Games of April 28:
Ryan Brett, Rays AA: 5-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI. Brett doesn't have standout tools, but he gets the most out of them with instincts on the field. He plays with a high energy level and could succeed as a leadoff hitter in the upper levels with a solid hit tool and above-average speed.
Games of April 27:
Oscar Taveras, Cardinals AAA: 2-4, HR, RBI. Randal Grichuk was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday night, while Kolten Wong was optioned. Taveras wasn't expected to be the first outfielder recalled after injury setbacks, but he continues to hit when healthy and is riding an 11-game hitting streak.
Sunday, April 27 - Asheville 12, Augusta 2
I've been crushing on McMahon all weekend, and he delivered in the biggest way in the final game of the series Sunday. The third baseman hit an opposite-field grand slam off left-hander Christian Jones in the third inning after the GreenJackets intentionally walked Pat Valaika to get to him. It was the ultimate payback.
Sunday, April 27 - 2 p.m.
Asheville Tourists (11-11)
RHP Johendi Jiminian (2014 A: 21.1 IP, 1.27 ERA, 3.31 FIP, 17.9 K%, 9.5 BB%, .213 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (12-11)
LHP Christian Jones (2014 A: 12 IP, 1.50 ERA, 1.59 FIP, 33.3 K%, 2.2 BB%, .250 BABIP)
Saturday, April 26 - Asheville 3, Augusta 2
As I said in the gameday, Lujan probably shouldn't be in the South Atlantic League. He has an idea of what he's doing on the mound, shows pitchability and gets the most out of his stuff. He allowed three runs on nine hits in six innings, walking one and striking out four. He induced 11 ground balls and 10 fly balls, as well as 13 swinging strikes, which is the most at Lake Olmstead so far this season.
Saturday, April 26 - 7 p.m.
Asheville Tourists (10-11)
RHP Konner Wade (2014 A: 16 IP, 6.75 ERA, 5.16 FIP, 19.1 K%, 4.4 BB%, .354 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (12-10)
LHP Matt Lujan (2014 A: 18.2 IP, 1.45 ERA, 2.74 FIP, 22.7 K%, 8 BB%, .327 BABIP)
Friday, April 25 - Asheville 2, Augusta 1
Diaz had another solid, efficient outing, giving up two runs on six hits in 6.1 innings with five strikeouts. The GreenJackets needed a longer outing from their starter to rest the bullpen, and Diaz was able to provide that. Manager Mike Goff said after the game that Diaz and Tyler Rogers pitched very well. They were certainly the bright spots for an otherwise rough, mistake-filled game for Augusta.
Friday, April 25 - 7 p.m.
Asheville Tourists (9-11)
RHP Alex Balog (2014 A: 17 IP, 4.24 ERA, 3.90 FIP, 20 K%, 8.6 BB%, .313 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (12-9)
LHP Carlos Diaz (2014 A: 14.1 IP, 2.51 ERA, 2.85 FIP, 18.6 K%, 6.8 BB%, .296 BABIP)
Games of April 24:
Gregory Polanco (Pirates AAA): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB. Polanco has already appeared here once, and it won't be the last time he appears here twice in the same week. He's bashing Triple-A right now.
Tony Sanchez (Pirates AAA): 2-2, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB. Sanchez could be on a major league bench right now, and would probably start on second-division teams. His hitting has come a long way.
Thursday, April 24 - Augusta 6, Asheville 5
I have to remind myself sometimes that Mella is 20 years old. Manager Mike Goff calmed me down some after the game by reminding me Mella didn't put some hitters away 0-2 like he should, and he messed around when ahead in the count at times by using a throw-away pitch instead of challenging batters.