Another day, another promotion for a pitcher in the South Atlantic League.
New York Mets right-hander Rainy Lara has been assigned to Class-A Advanced St. Lucie, a move bound to happen after Lara's impressive start.
In 50.2 innings for the Savannah Sand Gnats, Lara had a 1.42 ERA and 1.80 FIP with a 26 percent strikeout rate and 3.1 percent walk rate, totaling 51 strikeouts and six walks.
Colorado Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler has been promoted to the Class-A Advanced Modesto Nuts.
Butler, taken 46th overall in the 2012 draft out of Radford, had a 1.66 ERA over nine starts and 54.1 innings for the Asheville Tourists. One of his better outings came against the Augusta GreenJackets on May 7, allowing just one hit over six innings, walking five and striking out five.
The San Francisco Giants are known for developing solid pitchers, and their top five arms ranked by Baseball America are on a good pace in their development so far this season.
Kyle Crick left an April 18 start for San Jose with a strained oblique and hasn't appeared since, sitting on the disabled list. The length of the DL stint is to be expected, as obliques usually take a while to heal.
Before Crick hit the disabled list, he allowed one earned run and six total over 9.2 innings in the California League. He walked nine and struck out 12.
Miami Marlins left-handed prospect Andrew Heaney is scheduled to make his 2013 debut tonight, a sigh of relief for Miami Marlins fans.
Heaney, drafted 12th overall in 2012 out of Oklahoma State, is returning from a lat strain suffered in spring training. He was assigned to Advanced-A Jupiter and will start against Daytona at 6:35 p.m.
Sunday, May 19 - Sand Gnats 12, GreenJackets 10
A back-and-forth game basically ended in the seventh inning when Savannah center fielder Eudy Pina cleared the bases on a double for three runs, giving the Sand Gnats a six-run lead at the time.
Pina drilled a 1-2 fastball, waist high, to deep center over Jesus Galindo's head. Manager Mike Goff said there was no excuse for the pitch from Brandon Farley. But it seemed to be a trend from GreenJackets pitchers in the game.
Sunday, May 19 - 2:05 p.m.
Savannah Sand Gnats (23-17)
RHP Luis Cessa (34.1 IP, 3.93 ERA, 4.25 FIP, 20 K%, 4 BB%, .306 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (24-17)
RHP Martin Agosta (37.1 IP, 2.17 ERA, 2.40 FIP, 34.2 K%, 9.9 BB%, .317 BABIP)
Cessa has been a steady starter for the Sand Gnats so far this season, allowing no more than five earned in any outing, while totaling five walks in 34.1 innings. His most recent start was one of his shakier ones, walking four in six innings, but he minimized the damage with just three runs.
Saturday, May 18 - Sand Gnats 3, GreenJackets 1
The pregame blog post was focused on the starters, but Savannah catcher Kevin Plawecki changed the focus in a hurry.
Plawecki went 2 for 2 with one RBI and was hit twice, reaching base four times. He drove in the tying run and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
Saturday, May 18 - 7:05 p.m.
Savannah Sand Gnats (22-17)
RHP Matthew Koch (23.1 IP, 5.40 ERA, 3.16 FIP, 19.8 K%, 0 BB%, .346 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (24-16)
LHP Matthew Lujan (First appearance of 2013)
Friday, May 17 - GreenJackets 11, Sand Gnats 0
I was prepared to write another pitching duel gamer until Mitch Delfino appeared.
Delfino popped an inside fastball over the ad boards in left field for a grand slam, sparking a six-run fifth inning. The GreenJackets rolled to 11 runs in the rout.
Friday, May 17 - 7:05 p.m.
Savannah Sand Gnats (22-16)
RHP Robert Gsellman (14.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 7 K)
Augusta GreenJackets (23-16)
RHP Joe Biagini (18.2 IP, 6.27 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 23.6 K%, 12.4 BB%, .357 BABIP)
Gsellman made two starts for Advanced-A St. Lucie, allowing three runs in nine innings. His most recent outing was his first at Savannah, allowing one run in 4.1 innings against Rome.