From the stretch!!! Now we can see why the Giants grabbed him as high as the 4th round in last year's draft - ahead of Chris Marlowe and Josh Osich.
Bandilla is throwing 85-90% fastballs, so far, with all of them clocked between 95 and 100 mph on the radar gun in the press box. His first 4 pitches of the night were fastballs timed at: 98 mph, 95 mph, 97, mph, and 98 mph, respectively.
He threw the 100 mph FB to strike out the first batter of the 2nd inning swinging.
Through 2 innings, Bandilla has thrown 37 pitches (strikes=20, balls=17) with 4 Ks (3 swinging), 1 BB (on a full count), 1 hit (a 2-out double off the wall in LF), and 0 runs.
Bandilla got his first pro start for Augusta tonight against the Red Sox Sally League affiliate. Bandilla took the spot in the rotation normally set for Adalberto Mejia. Since Mejia threw an inning in relief in last night's game, and because the GreenJackets had an off day 2 days ago, I thought that Augusta would just skip Mejia's spot and give Kyle Crick the start tonight on his normal 5 day rest. I'm assuming that this signals that Bandilla will be taking Mejia's spot in the rotation for the foreseeable future, because Mejia has looked bad in his first 3 starts and Bandilla was told when the ST camp was breaking up that he would be used as a starter eventually this season.
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