Short-Season Ball Tuesday: Jeff Diehl Provides an Appy Walk-Off

SSA: Lowell Spinners (BOS) 5, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 2 

The most imteresting thing here is that Akeel Morris continues to 1. throw well (4 K in 4 IP) and 2. has back-to-back four inning outings on five-days rest. That certainly looks like the team could be breaking him back into the starting rotation. Still just 20, Morris is raw, but has fanned 22 batters in 14.2 innings this year.

 

R (APP): @ Kingsport Mets 3, Greeneville Astros 2 

Jeff Diehl led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo homerun, his third in 17 game this year. The 19-year old is every bit of his listed 6’4″ and looks even a little bigger in person. he’s hitting a little bit this year, but the 24/2 K/BB ratio points to the holes in his swing and his propensity to chase.

Rob Whalen was good: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. He tweeted that he hit 93. Here’s my problem. I saw him sit 88-89 in his last start with a few 90 mph. I’m going to trust my eyes, and the radar guns I saw, on this one.

I was disappointed to miss Ty Bashlor on my Kingsport excursion last week. Tuesday: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.

Ricardo Jacquez allowed an inherited run to score in the eighth, but fanned two in his 1.1 innings of work. I thought he was ready for the New York Penn League or even the SAL when I saw him a week ago.

 

R (GCL): GCL Mets @ GCL Marlins – ppd by rain

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