by John Vittas
Former Terp Jimmy Reed is dominating the Florida State League through his first four starts. The Gaithersburg product has pitched at least seven innings over his last three starts and has not allowed more than three runs in any start this year. He is 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA for the High-A Palm Beach Cardinals and has only allowed 21 hits in 28 and two-thirds innings. He tossed a complete game at Fort Myers on April 26 and is averaging better than seven innings per start.
Reed has now made 13 High-A starts over the last two years, meaning a promotion to Double-A could come soon for the former Terp.
2014 ace Jake Stinnett has struggled with control early in 2015. The California native has issued 16 walks through his first 15 innings for Single-A South Bend, compiling an ERA of 6.60 through his first four starts. This is certainly a new problem for Stinnett, who walked only 30 hitters over a program-record 118 innings as a Terp last year.
Stinnett makes his fifth start of the year Monday night at 7pm, and can be heard on 96.1 FM here.
Adam Kolarek, a left-handed pitcher from Baltimore, has also struggled so far in 2015. After posting professional ERAs below 3.00 from 2011-13, Kolarek is struggling in Double-A Binghamton for the second straight year. The former Terp saw his ERA swell to 16.20 after his first four outings, but has since turned in two shutout performances, lowering that mark to 8.25. The next outing for Kolarek will be his 200th career professional appearance.
Shortstop Blake Schmit (Twins) and LHP Ben Brewster (White Sox) continue to work out in extended Spring Training, and will be assigned to professional team later this season.
Centerfielder Charlie White and shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez will begin their season with the Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League on May 14.