In what was originally intended to be an introductory to a new feature I plan on running on this site called “Off Day Blues”, I wrote a few words about Tuesday’s Fisher Cats game before I realized that I was a day ahead of myself.
Blame the west coast swing.
In essence, I plan on easing your pain during the dreaded off days between now and the end of August. I’ll be selecting 1 MiLB game per off day and detailing some key prospects that will be featured during said game.
I’ll include a link to the radio feed for the selected game at the bottom of each post so you can tune in and get to know Toronto’s prospects a little better while waiting for the next Blue Jays game.
Remember, I wrote the following thinking that New Hampshire had no off day on Monday….
Although most of you will be taking a much needed night off to rest up after Sunday’s 11 inning marathon between Toronto and San Diego, I know that there are few like me who will be feeling the void left from another Blue Jays off day.
The beauty of Baseball is that there are no “off days”….
Although the big club is sitting idle tonight in San Francisco, there is still a lot of great baseball being played within Toronto’s system.
Monday (Tuesday) night’s marquee match-up features the 28-30 New Hampshire Fisher Cats taking on the Akron Aeros at Canal Park.
7:o5 first pitch.
Starting for the Fisher Cats is Toronto’s 2012 1st Round pick, Marcus Stroman. Stroman is coming off a tough may 29th loss to Portland where the 21 year old RHP allowed 7 Earned Runs in a single inning of work, walking 1, striking out 2 and allowing a pair of Home Runs.
When it comes to evaluating young talent, it’s often interesting to see how a player manages rebound after failure in the field. Tonight’s game should be no different as Stroman looks to lower his now 8.10 ERA Eastern League Earned Run Average.
Other standouts currently playing for New Hampshire include Outfielder Kevin Pillar, 3rd Baseman Ryan Schimpf and 1st Baseman Clint Robinson.
Pillar leads the club in BA (.314) , OPS (.823), SB (14) and is currently considered one of the top Outfield prospects in Toronto’s system.
Although his BA is sitting around the .22o mark, Schimpf has managed to get on base at a .350 clip while leading the Fisher Cats in Home Runs with 12 and RBI with 31 (tied with Brad Glenn).
Fresh off his removal from Toronto’s 40 man Roster last week, Clint Robinson looks to continue adding to his stellar AA numbers (.279/.383/.426) while playing steady defense at 1st.
You can follow tonight’s game online via the Fisher Cats website. As always, MiLB radio feeds are brodcasted free of charge over the internet.
Here’s a link to tonight’s New Hampshire game - http://www.milb.com/multimedia/audio.jsp?sid=t463&home=t402&away=t463