A pair of highly-touted prospects made their season debuts in the Midwest League on Thursday — OF Clint Frazier with the Lake County Captains and RHP Braden Shipley with the South Bend Silver Hawks.
Frazier, the fifth overall pick in last year’s draft, went 1-for-5 with a RBI single in the 8th inning of Lake County’s 6-3 win over the Burlington Bees. He also reached on an error and scored the game’s first run in the 1st inning.
Drafted out of high school last year, Frazier played 44 games in rookie ball in 2013. His 2014 debut was delayed until now because of a hamstring injury that kept him in extended spring training at the start of the season.
Shipley pitched well in his 2014 debut for the Silver Hawks, which was delayed by bicep tendinitis experienced by the righty last month. He pitched five scoreless innings against the Quad Cities River Bandits, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out four batters. As a result he earned his first professional win in the regular season. (He won one of the two postseason games he started for the Silver Hawks last year.)
Cougars’ win streak reaches 8
Thursday’s matchup of the Kane County Cougars and the Dayton Dragons at the latter team’s Fifth Third Field was between two squads with seven-game winning streaks on the line.
The game wasn’t as close as you may have expected.
Kane County SP Daury Torrez shut down Dayton’s offense, giving up only one run on two hits and a walk while striking out four batters in 8 IP. Meanwhile, the Cougars offense exploded for 13 runs on 19 hits and four walks (as well as two Dragons errors).
Everyone in the Cougars starting lineup had at least one hit, with catcher Will Remillard leading the way with four hits and 5 RBI.
Campbell continues scoreless streak
Clinton LumberKings LHP Eddie Campbell pitched six shutout innings Wednesday to extend his scoreless streak to 14 1/3 innings over three starts this season.
Ferris wheel photo update
The Ferris wheel behind Modern Woodmen Park has risen high enough to be a noticeable part of the Davenport skyline, surely from across the Mississippi River and certainly from the ballpark itself. Check out this photo that was tweeted by Quad-City Times sports reporter Steve Batterson:
A grand opening for the Ferris wheel is scheduled for Friday, May 2, while the Quad Cities River Bandits are on the road. The team opens a six-game homestand on Monday, May 5.