Fernando!Fernando Martinez was 4-5 with a double and a strikeout.
I didn't watch the whole Bisons' game, but I saw the double, when he waited on a curveball and ripped it into right field. It was an impressive piece of hitting on its own, showing strong pitch recognition and the ability to drive the pitch. In a larger context, where pitch recognition and patience have lagged behind his pure skills, it was even better.
By the way, this was Martinez's first four-hit game since April 12, 2006, in his 7th professional game! It is only the second career four-hit game. In 2006, he was a 17-year old playing for the Hagerstown Suns, then the Mets SAL affiliate.
The 2010 Young GunsBoth A-ball teams tossed shutouts behind 2010 draft picks Matt Harvery (1st rd) and Greg Peavey (6th).
Harvey in advanced-A St. Lucie: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
Peavey for Savannah: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
These are great professional debuts.
Peavey set down the first 11 in a row to face him, fanning six guys in that span.
Harvey had a little more trouble, yielding three baserunners in each of the first two innings, but then settled in, and allowed just one hit in his final three innings of work.
Peavey is my early pick for biggest omission from my pre-season Top 41. I didn't forget about him, but last summer, someone who'd scouted him extensively described him to me as having just an average-ish fastball and slider. However, this spring, Mike had him at 92-93 with a potentially above average slider. Peavey should have been on that list in place of Kyle Allen or a host of others at the back end.