Salem L 7-13
Tate Matheny: 1-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
Josh Tobias: 0-5
Michael Chavis: 0-5, 1 K
Josh Ockimey: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Austin Rei: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 K, 1 E
Kyri Washington: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E
Gerson Bautista: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Austin Rei is quickly becoming one of my favorite sleeper prospects in the system after his performance to start this season. There were sneaky-high hopes for the catcher coming out of the draft, but he hasn’t performed in his two professional seasons prior to 2017. This year, though, he’s hitting .356/.431/.622. Without getting to see him in person it’s hard to say what his defense looks like, but if he keeps hitting like this we’ll be getting more scouting reports on the backstop soon.
Greenville W 7-4
Tyler Hill: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB
Bobby Dalbec: 0-3, 1 R, 1 K
Lorenzo Cedrola: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Tyler Hill has always been known as a good athlete, but even in his breakout year with Lowell in 2016 he didn’t show himself to be the best base stealer. It’s been a different case for the outfielder this season. His power stroke was carrying the load for his hype early on, but lately it’s been his work on the base paths. After stealing 11 bases in 22 attempts in 61 games with the Spinners last year, he’s stolen 9 of 10 in 17 games with the Drive so far this year.