Chris Volstad struck out 7 in 7, I would imagine if and when Dempster gets traded we will see Volstad return he's been so so down in AAA thus far. Brett Jackson struck out twice.
Trey McNutt is bad at sports right now. He needs to go the bullpen. Junior Lake was 2-5 and is batting .303.
Matt Szczur had a beastly night. He went 3-3 with 3 SB's and a pair of walks. He is currently sporting a 131 wRC+. The other day uber guru Kevin Goldstein mentioned that Szczur wasn't hitting well and I pointed out that he actually is. So last night I tweeted that it looks like Szczur has figured out the FSL. KG replied that Castro is a year younger than Szczur so don't get too excited. We then debated context and bit to which I argued that context matters but keep in mind this is only his 2nd year of full time baseball. The Cubs took a raw athlete and so far I'm very impressed. He has shown big time improvement in taking walks, hits for average, steals bases at a good rate and plays a good OF. You're not going to take a football player and send him to AA to learn how to play the game. So that's my rant for the day.
I watched this game on Milb.tv last night and finally got to look at Concepcion and Baez. Concepcion had a typical start getting rocked in the 1st and just generally being not good. That said, he does have a pretty nice curveball and seemed to focus on throwing the fastball which is not very good. Hitters square it up, he rarely can throw it past a guy. I could see a future as a loogy with the breaking pitch but unless he can get a decent change up or add some velocity I don't see much happening for the 7 million dollar man. Baez on the other hand looks great. He was 3-4 with a walk and stole 3 bases along the way. He worked the count twice to 2-0 and then both times took massive cuts. He went oppo with one of his hits, a double, and once he gets on the bases he wastes no time in stealing. Goldstein said he rates his speed as 50 which is average which made me think back to the average footed Starlin Castro and chuckle a bit. Other than that my only other observation is that Larry Suarez is fucking huge and not very good at pitching.
Ian Dickinson struck out 6 in 5 IP while allowing one earned run. Chadd Krist sounds like a dude who plays in Nickelback but despite his unfortunate name he hit very well in his Boise debut going 4-5 with a pair of doubles. Dong Yub Kim hit his 2nd HR of the year and made it count as it was a grand slam.
Jacob Rogers this year's 40th round pick went 4-4 with a pair of HR's. Rogers has hit the shit out of the ball so far but was a college senior and should probably move up pretty quick as he is too advanced for this level. Vogelbach hit a double and Trey Martin who AZ Phil raves about was 3-4 with a walk.