Bulls in the minors: Eveld closing again
Even as the rest of his body was adjusting to the Pacific time zone earlier this summer, Tommy Eveld's right arm was making a different type of transition.
Suddenly, that heralded 22-year-old limb was no longer a collegian, but a commodity.
"There is no 'off day,'" said Eveld, the Diamondbacks' ninth-round pick in last month's draft.
"Every day you play catch and throw either a flat ground or a light bullpen. And then six hours later you could end up in the game in a situation where you can't afford not to have your best stuff out on the mound. It took almost a month for my arm to get used to throwing every day."
Based on the early returns, it has adapted splendidly. In 10 relief appearances for the Diamondbacks' short-season Class A affiliate in Hillsboro (Ore.), Eveld has posted a 1.50 ERA in 10 innings. Recently moved to closer (his role at USF this past season) following the promotion of a teammate, he has converted both his save opportunities.
"Strikeouts are a bit more tough to get at this level," said Eveld, who has fanned 10 and walked only two.
"But the defense behind me helps pick me up when the ball is put in play. On the mental side of things, I continue to remind myself of everything (Bulls pitching) Coach (Billy) Mohl taught me at USF and combine that with what my new pitching coach Mike Parrott tells me."
Elsewhere, fellow Bulls right-hander Brandon Lawson appears to be standing throw-to-throw with Eveld in the first-impressions department.
Drafted by Tampa Bay three rounds after Eveld, Lawson is 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 14 relief innings for the Rays' short-season A-affiliate in Hudson Valley (N.Y.). A Hernando High alumnus, Lawson hasn't allowed an earned run in his last three appearances (7.2 IP) and owns a sparkling 1.14 WHIP.
As for other Bulls currently in the minors:
* OF Luke Maglich is hitting .250 in 10 games with the Phillies' short-season A team in Williamsport (Pa.), but has struggled mightily (.138) in his last 10.
* RHP Tommy Peterson, a closer for the Nationals' advanced Class A team in Potomac (Md.), is 3-2 with a 2.40 ERA, and has converted five of six save chances. In 41.1 innings, Peterson has struck out 39 and walked 13.
* RHP Jimmy Herget, the Bulls' Friday night ace once upon a time, continues reinventing himself as a shut-down closer with the Reds' advanced-A affiliate in Daytona Beach. The Jefferson High alumnus has converted 15 of 16 save chances, posting a 1.60 ERA in 39.1 innings. He has allowed only seven earned runs, fanninng 53 and walking 13.
* RHP Casey Mulholland (Dodgers, 37th round, 2015) and LHP Lawrence Pardo (Diamondbacks, 38th round, 2014) both were released by their respective clubs in March.