Debuts

Everytime a player in this organization gets the call to the next level, it seems like he dominants.  Why is that? Is it adrenaline? Is it sheer coincidence? 

Well, last night (7/12/10) Luis Noel debuted in the Carolina League and was unhittable against the Kinston Indians.  In six innings, he allowed a mere two hits and no runs.  Noel also struck out seven batters and walked only one.  It shouldn’t be a huge surprise because Noel had been pitching very well for the Shorebirds of late.  In his final SAL start, he went eight full innings and struck out 10 batters.

Who can forget Nathan Moreau’s Carolina debut.  He goes from Charleston, West Virginia to Salem, Virginia on two flights and proceeds to throw the first nine-inning no hitter in the Carolina League since 2004 (individual).  He fanned six in the game against the Red Sox farm club and did not walk a batter.  Moreau is now 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA through three starts.  He has allowed only seven hits in 19.0 innings pitched.  Moreau’s success in the CL should probably come as no surprise also.  In his final two SAL starts, he went 12.0 innings and allowed only nine hits and two runs.  He also fanned 12 and walked just two. 

Remember first baseman Joe Mahoney from 2008 and 2009? He was recently promoted to Double-A Bowie.  In his debut on July 9, he went 3-for-3 with a home run, an RBI and three runs scored.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

Zach Britton’s debut in Triple-A is also one to remember.  On July 1, he tossed a six-inning shutout against Charlotte in his International League debut.  He allowed only three hits.  Britton struck out four and did not walk a batter.  Britton won 12 games for the Shorebirds in 2008 and now he is knocking on the door step of the major leagues. 

I think it is a combination of being ready for the promotion and maybe a little extra blood flowing through the system. 

Who is going to be next to receive a call to the next level?

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