The Tennessee Smokies won last night to stay alive in the postseason series. If they win again tonight against Rocket City Trash Pandas, they will move to the Southern League Championship Series. The game starts at 6:35 pm Cairo time, and the official starter is still to be announced later.
- Some of the key highlights from the win, including Homer Chase Strompf’s decisive three-stroke, Cole Roederer saving a throw-in, and Jonathan Perlaza’s stunning catch to take the win:
- What a great capture. That was Zach Lee’s relief prospect, by the way, as Ben Brown was the kicker in the game (3.2 IP, 2 ER, 3H, 3 BB), while Baily Horn (2.1 IP, 0R, 0H, 2 BB, 5K) ) and Blake Whitney (2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K) act as the clean bridge to Leigh.
- Elsewhere, the Sosa-McGwire home race between Matt Murvis and Alexander Canario in Iowa had another moment, with Canario scoring his 35th goal the night after Mervis:
- Canario, 22, now arrives in .244/.407/.533/.149 wRC + slash in Triple-A Iowa. The sample is smaller (60 protected areas versus 100), but Canario now basically has the numbers it had at High-A when the foundation decided, Well, this guy is clearly not up for a challenge, we need to shock him. Just for context on how scorching Canario has been over the past 10 days since returning from an ankle injury.
- Oh, Canario also has 22 stolen bases throughout the year. I just thought that was worth mentioning somewhere.
- The Cubs tried to sign catch catcher David Avetia as an uncut free agent last year, the same year they took his brother Daniel, a pitcher who was bound by the same school, in the 19th round (he didn’t sign). Unfortunately, the injury stopped him before that happened, so it’s very good to see that after he’s recovered, the Cubs are still on contract with David Avetia:
- By writing, the injury was related to the elbow and required surgery, so it’s likely Tommy John’s surgery, although this is not explicitly stated. Avitia has spent the last year working with the Grand Canyon as a student assistant (it might be a good idea to stay there with his brother).
- An interesting look at the potential for deep sleep jugs to break out for next season:
- The bowler pictured, Conor Noland, looks like a thoughtful choice (we’re talking about surprising types, mind you), given his SEC experience. The results were solid for the ninth-rounder, an older, experienced type who seemed to push the Cubs hard up the ladder when warranted. From Northside Bound: “Conor Noland will likely start the 2022 draft in South Bend, but odds are Myrtle Beach could be an option due to the aforementioned predicament. He’s a man who could end up in the season at Tennessee. He’s got SEC experience, and feelings of A Friday night start, and some good control. If the Cubs hit a fastball at a couple of mph during the winter, our ‘sleeper’ might be in the club.”
- From Baseball America’s draft book on Noland, where you feel it could show if there’s some development of “things,” which the Cubs have recently had success: , Noland just snuck into the BA’s Top 500 in 470: “After not Filling an important role at the 2021 club, Noland stepped up to fill the massive void created when the expected Arkansas ace Peyton Palette blew his elbow.Noland has rarely been spectacular, but he was very reliable at Friday’s start in Arkansas.He went 8-6, 3.65 in 116 innings And a start 19. Noland’s 89-91 mph fastball would be below average in pro ball, but it’s already making an average mid-’80s slide and above-average slender ball in the mid-’80s.He has above-average control. Noland is a fourth-year junior and could choose to return to Arkansas for another season if his late enlistment status doesn’t tempt him.”
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