Monday Pebble Report: Friedrich, Rosario, Massey sparkle, Holcomb and Rogers struggle

Colorado Springs: Postponed

Tulsa (1-3): L 7-10

Good news for the Drillers at the top of the lineup as Cole Garner and Daniel Mayora each had three hits in the top two slots and Michael McKenry added a pair more and a stolen base while batting third. The bad news came from most everywhere else as starter Esmil Rogers gave up six runs in only three innings of work and chipped in two of Tulsa's five errors on the day. Darin Holcomb went hitless in four at bats, dropping his early season average .067 and added an error as well. Although Michael Paulk had a pair of hits and a walk in five plate appearances, he too joined the error parade with a pair of defensive miscues.

Modesto (3-1): L 0-4

theoldgrizzlybear reviewed this game in yesterday's Pebble Report, so instead of going back to Saturday's win (you can read Brian VanderBeek's recap here), I'll take a moment to praise Wilin Rosario some more. Last season, the best catching prospect in the California League, Carlos Santana was nearly two years older than Rosario is entering the start of play. The second best catching prospect, Pablo Sandoval, was one and a half years older. If Rosario is able to thrive at this level, it could push him into a consensus MLB Top 25 prospect level of player.

Asheville (1-3): W 5-0

Christian Friedrich provided the Alka-Seltzer to my aforementioned queasiness over his prospect status by coming out with a dominating performance in his 2009 Tourists debut Sunday. Friedrich allowed just one hit in six innings, struck out nine, walked just two and kept what little contact he did allow mostly on the ground. You can't ask for much more than that. I'm still a little unsure where to place him in the big scheme of things, collegiate pitchers going to the SAL tend to do very well the first month or two until the bats start catching up, but Sunday's performance by Friedrich does put him with the best collegians currently pitching in the South Atlantic League.

Tyler Massey and Carlos Martinez each added a pair of singles to their early season tallies, and Jimmy Cesario hit three more. In all the Tourists had ten hits, albeit none for extra bases, which has been an odd anomaly (I hope) of this first series in Kannapolis. So far in four games (two partials) the T's have nineteen singles and nothing else.

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