After dropping their Opening Night contest against the Lexington Legends, the Charleston RiverDogs roared back to take the next three games of the four-game set. Here are some news and notes from the first series of the year:
- Charleston fell behind Lexington in all four games of the series. What kept the RiverDogs in each game was the excellent job done by the bullpen. The bullpen has only given up six earned runs in 21, and one-third innings pitched, which equates to a 2.53 ERA. Manager Pat Osborn had this to say about his relievers, “Really every guy we put out there is throwing the ball really well whether we’ve been down. They’ve kept us in the game eliminating the chance of the other team expanding their lead or holding our lead.”
- Top prospect Blake Rutherford is off to a fast start. He has at least one hit in each of the first four games and is batting .500 with three doubles and five runs batted in.
- Charleston has 37 hits in their three straight wins while scoring 27 runs during that stretch.
- Anyelo Gomez in his first save attempt of the season pitched two scoreless innings on Saturday night while striking out five to nail down a 6-4 RiverDogs win.
- Manager Pat Osborn sees a lot of talent on the roster that may be overlooked. “Maybe in the industry they’re sleepers. Leonardo Molina, Oswaldo Cabrera who just turned 18 March 1st. These two guys, they have all the makings of guys that could end up being everyday major league players at some point. And more than that, with the skill sets they possess. Carlos Vidal, I would throw into that category as well. A guy that maybe gets overlooked in our organization with the depth of outfield prospects we have. Another guy who if he’s with somebody else, he may be up on one of those lists. Shoot, you could go on and on up and down the roster, but those three come to mind. Angel Aguilar, this kid three years ago at 14, I had him in the Gulf Coast League, and he was, for me, the best player in the league, and it wasn’t even close. The last couple of years he’s ran into some troubles. Tools-wise, he’s got everything you want. You go up and down the roster and you look at guys, you know what, this guy has the chance to be a major league baseball player. You look at the 12 position players we have, and you can say that about all of them.”
- Osborn also talked about the culture he tries to create for his team to be successful. “I try to be myself and create a culture that’s fun, and they enjoy playing with each other, and hopefully we can develop these kids in a winning atmosphere, but the biggest thing is creating a culture that they enjoy coming to every day, and they get along, they enjoy spending time together. If we do that, I think the rest of it is a little easier.”
- Osborn spoke about what he expects from his players on the field as well as off the field. “We have high expectations with our players. The way they carry themselves on the field and even more importantly the way they carry themselves off the field and how they treat people, how they treat fans, how they treat the people at the stadium. Everyone they come in contact with, we expect them to treat these people with the utmost respect, and if they don’t, it gets addressed. This is something we feel we need to hold our players to a higher standard and our staff, myself included, this is up and down the Yankee organization. This is something we believe strongly in. It does not go left unsaid, and if there’s an issue, it’s addressed. But for the most part, these kids are great kids, and they do all the things we ask. If there is a problem and we hear about it, we address it.”
- Hoy Jun Park informed RiverDogs Media Relations Director, Matt Dean, that he would like to be known moving forward as just Hoy Park.
- The RiverDogs open up a three-game set against San Francisco Giants affiliate, the Augusta Greenjackets, starting Monday night at Joe Riley Park in Charleston. After that, the Dogs embark on their first road trip of the season that will see them face off against the Rome Braves for four games, then at Augusta for a three-game set before returning home for a four-game homestand against the Asheville Tourists.