The Weekend in A-Ball: Arm-ed Matters

Saturday: @ St. Lucie Mets 8, Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) 3
Sunday: Lakeland Flying Tigers 6, @ St. Lucie Mets 4 

Saturday, Tyler Pill: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Pill has a nice looking 2.09 ERA and he’s missing more bats. After 13 strikeouts in 22.2 innings in June, he’s fanned 28 in 29 innings in July.

Sunday, in his FSL debut Logan Verrett did this: 6.1, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. One interesting note: the Tigers stole FIVE bases off the combination of Verrett and C Kai Gronauer.

LF Travis Taijeron was not just o-for-the-weekend, he’s gone four games in a row without a hit to slip to .211/.349/.389 in 27 games in St. Lucie with 27 strikeouts in 27 games.

3B Aderlin Rodriguez had a big game Saturday, going 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI, but took the collar in an 0-for-4 Sunday to snap his hitting streak at six games. The big 20-year old is hitting .230/.277/.393 with three walks in his first 17 games in St. Lucie. As was the case earlier this year in Savannah, as soon as he gets more patient, the average and the extra-base hits will follow.

Saturday: @ Rome Braves 9, Savannah Sand Gnats 8
Sunday: @ Rome Braves 6, Savannah Sand Gnats 2  

Domingo Tapia Saturday: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP.

He’s been using his four-seamer more in recent starts which has led to fewer groundballs. He can use the four-seamer to locate an offering away to hitters of either handedness and change eye levels to pick up strikeouts above the belt. On the other hand, his slider has not progressed. He’s hit a batter with it in each of his last two starts and has thrown fewer – like five or fewer in each of the last two games. His changeup will cut sometimes, and upon further review, some of the offerings that I described here and on air last week as sliders were changeups. At this point, he has three usable weapons: a two-seamer with big time sink, a four-seamer and a changeup, that when it’s good darts out of the zone. His fastballs live in the 95-97 mph range any night which, combined with his 6’4″ frame makes him a very good prospect. The heat and changeup will get him to the big leagues. To become elite, I still think he needs some kind of breaking ball as a weapon against righthanded batters.

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