Friday, June 25, 2021
Because I’m actually traveling to Pearl, Miss. today to watch Friday and Saturday night’s M-Braves games, I didn’t have time to do a system-wide farm report this morning. But I can at least share last night’s impressive performance by righty Spencer Strider.
If you recall, the 22-year-old Strider was just recently promoted from High-A Rome to Double-A Mississippi, and on Thursday he made his first start.
Strider began by shutting down the Tennessee lineup in order in the opening frame, striking out the first two batters with six pitches. He worked around a single, a wild pitch and a sac-fly in the 2nd, but bounced back with his third punch out to maintain the damage to just one run. Then the 3rd and 4th featured three more strikeouts, with a lead-off walk in the latter frame. Strider worked on into the 5th, but three consecutive Smokies batters reached base to begin the inning, capped off by an RBI single. He struck out the fourth and fifth batters of the frame, but was then removed with two outs.
Strider’s line – 4 ⅔ IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
The former fourth round pick by the Braves tallied 81 pitches in the outing, throwing 58 strikes, and four of his five batted-ball outs were flyouts.
Prospect guru David Lee liked what he saw… so I think it’s safe to say Strider will be just fine in Double-A.
The two runs allowed by Strider was solid, and fortunately the M-Braves bats sort of came back alive last night to give him some run support. Ninth-place hitter Wilmer Rijo slugged a pair of homers, while catcher Shea Langeliers continued his incredible 2021 season by belting his 11th long ball of the year and adding three RBI. Trey Harris and Braden Shewmake added two hits apiece as well.
The Mississippi bullpen did well too as Kurt Hoekstra, Brooks Wilson and Brandon White combined for just two hits allowed in 3 ⅓ scoreless innings to end the game, to go with six strikeouts.
I plan to write some extra content on the M-Braves this weekend since I’ll be there in person for their next two games.