Cooney with the Gem

Myworld is sitting in my room with a look out over the ball field of the Chattanooga Lookouts. Pretty cool to be able to walk to the stadium.

Tim Cooney is one of the Cardinals top pitching prospects. He threw seven innings of two hit ball. While he did not get a bushel of strikeouts he also did not walk anyone. This is the second of his eight starts he has not allowed a run in seven or more innings. Tim made his major league debut earlier this year and it was a result he would like to forget. He gave 7 hits on three runs working just over two innings.

Dillon Overton was the Athletics second round pick in 2013. Yesterday he allowed just one hit in five innings of work, striking out six. Mired in last place the Athletics are always open to hearing about the good progress of their minor leaguers. This year Dillon has not gone over five innings in any of his eight starts pitching in A ball. His previous outing he gave up 10 hits on eight runs in just two innings of work so the one hitter was a nice way to bounce back.

Chad Kuhl does not have the pedigree of Nick Kingham. He is also about three inches shorter. The Pirates got news that Kingham was to undergo Tommy John surgery. Chad continues to pitch, throwing six innings of three hit shutout ball. He walked one and struck out seven. In three of his nine starts Chad has not allowed a run, working at least five innings. Chad was a ninth round pick out of Delaware in the 2013 Pirates draft.

Many view Tyler Naquin as a fourth outfielder. He does not hit for enough power to play corner. And he does not have the burner like speed to be a gold glover centerfielder. A perfect 4 for 4 day with his first 2015 homeruns could raise some eyebrows. The perfect day raised his average to .318. Tony Gwynn was a corner outfielder without power, but he won batting titles. Tyler is a very consistent hitter, with a .313 average last year and .300 averages in both April and May.

The Marlins Brian Schales is about as descript as a speck of sand on the Miami beach. A 4 for 5 day drew some attention to this speck of sand, even though it only raised his average to .238. The third baseman needs to show a little more power with a slugging average sitting at an anemic .307 the last two years.

The three hit games just keep spilling off the bat of the Brewers shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia. A 3 for 6 day yesterday gives him two straight three hit days, the 6 for 9 streak putting his average at .343. He also hit his third homerun and 13th double. Currently the Brewers do not have a shortstop need, but with a bat like that they will find room for him.

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