Patience is an important aspect of being a starting pitcher. Eagerness to get back onto the mound nips at you and five days, or sometimes six in the minor leagues, feels like a month. Picture being prepared to make your season debut for a new club, only to have rain postpone back-to-back games once your turn was up. D.J. Snelten found himself in that scenario on Saturday in San Jose when, in incredibly rare form, two straight ballgames in the California League were completely washed out due to weather. Snelten was the originally scheduled Saturday starter, the No. 3 spot in the rotation behind Andrew Suarez and Sam Coonrod. He was moved to Sunday, and then again to Monday with both rain-outs.
When he was finally allowed to toe the rubber for the series opener against Visalia, his patience paid off. He pitched splendidly for the Class-A Giants, his first appearance at the level, allowing just one unearned run on four hits and one walk. He set the table for the team's second win of the year, but the bullpen faltered a bit and the Rawhide came out on top, 6-5. No "win" for Snelten, but a well-above average game score of 61 for five innings of work.
Snelten features a low-90s fastball, and offers up a changeup, curveball, and cutter, as well. All are considered pretty average pitches while it's his delivery and release that bring hitters some deception and uniqueness. For those who haven't seen Snelten pitch, here's footage from minor league camp in 2014. With continued improvement on command, Snelten could move up the ranks with his 6'6" frame from the left side.
— Right-fielder Steven Duggar had a sweet game in the two-hole for the Giants, drawing two walks and going 2-for-3 with his first dinger of the year and a stolen base. Jonah Arenado got himself in the hit column for 2016, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run. And it's already two triples in three games for Johneshwy Fargas.
— Five games and zero wins for the River Cats thus far, though Ricky Romero made his San Francisco Giants organizational debut and served up just one hit in four innings. He walked three and struck out three, throwing 62 pitches before being replaced by Albert Suarez. I know it's early in the season, but I'm not sure why a veteran like Romero would be limited to under 65 pitches.
— The GreenJackets began a three-game set in Lexington, S.C. and put up seven runs on five hits before rain suspended play for the night. First-basemen Dillon Dobson hit a two-run homer, Dylan Davis tripled home a pair of runs, and Jalen Miller was 2-for-2 before the game was halted before the third inning began. Also, Lucius Fox stole his second base of the year and Cory Taylor was two innings into a stellar Augusta debut, at two baserunners in two scoreless frames. Video of Taylor from three weeks ago in spring training can be found here.
— Richmond lost 8-5 but received great offensive showings from Austin Slater and Christian Arroyo. Slater hit his first long ball of the year (remember this while up at big league camp?) while going 3-for-4 while Arroyo picked up two more hits, including a double. He's 8-for-19 during the young season. And finally, Ryder Jones hit his third double in five games but also made his fourth error at third base.
TOP-30 PROSPECT ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: 0-for-2, R, SO, SB
- Chris Shaw: 0-for-4, R, 2 SO
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: 0-for-4, RBI
- Aramis Garcia: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 SO
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 2-for-2, R, 2 RBI
- Ray Black: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: 0-for-4, 3 SO
- Hunter Cole: 0-for-4, SO
- Austin Slater: 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-5, SO
- Derek Law: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-2, 3B, RBI, SO