Scouting Report on Today’s Starting Pitchers

Rich Hill – Hill is breathing a lot easier now. The young lefty picked up his first win in his last start on Friday against the Pirates. He had spent a week working on the side, and it paid off. Against Pittsburgh, he gave up one run on three hits and three walks while striking out four. Hill still has some issues to resolve, but this was an important first step. However, Coors Field may not be the best place for his next start. He is 0-2 with an 11.32 ERA in two games there.

Franklin Morales – After helping the club to the playoffs in a late callup last season, Morales is finding things more difficult as a member of the Opening Day rotation. But just when Morales was starting to look overwhelmed, he took a giant leap forward in his last start, a victory over the Astros. His team scored six first-inning runs but he gave up four in the bottom of the frame. But by doing what the Rockies asked — quickening his tempo, not thinking as much — Morales righted himself and didn’t give up a run for the next four innings.

  • Has an electric arm and a potentially devastating arsenal of pitches. Can dominate when he’s on his game on the mound.
  • Is still very wild and his good games are very sporadic. Gets hits harder the second and third time through the batting order.
  • A strong mid-rotation left-hander.

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All Scouting Information taken from MLB.com and TSN.ca


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Organizational Roundup

(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Won vs. Oklahoma (5-1)

(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Lost vs. Carolina (3-4)

(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Lost vs. Juniper (1-2)

(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Lost vs. Lansing (2-7)

(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th

(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd

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