Robles: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. One strikeout in 6.1 innings of work in advanced-A? Meh.
Matt Bowman threw strikes and mixed in enough off-speed to keep Augusta off-balance for six innings. His line: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. Jake Kuebler, who is making the transition from Royals’ first base farmhand to pitcher, finished off the last three innings for his first professional save. Kuebler is raw – he threw lots and lots of fastballs – but there’s some arm strength in a big 6’5″ frame.
There were two standout hitting performances.
1. C Kevin Plawecki: 3-for-5 with three doubles. His doubles went up the right-center field gap, into the right field corner and the left field corner. All were hit squarely and hard. His big night lifted his season line to .444/.500/.704 (12-for-27) in seven games. I saw Plawecki (pictured) make lots of contact for Brooklyn in 2012, but did not see him drive the ball like this. It’s been a really good week.
2. LF Stefan Sabol hit his first home run of the year, on a liner over the left field wall to cap the game’s scoring. Sabol was 2-for-4 with a walk, a homer and a stolen base. A catcher as an amateur, Sabol is really going to have to hit to profile in left field, but I like his swing. I put up my homer call below.
Daily Nimmo: 1-for-5, 2 K. He singled crisply into left-center in the third. Working against a lefty reliever, Steven Okert in the third, he hit a shot towards the right side, but Augusta 2B Travious Relaford came up with the ball on a dive towards the hole. Okert then fanned Nimmo in the fifth. Against a righty in the seventh, he made solid contact, but lined out to center when Augusta had him played perfectly, shaded slightly to pull. Nimmo has hit safely in six of his seven games as a Gnat to finish his first week in full-season ball at .379/.471/.483 (11-for-29).