— So, there’s quite a bit to unpack from tonight. Let’s start with the end and work our way back to the transactions fest that started off the day.
— Glenn Otto. He put together his third straight outing this season with ten or more strikeouts, and his fourth overall, racking up a whopping 14 K’s in Somerset’s big series-opening win over Richmond on Tuesday. It ties a career-high, which he set in Hartford a few weeks ago, and gives him 69 on the season, which are second most in the minors to only Cade Cavalli, who was just promoted to Harrisburg today and has 71.
Otto was asked after the game about his mentality when it comes to strikeouts.
“Honestly, I’m trying to execute every pitch I can,” he said. “I know my stuff is good enough to get plenty of strikeouts, and if I focus on our plan that we’ve developed with Donny, as well as our pitching coach, (Daniel) Moskos, we work hard inbetween starts to where it’s easier on me to just go out and attack and focus on executing each pitch. My mentality on the mound is; next pitch, execute.”
It wasn’t so much a single pitch that was working for Otto tonight as it was his ability to get ahead of Flying Squirrels batters all night long.
“They put a couple good swings on some balls and we made some good plays in the outfield. I don’t know if y’all were paying attention to that wind, but it was pretty crazy all night, and I’m proud of our outfielders for sticking with those high fly balls because I know that’s not easy from my times of shagging in batting practice. This was a great team win as well. It’s easy to pitch when you’re constantly up by five runs — being able to score ten tonight was huge — and it makes it a lot easier on my part.”
— Oswald Peraza. 3-for-4 with a triple in his first game at TD Bank Ballpark, which also happened to be on his 21st birthday. That’ll get some headlines.
— Diego Castillo. 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI. Maybe you guys should be paying attention to him too.
“I feel really good at the plate,” he said. “I’m super focused on hitting good pitches. Pitches coming right in the middle, I’m attacking. I’m putting the barrel where the spot is…(The Yankees) don’t try to change your mind, they try to adjust the barrel, so I put the barrel in a good spot. I really like the things that (the Yankees organization) are doing right now.”
The homer was his career-high sixth, and he upped his average to .330 with his big night.
— Donny Sands. 3-for-4 and his second two-homer night of the season. It’ll do.
— Luke Voit. Hey, a rehabbing big leaguer! Voit went 1-for-4 on the night, with the lone hit coming on what appeared to be a broken-bat flare single to short right field. Voit will address the media tomorrow, but manager Julio Mosquera was asked about Voit after the game.
“It was good to see Luke, I’ve known Luke a long time,” he said. “He was happy and excited to come over here and play for us. He was telling me the whole time, saying, ‘I want to go play for you guys, I want to go to Somerset and see what it’s all about.’ He likes everything. He was excited with the facility, which is a big plus. It’s his second game with the rehab, and the main thing for me with those guys is that they stay healthy, and he didn’t feel anything. It was good to see him out there getting some at-bats. Here, they don’t know any of the pitchers that are throwing, usually they face guys often and have some type of plan. This was kind of tough, because you don’t know what you’re facing, but he told me, he goes, ‘I felt really good.'”
Mosquera said Voit will play tomorrow, but play all nine innings this time, instead of seven like today.
— Transactions fest! 15 moves! 15! Tough to really dig into all of that at one time, no less at 12:30 AM, but the starting pitching shuffle is the most notable out of all of it.
The rotation saw a massive overhaul with three-fifths of it getting swapped out; Luis Medina is set to debut on Wednesday night, Ken Waldichuk on Thursday and Hayden Wesneski on Saturday. Matt Krook and Luis Gil are both off to Scranton, while Shawn Semple headed down to Hudson Valley.