== And the view from the mound ==
Same drill as we did with the hitters.
Dylan “Sharkie” Unsworth (High-A High Desert RH starter): We were worried that High Desert had ruined our perennial favorite, but then on June 20 he ripped off 12 strikeouts without a walk.
Since that game, he has 59 strikeouts in 46.0 IP, with only 4 walks. Yes, his ERA for that stretch is 4.70, but that’s a big drop from the 7.18 it was before. We’re pretty confident that once Unsworth moves on from California he’ll be right back among the top starting prospects in the organization.
Trey Cochran-Gill (Rookie Pulaski RH reliever): You can’t possibly argue with what the Auburn product and 17th-round pick has done so far: 23.0 IP, 0 runs. And 29 strikeouts with just two walks. He’s only given up 10 hits, of which only three (all doubles) went for extra bases. His slash-line-against: .127/.148/.165. The M’s just gave up one sleeper Auburn reliever (Stephen Kohlscheen), but Cochran-Gill is next in line.
Ryan Yarbrough (Short Season Everett LH starter/reliever): The 4th-round pick out of Old Dominion already earned a promotion from Rookie-level Pulaski to Everett. He’s faced 98 pro batters and struck out 36 of them with only three walks. And he’s gotten more dominant: his last two outings he has 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K.
Kody Kerski (Short Season Everett RH reliever): One of the oddest lines I’ve ever seen. The 8th-round pick out of Sacred Heart has given up just a lone double, and no home runs, but three triples. What?
Regardless, in his last 9 games (12.0 IP), Kerski has given up just three hits (all singles) and one earned run. His slash-line-against for that stretch: .077/.182/.077 and his ERA is 0.73.
Emilio Pagan (Low-A Clinton RH reliever) became a favorite in 2013 with an virtually unhittable start to his pro career. So we were a bit dismayed when he was relatively average the first few months at Clinton. But then he took 11 days off early in July (it does not appear he was ever on the disabled list), and came back on fire:
- 13.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 15 K — slash-line-against .196/.220/.283
Victor Sanchez (AA Jackson RH starter) and Edwin Diaz (Low-A Clinton RH starter): Both young starters got off to wobbly starts. Sanchez had a 4.61 ERA on June 26. But since then he’s rolled off seven starts of 3 ER or fewer. His ERA for that stretch is 2.34. Remember he’s in AA and he doesn’t turn 20 until January!
Diaz actually hasn’t been hot at all, until the other night when he posted a sharp three-hit, complete-game shutout. That brought his ERA down from 3.92 to 3.55.
- Right as we were naming him Pitcher of the Year So Far, Tyler Olson (AA Jackson RH starter) went on a four-game stretch with a 5.86 ERA. He recovered somewhat in his first August start, howerver, with 6.2 IP and just one unearned run.
- Jordan Pries (AAA Tacoma RH starter) got off to a hot start after a surprise callup to AAA, but he’s been fading. In July he limped home with a 5.58 ERA after giving up six homers in five starts.
- Luiz Gohara (Short Season Everett LH starter) just turned 18 on July 31. So you can’t hold much against the Brazilian teen. But after two strong starts among the Arizona rookies, he got promoted to Everett and has been … well … bad. His ERA is 9.82 and hitters are slugging .526 against him.
- Jay Muhammad (AZ Rookie RH starter) was someone we had high hopes for, as the 11th-round pick (as we explained, the new funky rules make the 11th-round pick the round where the money starts flowing again). But so far, so very very bad. A 13.24 ERA with 12.2 BB/9 and only 4.8 K/9? 2.53 WHIP? Let’s consider 2014 a mulligan and hope he can figure something out down the road.