— Lynn Worthy (@PSBLynn) April 17, 2013
The early report of “elbow strain” for Mateo strikes me as a placeholder until the MRI comes back. Mazzoni’s initial diagnosis is “elbow neuritis,” or, an inflamed nerve. The MRI might reveal why the nerve is inflamed.
– Mike Newman of Fangraphs, scouted Brandon Nimmo and came away impressed.
Newman thinks Nimmo will stay in centerfield, even as he ages and fills out
the left-handed hitter deserves mention with the very best the South Atlantic League has to offer… Well-proportioned, discussion of him “outgrowing center field” is overblown.
Offensively, Newman notes:
At the plate, Nimmo combines a patient approach with the ability to consistently barrel baseballs in the strike zone. In expecting to see a project, Nimmo’s polish was surprising. … Nimmo also features a simple set up and swing mechanics. When his hips and hands work in unison, easy power is present as the ball explodes off the barrel. When he leads with the hips, bat drag is present. Repetition will remedy this.
– In the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, Lynn Worthy writes about Jack Leathersich, a Boston native, for whom Monday’s terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon was especially painful.
– In his weekly Farm Report at ESPNNY, Adam Rubin talks to Alonzo Harris about getting his chance, his versatility and his relationship with LHP Rob Carson his “little big lbrother.”
– In Toledo, former big leaguer Felix Pie had to be restrained by teammates from climbing into the stands to go after fans who were throwing things at the visiting Indianapolis Indians’ players.