Bijan Rademacher is on his way to joining a very short list of players. While his sample sizes are not yet significant, so I’m just talking about his pace, Rademacher is currently on pace to walk more than he strikes out and post an ISO over .200 this season. The list of players who have done that in the Double A Southern League in the past decade is not a long one (min 150 PA):
- David Cook (2008)
- Jason Heyward (2009, he was 19 that year)
- Chris Heisey (2009, actually finished with the same number of each)
- Robinson Chirinos (2010)
- Austin Barnes (2014)
- Cedric Hunter (2014)
- Max Kepler (2015)
That’s not a bad list to join, and that Rademacher is on pace to join it is yet another indicator that we don’t want to over look this guy. I think he could be effective as a left-handed hitting fourth outfielder in the majors one day.
- Ryan Williams: 5 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K
- Armando Rivero: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Carl Edwards Jr.: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
- John Andreoli: 2 for 2, SB
- Albert Almora: 1 for 4, 2B
- Willson Contreras: 2 for 4, SB
- Kristopher Negron: 2 for 4, 2 2B
- Rob Zastryzny: 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 K
- Corey Black: 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H
- Jacob Hannemann: 2 for 5, HR
- Chesny Young: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
- Jeimer Candelario: 1 for 3, HR, 2 BB
- Billy McKinney: 2 for 5
- Mark Zagunis: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
- Taylor Davis: 3 for 5, 2B
- Bijan Rademacher: 1 for 1, 2B. Even as a pinch hitter, he still gets his hits.
- Erick Leal: 1.2 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 1 K
- Tyler Ihrig: 4.2 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K
- Gleyber Torres: 2 for 4
- Ian Happ: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
- Jeffrey Baez: 2 for 4, SB. His next steal is his tenth.
- Kyle Twomey: 5 IP, 6 R, 10 H, 6 K
- Casey Bloomquist: 4 IP, 3 K
- James Norwood: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- Carlos Sepulveda: 2 for 5
- Donnie Dewees: 2 for 5
- Eloy Jimenez: 1 for 3, BB
- Trey Martin, the center fielder who last season was the best defensive outfielder in the farm system not named Albert, has been activated from the disabled list and is back with Myrtle Beach. He is one more reason to watch Myrtle Beach when they are on MiLB.tv. I would grade his glove maybe a half a notch below Almora’s, but that still makes him one of the best you’re going to see in the minors this season.
- Candelario’s homer was his first of the year at Tennessee after a slow start.
- Paul Blackburn takes his 0.50 ERA to the mound for the Smokies tonight. Unfortunately Mobile is not hooked into the video service, so unless you’re in Alabama you won’t be able to watch one of the better early season stories in action.