2018 Summer Ball

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The hot start continues for Toral. He’s batting .417 (10 for 24) with 3 RBI through 6 games. He finally got his first extra base hit (a double). He has 4K/2BB.

Quinones has pulled his average up to .273 (6 for 22) in 5 appearances. He has two doubles and 4K/1BB.

Paige, Allen, and Sparber are struggling with sub .200 averages. Paige and Sparber are hitless, although Paige has unsurprisingly worked three walks in 7 plate appearances.

Cloonan is off to a 2 for 8 start including a double. He has 3K/1BB.

Jeremy Cook picked up the win in his first Valley League appearance. He went 2.1 innings without giving up a hit. He struck out three while walking one. I’ll be interested to see if he can do a better job holding down his walk totals this summer.
 

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The hot start continues for Toral. He’s batting .417 (10 for 24) with 3 RBI through 6 games. He finally got his first extra base hit (a double). He has 4K/2BB.

Quinones has pulled his average up to .273 (6 for 22) in 5 appearances. He has two doubles and 4K/1BB.

Paige, Allen, and Sparber are struggling with sub .200 averages. Paige and Sparber are hitless, although Paige has unsurprisingly worked three walks in 7 plate appearances.

Cloonan is off to a 2 for 8 start including a double. He has 3K/1BB.

Jeremy Cook picked up the win in his first Valley League appearance. He went 2.1 innings without giving up a hit. He struck out three while walking one. I’ll be interested to see if he can do a better job holding down his walk totals this summer.
I know I've bitched about the team and their shortcomings on here, but I appreciate the updates like this scane. Thank you.
 

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Cecconi made his debut yesterday and it was a good one.

4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K

Dylan Cloonan is off to a nice start in his league as well. Hitting over .400 with more walks than strikeouts.
 

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Cecconi made his debut yesterday and it was a good one.

4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K

Dylan Cloonan is off to a nice start in his league as well. Hitting over .400 with more walks than strikeouts.
Good to hear. Any idea what kind of velocity he had on his fastball?

We're going to need Cloonan's production from the left side, especially if Toral doesn't bounce back.
 

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Good to hear. Any idea what kind of velocity he had on his fastball?

We're going to need Cloonan's production from the left side, especially if Toral doesn't bounce back.
Slade pitches at 92-93 and will reach back for more to get up to 96-97 in short stints. He's got a fantastic arm, but it's the ability to repeat and throw strikes that sets him apart.

With that particular game, I am not sure of his velocity. Be wary of baseball recruiting sites reporting of velocity because they obviously will want to paint a rosy picture of players to get clicks/subscriptions etc. A max velocity fastball in a camp setting is not the same as consistently pitching there during a start. What do they throw out of the stretch? How are they after a couple of innings. The pitchers who maintain that same velocity in the 5th/6th innings are the ones who perform better than the kids who throw 93 in the 1st, but are 86-87 in the 4th.

Also, the velocity is measured at the release on a radar gun, but the velocity at which it reaches the plate depends on spin rate and extension for the pitcher, so a taller, long-armed pitcher who gets great extension on his release will actually have a pitch reach the batter much faster than the same velocity pitcher with a short side, lesser extension, short arm-action, and less height. A high-spin fastball reaches the hitter with more velocity than a low-spin fastball.

Cecconi is said to have his velocity reach the hitter at a much higher rate than an average pitcher would, though I haven't seen any TrackMan data to confirm as of yet.
 

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Slade pitches at 92-93 and will reach back for more to get up to 96-97 in short stints. He's got a fantastic arm, but it's the ability to repeat and throw strikes that sets him apart.

With that particular game, I am not sure of his velocity. Be wary of baseball recruiting sites reporting of velocity because they obviously will want to paint a rosy picture of players to get clicks/subscriptions etc. A max velocity fastball in a camp setting is not the same as consistently pitching there during a start. What do they throw out of the stretch? How are they after a couple of innings. The pitchers who maintain that same velocity in the 5th/6th innings are the ones who perform better than the kids who throw 93 in the 1st, but are 86-87 in the 4th.

