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.
Stankiewicz allowed three runs on 10 hits, not walking any and striking out seven. He induced 11 swinging strikes and had swing-and-miss stuff based on two good secondaries. He also induced seven line drives, because the GreenJackets were able to cheat fastball and square it up consistently. His fastball was left up at times, but more importantly, he failed to get good downward plane on it, so the GreenJackets were able to lift it for line drives.
Stankiewicz's delivery has some drop and drive, and he fails to get on the top of the ball occasionally. Otherwise, he has a decent, straight fastball commanded to both sides with confidence, ranging 88-92 and touching 93. His slider showed very good depth and bite, and I'd label it above average right now, with the potential to become plus. His changeup was firm and straight more often than not, but he flashed an average offering. It probably has average potential.
Stankiewicz shows enough to last as a starter, and he has a feel for two secondaries that could become plus and average with development. Combined with a fastball that touches 93, that's not a bad arsenal. I can see the 3 ceiling, but that's absolutely the highest I would go.
Rijo's swing is a little long and different, but it works for him. His hands are high and fade a bit at load, and that can lead to a long, looping swing at times. But he shows some lift and bat speed, and has the potential for above-average power down the road. He has a feel for the barrel and should develop an above-average hit tool.
Rijo's defense was horrid at times in this series, but it was mainly weird things you don't normally see, such as a missed catch on a double play attempt. He shows good range at second base and a good enough glove. He has above-average speed.
If everything breaks right for Rijo, he could become an everyday guy in the upper levels. The skill set doesn't scream first division, but he could serve as a solid utility guy or second-division starter.
Notable Augusta lines:
Chase Johnson: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R/ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 6 ground balls, 4 fly balls, 2 line drives, 10 swinging strikes
Brandon Bednar: 3-5, 2B
Tyler Horan: 2-4, 2B (14-game hitting streak)
Ryder Jones: 2-5
Leo Rojas: 2-4, 2B
Notable Greenville lines:
Teddy Stankiewicz: 6 IP, 10 H, 3 R/ER, 7 K, 6 ground balls, 7 fly balls, 7 line drives, 11 swinging strikes
Jantzen Witte: 3-4, 3 2B, 3 RBI, BB
Wendell Rijo: 2-3, RBI, 2 BB
Kendrick Perkins: 3-5, RBI
Jimmy Rider: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, BB