Another day of minor league baseball as we celebrate Cade Cavalli Day in Rochester. Cade looked strong in his first four innings of work with seven strikeouts and only one run, but he ran into trouble in the fifth and was pulled after giving up four consecutive hits. The box score is not as pretty as we all hope, but one walk and seven K’s is a win for any power pitcher. Some more big news out of Rochester, Cavalli’s teammate, Donovan Casey, was “unofficially” called up to the Washington Nationals to replace Dee Strange-Gordan as he deals with an undisclosed issue.
Over in Aberdeen, LHP Mitchell Parker, made his second start of the year for the Blue Rocks. He was masterful, keeping the IronBirds hitless until the fifth inning and pounding the zone the whole game.
Reliever Matt Cronin made another appearance in Harrisburg and was effective once again. He has faced 10 batters this season and struck out six of them. The lefty was drafted out of Arkansas where he was one of the top rated closer in the college ranks.
The FredNats game finished in a walk-off. Two scoreless innings pitched by Jose Ferrer, an under the radar southpaw, but all eyes on the bottom of the 9th inning as the highlight to close out this evening among all of the levels was the top position prospect, Brady House stroked an oppo single that scored two runs for a walk-off for Fredericksburg. In that game, T.J. White was 2-4 with a home run for the top offensive game for the FredNats.
How long will White and House be together in Fredericksburg? Either or both could be on their way up the food chain and north to Wilmington soon.