Indians infielder Jared Goedert and Pirates righthander Serguey Linares both made their Carolina League debuts on Tuesday after both cruised through low Class A.
Goedert batted .364/.475/.715 with 16 homers and 51 RBIs in 165 at-bats at Lake County, where he was moved to second base over the last two weeks. He played third Tuesday in Kinston’s 4-1 loss to Wilmington (and Royals lefthander Rowdy Hardy), but will likely move back to second base when Wes Hodges returns from the disabled list.
“He’s been OK over there,” Indians infield coordinator Ted Kubiak said. “He’s got some agility. He’s had some trouble with his throws, just being so close to first base, but he’s got a good arm. His feet are kind of heavy, but he’s working hard to improve.”
Hodges has been down since May 21 when he fouled a ball off his right foot. He is expected to miss at least another week.
As for Linares, the 24-year-old Cuban defector allowed four runs on four hits, walked four and struck out two over five innings in Lynchburg’s 5-0 loss to Frederick. Signed in February for $125,000, Linares went 1-0, 1.61 in 22 innings at low Class A Hickory before he was promoted.
His fastball has been up to 95 mph with a hard-breaking curveball and continues to progress with his changeup.
“It’s a curveball from hell,” Pirates pitching coordinator Gary Ruby said. “I mean, it’s just nasty. He’s got good, raw stuff. It’s just going to be a matter of incorporating him into the American style of the game.”
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