TigsTown MLN: Pitchers Making Noise

The Flying Tigers were an even .500 this week going 3-3 and maintaining second place in the FSL West with a record of 12-10. In an interesting switch, the three aces of the starting staff had run support but bad outings while the other starters had good outings and no run support.

Top prospect Rick Porcello struggled this week, pitching only four innings and giving up five earned runs. He still managed to strike four batters out though, which is a good sign. For his age the young star is maturing well and should do fine in the future. The organization claims that they will most likely keep him in Lakeland for the rest of the season which will probably be best for his development. It's very unusual to see Porcello exceed five or six consistently–innings doing so would end his season on a very good note. Other aces who struggled this week include Jonah Nickerson who gave up five runs in seven innings and Matt O'Brien who gave up six runs in seven and 1/3 innings.

One pitcher who pieced together two very good outings this week was Guillermo Moscoso, despite earning a record of 0-1. In his first outing, Moscoso went five innings giving up zero runs and registering nine strikeouts. In his second outing, he lasted six innings and gave up only one run while striking out six batters. Clearly he is getting no run support which is quite unfortunate. Obviously win-loss record is not a huge deal but Guillermo has been pitching really well and it would be great to see him to register some more wins for his record.

The last pitcher to make note of this week is recent draft pick Robert Weinhardt. Continuing his success from last week, Weinhardt pieced together two more successful relief outings, pitching three innings overall this week and giving up zero hits while striking out three. The product of Oklahoma State has now pitched nine innings, given up one hit, walked zero batters, and struck out twelve. Robert is materializing into a very good pick for the Tigers so far.

On the offensive side, James Skelton continues to stay hot for the Flying Tigers. Skelton batted .417 on the week and registered an impressive eleven walks. He also raised his overall average to a team best .304. Other quality performances came from Michael Bertram and Brennan Boesch. Bertram batted .391 with a double and a triple and Boesch also had a double and a triple with an average of .333. Jeramy Laster continued to struggle this week as his home run draught continued while striking out eight times.

The Flying Tigers will return home this week to play St. Lucie before traveling to Vero Beach for their next series.

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