David Holmberg is putting together an awfully good season in Mobile at the age of 21 (turns 22 in a month) and he posted his best outing of the year last night with a complete game one hitter. The one hit allowed was a solo home run in the 2nd inning, and he also surrendered one walk in an efficient 94-pitch game. His peripherals just keep getting better and better too with a 2.31 ERA, 76 hits allowed in 89 innings, a .235 BAA, a K/BB of 2.41 and climbing. He's just one more minor league pitching prospect we have who is going to be putting pressure on the team to find a spot for him in their rotation as soon as 2015 if not before. I don't often feel that it does much good for pitching prospects to go to the PCL and get knocked around up there in some of those altitude parks. But it might actually be a good thing for Holmberg to start some on-the-job training against top professional hitters to refine his control game even further and learn how to get guys out who already know how to hit. It might be bumpy for him at first but it will eventually do him some good.
3 Stars: David Holmberg, Mobile 9 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 ER, W (4-3)
2 Stars: Jose Martinez, Hillsboro 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 ER, W (1-0)
1 Star: Zach Esquerra, Hillsboro 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 DBL, 1 TPL, 2 RBI
0 Stars: Ty Linton, Hillsboro 0 for 4, 1 K
Triple A: Reno 1 @ Tucson 5. Mike Bolsinger didn't pitch a bad game, but the offense was nowhere to be found to bail him out. Bolsinger allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks over 7 innings while striking out 5. Alfredo Marte went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Tony Campana went 2 for 4 with a double and Matt Davidson added a pair of singles.
Double A: Mobile 11 @ Pensacola 1. David Holmberg was masterful allowing just a solo home run in 9 innings and the offense exploded for 11 runs on 13 hits. Five BayBears' batters had multiple hits with Ender Inciarte stroking 3 of them stealing his 17th base. Garrett Webber went 2 for 5 with a double and a home run. Nick Ahmed had 2 hits including a double and 3 RBI.
High A: Visalia - off day
Low A: South Bend - off day
Short Season A: Hillsboro 12 Eugene 0. Dominican Jose Martinez was on in his first start of the year tossing 5 shutout innings on 2 hits and 2 walks to lead Hillsboro to their first win of the season. The bullpen of Patrick Smith, Alexander Carreras and Will Locante combined for 4 shutout innings of relief. Jordan Parr and Zach Esquerra led a strong offense with Parr smashing a 1st-inning homer and Esquerra providing a double, a triple and 3 RBI. Esquerra is 5 for 11 to start the year with 2 doubles, a triple and a home run.