Also, the velocity is measured at the release on a radar gun, but the velocity at which it reaches the plate depends on spin rate and extension for the pitcher, so a taller, long-armed pitcher who gets great extension on his release will actually have a pitch reach the batter much faster than the same velocity pitcher with a short side, lesser extension, short arm-action, and less height. A high-spin fastball reaches the hitter with more velocity than a low-spin fastball.

Cecconi is said to have his velocity reach the hitter at a much higher rate than an average pitcher would, though I haven't seen any TrackMan data to confirm as of yet.
Makes sense - I am fine w consistent low 90's if he has good control, and hopefully a decent off speed pitch. Thanks for the info.
 

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Toral has cooled off a little, now batting a mere .350 (14 for 40) with 4 RBIs in 10 games. He added a second double and has 6K/2BB. The second highest average on the team is .300, but that player is done for the summer. The second highest average currently active is .235 (sadly not Isaac, who’s down to .226 with 6K/4BB). The team batting average is .225.

Alaska Baseball League
Willy Escala is off to a hot start at .381 (8 for 21) with a pair of triples, 2 RBIs, and a stolen base. Notably for Willy, he has 5BB/3K through 6 games.

Daniel Rivero is also off to a good start. He has made two appearances with 5 IP and a 1.80 ERA. He went four innings in his most recent appearance. He’s kept the walks down, only issuing one while striking out six.

NECBL
Tyler Paige remains hitless (0 for 12). He’s scored twice and driven in two runs, but has struck out in half his at bats. His stats tell the same story we saw during the spring: He does a decent job drawing walks, but is overmatched when forced to swing the bat.

Cloonan is batting .350 (7 for 20) with 7BB/5K. The team BA is .291.

Valley League
Unfortunately, the other Jeremy Cook made an appearance in his most recent outing. He walked two while giving up 2 hits and two runs in an inning of work. He now has a 5.40 ERA through 3.1 IP.

Connor Allen has not played since June 6.

The Cape Cod League begins play tonight.
 

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Toral has cooled off a little, now batting a mere .350 (14 for 40) with 4 RBIs in 10 games. He added a second double and has 6K/2BB. The second highest average on the team is .300, but that player is done for the summer. The second highest average currently active is .235 (sadly not Isaac, who’s down to .226 with 6K/4BB). The team batting average is .225.

Alaska Baseball League
Willy Escala is off to a hot start at .381 (8 for 21) with a pair of triples, 2 RBIs, and a stolen base. Notably for Willy, he has 5BB/3K through 6 games.

Daniel Rivero is also off to a good start. He has made two appearances with 5 IP and a 1.80 ERA. He went four innings in his most recent appearance. He’s kept the walks down, only issuing one while striking out six.

NECBL
Tyler Paige remains hitless (0 for 12). He’s scored twice and driven in two runs, but has struck out in half his at bats. His stats tell the same story we saw during the spring: He does a decent job drawing walks, but is overmatched when forced to swing the bat.

Cloonan is batting .350 (7 for 20) with 7BB/5K. The team BA is .291.

Valley League
Unfortunately, the other Jeremy Cook made an appearance in his most recent outing. He walked two while giving up 2 hits and two runs in an inning of work. He now has a 5.40 ERA through 3.1 IP.

Connor Allen has not played since June 6.

The Cape Cod League begins play tonight.
Only 6 K's in 40 ABs for Toral - that may be the most promising stat of all. He's strong enough to hit for more power if he simply makes more contact. MLB players state all the time that they hit many home runs when just trying to take a short, compact swing.
 

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There are some Cape Cod League roster changes ahead of tonight’s openers. Zamora and McMahon are no longer on their respective team’s rosters. It’s not unusual for pitchers coming off their freshman season to end up not pitching for their summer league team. It happened with both Veliz and McKendry last season in the Cape, although I would have thought McMahon could use some work. Tyler Keysor (JUCO transfer) appears to have slotted into McMahon’s spot.

Gil (3B), Rivera (RF), and Amditis (C) are all scheduled to start tonight.
 

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The leading hitters for Harwich in an opening 3-2 win: Gabe Rivera (3 for 4) and Raymond Gil (2 for 3). Gil had a double and a walk. Neither struck out.

Amditis was scratched from the lineup. Hopefully nothing too serious given his lengthy injury history.
 

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Toral’s hot start has faded away. He is now batting .246 (14 for 57) with 9K/3BB. He’s 1 for 25 in his last 7 games.

