Bradenton Marauders Notebook: Jackson Glenn's Debut, Herman Slugging in August, Endy Rodriguez Leaves Game
|Photo Credit: Dallas Baptist Patriots|
There was no shortage of action and suspense on Tuesday for the Bradenton Marauders. They finally wrapped up a game from July in dramatic fashion, which seemed like so much fun for them they decided to do it a second time on the same day.
Jackson Glenn Makes Bradenton Debut
It was quite a day for the Pittsburgh Pirates 2021 fifth round pick out of Dallas Baptist. After briefly tearing up the Florida Complex League, Glenn got the call to Bradenton for his first taste of Low-A action.
What made things so interesting is that the first bit of action he actually got into was a continuation of a game that started before he was officially with the organization. The Pirates drafted Glenn in the fifth round, which took place on Monday July 12th.
This game started on that Sunday the 11th, and was suspended due to weather. No matter, Glenn had a handle on things, hitting a walk off single that might have been good for more should the Marauders had needed it.
He wasn't done for the night, although he almost didn't get another opportunity. After a base running mishap by Dariel Lopez, Glenn came in as a defensive replacement at the beginning of the next inning.
Quite the day for Jackson Glenn. Makes his Bradenton debut. Hits a walkoff in a game where he wasn’t on the team when it began. Then hit 2 doubles in the next game. #LetsGoBucs pic.twitter.com/RFvBm0raIa— Anthony Murphy (@__Murphy88) August 18, 2021
The 23-year old infielder took full advantage of the opportunity. In his first two at bats in the second game, Glenn belted a pair of doubles, driving in a run on the first of them.
Jackson very much showed the advanced hitting ability that helped lead his Dallas Baptist team to a 41-18 record and within one game of advancing to the College World Series. In four plate appearances, Glenn saw 20 pitches, and drew a walk along with the two doubles.
One more thing I wanted to show was the complete at bat from Glenn’s first double. Fell down 0-2 quick, fought back. Got count to 2-2. Got a fastball on outter half he sent the other way for a double. Good piece of hitting #LetsGoBucs pic.twitter.com/Yc96CjRoLr— Anthony Murphy (@__Murphy88) August 18, 2021
This is a good example of his advanced hitting ability, falling behind quickly, before fitting back to an even count and hitting a fastball on the outer half the other way for a double. All total he extended an 0-2 count into a seven pitch at bat before not only getting a hit but driving in a run.
Jack Herman Continues Strong August
After struggling to start the season while with Greensboro (.115/.148/.178 in 15 games), Herman was reassigned to the FCL where he was able to work out any kinks and start hitting. He was moved up to Bradenton and has shown the ability to get the big hit when needed.
Of his 30 hits with the Marauders, nearly half (13) have been for extra bases. He's especially been on a tear in the month of August, with his batting slash sitting at .319/.373/.511. Going 4 for 6 with a walk off three run home run will help those numbers as well.
Stop me if you have heard this one before, Pirates minor leaguer quietly putting together strong season without much talk about him? You can talk about a new prospect almost on a nightly basis and not run out of good things to say.
The strikeouts are high (35.4 K%) but Herman is 21-years old and has seven home runs since getting to Bradenton, good enough to put him in a tie for fifth on the team. The other two he is in a tie with, Maikol Escotto (67) and Alexander Mojica (66) have far more games played than Herman does.
A couple of other quick notes
Kyle Wilkie replaced Endy Rodriguez in the top of the fourth inning behind the plate. Rodriguez hit an RBI double in the bottom of the third, and later scored on Glenn's hit. Haven't been able to find any kind of update on Rodriguez.
Another member of the 2021 draft class and Bethel Park native, Justin Meis, continued his strong start to his pro debut. Coming in relief of starter Nick Garcia, the 21-year old righty who was drafted out of Eastern Michigan pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing a hit and striking out one.
In three games this year, Meis has allowed one earned run along with four hits, and two walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out six and holding opponents to an .190 average. He has thrown 63.5% of his pitches for strikes.