Matt Mervis – Pic by Micah Manuel
Today was a day more about news than it was about anything else. It rained here all morning long and put me in the mood to get a lot of little things done inside the house and online. Somewhere around 1 PM, I began hearing rumors about Jordan Wicks getting promoted to Tennessee and then it popped up on the Smokies’ transaction page. After talking with a couple of people from South Bend, I found out that DJ Herz was also promoted but that news had not been released yet.
Luis Devers will take Wicks spot in the rotation this Sunday. Herz was not scheduled to pitch until next Saturday because all of minor league baseball is off for the All-Star break. There could be a move from Myrtle Beach to South Bend or the Cubs could just roll with Joe Nahas coming off the development list. The issue with moving a Pelicans’ pitcher right now is that Mesa does not have anyone nearly ready for Low-A baseball yet.
Who knows what other moves are lurking in the shadows but there will be plenty over the next two or three weeks. I hope to see Miguel Amaya back next Friday in Tennessee and Parker Chavers doing the same in Myrtle Beach.
As for the action on the field…
The Hitter of the Day
Well, that’s Greg Deichmann out in Iowa. He went 2-for-3 on the night with a 3 run bomb!
Catch of the Day
This was done by Alexander Canario in Tennessee. Unfortunately, he took out Yonathan Perlaza on the play. Perlaza stayed in the game and got a single but came off the field limping pretty badly. Hopefully, Perlaza’s OK and does not miss any time.
Double Play of the Day
You don’t see a 5-2-3 double play every day, but there was one tonight in Tennessee.
Dinger of the Day
Matt Mervis just destroyed this baseball. It’s probably not as important as Deichmann’s above, but is much more impressive because who knows where this ball landed.
Starting Pitcher of the Day
I was pretty excited to see Tyler Santana get a start tonight after doing a profile of him earlier this week. He went 5.1 innings tonight and struck out six. He gave up two hits but did not give up a run while only walking one. He came back out for the sixth and put two men on base before he was pulled. Thankfully Frankie Scalzo got him out of trouble.
Reliever of the Day
Speaking of Scalzo, the 1970s mustached young reliever had himself a whale of a game. He pitched 2.2 innings and struck out five of the nine man he faced and walked only one guy. He did not allow a hit or a run in helping to preserve the shut out for Myrtle Beach all while flashing his glorious mustache.
I will be back tomorrow with some draft news and newly updated free agency rules.
Thinking about going back to Peoria tomorrow afternoon if I can get my list down. Then again, I am thinking of staying home and watching baseball and grilling a couple of NY strips.