Jonathan Hennigan for Clearwater and Ben Brown for Lakewood continue to shine again out of the pen in different roles in last night’s games. Hennigan picked up his league tying fourth save and Brown came out of the pen again in the fourth inning and dominated for three innings of middle relief.
Hennigan has been sorta of a surprise showing his dominating closing ability. He is four for four in saves in his last four appearances. He has become Mr. Automatic. Last night with the score 5-3 in a save situation, all he needed was 12 pitches to shutdown the Tampa Tarpons in the ninth inning.
When we watched Hennigan pitch in Clearwater where he relied on a 94 mph fastball and an 83 mph slider to get the job done to go with his excellent control and command. In eight appearances this season he has pitched 12 shutout innings. He has the lowest WHIP in the league at 0.50 allowing only five hits and one walk to go with 17 strikeouts.
Brown made only his second appearance for Lakewood last night coming in again in the fourth inning and pitching three more shutout innings striking out six. He now has struck out 11 in his six shutout innings in piggy back relief so far this season.
It would not surprise us to see Hennigan get quickly called up to AA to close for Reading since lefty Kyle Dohy has been sent to AAA and Brown be given a starting nod or additional extended innings for Lakewood. They are both proving to be too good to continue in the roles they are now pitching. Combined, they have pitched 18 shutout innings striking out 28. They need to be in more challenging situations, if they are to continue to develop.