Reiver Sanmartin probably wouldn’t have been the guy you would have looked at on the Chattanooga Lookouts opening day pitching staff as the starter likely to be promoted to Triple-A first. The Lookouts starting rotation has the Cincinnati Reds top two prospects on it in Nick Lodolo and Hunter Greene, while Sanmartin is an intriguing but not highly touted lefty.
But it was Reiver Sanmartin that got the bump up to Triple-A first. And it wasn’t for a lack of performance, either. In four games with the Lookouts the left-haned pitcher allowed just one earned run in 18.0 innings on eight hits, five walks, and he struck out 23 batters. He was dominant in his limited time in the Double-A South. His first two starts with the Bats weren’t quite as good as he allowed three and four earned runs in both games and didn’t complete the 5th inning in either of them.
On Thursday night he faced off against the Toledo Mud Hens for the second time in two weeks and this time he was on top of his game. Sanmartin cruised through the Toledo lineup, allowing just one run over 7.0 innings on five hits and a walk while striking out seven batters. He threw 94 pitches and 65 of them were strikes.
For Reiver Sanmartin the game lowered his ERA to 2.41 on the season between his two stops. He’s now thrown 33.2 innings while allowing just 23 hits – no home runs – and 11 walks while striking out 43 batters. His strikeout rate for his career has been just 8.2 batters per 9-innings pitched prior to this season. This year the 25-year-old is striking out 11.5 batters per 9-innings pitched.
Alex McGarry’s controversial grand slam
In last night’s Dayton Dragons win the Dragons grabbed a 4-1 lead in the 1st when Alex McGarry hit a grand slam. Great Lakes was convinced the ball was foul. The umpires gathered together and ruled that the Loons were incorrect and the grand slam stood as called on the field. It was McGarry’s 3rd homer of the year with Dayton and his 7th homer on the year after he had hit four of them with the Daytona Tortugas in his first seven games of the season.
— Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) June 10, 2021
McGarry, who didn’t break spring training with a club, joined the Low-A Tortugas about a week into the season when injuries opened up a spot for him and he’s not looked back at all. With an opportunity to get on the field and show what he’s got, he’s done just that. With 22 professional games under his belt now the former Oregon State Beaver is hitting .305/.376/.634 with an organizational best seven home runs. His OPS of 1.010 is also the tops in the organization for players with more than 60 plate appearances (for context, Alejo Lopez leads the way with 155 plate appearances).