These links pieces are fun, but I’m terrible at writing intros for them. I mean, I see other sites that use a this date in history-type thing to lead in to a links piece and I’ve never really gotten that. Today, I’ve opted to ramble for a bit. Anyhow, welcome to your morning…
If you recall, Dylan Bundy experienced a touch of tightness just before Opening Day. It was said at the time that he would take a few days off and then resume throwing. Well over three weeks later and Bundy still hasn’t thrown a pitch in 2013 and while his MRI appeared normal, Bundy has requested a visit with Dr. James Andrews. Those are words no Orioles fan wants to hear.
Moving on to guys that are healthy enough to pitch, Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle turned some heads in his last start for Double-A Reading when he set a Reading franchise record with 16 strikeouts against Harrisburg. Biddle set down the first 19 batters he faced in the gem. Justin Klugh of That Ball’s Outta Here brings us the tale in the way only he can.
Another day, another Miguel Sano homer. The Ft. Myers slugger victimized Palm Beach once again (already his third game with a long ball versus the Cardinals) for his seventh blast of the season. Cody Christie of Twins Daily gives us the recap. With all the chatter about Sano and how he would fare if promoted to the big leagues, he just continues to mash in the Florida State League. Ordinarily it’s a long way from High-A to the Show, but Sano seems like he could be arriving much sooner than anyone had anticipated.
If you’re a MiLB.tv user, no doubt you’ve noticed the variances in camera views throughout the different minor league stadiums. In a way only he can Carson Cistulli has ranked each visual in the International League (spoiler: Charlotte doesn’t rank high).
Max Muncy has surprised everyone by swatting eight homers in his first 18 games for High-A Stockton, leading the minor leagues and doubling his total from 2012. Is Muncy’s power surge for real? In an eye-opening piece, Charlie Drysdale at Minor League Ball takes a deeper look and reveals that the California League has a few homer-happy parks and Muncy may have simply benefitted from ideal surroundings early on.