Tonight’s Interview: Steven Baron
In a tale of two games yesterday, the LumberKings built a 7-0 lead on offensive days from Steven Baron (3-for-4, two doubles, HR, 3 RBI), Jabari Blash (3-for-5, HR, RBI) and Mickey Wiswall (1-for-5, 2 RBI), all backing seven scoreless, two-hit innings from right-hander Brandon Maurer.
It wouldn’t last. Beloit scored nine runs on the beleaguered Clinton bullpen in the eighth inning to take a sudden 9-7 lead and would go on to win 10-8. Rather than wallow in the 17th loss of the season and fourth at the hands of the rival Snappers, I’m emphasising the growth we saw yesterday from this offense, particularly Baron.
Seattle’s supplemental first-round selection out of high school in 2009, Baron struggled with the LumberKings in the first half. He’d be sent down at midseason to the short-A Everett AquaSox, where in working with former Kings’ manager Scott Steinmann, Baron would grow into a Northwest League Postseason All-Star. He’d win a ring with the Sox before returning to Clinton for the Midwest League Championship Series. This spring, Baron was a mainstay in Major League camp with the Mariners, hitting .500 (7-for-14) with a home run and three RBI.
All of that for a guy who is still learning to be consistent at the plate and still working on the finer points of handling a pitching staff. The 20-year-old Baron talks about his breakout offensive day yesterday, catching Maurer, what he does as a catcher when a pitcher is struggling (as we saw in the 8th yesterday), his wild 2010 season, his Cactus League experience and more. Note…the wind plays a bit of a factor in the audio quality at the latter half of the interview, but I didn’t want to cut that part.
Listen Here: Baron Interview (Full Edition) 5.2.11
Tonight’s Game Notes: 5.2.11 kingsnotes
Beloit Snappers (13-8): Jamaal Hawkins/SS, Gunner Glad/2B, Lance Ray/RF, Michael Gonzales/1B, Daniel Ortiz/CF, Josmil Pinto/C, Nate Roberts/LF, Andrew Leer/3B, Derek McCallum/DH, BJ Hermsen/RHP
LumberKings (7-17): Julio Morban/LF, Shaver Hansen/2B, Tim Morris/DH, Mickey Wiswall/1B, Matt Cerione/CF, Ramon Morla/3B, Jabari Blash/RF, Steven Baron/C, Carlos Ramirez/SS, Stephen Kohlscheen/RHP
First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.