Well yesterday was interesting here in the great midwest. After 3 days of the media beating us over the head with forecasts of DOOM! it finally arrived in the form of 99 tornadoes all hitting Salina. Which is fine because Salina sucks. Anyways, the only tornado near me was actually near my hometown so naturally I got in a large truck with my kinfolk and took some video. Check it out on Facebook if you are allowed access. If not then reflect on why you aren't allowed to be a eFriend of mine and cry.
The offensive machine that is our AAA club continued to roll last night. Beef Castle picked up 3 hits and is now hitting .500. Brett Jackson hit his 2nd homerun is as many nights and Josh Vitters had a two double. Even Tony Campana got in the action stealing his 5th base of the year and raising his average to .333. Its weird that we have two CF's in AAA that are better than our starting CF on the big league club but winning PCL titles is part of the master plan I'm sure. Sadly for the offense the corpse of Nate Robertson came in and shit the bed in relief and the Iowa Cubs lost 6-5.
Wichita KS native Logan Watkins continues to have a good season as his first HR of the year helped Tenn win 5-2. Watkins could have a future as a utility player as he has some time at SS and 2B. What's interesting about him is that every year he moves up a level and he doesn't really get much worse. He just puts up a decent numbers wherever he goes. Kevin Rhoderick who I think we will see at some point in the bullpen this year worked a scoreless 9th for the save. Rhoderick has a slider that will make your think of the Carlos Marmol of old and now has 6 K in 5.1 IP while only giving up 1 run.
Maybe its time for Zach Cates to take the bullpen test because he is awful as a SP. A week after laying a major egg Cates went out and duplicated his dubious feat giving up 8 R (5 ER) in 3.1 IP. After two starts he now has allowed 20 baserunners in 4.1 Innings and sports an ERA of 22. Tony Zych had a good outing striking out two in 1 inning of work.
Zeke DeVoss! went deep for his first HR of the year and continues to justify my man crush. Ben Wells had another strong outing. He worked 5.2 IP and gave up 3 runs while striking out 5. All the damage vs Wells was in the first inning. True to form his heavy fastball caused 8 groundouts to zero fly outs. There is a lot to like with this kid and he's definitely of the best pitching prospects we have. (Which isn't saying much)