Charleston 5, Augusta 1
The right-hander made his first start as a full-season pitcher and looked good, throwing four scoreless innings before allowing three runs in the fifth. He was potentially an out away from getting out of the fifth unscathed, but defense and wild pitches extended the inning. It shouldn't be a knock on Johnson.
Thursday, April 3 - 7 p.m.
Rookie Davis (2013: A-: 42 IP, 2.36 ERA, 2.72 FIP, 20.6 K%, 6.9 BB%, .336 BABIP; A: 10 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K)
Chase Johnson (2013: Rk: 5.1 IP, 5 H, R/ER, BB, 7 K; A-: 41 IP, 4.17 ERA, 3.52 FIP, 21.8 K%, 7.1 BB%, .290 BABIP)
Part two of the 2014 Augusta GreenJackets player briefs belongs to pitchers. Last year's staff had an impressive run, especially in the bullpen, so repeating their numbers will be a tough test for the new group. But this year's staff appears solid.
Carlos Alvarado - Despite being 24 years old now, Alvarado didn't make his stateside debut until 2013. He consistently produces very good peripherals, but full-season ball will tell how true they are. He's a tall, lanky right-hander from Venezuela.
The first round of 2014 Augusta GreenJackets player briefs belongs to position players. The team is loaded with young prospects, highlighted by two highly-touted teenagers playing in the infield.
The San Francisco Giants released their Augusta GreenJackets roster Sunday, headlined by a strong core of high draft picks from 2013.
While the GreenJackets will rely heavily on the Giants' top two draft picks from 2013, Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones, in the infield, perhaps the most intriguing name is right-hander Keury Mella.
ROME, Ga. - There was a reason Jason Hursh got the start for the Future Stars against the big-league Braves. The right-hander shows polish and an advanced feel for what he does, and he attacked some notable Braves with confidence.
The Future Stars beat the big leaguers 13-4. The big hit came on a Josh Elander grand slam.
Games of March 27
Stephen Piscotty, Cardinals: 1-1, 2B, RBI. Piscotty is making more noise at this point than Oscar Taveras, and the news link below explains his current situation.
Billy Hamilton, Reds: 3-4, 2 3B, RBI. Not only is Hamilton hitting well this spring, he's doing things like this. What might be a career-type day for some (two triples?!) will become fairly common for Hamilton if he hits in the majors.
Games of March 26
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 1-3, HR, RBI. Bogaerts is coming on strong as spring training winds down, which is good news for the Red Sox. His excellent hit tool and pitch recognition means any potential hitting slumps should be overcome quickly. It also means his plus-potential power should play up.
Pitchers aren't robots. As their career pitch counts increase over the years, the wear on their arms takes its toll. Arms that used to touch 98 miles per hour end up sitting in the low-90s. Pitching isn't natural for an arm, so it's natural for one to wear down with time.
Games of March 25
Kyle Kubitza, Braves: 1-1, 2B, 2 RBI. There's divide over Kubitza's future role, with some seeing a player who will struggle to make the majors and others seeing a possible regular. I like the bat and believe in it.
Nick Castellanos, Tigers: 2-3, 2 2B. Ho-hum, another big day for Castellanos.
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 2-4, RBI. Ho-hum, Bogaerts is good.