Wow. Finally getting a moment to update the blog. It’s been awhile. Things always get crazy in the 2-3 weeks leading up to a season. Most of us in minor league ball are still working on corporate and/or group sales related things in addition to trying to get ready for the games, so the blog had to take a back seat for a little bit.
Not sure how many of you have made it to a game on the opening homestand. So far it’s been a page right out of the movie Groundhog Day.
The Missions won on opening night, 7-1. They lost a 13-inning game the next night, 2-1. Then they won 7-1 and lost yesterday 2-1. I suppose we can just file away a 7-1 win tonight.
The big story so far has been the superb starting pitching by the Missions. Donn Roach, Jose De Paula, Burch Smith, and Matt Andriese have combined for 21 scoreless innings to start the year. I know that they say pitchers are usually a little ahead of hitters early in the season, but…..
De Paula looked pretty sharp in his first start, especially considering that he missed all of last year due to visa issues, which revealed that he was actually a year older than reported.
Smith was really impressive. The Texan out of the U. of Oklahoma is going to be a fast riser in the Padres organization. He regularly hits the mid to upper 90’s and also gets his fair share of ground balls.
Andriese was the Cal League’s ERA champ last year, finishing with an ERA of more than a run less than the league average! He’s the pride of UC Riverside.
We’ll see if newcomer Wilfredo Boscan can keep that string of pearls intact when he takes to the hill tonight. Boscan spent all of last year with Frisco in the Texas League as a Rangers minor leaguer. He was acquired this past December in the Triple A phase of the Rule V draft. Wilfredo is taking the place of Adys Portillo in the rotation. Portillo has some soreness in the upper part of his right tricep. Not sure when he might be making his ’13 debut.
This Missions pitching staff would appear to potentially be one of the deepest and strongest that the team has had in awhile, and they’ve had some pretty good staffs over the years. Should keep them in the hunt for most of the games. You can never have too much pitching, right?
The homestand wraps up tonight and tomorrow. The club will travel to Tulsa, OK and Springfield, MO starting Thursday night.
I’ll try to post a few updates over the next week or so. I’ll have 10 hours to kill on the bus this Wednesday. Hope to see you at The Wolff sometime soon!