Vero Beach 8, St. Lucie 3. Scott Kazmir pitched 3 innings, allowed 1 hit, no walks, 1 unearned run. He struck out 3…In 4 plate appearances, Dioner Navarro walked twice, was hit by a pitch and flied out to center. He threw out the only base stealer and even stole third base himself. He was replaced by a pinch-runner in the 7th.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- David Price is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today in extended spring training. [St. Pete Times]
- Everybody’s favorite (except the Prof) Jeremy Hellickson comes in at #2 on Baseball America’s latest “Prospect Hot Sheet”. And one of the Prof’s personal faves, John Jaso also makes the sheet as a “Not Hot”.[Baseball America]
The Rays have moved Hellickson slowly through the minors and it certainly hasn’t hindered his performance. He’s fourth in the league in ERA (1.00) and tied for first with strikeouts (23). He more than doubled his strikeout total this week with a baker’s dozen against Jupiter.
- Scott Kazmir’s biggest problem last night was getting used to the minor league baseball. [MLB]
- The Montgomery Advertiser takes a closer look at Eduardo Morlan, the other player in the Delmon Young, Matt Garza, Jason Bartlett deal, who is being groomed as the Rays closer of the future. [Montgomery Advertiser]