Camp Update 3/28
The most surprising news of the day is how many "vets" are going to start in extended spring training (EST). Apparently, Dan Cevette, Chris Niesel, Joe Ness, Scott Roehl and some other notably higher level guys are sticking behind in EST. Allegedly, Cevette may ask for his release.
Not 100% on this, but apparently Brian Finegan was released. Still awaiting confirmation on this, but looks like he was let go. There were a few others, but no other names at this time. Supposedly, no one who played at Akron or Buffalo last year was released.
The Kinston pitching staff unofficially to start the season will be Jim Deters, Josh Tomlin, Paolo Espino, Jeanmar Gomez, Hector Rondon, Steven Wright, Matt Meyer, Erik Stiller, Neil Wagner, Carton Smith, Austin Creps, and Luis Perdomo. Espino, Rondon, Gomez, and Wright are certain to be in the starting rotation, while it is unknown who of Smith, Tomlin or Deters will claim the final rotation spot.
David Huff, Chuck Lofgren, Scott Lewis, AND Shawn Nottingham will be in the starting rotation at Akron. Frank Herrmann and Sung-Wei Tseng are also in Akron, but it is unknown which one claimed the last rotation spot.
In other news, the Buffalo game on Thursday ended in a 1-1 tie. Both the Bisons and the Braves were held to one run and four hits each. Catcher David Wallace went 1-for-2 with and RBI and first baseman Ryan Mulhern went 1-for-4 at is hitting .385 (10-26) with five doubles and five RBI in nine games this spring. Right-hander Jeff Harris started the game and threw four no-hit innings and allowed one walk while striking out four. Right-handers Rick Bauer and Eddie Mujica each pitched a scoreless inning.
The scrimmage between Akron and Lake County scheduled for April 1st has been cancelled. Weather conditions in the Cleveland area have just made it impossible to get the field ready in time to play the game, and the organization also does not want to risk injury to their players in less than ideal conditions.