Friday, July 17, 2009

July 18 for July 17 Update

I went to Bourne on Friday, mainly because most of the league's pitching matchups were between guys I have already seen, and I had heard a rumor Chatham's right-handed starter Matt Harvey from UNC was getting moved up a day to pitch. Unfortunately, he was not and I ended up seeing a game with seven pitchers I have already seen extensively.

Bourne scored nine runs in the sixth inning when 12 consecutive batters reached base and Bourne beat Chatham 10-1.

Bourne starter Bryan Morgado from the University of Tennessee, the White Sox' third-round pick who disappointed me the last time I saw him, had better stuff Friday but he struggled with his control. Morgado's fastball sat in the 90-92 mph range and a couple of times crept up to 94. This was an improvement from the 88-91 I saw a couple of weeks ago. One Major League scout said he saw Morgado touch 96 in a relief appearance earlier in his pitching career. Morgado's 78-80 mph slider was average and he threw a decent 78-81 mph changeup. Morgado walked six and hit a batter in five innings, but also struck out eight. He still knows how to pitch, and the increased velocity made him more impressive, but I'm still not sure he was worth a third-round pick.

Chatham's starter was righthander Patrick Johnson from UNC. Johnson is undersized at 5'10" 170 and throws with a lot of effort. Johnson's fastball sat in the 87-90 mph range and once touched 91. He threw both a 78-82 mph slider and a 72-75 mph curveball, and both were good but not great. He also threw an 80 mph changeup with good tailing action down-and-in. Johnson pitched effectively for five innings Friday and was out of the game before the nightmarish sixth. Johnson is really just a good college pitcher and is probably not a professional prospect.

I have already written a few times about Bourne right-handed reliever Kevin Munson from James Madison, but he looked good pitching a garbage inning at the end of the game Friday. His fastball reached 95 and his slider is still really good.

A position player who continues to impress me is Bourne third baseman Rob Segedin from Tulane. Segedin went just 1-for-5 Friday, but his one hit was a good piece of hitting when he a stroked a triple to right-center field. Segedin has a really smooth right-handed stroke and is one of the better right-handed hitting prospects in the league. He is also a solid third baseman and made a really good play and a strong throw on a sharp ground ball early in the game.

Bourne centerfielder Scott Woodward from Coastal Carolina ruffled some feathers when he stole second base toward the end of the sixth inning after Bourne had already scored a nine-run lead. Chatham manager John Schiffner yelled an expletive across the field to Bourne manager Harvey Shapiro, and Chatham threw at Bourne first baseman Stefen Romero from Oregon State in the next inning. I'm told Shapiro has yelled repeatedly at Woodward for running on his own. He does have very good speed.


Y-D 3 Brewster 1: Right-handed starter Michael Goodnight from the University of Houston pitched five shutout innings for Y-D. Third baseman Jedd Gyorko from West Virginia University homered for Brewster.

Falmouth 8 Cotuit 3: Centerfielder Todd Cunningham from Jacksonville State and 1B Hunter Morris from Auburn each had three hits for Falmouth. Leftfielder Cory Vaughn from San Diego State homered for Cotuit.

Wareham 7 Hyannis 3: Centerfielder Ryan LaMarre from the University of Michigan went 3-for-4 with four RBIs for Wareham. Designated hitter Eddie Rohan from Winthrop went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Hyannis.

Orleans 10 Hyannis 2: Centerfielder Gary Brown from Cal State Fullerton had four hits for Orleans.


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