Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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  1. […] Like his fellow righty Thwaits, Ignacio Feliz relied more on guile than raw stuff to get through the year. The 19-year old Dominican struck out 55 in 57.1 innings against 27 walks. He was nearly two and a half years younger than his opponents and his athleticism and frame give some reason for optimism that there’s more in the tank. Feliz came over for righthander Walker Lockett, in last year’s 40-man roster crunch. … LHP Jason Blanchard, 22, made 10 starts and posted a solid 41:12 strikeout-to-walk ratio while holding the opposition to a .187 batting average. Going forward, the 6-foot lefty profiles better out of the pen. In the second half (21.2 innings), Blanchard didn’t give up a single run. … Big righty Connor Lehmann didn’t throw more than three innings in any of his 12 appearances after a heavy workload in his senior year at St. Louis University, but he showed well in his limited exposure. The New Jersey native had Tommy John surgery back in 2016 and didn’t sign until after his redshirt senior season, so he’s already 23, but he has a chance to impress as a starter in Single-A next year. … LHP Dan Dallas, 21, struggled early in Fort Wayne and was sent back to Tri-City where he once again was dominant with 45 strikeouts in 32.1 innings for a 1.41 ERA. The key for him going forward will be the effectiveness of his secondary pitches. […]


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