This video comes via Deadspin. It’s of Raul Mondesi Jr. hitting what he and everyone else in the park believed to be a game-tying homer in the 10th inning of a Pioneer League game. Except for one thing: you gots to touch home plate when you hit a dinger, Raul:
This is what they call a “teaching moment.” Unless of course Mondesi never makes the big leagues, in which case it will hang around his neck for the rest of his life like an albatross which swallowed a millstone or some such thing.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.