Jason Johnson, RH Hayden Penn, RH (2-4, 3.55) (0-0, ---) 3B B Inge 2B B Roberts DH C Guillen LF B Surhoff 1B D Young 3B M Mora LF R White SS M Tejada C I Rodriguez RF S Sosa RF C Monroe 1B R Palmeiro 2B O Infante DH J Gibbons SS J Smith C S Fasano CF N Logan CF D Newhan
Johnson has actually been pretty good this season. In fact, if he keeps at his current pace, it will be his best season, replacing that promising 2001 he had for us.
But most importantly, here we are. Hayden Penn's major league debut. He is the No. 1 pitching prospect, if not the best prospect we have period. Penn is going to be special if nothing goes wrong. He's 20 years old, tall (6'3") and thin (185). Like Fiorentino, he is probably going to look positively tiny despite not being all that small.
You know, we really do have a bunch of big guys on this team.
Cabrera 6'7", 255
Baldwin 6'3", 266
Ponson 6'1", 253
Ryan 6'6", 249
The Todd 6'3", 220
Kline 6'1", 240
Julio 6'1", 236
Bigbie 6'4", 207
Fasano 6'2", 246
Gil 6'2", 229
Only five players on the current 25 man roster are under six feet tall: Parrish and Mora (5'11")' Newhan (5'10"); Tejada and Roberts (5'9").
This is going to be interesting. I think I'm going to be out during the game, but I'll be taping if that's the case. I'm not missing my first chance to see Penn in action. It's an anxious debut. Hopefully, he won't get bombed, and we won't see James Baldwin. Oh, how I hope to never see James Baldwin.
Game time is 4:35 on WJZ and FSN Detroit.