So we're starting a weekly feature here on Farmers Only, where we look at a lesser known player in the Reds system and introduce them to the Red Reporter populace. First in the series is outfielder Chris Heisey.
Chris Heisey is an outfielder currently playing for the AA Carolina Mudcats, whose defense is good enough for him to play all 3 OF positions.
- He's a former 16th round pick out of Messiah College. 503 players went before him in the 2006 draft.
- He's hit everywhere he's been so far, actually improving his OPS at every level. He can run a li'l bit too, as he stole 27 bases in Sarasota last year.
- Scouts are high on his talent, but the real question at this point is if he'll end up hitting for enough power to stick on a major league roster as anything other than a 4th outfielder.
- This season he's tearing the cover off the ball, hitting .412 in the first week with 2 HR and 4 RBI. He's also got 2 SB, which when paired with his .583 OBP so far, is making him a pretty formidable leadoff hitter for the Mudcats.
And now, onto the games:
- Louisville lost a close one against Toledo, 6-5. Sam LeCure put in a quality start for the Bats, but it wasn't enough. Norris Hopper stole his 4th base of the year (he's really trying to show Dusty something), and Adam Rosales hit his 2nd jack of the year. Former Red Scott Williamson got the save for the Mudhens. Up next: Homer Bailey makes his second start of the season in AAA, first pitch at 7:05.
- In the rubber match of their first series, Carolina beat Mississippi 6-2. Misael DeJesus was excellent, going 6 innings and only giving up 1 run. Sean Watson was also nails out of the bullpen, going two hitless innings, striking out 3. Offensively, the Mudcats 3rd-5th hitters went a combined 9-14 against Braves pitching, with Todd Frazier, Logan Parker, and Sean Henry having 3 hits apiece. Parker had a solo shot, and featured farmhand Chris Heisey had a 2-R shot to put the Mudcats ahead for good. Up next: Carolina starts a new series in Mobile tonight, game time 8:05.
- Sarasota starts a new series with Palm Beach tonight, starting at 6:35.
- Dayton was rained out, so they'll play two today. First pitch of Game 1 is set for 11:00, with Leonardo Astorga taking the hill in Game 1 and Oscar Castro pitching the afternoon-cap.