Before the season, I predicted that Tyler Johnson would make an Ian Hamilton-like — or Hamiltonian — ascent up the ladder in 2019, going from High-A to the big leagues over the course of six months.
A lat strain in spring training has pretty much dashed that dream, but at least Johnson is out of rehab purgatory and actually progressing. After a pair of dominant relief outings at Winston-Salem — four scoreless innings, two baserunners, eight strikeouts — Johnson received the call to Birmingham for his Double-A debut on Monday.
Unfortunately, it left a lot to be desired. He entered with two outs, walked Jonathan India on five pitches, gave up an RBI double, then issued another walk before closing out the sixth inning. At least he’ll have plenty of time to get settled in, because I’m guessing Birmingham is where he’ll top out this year, with the Arizona Fall League potentially beckoning.
- Luis Basabe went 1-for-4.
- Same for Nick Madrigal, who doubled for the fourth time over five games.
- Luis Gonzalez went 0-for-3 with an HBP and a strikeout.
- Gavin Sheets’ on-base streak ended at 34 games after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Ti’Quan Forbes went 0-for-4.
- Laz Rivera, 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
- Lincoln Henzman: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP
- Tyler Johnson: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
- Harvin Mendoza went 2-for-3 with a walk.
- Lency Delgado was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Luis Mieses, 0-for-4 with one strikeout.
- Sam Abbott went 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.
- Anderson Comas went 1-for-4.
- Elijah Tatis went 1-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts.
- Yolbert Sanchez was 2-for-6 with two strikeouts.
- Benyamin Bailey, 1-for-3 with a double and two walks.
- Alberto Bernal tripled, doubled, hit a sac fly and struck out twice.
- Anthony Espinoza singled twice, walked twice and struck out once.