Well…at the Triple-A level at least. Scranton Wilkes-Barre beat Buffalo, 1-0, last night in the first game of the AAA baseball season, giving us a chance to look at some future call-ups in action.
Tobi Stoner pitched 3 1/3 innings and got the start for Buffalo. He gave up two hits and struck out four. Michael O’Connor took the loss, allowing a fourth inning solo homer to Yankee David Winfree that would prove to be the difference. Bobby Parnell walked two, but otherwise pitched a clean 2 1/3 innings and Raul Valdes gave up a hit in 1/3 inning.
Given the state of the bullpen, and his prominent spot in it last season, if Parnell continues to pitch well at the AAA level, he could be the first call up. Organization’s typically like to give internal guys a crack first before they go out and acquire help, so if Stoner succeeds and the starting rotation cracks, he could also be buying a ticket for Queens.
Offensively, Ike Davis apparently forgot spring training ended and he didn’t make the team. He was 3-for-4 with a double in the loss. Only three others got a hit: Chris carter, Russ Adams and Mike Cervenak. Josh Thole and Fernando Martinez were each 0-for-4.