Ducks in the show: Week Two – 247Sports

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Welcome to the second installment of the weekly Oregon MLB round-up. This recap will feature appearances by Ducks starting August 2 and ending August 9. A Sunday to Sunday recap. In the early stages of the 2020 MLB season, four former Ducks have made their debuts, and one has made their MLB debut.

I plan on dividing this recap into two sections, one for hitting and one for pitching. So far this year of the six Oregon players to make their debut, three have been pitchers. Tyler Anderson of the San Francisco Giants, Cole Irvin of the Philadelphia Phillies, and 2017 first-round pick David Peterson of the New York Mets all made their pitching debuts in the 2020 season and all made appearances in the last week. As for hitting, Scott Heineman made his 2020 debut with the Texas Rangers last week and played five games this week. Ryon Healy of the Milwaukee Brewers made his 2020 debut this week, as did Kyle Garlick of the Phillies.

Pitching

David Peterson

After making his MLB debut back on July 28th against the Boston Red Sox, Peterson made just one start this week against the Miami Marlins. Peterson turned in another reliable performance, five innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out three. Peterson struggled with his command against the Marlins, walking three batters, which matched his season total in walks, in just five innings. Regardless, Peterson turned in another quality start and has now won two of his first three appearances in the show.

Peterson also made his way onto Pitching Ninja, one of baseballs best Twitter fan accounts. Pitching Ninja showcases unhittable pitches thrown by the games best and here was Petersons contribution:

Updated 2020 stats: 2-1, 16.2 IP, 3.78 ERA, 14 K, 1.32 WHIP, 3.93 FIP

Tyler Anderson

Andersons tenure so far with the Giants has been an up and down road. His ERA coming into this week reflects a solid season with the giants, but his peripheral stats, like a 5.89 FIP, tell a sign of being a lucky pitcher. Anderson made his second start of the season and his lone appearance this week on Aug. 6 against the Colorado Rockies, his former ballclub, in the mile-high stadium, Coors Field. Anderson responded with a tremendous five-inning performance, allowing zero runs on two hits while striking out three. Anderson was limited to just 66 pitches, making it clear the Giants were either looking for a spot start or are in the middle of stretching Anderson out to become a full-time member in this rotation. This past Sunday, Johnny Cueto of the Giants left his start against the Dodgers due to a left leg injury, which could open an opportunity for Anderson in the rotation.

Anderson has had a successful year by changing his pitch usage, and with it, good outcomes have followed. The lefty has limited his use of his cutter from July to August by four percent and upped both his sinker and changeup usage by four and two percent. This change will be something to keep an eye on in the future.

Stats: 0-1, 12.1 IP, 2.19 ERA, 7 K, 1.46 WHIP, 5.89 FIP

Cole Irvin

Irvin doubled his innings pitched total for 2020 after throwing just one inning on Aug. 9 against the Atlanta Braves. Irvin allowed two hits, zero runs, and didnt strike out a batter in his brief inning of work.

Stats: 0-2, 2 IP, 18.00 ERA, 1 K, 3.50 WHIP, 1.97 FIP

Hitting

Scott Heineman

Last week, Heineman made waves with his unexpected power against the Giants as he drove home three runs in four games with a two-run double and a home run. This week, Heineman continued to get the nod but mostly as a defensive replacement. Heineman started two games against the Oakland Athletics, going 0-for-6 with two strikeouts. Heineman played in the next three straight games but came in as a defensive replacement in either the eighth or ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels. Heineman was able to steal one bag in those three games, his lone offensive production.

Stats: 9 G, 19 AB, 3 H, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .158 AVG, .526 OPS

Ryon Healy

Welcome to the recap, Healy. The sharp corner infield made his 2020 debut this week with the Milwaukee Brewers after being a surprise cut from the MLB roster out of spring training part two. Healy played three games this week, amassing six at-bats, and getting one hit. Healy, a DH in two of the three games, was relieved of his position in the first game after three innings and came up as a pinch hitter in the second game. Healy rounded out the three games by playing first base until being relieved in the eighth inning.

Stats: 3 G, 6 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .167 AVG, .333 OPS

Kyle Garlick

Garlick made his 2020 season debut as a designated hitter on Aug. 5 against the New York Yankees, earning two at-bats before being relieved in the sixth inning. Garlick came in as a defensive replacement on Aug. 9 in game one of a doubleheader against the Braves. Garlick recorded zero offensive stats in his brief two-game stint.

Stats: 2 G, 2 AB, 0 H

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