Hurricanes Baseball Reporter
After an embarrassing lackluster performance on the opening day of preseason, we had a different quality of baseball all around from pitching, fielding, and even hitting. Where pitching should be front and center over hitting at this stage, one player specifically continues to draw my attention as being a difference-maker for this coming season. Fifth-year transfer student Dario Gomez from San Joaquin Delta College out of Nevada for the second day continues making solid contact with the ball. In his one at-bat on Wednesday he had the best hit ball of the day with a double to deep left center. Today he opened with a pair of walks and finished the day with an RBI single and RBI double.
Although only into the second scrimmage, look for him very probably starring in CF if he continues at this pace. Gaby Gutierrez is picking up where he left off last year making solid with the ball with a single on Wednesday and connecting for the first HR of the preseason for team Miami. Two batters later freshman Blake Cyr joined Gabby with a solo shot of his own to left to become the first freshman to join the distance makers. Both shots were at the expense of freshman pitcher Cole Dirks. Sorry to say none of the freshman pitchers (Cole Dirks and Gunther Braendel today and the three from Wednesday) have shown anything to write home about. Definitely no hidden treasures so far from this young crop of hurlers.
Big difference from Wednesday but a very long way to go before we are ready for prime-time viewing. Freshman pitching is going to have to take a major strive forward if we are going to be competitive this season. From what I have seen to date, I have not been at all impressed with their performances. Don’t think the transition from HS to college ball has not gone as smoothly as they had hoped.