Cactus League Game 12, Rangers at Mariners
This is another game that won’t be on radio or TV. That’s the bad news. The good news is that games will be broadcast on Wednesday and Thursday at 7 pm, giving us a bit of a fix, and then the following Sunday’s game will also be on TV at 1 pm. Be apprised.
For a lineup, we have this:
I’m not really all that enthusiastic about that, so instead what I’m going to do here is use the post as an outlet for neat news stories that have come out over the past day or so. Geoff Baker had the most detailed story I’ve yet seen on who Erasmo Ramirez is and where he came from, which talks about how he had to go to El Salvador and train there before he was noticed by the scouts (little known fact). This goes along with the Shannon Drayer piece that Marc posted yesterday. Right now, there’s talk that Erasmo could break with the M’s to start the season. This has led to a few comparisons popping up now and then so I’ll address that even if the two aren’t really comparable in build.
A: 122.1 IP, 16.4 K%, 9.5 BB%
B: 110.1 IP, 16.8 K%, 5.6%
A is Doug Fister in his second year in West Tenn (curiously, his first year was better in some respects). B is Erasmo in Jackson last year. Fister had a another full year of time in the minor leagues that, at which point his walks dropped to 3.6%. That’s one of the reasons I don’t especially like the comp. But both are right-handed strike-throwers that don’t walk dudes, so it keeps coming up. I wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to Erasmo breaking with the team, but his secondary offerings still need some work and he’s right on the threshold of the strikeout comfort zone. We’ll see.
As for the national media’s attention to our pitching prospects, Ken Rosenthal had a comprehensive article on the three that brought in a lot of quotes from Zduriencik, Willis, and Miguel Olivo, who has been catching all of these guys. It also brings in an interesting point that I had forgotten about: Zduriencik was the Mets farm director back when Generation K was coming up. On the whole, I would characterize it as cautiously positive about the plan as it stands, though I’m of the opinion that we also really need to develop some hitting internally in order to carry this through.
The last piece I have to share is one on the main site where Carl Willis talks about the bond between Walker, Paxton, and Hultzen. The Paxton/Walker relationship had been talked about a bit last year when both were in Clinton, and Hultzen seems to have slipped into that pretty easily. Now they’re talking about not wanting to split the group up so, I don’t know, maybe all of them end up in Jackson? It would be pretty ambitious to slot Walker there and have him skip over advanced-A entirely, but given the conundrums that High Desert presents us with, it may end up as the better option.