Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Looking at the Fisher Cats ...

Road Trip -- Three wins, two losses (so far). Brad Glenn cranked the first homer of the season for New Hampshire. Jonathan Diaz stole five bases, and Justin Jackson had a pair of extra-base hits. Mike McDade (.389) has taken the most Quality ABs.
Prospects -- RHP Drew Hutchison retired 15 straight and during the course of two starts, winning at Trenton and Reading. The kid allowed two runs in his first inning of the season, then pitched 10 straight scoreless. "He got into a little bit of trouble in the first inning, and then went four straight innings and looked as good as he looked last year," manager Sal Fasano said. "He commands both sides of the plate. Hopefully he's only give a little taste of what we can expect down the road."
RHP Deck McGuire pitched on a windy day in Trenton, elevated, and got teed up for eight runs at Trenton. Catcher A.J. Jimenez has thrown out 3 of 4 base stealers and picked off a runner. And also impressed manager Sal Fasano with his blocking and receiving. "I'm trying to get used to the cold," Jimenez said, "but I'm feeling good about how I'm playing right now. (The Eastern League) is not easy, but it's not that hard, either."

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Defining Moment: Hutchison stranded the bases loaded in the fifth inning at Reading and kept the R-Phils scoreless through a career-high six innings at Double-A. Game story here. Hutch is now 5-0 in five career starts for NH.

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