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 firstname.lastname@example.org with information on that player, as we can provide periodic updates on those players if requested.
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Crawdads’ current record: 6-1, leading South Atlantic League’s Northern Division.
Thursday: Kannapolis, 7 p.m.
Friday: Kannapolis, 7 p.m.
Saturday: Kannapolis, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: Kannapolis, 3 p.m.
Monday: Asheville, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Asheville, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: at Columbia, S.C., 7:05 p.m.
OTHER AREA PLAYERS
HUNTER HARVEY (Class AA Bowie, Md., Baysox)
Harvey did not pitch on Wednesday night when Richmond (Va.) nipped the visiting Baysox 3-2 before 6,177.
The Baysox (2-4) are headed home to face Harrisburg (Pa.) on Thursday in the opener of a four-game series.
Harvey remains listed as Bowie’s probable starter for Friday night’s game (7:05 p.m.) against Harrisburg.
He made his first start of the season in the second game of Bowie’s doubleheader on April 6 at Harrisburg, 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.
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 – in 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
ZACH JARRETT (Class A Advanced, Fredrick, Va. Keys)
Jarrett, a former standout at Hickory High and Charlotte, started in right field on Wednesday night in an 11-8 loss home against Fayetteville before 1,819.
After being the Keys’ clean-up hitter earlier, he was moved to No. 7 in the lineup and went 0-for-2 with three walks and a strikeout and left four men on base.
The Keys start a four-game series in Salem (Va.) on Thursday night.
Jarrett is hitting .143 and the Keys are 1-6 and in last place in the Carolina League’s Northern Division.
For fans interested in Fredrick’s games in North Carolina, they will be at 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.
HAYDEN DEAL (Class A Advanced Florida Fire Frogs)
Deal, a former Bandys High star and left-handed pitcher, did not pitch on Wednesday when a crowd of 211 watched the Fire Frogs edge Jupiter (Fla.) 6-5.
Florida (4-3) closes a series against Jupiter on Thursday at noon.
Deal is currently listed as the starter on Friday when the Fire Frogs play at St. Lucie (Fla.) at 6:30 p.m.
Deal made his first appearance for the Frogs on March 7. He started and left a scoreless game after six innings, and Daytona Beach won 5-3 on the road.
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 out 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.