After a strong start to the season at Double-A, reliever Jay Chapman received a well-deserved promotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs to join the Sky Sox bullpen. The team also activated veteran Tim Dillard while placing catcher Adam Weisenburger on the disabled list and assigned pitcher Brooks Hall to Helena. To fill Chapman’s spot in Biloxi, pitcher Tyler Spurlin was promoted from Brevard County. The Manatees also placed outfielder Omar Garcia on the DL with Dominican Elvis Rubio coming up to take his place. Troy Stokes and Mitch Ghelfi were activated from the DL at Wisconsin while pitcher Conor Harber and catcher Natanael Mejia were placed on the 7-Day DL and pitcher David Lucroy was returned to the Timber Rattlers active roster. And more moves appear to be in the works with the news of an apparent promotion for April’s Minor League Pitcher of the Month, Jon Perrin, reportedly headed for Brevard.
There’s good news for pitching prospect Devin Williams, as his rehab continues in Maryvale, where he made another extended spring training appearance on Saturday afternoon. He should join a full season club (most likely Wisconsin) before too much longer. Meanwhile left-hander Zach Hirsch returned to the mound in Brevard County while catcher Mitch Ghelfi came off the DL in Wisconsin after missing limited time with a bruised thumb.
It wasn’t a great week for Colorado Springs, who saw their record fall to 11-16. Their .407 winning percentage is last in the Pacific Coast League but still has them just 5.5 games back of first place Omaha in their Division. In Biloxi, the Shuckers remain atop the standings in the Southern League’s South Division and are tied with the Jackson Generals for the best overall record in the league at 18-10. At Brevard County, the Manatees managed to string together a couple of wins, but appear to have reverted back to their old ways, dropping three straight. Their record of 8-21 is easily the worst in the Florida State League. Finally, in Wisconsin, the Timber Rattlers have played .500 ball over their last ten contests and sit at 14-16, 4.5 games back of Clinton, who comes to town for a three game set starting Monday.
The Sky Sox host a Monday matinee before hitting the road for four games. They return home on Saturday when they host a Team Cap Giveway for the first 1000 fans. In Biloxi, the Shuckers play host to Jacksonville for five games starting on Monday. The series will feature a Bark in the Park night on Monday and a Negro League Tribute on Thursday evening. Brevard is home for just one game, against Daytona on Tuesday night, while Wisconsin opens up a lengthy homestand on Monday that features a Jeremy Jeffress magnet giveaway on Thursday and a Player Poster giveaway on Friday.