Monday, July 11, 2016

Prescription #301 A New Biscuit, Why There Isnt A Biscuits Costumed Mascot

When was the last time you gave me something nice?

Thats what Brady Williams must have told the Rays front office after they sent two starting pitchers to take the place of the two relievers recently sent to Durham.

Like Stanek before him, now reliever Winkler has been promoted. If you blinked you missed Kyle Winkler, the reliever was packed off to the D-Bulls.

In ten games Winky had allowed just one run, a feat he quickly accomplished for the Bulls on his very first day there.

In his place the Rays newest acquisition Jaye Chapman is expected on Monday. In a rare move, the transaction regarding Chapman was announced a day early.

With Shuckers
The Rays dealt cash or PTBNL for Chapman, who has a long history in the Southern League. He has spent five seasons in the circuit, sporting a nice 2.89 ERA at the double-A level. He was with the Ms.Braves in 2010-11, spent 2012 with the Tn Smokies and has bounced between double-A Biloxi and triple-A Colorado Spring before being dealt by the Brewers.

This year at Biloxi Chapman had logged 10 saves and one win in 12 games. He had not allowed a run, earned or otherwise, for the Shuckers. However he had been getting shellacked while wearing a  Sky Sox uni in triple-A this year, his 5.73 era for them tells us he will be happy to get back to the Southern League.
gonna fit in just fine

Granden Goetzman was brought off the DL, his injured hamstring deemed healthy. Goetz has been on the shelf since May 23rd, he had seven hits in four rehab games last week before being sent back to Montgomery.

The outfielder was off to a nice start with 13 stolen bases in 37 games and flashing good leather afield.

After coming out of the game on Friday, second baseman Kean Wong has been on the bench. He left Fridays contest after his first at bat, Pat Blair moved over to fill at second and on Saturday it was Coyle at the keystone sack.

I admit I missed the radio broadcasts this weekend, perhaps announcer Chris Adams-Wall has given more info but between Kean's absence from the lineup and the return (again) of Juniel Querecuto, it looks like an injury could be a possibility.

Anyone hear anything on it? Kean has been a mainstay in the Biscuits lineup, covering second base and batting a strong .256 in the first half of the season. Any absence would be noticed, Wong isn't a player the team can easily afford to lose.  

With the addition of Jaye Chapman and return of Goetzman, the Biscuits roster sits at 26. Someone has to go somewhere, be it a DL trip, a promotion, demotion or release. Hopefully we won't lose anyone, the team appears to be coming together at a good time.

Garvin injured, April 23 2014
After being re-assigned to extended spring, then activated and sent to Port Charlotte, Grayson Garvin has been getting into games and the results are good. Three times he has pitched five innings, twice in a starting role. Garvin struck out eight in his first start and has a nice 2.40 era through 15 innings.

It might not be long before we see the former first rounder back in the Montgomery rotation. Grayson last pitched for the Biscuits in 2014 and has worked long and hard to get back on track.


Former Biscuits pitcher Jacob Faria and I talked about this - how come the team doesn't have a person wearing a biscuit costume?

It is a question I hear folks ask a few times a season, when we have a great mascot like Monty Biscuit on the hats and scoreboard but we never have a biscuit walking around. Monty Biscuit, with his butter tongue, is seen all over the stadium, why do we have Big Mo instead of Monty?

Generally speaking, I prefer Monty to Big Mo, but appreciate that Monty doesn't get to walk around the park and scare meet kids.

There are a few reasons I can think of that explain why...

Reason #1
Kinda weird

Reason #2
VERY Weird

 Reason #3
Monty doesn't have legs!
Hands and Feet, no arms or legs!

I recently ran across some early concept drawings of the biscuit who became the face of the Biscuits. It a neat look at what becomes the biscuit we know and love. And we see that if he did have legs, he would also have striped pants!

I would be remiss if I let the opportunity pass without adding the classic tale...

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