MINOR LEAGUES BASEBALL: Crawdads lose for first time; Deal shines in first start with Frogs

Published Sunday, April 7th, 2019




We will update game scores, etc., for the Hickory Crawdads again this season and will also feature day-by-day reports on three Catawba County players chasing their dream of reaching The Show.

Visit our FREE website nightly to see if former Bandys High stars Hunter Harvey (Orioles system) and Hayden Deal (Braves system) pitched and also check in on former Hickory High star outfielder Zach Jarrett (Orioles system).

If there are additional players from the Greater Hickory area that you’d like to follow, please email us at hobbsdailyreport@gmail.com with information on that player, as we can provide periodic updates on those players if requested.



Crawdads’ current record: 3-1.








Monday: at Greensboro, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: at Greensboro, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: at Greensboro 10:45 a.m.

Thursday: Kannapolis, 7 p.m.

Friday: Kannapolis, 7 p.m.

Saturday: Kannapolis, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday: Kannapolis, 3 p.m.




(Class A Advanced

Florida Fire Frogs)

Deal, a former Bandys High star and left-handed pitcher, made his first appearance for the Frogs on Sunday. He started and left a scoreless game after six innings.

Daytona Beach won 5-3 at Kissimmee, Fla., and the Frogs dropped to 2-2 before a crowd of only 312.

Deal, who was a starter and reliever last season, gave up only two hits. He walked none and struck out five.

Pitching in 81-degree weather, he threw strikes on 49 of his 72 pitches, faced 19 batters and registered eight ground ball outs.

He’s in in his third pro season after signing with the Braves after a morning tryout at Bandys, and he pitched in college at Presbyterian.

In Rome (Ga.) last season, Deal went 9-1 with an ERA of 2.17 in 27 games (five starts), earning two saves and pitching 78 2/3 innings. He walked 17 and struck out 82.

Deal’s career numbers heading into the season: 12-3 with 2.47 ERA, 41 games, four saves, 109 1/3 innings pitched with 21 walks and 109 strikeouts.

SUNDAY’S BOX: https://www.milb.com/gameday/tortugas-vs-fire-frogs/2019/04/07/572698#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=572698

SUNDAY’S GAME DETAILS: https://www.milb.com/gameday/tortugas-vs-fire-frogs/2019/04/07/572698#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=play-by-play,game=572698

HAYDEN’S CAREER: http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=677421#/career/R/pitching/2019/ALL

ZACH JARRETT (Class A Advanced, Fredrick, Va. Keys)

Jarrett, a former standout at Hickory High and Charlotte, started in right field and batted fourth in the order for the Keys on Sunday in an 11-10 home loss to Winston-Salem before 4,327.


Jarrett went 0-for-5 on Sunday, striking out twice and leaving five runners on base.

He is hitting .188 and doesn’t yet have a home run or RBI.

The Keys (1-3) have a three-game home series against Fayetteville that begins Monday.

For fans interested in the closest visit to see Jarrett play: Fredrick will visit Fayetteville for three games on April 23-25 and play at Winston-Salem on April 27-28.

Jarrett is in his third pro season, playing first at Aberdeen (Md.) and then in 129 games last season at Class A Delmarva (Md.), where he hit .277 with 26 doubles, six triples and 14 home runs. He drove in 72 runs, walked 41 times and struck out 136 times and was a South Atlantic League (SAL) All-Star.

SUNDAY’S BOX: https://www.milb.com/gameday/dash-vs-keys/2019/04/07/581876#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=581876

SUNDAY’S GAME DETAILS: https://www.milb.com/gameday/dash-vs-keys/2019/04/07/581876#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=play-by-play,game=581876

ZACH’S CAREER: http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=676913#/career/R/hitting/2019/ALL

HUNTER HARVEY (Class AA Bowie, Md., Baysox)

Harvey did not pitch on Sunday when Bowie won its first game of the season, beating host Harrisburg (Pa.) 6-2 before a crowd of nearly 4,000.


Harvey made his first start of the season in the second game of Bowie’s doubleheader on Saturday at Harrisburg (Pa.), going 4 2/3 innings in a game the Baysox eventually won 6-5.

He did not get a decision, allowing 10 hits, five runs (four earned) with one walk and six strikeouts, and he allowed two home runs.

Harvey threw 51 of his 79 pitches for strikes and faced 23 batters in an Eastern League game that drew 3,496.

Bowie (1-3) begins a three-game series in Richmond (Va.) on Monday night.

If Harvey pitches on four days of rest, he would likely make his next start on Thursday at Bowie against Harrisburg; if on five days of rest, his start would come Friday at home against Harrisburg.

Harvey, 24, didn’t pitch after June 2 of last season and went 1-2 with a 5.57 ERA in nine starts, pitching 32 1/3 innings, walking nine and striking out 30.

Earlier in the season, the Orioles called Harvey to the big leagues for two games but he did not pitch before being optioned back to Bowie.

Harvey — starting his sixth year in the minor leagues after being a first-round draft pick in 2013 — saw limited action in 2016 after having Tommy John surgery.

In five pro seasons, Harvey went 8-10 with an ERA of 3.11 with 47 appearances (all starts) and 176 2/3 innings pitched. Opponents hit .226 against Harvey and he walked 60 and struck out 217.

BALTIMORE SUN UPDATE ON HARVEY: https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bs-sp-orioles-hunter-harvey-bowie-20190402-story.html

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