It’s always important to get off to a strong start in minor league baseball in order to move up during the season. Especially when you are repeating a level. Both pitcher Matt Imhof and third baseman are doing just that.
In a noon start yesterday at Bright House against the Daytona Tortugas, Imhof threw by far his best game of the young season pitching a six inning shutout allowing only one hit and two walks to pick up his first win in three starts in the 4-2 victory.
He added a tick or two to his fast ball yesterday and his slider down was effective. Watch HERE.
Mitch Walding is having a start to remember. We watched him drive a long ball over the WAWA sign down the right field line against a traveling Japanese team to kick off spring training and he has not stop hitting the ball hard ever since.
Walding hit a hard single to right to drive in what turned out to be the winning run in the third inning of yesterday’s game for his 12th rbi in the 13 games this season. He is hitting .267. He has a .991 OPS on five homers and two doubles. He only hit four home runs in 120 games last season in the FSL, hitting .233 with a .633 OPS.
The Florida State league is known as a pitchers league. Last season 14 home runs by a player was the tops in the league.
I would not be surprised to see both Imhof and Walding move up to AA by the All Star break in June if they can continue to pitch and hit well.