“It felt good,” Holmberg said. “Me and [Bristol pitching coach Curt Hasler] worked in the bullpen throughout the week on what we needed to do to get better. I just took that to good use and used it tonight.”In the opener, Holmberg (1-2, 4.63 ERA) carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and finished with five strikeouts to earn his first professional victory. The Florida native commanded both sides of the plateand had all of his pitches working. Hasler has been pleased with the progress of his 18-year-old protégé. “He might be the youngest guy in the league,” Hasler said. “He’s mature, and he’s willing to learn. He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy and very aggressive in his approach. There’s no substitute for that aggressiveness.”
here’s Holmberg’s line from the boxscore:
from today’s prospect hot sheet:
Nathan Jones, rhp, White Sox: Some scouts have been high on Jones since he signed with the White Sox in 2007 as a fifth-round pick from Northern Kentucky. Jones, 23, has a mid-90s fastball that touches 98 mph, but coming into the year he had problems finding the strike zone, as he posted a 6.83 ERA last year split between the starting rotation and the bullpen with low Class A Kannapolis. Now in the bullpen at high Class A Winston-Salem, Jones still has that overpowering fastball, only this year he’s found the strike zone. In 27 appearances with Winston-Salem, Jones has averaged 8.3 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings andd has a 3.53 ERA.
Within hours of Brad Penny’s release, the list of teams interested in the veteran right-hander’s services was already starting to take shape. The Denver Post reported early on Thursday morning that the Rockies — who have questions in the back end of their starting rotation — have expressed interest, and The Miami Herald later said that the Marlins — who could use a veteran starter to give them a boost in the National League playoff chase — are also among the teams intrigued. According to The Herald, the White Sox, Rays and Rangers are also in play. ESPN.com says the Giants have interest, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune indicates the Twins are intrigued and the New York Post reports the Yankees are in the mix.
UPDATE: Here’s the Miami Herald article:
The Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox also could be potential suitors.
So, it’s only speculation…
The minor league season is winding down, but Wagner will at least get a taste of full-season Class A ball in the South Atlantic League. Kannapolis, which is rolling and looks like a lock to qualify for the SAL playoffs, is on the road the rest of this month and finishes the regular season at home from Sept. 1-7. Wagner, 21, is a left-handed swinging second baseman who was batting .258 with one homer, 10 doubles, 11 steals and 26 RBIs in 56 games at rookie-level Bristol. He’s impressed some people and has been told by the White Sox he’ll be part of their instructional league in Arizona this fall.
UPDATE: London has more on Wagner here.