6/19: TRE Mikey O’Brien vs. RIC Craig Westcott, 7:05 PM
6/20: TRE Vidal Nuno vs. RIC Chris Heston, 7:05 PM
6/21: TRE Adam Miller vs. RIC Mike Kickham, 7:05 PM
The coverage plan for this series is to do two of the three games…hopefully, I’ll be able to see Mikey O’Brien in person for the first time. I missed his first two home starts…The game I’m definitely doing is Wednesday’s, because that’s certainly got the most intriguing pitching matchup. Nuno and Heston have combined to allow ten earned runs over 107 2/3 innings (1 in 27 1/3 for Nuno and 9 in 80 1/3 for Heston) but neither are considered to be prolific prospects in their respective organizations.
Mike Kickham, however, is considered the Giants’ 20th best prospect according to Baseball America…Can’t help but wonder if Heston is putting himself in line for big league consideration similar to how Eric Surkamp did it with his breakout Eastern League season in 2011…San Francisco’s top two prospects, outfielder Gary Brown and catcher Tommy Joseph, are expected to play for the Flying Squirrels. Former Yankees great Bucky F–king Dent is scheduled to make an appearance on Wednesday…I will be covering three out of the four games against Portland following the Richmond series, all except the day game and all for The Trentonian. In addition, I will be making my maiden voyage to Portland to cover the games up there on June 30 and July 1.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com