Oh Baby! Bull Crushes Seattle 9-3

King Felix of Seattle had a routine day at the office mowing down the Rockies in the first two innings.  Meanwhile Kyle Kendrick pitched two shutout innings giving up two harmless two-out singles in each inning.  Jair Jurrgens pitched the next two innings giving up a run in each inning, one of them unearned.  He did give up three hits but they were softly hit.

Baby Bull followed Justin Morneau’s double off the wall with a drive to right field (not right center, but right) for a two-run homer to tie the game at 2-2 after four innings.  Then the “Hawk” came on and quickly threw up a doughnut on Seattle’s line score.  Then the Rockies had fireworks during the seven-run fifth inning keyed by Baby Bull’s three-run homer to blow the game open.  It was a no doubter that landed near the concourse on the lawn.

John Axford threw up another doughnut for the Rockies filling up the strike zone without a walk.  Boshers, J. Miller, and Betty finished up the game.  Betty gave up a sac fly in the 9th inning for the final score.  Betty got pushed around a little bit, but I’m not sure if that’s because he still needs work on location or if he’s basically done.

Seattle had three ground ball singles that barely got past the gloves of whomever played second base today which I have no doubt that D.J. LeMahieu would have vacuumed them in for outs.

The exciting part for me was when the Rockies removed their starters and replaced them with several prospects that played in A-ball Asheville last year.  Ryan McMahon at 3B, Correlle Prime at 1B, Rosell Hererra in CF, Tom Murphy at C, Jimenez at SS, Tyler Massey in RF.  I was watching McMahon closely but he hasn’t shown me anything today except for two off target throws across the diamond to first base, but Prime still made the putouts.

Prime really stood out to me.  He had an impressive and muscular physique that stood about 6’6″ height.  I was impressed by his glove; made an over the shoulder catch running down the bloop foul ball; caught one bad throw way off the bag but still tagged out the runner; caught a very high throw and still came down and tagged out/touched the bag; handling grounders that made it look easy as if he’s bored.  Prime also made two plate appearances; first one hit the ball right on the button but straight to CF who didn’t have to move; 2nd one very high pop up which meant he got underneath the ball.  He is very patient beyond his age at the plate taking pitches that weren’t hittable.

I was so impressed with Prime that I declared to EdtheUmp that he’s the next first baseman and I rated him above Ben Paulsen.  Ed says no way, it will be Paulsen after Morneau leaves.  But I believe Paulsen will just be a place holder until Prime is ready.

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sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

I think the Rosario/Morneau platoon concept has real merit.

RMH – at this still early stage of ST, I’m most intrigued by pitcher’s velocities. Any insight regarding our guys – Axford for example? I think Chacin’s lack of velocity early is concerning. Any scoop on Butler’s velocity numbers from his start across town?

Thanks – the write ups are awesome!

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

Ditto, the write-ups are indeed awesome! Thanks, RMH.

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

“Prime” what a cool name for a stud baseball player! I hope Optimus ends up being a stud!

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

I am rooting for the strict Morneau-Rosario platoon. Stick with it, Walt! As for pitcher velocities, I saw a few on the gameday play by plays: Jairo Diaz 96-98 (as advertised) David Hale 90-91 (same) Boone Logan 89-90 (not good as he was 93-94 when healthy and effective last year, but its very early and he may be working into opening day shape) Chacin 86-88 (terrible, and concerning given his shoulder issues) Ottavino: 95, consistently. Forget Brothers, he’s the closer… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Good stuff – especially Butler.

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago

In today’s televised game against the Mariner’s, Tulo after repeated warnings by the umpire did keep one foot in the batter’s box one time between pitches in his two ABs. Unless he changes his ways, I expect Tulo to be one of the first players to be fined for failure to keep a foot in the batter’s box between pitches.

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

gotta be hard their whole life being able to step out and now they need to stay put…laughed when Tulo walked completely around the ump on one of his at bats (right before his HR)…don’t know if he was taunting or what, but it wasn’t normal for him…got a good chuckle out of it…

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