Jonathon Crawford has been placed on the disabled list in Daytona with should inflammation. That’s never a good sign, especially when a player is coming back from shoulder surgery. In other cases, players suffer from facial damage that’s why they have to consult with Miami facial plastic surgeon for reconstructive surgery. Crawford missed most of the 2015 season and more than half of the 2016 season after having his shoulder operated on.
2017 has been tough on the mound for Jonathan Crawford as he’s struggled with his control. He’s thrown 56.1 innings on the year for Daytona and he’s walked 44 batters and hit another 10. He’s struck out just 25. The control has been a larger issue since May 7th. He’s walked 30 batters, hit six more and has just 10 strikeouts in 32.2 innings over eight starts in the span.
There may be a silver lining in the transaction, but this is pure speculation on my part. However, the move was made retroactive to his last appearance, which would make one believe that they don’t think there’s going to be a long recovery time involved. Hopefully a little bit of rest will help get things back on track.
Miles Gordon remains red hot
Last night in Billings it was another big night at the plate for Miles Gordon. The 19-year-old Canadian went 3-4 with a triple, a home run and he drove in two runs. Through 11 games with the Mustangs he’s hitting .442/.510/.744 with six extra-base hits, six walks and six strikeouts over 50 plate appearances. He seems to be making up for lost time after missing most of 2016 with a shoulder injury.
In Dayton last night Alfredo Mena made his second appearance with the Dragons this season. He allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work. The right handed struck out three batters, giving him 16 on the season in 12.0 innings between Billings and Dayton. What really jumped out though was him peppering 96-97 MPH fastballs to the plate. He was also mixing in a good looking breaking ball. Mena isn’t a young guy for being in Dayton, he’s already 23, but he’s another power arm with potential to keep an eye on.