The 23-year-old outfielder had a night to remember on Friday in Bridgewater, smacking two home runs off of Nationals pitching prospect Sterling Sharp, who, like Florial, had a brief stay in the big leagues last year.
Florial has a whopping 1.478 OPS through his first four games in Somerset, including a .333 batting average, three homers and five RBI.
He’s been a big part of Somerset’s 3-1 start, and obviously played a key role in their 10-2 win tonight over the Harrisburg Senators.
Florial says he’s as locked in at the plate as it looks like he is right now, and had a solid all-around game, making a great decision on the basepaths to take an unoccupied third base in a bizarre sequence of events, and also drawing two walks, which may be where the real key to his success ultimately lies.
“As a hitter, it’s something where nobody has to tell you that,” said Florial on the importance of drawing walks.
“You have to go out there and hit strikes, go out there and wait for your pitch and do damage with it. If it doesn’t (happen), take your walk.”
— Janson Junk made his team debut tonight, and mostly managed to avoid significant damage over his 3 2/3 inning start. He allowed just one run on three hits and two walks, recording four strikeouts along the way, and put up an overall solid outing for Somerset.
“I’m OK with what he did,” said Somerset manager Julio Mosquera. “He pitched in and out of trouble, but he mixed his pitches when he needed to, and he limited the damage. When you’re out there on the mound and your stuff is not where you want it, you’ve got to make pitches at the right time, and that’s something that he did.”
— J.P. Sears was the last of the Patriots relievers who needed to make his season debut, and he did in relief of Junk; Sears allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings and was followed by Stephen Ridings and Greg Weissert.
Ridings touched 101 MPH on the gun over two innings in which he struck out four batters and broke several bats, while Weissert relied heavily on that slider that you hopefully read about earlier today to record a 1-2-3 ninth.