Tuesday, April 16 - 7:05 p.m.
Lexington Legends (4-8)
RHP Bryan Brickhouse (9 IP, 3.00 ERA, 2.42 FIP, 20 K%, 5 BB%, .379 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (7-4)
RHP Martin Agosta (8.2 IP, 3.12 ERA, 2.05 FIP, 29.7 K%, 8.1 BB%, .455 BABIP)
The GreenJackets are going for another series win over the Legends after winning the series opener 7-3 on Monday.
Tuesday's pitching matchup is the same as opening night's. Agosta outdueled Brickhouse by tossing five shutout innings with no walks and nine strikeouts on April 5. Brickhouse had two unearned runs in four innings, walking one and striking out seven.
Augusta GreenJackets notes:
Agosta's second outing wasn't as sharp, allowing four runs - three earned - in 3.2 innings against Savannah. Like Jose Reyes did Monday, the GreenJackets are hoping for a bounceback start from the right-hander.
Shortstop Matt Duffy and third baseman Mitch Delfino are quickly establishing themselves as the more consistent hitters in the lineup, and manager Mike Goff is taking advantage by hitting him 3 and 4.
Duffy is hitting .293/.370/.317 with a .335 wOBA and 102 wRC+. Delfino is hitting .262/.326/.381 with a .332 wOBA and 100 wRC+, both in 46 plate appearances. Duffy also leads the team with an 11 BB%.
Lexington Legends notes:
Brickhouse allowed four runs - three earned - in five innings against Asheville last time out. Reports do not favor the former third-round pick by the Royals in 2011, especially his secondary pitches.
From Mark Smith of FanGraphs.com, on Brickhouse's outing against Asheville: "Brickhouse started the game by hitting 93-95 in the first inning, and he sat 90-92 the rest of the game. His secondaries, however, were nowhere near good enough to get hitters off his fastball. The fastball alone could make him a middle reliever, but he won’t be anything more than that without another pitch."
From Jason Cole of Baseball Prospectus and LoneStarDugout.com, relayed by Craig Goldstein of FakeTeams.com: "Fastball up to 96, but sits lower 90s. Change is too firm and doesn't move much. Breaking ball command is iffy."
Smith's post linked above is worth reading in full to get a better idea of Lexington's talent, but pulling some notable lines:
Bubba Starling - "He oozes tools, but the skills are not there. Starling still has top-end speed as he ran a few 4.0s to first. He still has a strong arm that he unleashed a few times, though it’s not particularly accurate. And he has pop. The hit tool is his biggest issue, however. He starts with his hands in front of his right collarbone, and as the pitcher delivers the ball, he yanks them back into a deep load and thrusts them forward. That’s a lot of action in a small period of time, and it led to bad contact or no contact at all. He’s an aggressive hitter, and he has trouble even hitting fastballs and looked lost against off-speed stuff. I’m curious to see if and how much he improves when I go back later in the year."
Raul Mondesi - "This Raul Mondesi has a few things going his way. The first is that he’ll just turn 18 this July, so he’s extremely young for the league. The second is what could be well-above average defense at short. He made two plays that he had no business making – fielding a grounder up the middle while spinning and firing to first and catching a flare over his shoulder in shallow left-center – and looked very smooth otherwise, though he booted a routine ball by being too casual with it. Offensively, Mondesi is as raw as you might expect a 17-year old to be."
Cameron Gallagher - "The first thing that strikes you is how he stands out physically. Listed at 6’2/220, Gallagher looks like a man among boys. Hitting clean-up, he showed a solid stroke and barreled the ball a few times a night, and he showed the ability to work the count as well."