Today the Biscuits begin the first homestand of the second half, welcoming the Mobile Baybears for to Montgomery for the first time this season.
It is also the first series the Biscuits have played in more than a year without starting pitcher Jacob Faria, who was promoted to Durham. Faria simply had nothing left to prove at the double-A level, pitching with consistence peppered with excellence in nearly every appearance.
This young man impressed me every time he took the hill as well as every time we had a conversation, and I am sure he will have a great time in Durham and all points beyond. Congrats Jacob!
Taking his turn in the rotation is Yonny Chirinos, sent up from the StoneCrabs.
A couple weeks ago I asked about Chirinos, throwing the ball well it seemed like just a matter of time before he appeared in the Montgomery uniform. Chirinos performed well in his first Biscuits start and should settle in well as Montgomery makes a strong second half push for a pennant.
The rotation is in a weird way, with only Guerrieri and Hu announced as starters for the series vs the Mobile Shippers. We will probably see Kirsch, Wood and Chirinos deployed, though its a mystery as to the order they will appear.
In the previous series, it was Wood, Guerrieri, Hu, Kirsch and Chirinos. However the Skitz website says Taylor G in game one, TBD in game two, Hu in the third contest and a pair of TBD's for the final games of the set.
Wood flirted with a no hitter in his last start, though the Biscuits twitter account did the team no favors by jinxing it with mentions of the event before it was finished.
While I wrote that it may affect his prospect status, it hasn't kept Ryne from getting invited to the Futures Game to pitch for Team USA.
Among the prospects on the roster, Yoan Lopez ranks #6 and leads the team in terms of pre-recognized potential. #10 is RHP Taylor Clark, #17 is Matt Koch, also a right handed pitcher. Second baseman Jamie Westbrook is ranked #22, pitcher Jaimie Sherfy is #30 and rounds out the ranked talent on the team.
Running late this week, I will post the What To Look For and more notes after tonights game. There have been so many changes, I need to research more before I finish the analysis.
Thanks for your patience!