On Friday night Hunter Greene took the mound for the second time this season. Things did not go nearly as well as they did the first time he took the mound.
In total, Hunter Greene allowed six runs in the 1st inning while recording just one out. The Osprey hit six singles against him and his lone out was a strikeout. Listening to the game it sounded like only one of the hits were strong contact, but six hits in a third of an inning is still six hits in a third of an inning.
If you want to look for silver linings, Hunter Greene sat 98-99 MPH and touched 101 with his fastball. Also, unlike his first outing, he mixed in quite a few breaking balls. In the first start he threw just one offspeed pitch, while on Friday night there were more than a handful thrown. He threw 25 pitches and had 16 strikes.
Taylor Sparks goes deep again for Dayton
Taylor Sparks had a big night in Dayton on Friday. The third baseman went 3-4 and smacked two home runs. He’s played in 30 games for the Dragons and he’s now hit seven home runs.
He got out to a slow start with Dayton as he was coming off of a rehab assignment after missing two months. He hit just .149/.240/.239 with five walks and 28 strikeouts in the first 18 games back. Since then he’s hit .359/.432/.897 in 44 plate appearances with four walks and 11 strikeouts.
Andy Sugilio keeps hitting for Billings
Friday night was a game like many others this season for Andy Sugilio. The outfielder had two more hits in four trips to the plate. That pushed the 20-year-old’s line in 55 games with the Billings Mustangs to .343/.391/.473.
He’s walked 16 times and struck out just 30 times to go along with 17 steals in 21 attempts. He’s also doubled 12 times with three triples and three home runs. It’s been a big step forward in 2017 for Andy Sugilio. Last season with the Arizona League Reds he hit just .221/.287/.288. He’s upped his walk rate and significantly cut down his strikeout rate from last season. His isolated power (SLG-AVG) has also nearly doubled. He’s turned himself into an intriguing prospect with his performance in 2017.