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AA: Akron Aeros (9-13) @ Binghamton Mets (12-10) ListenSunday 1:05 ET – RHP Paolo Espino (1-0, 3.86) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (0-2, 3.46)

Paolo Espino opened his year with a 4 inning start against the B-Mets, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K.  On the season he's struck out 19 and walked 11 in 21 IP.  He picked up his first win in his last start, pitching into the 7th allowing 1 H and 3 BB against Trenton.  Jake deGrom ran into some struggles in his last start, and coupled with some frozen outfielders he gave up 6 runs (4 ER) on 8 hits and 4 walks while striking out 3.  Given his absurd K/BB rates this might be the first time he has walked more than he has struck out as a professional.



A: West Virginia Power (9-14) @ Savannah Sand Gnats (14-8) ListenSunday 2:05 ET - RHP John Kuchno (0-1, 6.06) vs. RHP Matt Koch (1-1, 8.38)

John Kuchno has struck out 14 and walked 11 over 16.1 IP (4 starts) while allowing a .302 BAA.  Last year the Pirates selected him in the 18th round out of Ohio State and he saw limited action in the NYPL with 5 IP over 4 appearances.

Matt Koch will fill the rotation spot opened up by Logan Taylor's oblique strain.  He's been working on a starters routing, following Taylor in each of his starts so far.  Koch as gone 4 IP in his last two appearances allowing 3 R on 8 H, and has struck out 9 with 0 walks on the year.



AAA: Tacoma Rainiers (13-10) @ Las Vegas 51s (10-11) ListenSunday 3:05 ET – LHP James Paxton (1-2, 6.61) vs. RHP Chris Schwinden (2-2, 6.75)

Just another day in the PCL with two starters with ERA's above 6.  James Paxton didn't make it out of the 2nd in his last start in Salt Lake City, giving up 6 ER on 8 hits and 3 BB with 0 K.  On the year he has struck out 17 and walked 10 over 16.1 IP.

Chris Schwinden last pitched on last Saturday in Colorado Springs going 5.1 IP 5 H, 3 R (2 ER) 3 BB, 5 K.  In 18.2 total IP he's allowed 25 hits, including 5 homers, with 7 walks and 13 K.



A+: St. Lucie Mets (14-8) @ Tampa Yankees [NYY] (10-12) ListenSunday 5:00 ET – RHP Noah Syndergaard (0-0, 4.50) vs. RHP Shane Greene (2-1, 3.47)

Noah Syndergaard had his best start in his last outing, going 6 IP allowing just an unearned run on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4.  He's totaled 19 K and 9 BB in 18 IP this year.  His 11.7% walk rate is up from his <8% norm, while the K rate of 24.7% is down slightly from previous years.

Shane Green has struck out 25 and walked 4 over 23.1 IP (4 starts) In his last start he went 6 IP giving up a run on 7 hits and a 1 walk while striking out 7.  Yankees top prospect C Gary Sanchez is hitting .303/.379/.526 with 5 doubles, 4 HR, 8 BB and 15 K, while CF Mason Williams is .257/.389/.351 with 16 BB and 16 K.  As a team Tampa is hitting .250 with a .718 OPS, league average-ish for the FSL.  Tampa pitching is in the bottom 3rd of the FSL with a 4.08 ERA, 1.32 whip and 69 walks (3.3/game)


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