Author Archives | Matthew Osborne

Austin Kirk’s new arm motion creates some “funk”

By: Matthew Osborne The next time Smokies pitcher Austin Kirk takes the mound – whenever that may be – he will have a different look to his game. A new arm slot to be exact. The left-handed pitcher has not pitched since July 25th in Huntsville and was placed on the disabled list with left […]

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Bailey, Sveum take notice of Javier Baez’s progress

Javier Baez has been the talk of the Cubs’ organization since the day he was drafted. Everyone knew he possessed all of the tools need to patrol the infield at Wrigley Field one day; it was just a question on how he would develop. Since his call-up to the Smokies on July 6th, his progression […]

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Noble looks to settle back in with the Smokies

By: Matthew Osborne This season, Smokies catcher Chad Noble has not had much of a chance to unpack and settle into a clubhouse. He’s been with three teams in 2013. After beginning the season with Daytona, Noble has been with the Smokies three separate times and Iowa twice. He’s experienced the dreaded bus rides of […]

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Chris Reed’s baseball career sending him around the world

By: Matthew Osborne Even though Chattanooga Lookouts pitcher and Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Chris Reed is only 23 years old, his baseball career is well traveled. The London, England native played baseball for Stanford University in Southern California and represented Team Great Britain in Germany during qualifications for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. While representing […]

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Offense hot, bullpen not for Smokies

By: Matthew Osborne If his team’s offense were a talking point during a discussion, Smokies manager Buddy Bailey would smile. Bringing up his bullpen’s performance in the same discussion would quickly wipe the smile off his face and replace it with a grimace. Spanning from Tuesday night and the memorable no-no for Eric Jokisch to […]

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Jokisch’s no-no a night Rafael Lopez will remember

By: Matthew Osborne It’s not everyday a catcher calls and catches a no-hitter. Tuesday night, Wellington, Fla. native Rafael Lopez caught Eric Jokisch’s no-no in Jacksonville, a night that he will never forget. The former Florida State Seminole even went into detail about the last five batters Jokisch faced. Lopez said he realized that Jokisch had […]

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Rubi Silva seeking more balanced approach at the plate

By: Matthew Osborne A 15-game hit streak in July has made a Smokies outfielder one of the best hitters in the Southern League; his 108 hits ranks fifth in the Southern League. The contrast between Rubi Silva’s number left-handed and right-handed pitchers shows an untapped potential. Against lefties, he hits .336 with 40 hits, while […]

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Improved command key for Matt Loosen’s return to Smokies

By: Matthew Osborne A rough beginning to the 2013 season changed in one start. Command issues were solved and not a single hit was allowed. A no-hitter was thrown. Smokies pitcher Matt Loosen’s season did not start out the way he wanted. After starting the season on the disabled list, Loosen could not last longer […]

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Game Preview @ Jacksonville: 8/4

The Jacksonville Suns extended their win streak to nine games last night with a win over the Smokies. Tonight’s match-up faces two pitchers who have spent time in both of the bullpen for their respective teams. A.J. Morris is on the mound for Tennessee and Bryan Evans pitches for the Suns. First pitch is scheduled […]

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Southern League Recap: 8/3

Montgomery 9, Chattanooga 0 The Biscuits did not have a base runner until Cameron Seitzer’s lead off single in the 5th. Before that, Chattanooga starter Carlos Frias threw four perfect innings. After that, the Biscuits offense rose. Curt Casali hit his first Double-A home run, a three-run shot, to give the Biscuits a lead. Six […]

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