Monday, April 20, 2009

Those Lexington pitchers? One of 'em might be the next Tim Redding.

But that's a good thing.

McTaggart posted a blog on the depth of pitching being assembled at Lexington. Righties Ross Seaton, Robert Bono, Jordan Lyles, Kyle Greenwalt and lefthander Brad Dydalewicz are killing it up in Kentucky. And trust me, gentle reader, I will go see them and give you a full report.

As mentioned on Eddie's Farm, Tags points this out:
Through April 19, the five were a combined 5-2 with a 1.18 ERA in nine starts. Seaton (1-1, 1.64), Bono (2-0, 0.00), Dydalewicz (1-0, 0.00) Lyles (1-1, 3.12) had each made two starts, and Greenwalt (0-1, 1.80) had made one.

Astros Farm Director Ricky Bennett:
"We were hoping they showed us enough to make the jump from rookie ball to the full-season club. Between the instructional league and spring training, they all made huge strides and we felt comfortable they could handle this level together. Now they're here and becoming tighter, creating a bond and competing against one another. They all have enough talent to pitch at the major league level. But we all know there are bumps in the round along the way. From a talent standpoint and maturity standpoint, we're hoping they're up to the challenge."

The last time the Astros had such a talented group of young pitchers come through their system was a decade ago when Roy Oswalt, Wade Miller, Carlos Hernandez and Tim Redding were turning heads.