Dylan Covey drew the start for the White Sox in Wednesday’s Cactus League tie with the Padres, allowing three hits and two runs over one inning of work.
It was an unusually brief outing for Covey, though that was Chicago’s plan all along. Covey allowed hits to three of the five batters he faced with Wil Myers taking him deep for a two-run jack. The right-hander was used almost exclusively as a starter in the minor leagues but is hoping to crack the White Sox Opening Day roster as a middle/long reliever. He’s posted a lousy 7.82 ERA over nine Cactus League appearances.
Austin Hedges went ballistic on Wednesday, homering twice and plating four runs in the Padres’ Cactus League tie with the White Sox.
Hedges had been homerless in 39 Cactus League at-bats prior to Wednesday. His first round-tripper was a solo blast off Anthony Swarzak with the second coming off Dan Jennings with two men on in the fourth inning. Wednesday’s outburst brought Hedges’ Cactus League average up from .256 to .310. The 24-year-old only logged 24 at-bats in the big leagues last year but is penciled in as the Padres’ Opening Day catcher.
Jhoulys Chacin imploded Wednesday in the Padres’ Cactus League tie with the White Sox, scattering eight hits, six runs and two walks over three miserable innings.
He added a pair of strikeouts for good measure. This is your Opening Day starter, Padres fans. Chacin took it on the chin Wednesday, allowing four straight hits to open his outing. Two of them went for home runs including a three-run bomb by cleanup hitter Jose Abreu. Chacin got beat for another homer in the third, this time on a two-run blast from Nicky Delmonico. Wednesday’s meltdown brought Chacin’s spring ERA from 3.86 to 7.30. It’s going to be a long year for the rebuilding Padres.
Brandon Finnegan struggled in his final spring start, yielding seven hits, four runs (three earned) and three walks over four lackluster innings in the Reds’ Cactus League loss to the Indians.
He also tacked on three strikeouts. Things seemed to be going fine for Finnegan until the second inning. The Indians got to him for four runs in that frame including three on a home run by Yandy Diaz. Finnegan finished the outing on a high note by holding the Tribe scoreless over his last two innings. We’re still waiting for Finnegan to put it all together, but at least he has youth on his side. Finnegan turns 24 two weeks from Friday.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t look sharp in his final start of the spring, allowing nine hits, four runs and one walk over four sluggish innings Wednesday in the Indians’ Cactus League win over the Reds.
He also contributed five strikeouts. Carrasco let up three runs in the opening frame including two on Jose Peraza’s homer to left field. Adam Duvall took him deep for a solo blast later in the same inning. Carrasco ran into trouble again in the second but benefited from a caught stealing. He wasn’t as lucky in the fourth, allowing another run to cross on Billy Hamilton's single to left field. Fantasy owners are drafting Carrasco to be an ace but he certainly hasn’t pitched like one this spring. He posted a hideous 10.80 ERA over six Cactus League starts.
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said that Zack Wheeler will have a yet-to-be-determined innings limit during the coming season.
"There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is," Ricco said, later adding an awkward metaphor in saying that "[t]here’s no sleep chamber that you can put him in and then wake up in Mars." Wheeler has missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made 32 starts (185 1/3 innings) with a 3.54 ERA and 187/79 K/BB ratio in 2014. The Mets could potentially add Wheeler to the Opening Day rotation now that Steven Matz (elbow) has officially been ruled out for the start of the campaign. Seth Lugo is also in play to take the spot vacated by Matz.
Jose Ramirez reached base four times and scored a pair of runs Wednesday in the Indians’ Cactus League win over the Reds.
Ramirez paced the Tribe with three hits including a one-out double in the fifth. He scored later in the same inning on a two-run blast by Brandon Guyer. Ramirez has swung a hot bat this spring, collecting a .314 average over 51 Cactus League at-bats. The 24-year-old recently put pen to paper on a five-year, $28 million extension.
Matt Shoemaker didn’t have his best stuff Wednesday in the Angels’ Cactus League win over the Brewers, letting up nine hits and three runs over four shaky innings.
He notched three strikeouts while recording one walk. Shoemaker didn’t have a clean inning, allowing at least two hits in each frame. He had a particularly hard time in the second, yielding three hits including a solo homer by Jesus Aguilar. The right-hander will hope for better results in the regular season after posting a sluggish 5.29 over five Cactus League starts.