San Francisco Giants 2013 first-round draft pick Christian Arroyo was diagnosed with a sprained left thumb, according to Augusta GreenJackets manager Mike Goff.
Arroyo, Augusta's second baseman, was pulled from Saturday's game at Hickory after two at-bats. He was placed on the disabled list two days later and was sent to spring camp in Arizona.
Goff said Arroyo should return to Augusta "in a couple weeks."
Thursday, May 15 - 7 p.m.
West Virginia Power (13-26)
RHP Buddy Borden (2014 A: 30.1 IP, 2.67 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 20.9 K%, 9.3 BB%, .259 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (17-22)
LHP Carlos Diaz (2014 A: 31.2 IP, 3.41 ERA, 3.40 FIP, 16.4 K%, 7.5 BB%, .313 BABIP)
Wednesday, May 14 - West Virginia 5, Augusta 4 (10 innings)
I might love this guy too much for my own good, but I just enjoy watching him throw. He was 95-97 in the first two innings and settled into 93-94 after that. His fastball had heavy, sinking action, breaking more than one bat and sawing off multiple hitters. It resulted in 16 ground balls, most of which were pounded into the ground. He kept it in the zone and worked both sides with pretty good command.
Wednesday, May 14 - 7 p.m.
West Virginia Power (12-26)
RHP Shane Carle (2014 A: 33.2 IP, 4.01 ERA, 4.08 FIP, 15.5 K%, 2 BB%, .351 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (17-21)
RHP Keury Mella (2014 A: 32 IP, 3.66 ERA, 3.01 FIP, 23.5 K%, 5.2 BB%, .359 BABIP)
If you have noticed Justin Upton whiffing through more high fastballs this season, there's a good reason for that, but it's not as noteworthy as some might believe.
His results against a different pitch, however, do seem notable.
Games of May 11:
Randal Grichuk, Cardinals AAA: Grichuk struggled in his first taste of the majors, recording three hits and one walk in 22 plate appearances. But he showed signs by lacing two extra-base hits and barreling the ball several times. Grichuk has very good power potential if the bat can even come close to matching it.
As Christian Arroyo passed the 100 mark in plate appearances May 2, he continued to struggle to reach the .200 mark in batting average. An 0 for 4 day didn't get him any closer.
The first month of Arroyo's 2014 season hasn't gone as planned. He entered Thursday with a .194/.219/.241 line, recording a .214 wOBA and 27 wRC+. He has just four multi-hit games and four extra-base hits in his first 28 games in Augusta.
EDIT (5/28): The Braves purchased the contract of La Stella on Wednesday, marking the beginning of a new direction at second base in Atlanta. The observations from this post still stand, so this can serve as a primer for the second baseman.
Monday, May 5 - Greenville 13, Augusta 3
Stankiewicz showed better command of his secondaries than I expected, but his delivery and the plane on his pitches draw concerns for me.