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AZRon on Yesterday

I attended yesterday’s game at the Peoria Sports Complex (Spring Training home of the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners) between the Salt River Rafters and the Peoria Javelinas.

I’ll provide my observations in multiple posts throughout this weekend.

It was the standard warm and sunny day in the Phoenix metroplex as I took my seat in the scout’s area behind home plate.

Two former Oriole players manned the coaching boxes for Salt River.
JR House, 38 years old, manages the Rafters and was the 2017 manager of the AA Jackson Generals in the Diamondbacks organization.
Ryan Minor, 43 years old, is a hitting coach with the Rafters and was the 2017 manager of the Delmarva Shorebirds. He previously managed the Frederick Keys. Did you know that Ryan?:
had a twin brother, Damon, who also played in the MLB with the San Francisco Giants
was selected in the second round of the NBA draft in 1996 by the Philadelphia 76ers
was traded by the O’s for Jorge Julio after the 2000 season
cannot currently be described as slim and trim

I saw, at least, 3 certain future MLB players on the field today — two hitters and a pitcher — all members of the Javelina team.

RH Pitcher T.J. Zeuch, played in A+ ball for the Toronto organization, made his 3rd AFL start. He:
was a 1st round draftee for Toronto in 2016
went a very unusual 5 complete innings yesterday after two appearances  totaling 8 innings
after 11 innings in his AFL season, gave up his 1st base on balls
after 11 2/3 innings in his AFL season, yielded up his 4th base hit ( 1st hit this game, ground ball single)
after 12 1/3 innings in his AFL season, was scored upon for his 1st and only run
The 6’7″ Zeuch consistently repeated his good-looking windup as he threw strikes or barely missed with a low 90’s fastball and a late breaker