WASHINGTON – The Nationals are off to a slower begin than perhaps even a few of their most optimistic followers would have imagined.
And with a shaky infield protection, plus a 3rd baseman getting sick on Sunday, some followers and people on social media are calling for reinforcements.
The most certainly place participant at Rochester that may match that invoice is infielder Luis García, 21, who has been taking part in largely shortstop for supervisor Matt LeCroy with the Triple-A Pink Wings in upstate New York.
“He made some errors the primary a part of the collection at Toledo” to start the season, LeCroy instructed Federal Baseball on Monday.
“He has labored exhausting every single day since. He has mainly had a reasonably clear collection at dwelling after which on the highway; he performed largely at second in Spring Coaching.”
García, who turns 22 in Could, is hitting .324 in his first 71 at-bats this season for Rochester.
“Offensively he’s in a extremely great spot, the perfect I’ve seen him,” LeCroy mentioned.
“Hopefully he can proceed to progress defensive and have nice at-bats and hope we’ll see him in Washington.
“He retains getting higher and higher at quick; he has performed sparingly at second. That’s our job – to ensure he’s doing his routines.”
Luis Garcia is the most well liked hitter on the planet.
He is 2-for-2 as we speak with this triple and a double within the first two innings.
On the homestand, 14-for-25 (.560) with 5 XBH and 5 RBI pic.twitter.com/BUFn96qnMs
— Rochester Pink Wings (@RocRedWings) April 17, 2022
The highest pitching prospect within the system going into this 12 months was right-hander Cade Cavalli, the first-round decide in 2020 out of the College of Oklahoma.
He made his third begin of the season on Sunday for Rochester and took the loss because the Pink Wings fell 10-1 to Lehigh Valley, a farm group of the Phillies.
Cavalli went 4 innings and allowed 4 earned runs on three hits with two walks whereas fanning one.
He has an ERA of 9.00 this season for Rochester, which fell to 9-9.
“He battled very well,” mentioned LeCroy, a former catcher and bullpen coach for the Nationals. “He was scheduled to go 5 (innings) and/or 80 pitches.”
Cavalli threw 77 pitches – 44 for strikes.
“His fastball was good – his changeup as a secondary was not so good as regular. He skipped a begin – perhaps that had one thing to do with it,” LeCroy mentioned. “He retains getting higher and higher every day trip. Hopefully subsequent time we are able to him to 6 (innings) and 90 or 95 pitches. Hopefully, we received’t have to carry him again any longer.”
“We simply needed to ensure he had the correct relaxation. Now I don’t see any purpose why … we don’t must again off anymore – I believe all the things is sweet to go,” LeCroy added.
Rochester begins a collection at dwelling Tuesday with Syracuse.
Additionally on Tuesday, Harrisburg begins a collection on Metropolis Island with Hartford; Single-A Wilmington is on the highway at Hudson Valley and the Fredericksburg Nationals start a collection in Virginia with Charleston.
Infielder Brady Home is hitting .379 in his first 15 video games with Fredericksburg.