Quinones is now batting .250 (11 for 44) with 7K/5BB.

NECBL
Tyler Paige picked up his first hit of the summer yesterday. He is batting .056 (1 for 18) with 9K/6BB

Dylan Cloonan pitched two scoreless innings yesterday. He walked three and struckout two while giving up a hit. On the offensive end, he’s batting .304 (7 for 23) with 7BB/6 K.

Alaska Baseball League
Escala is hitting .293 (12 for 41) with two doubles and two triples. He has 8K/6BB with four of those strikeouts in his last three games. He was 0 for 6 in a doubleheader yesterday. He’s scored 13 runs in 11 games.

Rivero hasn’t pitched since June 11th.

Valley League
Connor Allen continues to struggle batting .136 (3 for 22) with 9K/2BB

Jeremy Cook has pitched three times since my last update. Two were scoreless appearances (0.1 and 1.0 IP) where he didn’t walk a batter. The other 1 inning appearance saw him give up 4 ER on 2BB and 3 hits. His total numbers for the summer are pretty ugly with a 9.52 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in 5.2 IP.

Florida Collegiate Summer League
Cecconi picked up the loss in an otherwise solid outing. He went 5 innings in a one run, three hit appearance. He struck out five while walking two.

South Florida Collegiate Summer League
Sparber also picked up his first hit this week. He is batting .083 (1 for 12) with 3K/0BB and a stolen base.
 
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Amditis only missed two games with whatever cause him to be scratched from the lineup. He is batting .286 (2 for 7) with 2K/0BB through three games.

Keysor has a 0.00 ERA through 2.2 IP. He hasn’t given up a hit while striking out five and walking one. He picked up a save in a one batter appearance.

Gabe Rivera is batting .333 (5 for 15) with a double and two RBIs. He has 5K/0BB.

Gil is hitless in his two appearances since opening night. He is batting .200 (2 for 10) overall. He has 6K/2BB. He struck out all four times on Wednesday.

Veliz also has a 0.00 ERA through two appearances (3.0 IP). He has recorded 7 Ks while giving up two hits and 1 BB.
 

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Amditis only missed two games with whatever cause him to be scratched from the lineup. He is batting .286 (2 for 7) with 2K/0BB through three games.

Keysor has a 0.00 ERA through 2.2 IP. He hasn’t given up a hit while striking out five and walking one. He picked up a save in a one batter appearance.

Gabe Rivera is batting .333 (5 for 15) with a double and two RBIs. He has 5K/0BB.

Gil is hitless in his two appearances since opening night. He is batting .200 (2 for 10) overall. He has 6K/2BB. He struck out all four times on Wednesday.

Veliz also has a 0.00 ERA through two appearances (3.0 IP). He has recorded 7 Ks while giving up two hits and 1 BB.
Thanks for the updates. I guess it's still early, but sounds like the same MO we've seen the last two years - mostly average to anemic hitting, with pretty solid pitching. Let's hope Toral finds some consistency and gains confidence going into the fall. And it would be nice to see him go deep a few times befor the summer is over.

Are all the summer leagues wood bat leagues?
 

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Thanks for the updates. I guess it's still early, but sounds like the same MO we've seen the last two years - mostly average to anemic hitting, with pretty solid pitching. Let's hope Toral finds some consistency and gains confidence going into the fall. And it would be nice to see him go deep a few times befor the summer is over.

Are all the summer leagues wood bat leagues?
Yes they are all wood.
 

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Daniel Rivero threw 6 innings last night. He gave up two runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out seven batters. For the summer, he has 2.45 ERA through 11 IP. He has 13 Ks versus just 4 BB. Last summer in the Valley League he had .63 walks/inning vs .36 walks/inning so far this year in Alaska.

Looking deeper into Escala’s numbers, he has a hit in 9 of the last 11 games and has scored at least one run in 7 of the last 8 games (he scored twice in four of them). He’s been the leadoff hitter in every game but the doubleheader in which he struggled on Saturday. They’ve had him playing shortstop where he committed four errors in the first four games, but only one in the last eight.
 

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Toral hit his first HR of the summer a few days ago. Unfortunately, that HR was one of only two hits in his last 39 at bats. During that span he has 9K/2BB. His average is down to .211.
 
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