Don’t know if anyone saw, but Austin Pruitt opened the season with a win for the Rays:
Pruitt (1-0) fired two scoreless innings in Thursday’s 6-4 Opening Day win over the Red Sox, allowing just a hit and a walk.
Taking over for Chris Archer after six innings, Pruitt got through a pair of frames with 26 pitches and served as an effective bridge to closer Alex Colome. The right-hander is slated to serve as a starter for approximately the next two months while Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) recovers from surgery, but as he demonstrated Thursday, he has the ability to fill a variety of roles when called upon.
Kyle Dowdy, RH reliever: Not a billboard guy at the start of the season, but Dowdy, a 12th-rounder out of the University of Houston in 2015, has had four solid games, including one start. The digits: 12⅔ innings, seven hits, two runs, 18 strikeouts, three walks. His ERA (1.42), WHIP (0.79), and opposing batting average (.163) have made him one of the early season’s farm-team pluses.
Just a note, I’ll be catching up on all the Pro Coogs next week when we hit May.
A person familiar with the situation said the Nationals have outlined a list of things the 22-year-old must do to earn his way back into a minor league clubhouse. He is doing his best to comply with those prerequisites, and the Nationals expect him back with one of their affiliates this season. Romero finished last season in short-season Auburn. He has pitched in seven professional games and allowed 12 runs in 22 innings.
Finally got around to doing the 1st update for the season. Note, these are guys that pitched with the Coogs, but may not have finished their careers here.
Unfortunately, for the Coogs, a number of the Pro Cougar hitters are no longer on Minor League Rosters:
Michael Bourn, Caleb Ramsey, Casey Grayson, Kyle Survance, Chris Iriart, Ashford Fulmer, and Josh Vidales.
All Pro Cougar pitchers are still on rosters (or, in the case of Romero, have a reason for not being on one).
Double-Click spreadsheet to zoom in: