South Atlantic League baseball
What: Four-game series
When: Saturday through Tuesday (7 Saturday and Monday nights, 4 Sunday afternoon and 10:45 Tuesday morning)
Where: NewBridge Bank Park (Greensboro, N.C.)
Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Miami Marlins
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Saturday, LH Cody Reed (0-2, 18.69) vs, LH Jarlin Garcia (2-1, 5.27); Sunday, LH Matt Tenuta (2-3, 3.38) vs. LH Sean Townsley (0-0, 3.18); Monday, RH Luis Santos (2-1, 2.01) vs. RH Max Garner (2-2, 4.00); Tuesday, RH Jake Junis (3-2, 3.19) vs. RH Ryan Newell (3-3, 3.19).
Legend to watch: RHP Jose Rodriguez (6-foot-1, 203 pounds, age 21, bats and throws right, from Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic) is 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA and leads the team with three saves through Thursday. Signed as a non-drafted free agent Nov. 6, 2009, he did not pitch in 2010, breaking into pro ball in 2011 with the Dominican Royals (2-1-2, .404). He split 2012 between the Surprise (Ariz.) Royals (0-0-0, 4.15) and Burlington (0-0-0, 0.00) of the Appalachian League. With Burlington last year, he went 3-2-2 with a 6.00 ERA over 16 games, striking out 25 and walking 15. Thus far over seven games (one start) and 22 1/3 innings with the Legends, he has held opponents to a .190 batting average. He has struck out 16 and walked nine.
Grasshopper to watch: 2B Avery Romero (5-8, 190, 21, bats and throws right, from St. Augustine, Fla.) leads Greensboro in hits (41), runs (21) and doubles (11). He is batting .320 with two homers and 12 RBI through Thursday. A 2012 third-round draft pick out of high school, he signed for $700,000. His split the 2012 season between the Gulf Coast League Marlins and Jamestown of the New York-Penn League, and split last year between Batavia of the NYPL and Greensboro. His cumulative two-year stats included a .265 average, six homers, 54 RBI and 43 runs over 105 games. Baseball America rates him the No. 9 prospect in the Marlins system, writing in part: “An above-average hitter, Romero uses a short, quick swing to square up balls, resulting in a lot of hard contact. a gap-to-gap hitter now, he projects to have average power when he matures and gains strength. Though he’s a below-average runner, Romero has the instincts to surprise a battery on occasion. He also reads outfielders well and will take the extra base. His defense at second took a quantum leap forward last year. He showed good actions, soft hands and quick feet, as well as a willingness to hang in on the double play. He has plenty of arm for second or even third.”
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