With Birmingham off and Winston-Salem and Kannapolis washed out, the Charlotte Knights were the only ones to take the field on Tuesday, and frankly, there just wasn’t a whole lot there.
But there is this FutureSox interview with a smattering of Kannapolis prospects and hitting coach Jamie Dismuke. One theme I’m seeing early this season is how much credit Aaron Rowand is receiving for his work with outfielders in his first year as a roving outfield instructor. For instance, here’s Jameson Fisher:
I'd say that is the proudest area I have right now, my outfield play. From last year to this year, I feel like a completely different player in the outfield. I don't panic anymore like I used to, and there has only been one ball that I misplayed on a tough day. Other then that, I've been making some great plays and getting good jumps. I felt like working with Aaron Roward a lot and Willie Harris last year in Great Falls has helped a lot. Every time that Rowand comes here we are out in the outfield working. I feel like that has helped a lot, I feel so much better in the outfield. I'll take struggling hitting right now over the strides I've made in the outfield.
And here’s Joel Booker:
This year is actually my first year being responsible for alignment of other outfielders. I listen to the coaches. [Roving Instructor Aaron] Rowand put a lot of emphasis on center fielders taking charge. I’d say I’ve gotten a lot better at aligning the left fielder and right fielder, moving them into better spaces.
This could be the product of increased coverage. That answer is less fun.
- Jacob May went 0-for-3 with a walk.
- Nicky Delmonico was 1-for-3 with a homer, walk and strikeout.
- Danny Hayes was 1-for-4.
- Adam Engel, 2-for-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
- Rymer Liriano was 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting appearance.
- Carson Fulmer: 6 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4 HR