This one needs no further introduction. Just press play.
— Ryan Flynn (@RyanFlynn11) April 21, 2016
That is such a pretty swing. I might have to watch it a few dozen more times.
- Drew Rucinski: 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 10 K [Brett: Whoa. That’s interesting.]
- Carl Edwards Jr.: 1 IP, 1 K
- Juan Perez: 2 for 5, HR
- Albert Almora: 3 for 4, 2B, HR
- Matt Murton: 2 for 4
- Munenori Kawasaki: 1 for 2, 2 BB
- Tyler Skulina: 3.2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 1 K
- Gerardo Concepcion: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K. The ERA is still 0.00.
- Chesny Young: 4 for 4, BB, 2 SB. That’s seven steals already.
- Billy McKinney: 1 for 4, 2B, BB
- Bijan Rademacher: 1 for 4, 2B, BB
- Zach Hedges: 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 7 K
- James Farris: 2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
- Daniel Lockhart: 2 for 4, 2B
- David Bote: 1 for 4, HR
- Ian Happ: 1 for 3, BB
- Justin Steele: 5 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K
- Craig Brooks: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K
- Donnie Dewees: 1 for 4, 2B
- Eloy Jimenez: 2 for 3, BB
- Eddy Martinez: 2 for 4
- Daniel Spingola: 2 for 4, CS
- Tyler Alamo: 3 for 4, 2B
- With that home run included, Almora has opened his Triple A career with a line of .368/.422/.500, five walks, five strikeouts, and a stolen base. So much for him needing time to adjust (sample size alert still applies).
- But don’t look for a call up any time soon. Almora is only 22 (by a couple of days), so age is not a concern. His glove would be asset on any roster at any level in all of baseball, but the Cubs are not hurting for WAR from the outfield in the majors right now. The Chicago team is so ludicrously stacked that, for now anyway, they can afford to be as patient as they like with the promotions of their best prospects. I think he’ll be up in September for certain, but if the major league team stays healthy we may not see him until then.
- Speaking of center fielders, Donnie Dewees put on a base running clinic last night. Keep an eye on the video below for Dewees bunting for a base hit, forcing the pitcher to rush the throw after the pitcher doesn’t pick it cleanly, then accelerating into third when Bowling Green is a bit slow getting the wild throw back into the diamond. And then he makes a very nice play in center to end the game. This guy looks like he is going to be very fun to watch.