CF Matt den Dekker reappeared in a game for the first time since breaking his right wrist in spring training. The 25-year-old was 0-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout.
RHP Matt Bowman was really strong again for St. Lucie: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Bowman’s results in the FSL are at least as good as those in the SAL. His strikeout rate is up from 20.9% to 25.8% while his walk rate is up from 3.2% to 5.3%. Bowman is a 6’0, 165 lb righty from Princeton. His fastball was 89-91 in the SAL and he works with a curve, a slider and a split-finger fastball that he uses as a changeup. He throws his off-speed stuff a whole lot. Bowman’s fastball will leave him little margin for error against more advanced hitters, but his strong control will give him a chance to keep moving up as a starter. His ceiling is as a backend starter.
A: Savannah Sand Gnats – Off. All-Star Break.
Robert Gsellman took the ball for the Cyclones on Opening Night and was fine, if undone by his defense: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
Akeel Morris, who has struggled with his control in years past, walked one and gave up a hit while striking out two in the eighth. Morris has a decent arm, but is very raw and walked 22
34 batters in 38.1 innings in Kingsport last year. A little more on Morris: he made six starts for Kingsport before moving to the bullpen. As a starter, he walked 10.6% of the batters he faced (12 BB/113 TBF) which increased to 15% (10 BB/66 TBF) out of the bullpen.
2B L.J. Mazzilli was 2-for-4 in his professional Brooklyn debut.
Rough Brooklyn debut for SS Gavin Cecchini who was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.