Astros lefthander Polin Trinidad faced two of the top 25 prospects on Baseball America’s midseason prospect list, and didn’t have problems with either of them.
After striking out Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz on three pitches (swinging at a 79 mph curve for strike three), Trinidad engaged in a six-pitch battle with
Brewers Indians outfielder Matt LaPorta. Trinidad attacked LaPorta with a high-80s fastball and a low-80s changeup, finally getting LaPorta to ground out to the left side of the infield, though a misplay led to LaPorta getting on first base.
Maybe it’s just ESPN constantly beating us all senseless with Brett Favre coverage this summer that’s getting to me thinking about seeing how weird it is to see a player wearing a new uniform, but it really is odd seeing Matt LaPorta wearing an Indians cap. And this guy isn’t even a big leaguer yet. Heck, this guy has only made his professional debut on July 30, so he doesn’t even have a year of minor league experience. But it’s still odd, and there were about 20 reporters who really wanted to know what it was like to be wearing that Indians cap.
Trinidad got out of the inning on the next batter against Rockies center Fielder Dexter Fowler, who grounded into the 5-4-3 double play.