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Quality of Opposition numbers per Baseball reference
ANGELS PITCHERS (PROJECTIONS PER FanGraphs)
Alex Cobb (1st-3rd innings): MLB #4 starter
Patrick Sandoval (4th-6th innings): likely Triple-A starter with MLB experience
Felix Pena (7th inning): MLB seventh-inning setup guy
STARTERS – ROSTER BATTLES
Andres Gimenez (SS): 0-3 – Gimenez, who entered yesterday’s game slugging 1.545 against 6.3 pitching, struggled against tougher hurlers today. To be fair, when weighed against the prospect of an additional season of control, there may not be any level of performance that could get Gimenez on the Progressive Field diamond on April 5.
Jake Bauers (1B): 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – Bauers had a much-needed good day at the plate after starting the spring 1-for-10.
Bo Naylor (C): 1-1, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – The Indians bench only saw one plate appearance on Wednesday, but it was a huge one. Naylor showed a huge glimpse of his potential with this solo shot off of a major league pitcher.
Seven other prospects came into the game as purely defensive replacements (or, in one case, also as a pinch runner who posted no baserunning stats):
Tyler Freeman (2B)
Brayan Rocchio (SS)
Tyler Krieger (PR-3B)
Ernie Clement (LF)
Will Benson (RF)
Connor Marabell (1B)
Steven Kwan (CF)
PITCHERS – ROSTER BATTLES
Cal Quantrill: L (0-1), 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 K
Triston McKenzie: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GR allowed
Two of the combatants in the battle for back of the rotation spots in Cleveland each threw a trio of innings on Wednesday. Neither came in with stellar early spring stats (both ERAs in excess of five, but against average opposition in the 8s – MLB/Triple-A mix). While McKenzie did more to help his case, it’s too early to tell much from pitching performances as pitchers are still getting into game shape (as evidenced by every starter other than Civale posting less-than-impressive stat lines so far).
Oliver Perez: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K – Perez rebounded from allowing a pair of earned runs on Sunday for his second scoreless outing out of three this spring as he seeks to earn a 19th major league season. He faced a quartet of Triple-A projectees, including top prospects Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, both of whom grounded out..
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