What could have been. Marshall made that staff deep and strong that year and would have done the same the next year when we hosted the regional. Glad he’s recovered and he’s doing well.
Kasowski still doesn’t know exactly what happened. The last thing he remembers is changing into the left lane, then feeling what he describes as an explosion into the back of his seat. His car began spinning and shot across the median, spun a few more times and came to a stop in the southbound lane on the other side of the highway.
The vehicle that Marshall collided with that night was later confirmed to be traveling over 100 mph.
“I just remember glancing up and seeing a full moon,” Kasowski said. “I knew I was gonna get hit a second time.” Kasowski’s car was t-boned moments later.
Well, I initially injured it back in 2014 which was when I sprained it the first time. It always bothered me in certain spots so I would move my arm angle or I would make an adjustment where I could throw where it wouldn’t hurt as bad. It would hurt the next couple of days that year after I threw and it kept getting worse and worse. It got to where I would warm up for my start and it would still hurt in the bullpen and then when I would get up for the game, the adrenaline would kick in and it wouldn’t hurt anymore. Eventually, that pain would last into the first inning and then it was the second/third inning and then in my last start, it just never stopped hurting. It was hurting in Toledo which was my start previous to that Columbus start and I don’t know how, but I think I got through five innings and just finessed through five. That next start in Columbus, I couldn’t throw my fastball, I couldn’t spin a breaking ball…I just couldn’t generate the arm speed. I had known that something was probably wrong for a while because your arm isn’t supposed to hurt there that bad. So I came off the mound and I kind of knew that it was time to know what was going on.
When I went in for the MRI, they actually found that I had two tears on the UCL, one on each end of it. One was the prior one from 2014 and another one that had developed for the last…well, however long it was.
No Seth Romero this year:
From there, the organization’s pitching runs even more thin. They gambled on left-handed Seth Romero in the first round of the 2017 draft, knowing his behavioral issues led to his dismissal from the University of Houston team. Romero continued his troubling pattern following the draft, appeared to have resolved those issues, then tore his UCL late last August. He is out for the year because of Tommy John surgery.
The first picture is a side by side of one of my bullpens during my rehab versus my latest bullpen. Where the picture is, is at foot strike. Terrible position, arm up late, and no external rotation causing the elbow to fly out and put stress on the arm. The following are some videos of some drills to get me where I am today. Not where I want to be quite yet and far from perfect, but what a difference an offseason can make! Too excited to get this 2019 started
# 3. Corey Julks (A+)
Julks is a local product drafted in the 8th round of the 2017 draft out of the University of Houston. He started the year in Quad Cities playing in 64 games and hitting .259 with a .720 OPS. He was promoted to Buies Creek and his numbers actually improved. In 61 High-A games he hit .282 with .820 OPS. Overall he finished with 30 2B, 30 SB, 10.6 BB%, and a 120 wRC+. Julks is good athlete and should provide solid defense in the corners. He has some power, draws some walks, and steals bases. 2019 will be an interesting year for him as he moves up to AA.
2018 Stats: 125 G, .270 BA/.351 OBP/.418 SLG, 30 2B, 4 3B, 10 HR, 62 RBI, 30 SB, 55 BB/108 SO
Corey Julks got a taste in Astros Spring Training and now:
Dowdy, a right handed pitcher acquired from the Cleveland Indians, can be plugged into two roles, as he has experience as both a starter and reliever in his minor league career. Although he only stands at 6’1, weighing 195 pounds , the 26-year-old has recently found a way to pack a punch to batters.
Last season, despite having a fastball that normally sits at 93-94 mph, Dowdy was able to touch 98 mph consistently. Dowdy cannot pinpoint why his velocity skyrocketed out of nowhere, but the increase in speed has allowed him to attack hitters more often.
Through all the ups and downs of the last two years, this girl has stood by my side and carried me through. She is my rock and I know that she is the one for me forever. I love this woman with all my heart and I can’t wait to be her husband. I love you Victoria!!
Dowdy is claimed by the Rangers.
Looks like Lantrip’s career is over. That sucks.
He’s engaged to my daughter and will be married early next year. Good kid , tough break.