a new No. 1 prospect.

There are no shortage of possibilities for that title, though plenty of players who were top prospects entering this season have already joined Guerrero in the majors. That includes Baseball America’s No. 2 and 3 prospects in San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez. Four more members of the top 10 are also expected to debut this year.

So where does that leave us in the top prospect race? Well, we could start with one former top pick who has dominated the competition to a comical degree so far this season. And it got even better on Monday.

Riffing on the subject of prospects, using Casey Mize as a jumping-off point.

 

QLE Posted: April 30, 2019 at 04:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: casey mize, double a, no-hitter, prospects

 

 

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