They’re working on converting him to a relief role. He’s been a starter in the minors, but his performance dips notably after the third inning. So they’re hoping to keep him in relief where he can throw as hard as possible without pacing himself, and also avoid later-innings control issues.
The AA Southern League is also using the trial “enhanced grip” baseball.
Some pitchers have been having issues controlling it’s movement which may be why his walks and hit batters are so high.
Long-term, they would still like him to be a starter. This conversion, for now, is short-term (2023) only, based on their current needs. The Spring of 2024 will be interesting.
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the absolute genius that is naming your team “The Trash Pandas”. I wish I came up with that. A lot of credit is given to The Savanna Bananas but Tradh Panda is in another league.
A great team to be sponsored by Rumpke. No piling on please.
Yes! Ps. Why has MU not contacted them for naming rights. Like if you put their name on Millett and called it “the dump” you’d never need to renovate it and we’d have money to fund the teams at a higher level. Problems solved!!!
Angels lost 6-2, but Sam went 2 innings and gave up 1 earned run in his MLB debut!
Edit: 4 strikeouts, 4 hits, and 2 walks.
A rocky start. Too bad.
He was better than the box score. Only 1 hard hit ball on him in 2 innings. 3 of the 4 hits were bloops or bleeders.
Second MLB appearance last night in the Angels’ loss to the White Sox. Sam pitched the bottom of the 7th. Gave up a leadoff single, then got a double play ball and a groundout to retire the side.