Tonight for the Midland Rockhounds against the Springfield Cardinals, Dallas Braden busted back into his dominant single-A form, racking up a big win over seven innings in which he surrendered only one run, and racked up 8 strikeouts, walking only 2 batters in the process.
Braden (W, 3-1) 7.0IP 5H 1R 1ER 2BB 8K 0HR 2.28ERA
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a nice line. this is the same kid that racked up 60 K's over 40 something innings in single-A. When he came up, he stuttered a little (or rather, he wasn't as dominant as he had been), but tonight's game puts him back on track for AAA contention.
Other minor throwers to watch:
- Jason Windsor, now throwing well in Midland after a cushy time in single-A ball (3.74 ERA over 55.1IP, with 64K's and just 8 walks).
- Scot Drucker, pitched great stuff as a closer for Kane County (11 saves, 2.86 ERA, 24K's, 8 walks), now plying his trade in Stockton (slow start ERA-wise, but on form for K/BB ratio).
- But let's face it - Braden is the guy everyone is watching. And he's delivering.
It's always nice when a throwaway draft pick comes good, isn't it?