2022 Sugar Land Space Cowboys (AAA)

Whitley and Brown tonight.

Whitley also plunked a batter. 37 pitches, 27 for strikes. Up to 95.6 on the heater reports say and averaged 94.3.

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And Pedro Leon reverts to his old form to start August. 6 Ks in 11 ABs an inauspicious beginning to the month.

Looks like progress for Whitley. Brown is why I would not have been upset to see Garcia go in a trade.

With about 7 weeks left in the SL season, OF Justin Dirden gets the promotion from CC.

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Whitley struggles tonight in El Paso: 2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk.

Velocity?

How he throws is much more important than results at this stage.

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Colin McKee made his 2022 debut (not counting rehab appearances) last night with a scoreless frame as he works his way back from an offseason microdiscectomy. The 28 year old former 18th rounder (2016) was touching 98 last year but he’s south of 95 so far as he builds back up but has added a sinker to his pitch mix.

Besides regaining velo, McKee still needs to clean up his control issues. He’s a minor league free agent this offseason so he might not be back in 2023.

Also notable in that it was in a tough pitching environment in El Paso…

How long can they keep this guy down on the farm after he’s beaten EP?

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