Minor League Road Trip, Day 3: Sit back, relax and watch Reynaldo Lopez throw fireballs
There's so much to experience at a Minor League Baseball game. In our years gallivanting around the Minors we've seen monkeys ride dogs, dogs work as batboys and more postgame fireworks shows than we could ever need. But some nights, it's even better to tune all that out and watch an awesome baseball player be awesome on a baseball field. Last night, Nationals prospect
Currently ranked fifth in Washington's system by MLB Pipeline, Lopez had been particularly sharp of late. The hard-throwing righty had chalked up at least 12 strikeouts in three of his last five starts. On Saturday, he was nothing short of dominant. We realized by the second inning that we were witness to something pretty fire emoji, so we put our phones down, took up seats behind the dish and let the wonders of Lopez's fastball velocity wash over us. Sitting 95-98 mph with his heater for the entire outing, the 6-foot Dominican fireballer also showcased a devastating curveball, as well as a few impressive changeups. He finished with 10 punchouts over eight scoreless innings, including an exclamation mark on his last pitch of the night:
While Lopez may have stolen the show for the evening, New Hampshire does have two of the better prospects in the Blue Jays' system: Right-hander
You can catch the whole interview in the clip above, but the definitive highlight of talking to these guys was when Rowdy suddenly exhibited his unparalleled ninja abilities to take down a fly that appeared to be bothering his good friend Brady.
The Game, haiku recap:
Was good, K K K K K
K K K K K
The BBQ Bump, an Update
On Thursday, we interviewed Phillies prospect
On Thursday, we also chatted with Yankees prospect
On Friday, we talked to Mets prospect
The BBQ Bump is real, people. All you scuffling Minor Leaguers need some BBQ in your lives.
Where We Woke Up: Albany, N.Y.
Where We Slept: Manchester, N.H.
Miles Driven: 169
Miles Driven To-Date: 769
Time in Car: 3:32
Time in Car to-date: 13:52
Tomorrow's Plan: First, we're heading up to Portland, Maine, to see the Sea Dogs and No. 5 overall prospect