As the Bluefish are getting ready to play the 5th game of the Skeeters series, I thought I’d let you guys know a little bit about the new acquisitions. Last Wednesday, GM Ken Shepard gave me the scoop on the Russ Mitchell signing. He is now listed on the active roster. The other new player is pitcher Mickey Jannis.
Mickey Jannis, RHP, Reliever - Jannis was drafted in 2010 by the Tampa Bay Rays. His time in affiliated ball didn’t last long as he never made it past High-A and was playing for the independent Frontier League by the start of the 2012 season. In 74.2 IP, he accumulated a 2.53 ERA. Not bad. The Bluefish acquired him from the Frontier League for a player to be named later. If there’s any truth to the Bluefish bio on him, he’s working on his knuckleball, so he might be fun to watch. 2013 stats with the Fish: 2 G, 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 SO, 0 BB
Russ Mitchell, 3B, 1B - Mitchell a bit of major league experience with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010 and 2011. His ML claim to fame is a few timely homeruns, but there was no significant offense besides that. On the other hand, at the AAA level he has had great offensive numbers. Ken has brought him in hoping to bring some more power to the line up. So far, he has started the last three games vs the Skeeters at 3B. He has yet to show much offense; I’m sure Willie and the front office will give him some lee way on gettin’ in the swing of things. AAA stats: .302 BA, .367 OBP, .522 SLG
The latest releases: P Jordan Roberts, INF Daniel Barbero, P Edward Rodriguez, P Josh Schmidt, Utility man and fun guy to watch Sam Greenberg
Still in limbo:
We have yet to see pitcher Hayden Penn take the mound. Last week Ken mentioned he’s dealing with some arm tenderness but didn’t have a timeline on Penn getting in a game. I’m not sure why an Independent team is holding on to a guy this long when usually the rosters for most of the teams are such revolving doors.
Is Matt Spencer OK? I haven’t checked on live game broadcasts so I don’t know the back story on why Russ Mitchell has started at 3B for the last three games, moving Luis Lopez to 1B and making Spencer the odd man out. I don’t mind it as long as Mitchell starts showing some offense. Spencer was definitely doing his part in the lineup, I’d hate to put that bat aside is Mitchell isn’t getting it done. If its because Spencer is injured, well then, no need for the conversation.
With Jeff Fulchino injured, the Bluefish are in need of a consistent effective closer. I’m not sure if Willie has put any one guy out there for the save opportunities I just know there hasn’t been a save since Fulchino except for one by Winston Abreu and hopefully that’s not who their counting on. My guess is Kanekoa Texeira should be the one to emerge as the closer. Only time will tell on this one. I’m usually not a fan of Willie’s pitching decisions.
Tonight is the 5th game of a 6 game series in Sugar Land. If the Bluefish win tonight they will have at least split the series, which is no small feat again the top team in the Atlantic League.
The Bluefish return home on Thursday, May 23rd, vs the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. This will be a pivotal series since the Crab are in 2nd place behind the Fish. Bridgeport will be looking to pull away in the standings.
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