The A-ball teams were in action at Pirate City today, playing the Toronto Blue Jays farm system. The highlights were 2013 draft picks Buddy Borden and Chad Kuhl pitching four innings each, along with Jeff Locke and Mark Melancon getting some work in, with each pitcher throwing two innings to start the game. Here are some notes from the day's action.
**I was mostly focused on Buddy Borden today, as this was the first time I had seen him pitch. He was quick and efficient, working down in the zone with an 89-93 MPH fastball. Borden threw 44 pitches over four innings of work, with 29 strikes. He was perfect in those four innings, not allowing a walk or a hit, and striking out five. He mixed in an upper 70s changeup and an 82-84 MPH curveball. Borden, who was a seventh round pick last year, is expected to start the season in the West Virginia rotation, and could make it to Bradenton by the second half of the season.
**I didn't see much of Chad Kuhl, but saw his results aft...
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