Last night Baseball Betsy and I decided to skip the Clearwater Threshers game and stay home and watch the AAA debut of Jose Taveras on MiLB-TV against the Minnesota Twins farm team in Rochester New York. And we’re glad we did!
Taveras put on a pitching clinic on MiLB-TV last night, pitching six innings, giving up two hits, allowing no earned runs, striking out eight and retiring the last 10 batters he faced for a 3-1 win.
Jose reminded me last night of a right-handed version of Cole Hamels with similar velocity. He used a rapidly paced, change-up, fastball combination with an occasional curve ball just like Cole did for so many years for the Phillies.
If Taveras keeps it up as he has done all season with High A, Clearwater, AA Reading and now AAA Lehigh Valley, he has got to be a lock for a September call-up to the Show, hopefully as a starter!
While the Taveras AAA debut was outstanding, all the press wanted to talk about, in Drew Anderson’s major league, one inning “relief” debut last night against the Angels, was his strikeout of Mike Trout. That’s fine but he gave up a two hits and two runs only one earned for a 9.00 ERA. Not what you want to show on the back of your baseball card or internet page.
My question is why would you put a young pitcher who is a minor league AA starter and throw him in his major league debut as a reliever? It was not fair to Anderson to put him in a situation which he has faced much if at all. In fact in his pro career he has started in 61 of his 68 minor league appearances and has last pitched in relief in one appearance way back in the 2014 GCL season.
In any event we congratulate Drew Anderson in his major league debut and Jose Taveras in his AAA debut.