“For baseball players, when you’re on the field, you have no concept of time – virtually none,” Durham Bulls Radio Network booth man (and former Yankee) Scott Pose was heard to say during a recent broadcast. “Ninety percent of the players don’t know what time it is.”
It’s May now, and the Bulls would love to Groundhog Day the successes of last year. Again, they finished April in first place, and some individuals have performed so well as to suggest readiness for the big leagues.
Many of last year’s faces are up there now. Wil Myers won A.L. Rookie of the Year, Chris Archer was a runner-up. Jake Odorizzi is grinding it out as Tampa Bay’s fifth starter, and Alex Torres is quietly shining in middle relief for the San Diego Padres.
Josh Lueke helped the Rays hang on during a 14-inning slog against the Yankees, in which Myers played a little first base in a defensive four-man infield formation, then singled in the winning run.
Beckham made 24 fielding errors last season, most of them at short. He said the knee is giving him no cause for worry.
Lee is doing his best to show he’s fully recovered from a knee injury that ended his season in April 2013.
Manager Charlie Montoyo said he hasn’t instructed Lee to hold back on the field or base path. “Once you start doing that, you’re in trouble,” he said.
was April’s top story, hitting in 11 straight plate appearances and batting .500 in a 9-game stretch – until guys started touching his batting helmet for good luck. He returned to a .315 batting average.
He got one, improving to .297 with 6 home runs and 25 RBI.
Thus far, he’s got a .319 ERA with 31 strikeouts and three wins. Starter Merrill Kelly’s numbers have been even better.
Montgomery missed out on April last year with tightness in his left forearm. On April 26, he pitched 8.1 innings of a no-hitter.