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Nate Pearson fans eight and Austin Martin records first professional hit(s) as minor-league baseball returns

It’s been a looooooooong time since there were minor-league box scores to look at.

All of minor-league ball got wiped last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than Triple-A and Double-A and Rookie Ball and this and that there was only the Taxi Squad and the Alternate Training Site.

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But, after a 19-month hiatus, the minors are back, and, with that, we have PROSPECT STATS to look at. Here’s the Good Stuff from Tuesday’s MiLB Opening Day…

  • Nate Pearson started for the Buffalo-Trenton Thunder Bisons against the Worcester Red Sox and had a pretty impressive return to action. Pearson, who missed virtually all of spring training due to a groin injury, is reportedly working with some changes to his pitching mechanics. It seemed to work quite well for him on Tuesday as he tossed three-and-two-thirds innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and one walk while collecting a whopping eight strikeouts.
  • Buffalo-Trenton’s bullpen was also very Jays-esque in their 6-1 win. After Pearson left, the relievers (Tyler Saucedo, Kirby Snead, Jeremy Beasley, and Bryan Baker) combined to allow just two hits and two walks over five-and-one-third innings.
  • Forrest Wall went 2-for-4 and Josh Palacios and Logan Warmoth both went 2-for-3. Rowdy Tellez went 0-for-4 but nearly hit a homer.
  • Alek Manoah will make his Triple-A debut on Thursday, so that’ll be a fun one to follow.
  • The Double-A Fisher Cats came exactly as advertised on Tuesday. They boast a stacked roster and absolutely exploded on the Portland Sea Dogs, winning 11-2. Austin Martin went 2-for-4 in his first professional game, Jordan Groshans went 1-for-4 with two walks in his first real game since May of 2019, and Gabe Moreno went 3-for-5 with a walk. This team is going to score a lot of runs this season.
  • Adam Kloffenstein started for the Single-A Vancouver Canadians of Oregon and went three-and-two-thirds innings, scattering three hits and four walks while striking out three. Catcher Phil Clarke, the team’s ninth-round pick from 2019, went 1-for-1 with three walks. Vancouver lost the game 4-0 to the Tri-City Dust Devils, the Single-A affiliate of the Dodgers.
  • Finally, the Low-A Dunedin Blue Jays lost to the Tampa Bay Tarpons 11-7. Miguel Hiraldo went 1-for-5 while Orelvis Martinez went 0-for-4. Juan De Paula, the guy Toronto got back in the Kevil Pillar trade, got shelled for five runs in one-and-one-third innings.