Lookouts (8-11) vs. Mobile BayBears (10-9), Wednesday April 25 - Sunday, April 29
Pitching Probables (Lookouts starter listed first)
Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. — Nathan Eovaldi (0-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. Tyler Skaggs (0-2, 3.63)
Thursday, 7:15 p.m.— Chris Withrow (0-0, 2.08) vs. Trevor Bauer (4-0, 0.40)
Friday, 7:15 p.m.— Allen Webster (1-3, 4.43) vs. Derek Eitel (0-2, 5.06)
Saturday, 7:15 p.m. — Ethan Martin (2-0, 3.92) vs. Chase Anderson (0-0, 0.82)
Sunday, 2:15 p.m. — Aaron Miller (1-1, 4.24) vs. Patrick Corbin (1-0, 2.25)
Withrow vs. Bauer — Withrow is now in his third full season with the Lookouts and started his season with a solid 4.1 innings on April 20. The 6-foot-4 right-hander gave up six hits in his only start this season, but allowed just one run while striking out three. His counterpart, Bauer, leads Mobile in innings pitched and strikeouts. At just 21 years old, he’s the Diamondback’s top prospect according to Baseball America.
BayBears (Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate) top prospects
The upside for the Diamonbacks organization’s collection of pitching prospects is perhaps best exhibited by Baseball America’s 2015 projected roster for the big league club in Arizona. The lineup looks very similar to the D’Backs current starting nine, but the rotation is full of present-day prospects. Two pitchers, Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley (Single-A), are expected to start ahead of Ian Kennedey, a 21-game winner in the majors last season.
After the arms, there’s a bit of a drop-off, but the organization’s talent pool ranks No. 4 among the 30 MLB teams, according to Baseball America. Chattanooga will likely be seeing a future star or two this week.
1. Trevor Bauer, 21, RHP
Bauer entered this season carrying the weight of a multi-million dollar contract in his wallet and the expectations of a No. 3 overall draft pick in his right arm. Thus far, neither has burdened the former UCLA standout. After being drafted in the summer of 2011, he signed quickly enough to make seven minor league starts last season and garnered chatter about him making an appearance in the majors. At least one projection has him appearing in Arizona this season, and his 28 strikeouts and one earned run through 22 innings in 2012 have shown he’s capable of dominating in the minors. If there is a downside, it’s the 14 walks he’s surrendered.
2. Tyler Skaggs, 20, LHP
There may not be a better pitching combination in the minor leagues than Bauer and Skaggs. Skaggs is five months younger than Bauer, but has more minor-league experience after being drafted in the first round of the 2009 draft out of his California high school by Anaheim. Skaggs was traded to the Diamondbacks in 2010 as a part of the Dan Haren/Joe Saunders deal, and went 4-1 last season in 10 starts with Mobile. His 0-2 record this season is deceiving. He’s totaled 27 strikeouts and just three walks through 17 innings. Skaggs is the organization’s No. 3 overall prospect according to Baseball America.
3. Matt Davidson, 21, 1B
Drafted in the same 2009 draft as Skaggs, Davidson is Arizona’s top non-pitching prospect. He’s capable of playing first or third defensively, but is getting his first shot above the Class-A level this season. Through 19 games he leads the team in on-base percentage (.482) and slugging (.609).
Lookouts’ outlook — Who’s hot and who’s not
HOT: In five appearances this season, 24-year-old Shawn Tolleson is yet to give up a run, while striking out 13 batters in 6.2 innings. Tolleson has emerged as the Lookouts’ primary closer, and has three saves while allowing no walks and just three hits.
NOT: Prior to Tuesday’s game, right-handed reliever Luis Vasquez was tied for fourth on the team with six appearances, but carried a 7.88 ERA. His biggest mishap came on April 14, when Jacksonville scored five runs on him in just two-thirds of an inning. Vasquez was credited with a blown save and the loss.
Friday — Former UTC quarterback and NFL prospect B.J. Coleman will throw out the first pitch and fireworks will follow after the game.
Saturday — A zoo-themed night brought to you by the Chattanooga Zoo. The ZOOperstars will be making their 2012 AT&T Field debut. Also, the Chattanooga Zoo will be present with an assortment of activities and animals.
Sunday — On SunTrust Sundays, each fan that donates non-perishable food items will receive a free general admission ticket for that Sunday’s game. Tickets will be distributed on a per person basis and are subject to availability. The canned food items will be donated to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.
Elsewhere in the Dodgers’ organization
Monday night, the Dodgers hit Jair Jurrjens hard enough to lead the Braves to send him down to Triple-A. Los Angeles’ 7-2 win over Atlanta pushed the Dodgers to a major-league best 13-4 record and kept them undefeated in the Chavez Ravine. Through the first two-and-a-half weeks of the season, the eight-year, $160-million contract Los Angeles gave center fielder Matt Kemp appears to be a bargain. He’s twice been named the National League player of the week, and actually made news this week, by not winning the award. The Dodgers finish their series with the Braves Wednesday, then host the best pitching team in baseball for a three-game set.