Photoset: Myrtle Beach Pelicans vs. Salem Red Sox (April 4, 2014 @ TicketReturn.com Field, Myrtle Beach SC)
The family vacation was last week, and of course I took my camera with me. I didn’t catch any concerts (the asking price for Weezer at the House of Blues was just a little too rich for my blood), but we did stop in to see the Myrtle Beach Pelicans play on Friday night. The Pelicans are currently the Class A Advanced team for the Texas Rangers.
Cody Buckel (above) started the game for the Pelicans, while William Cuevas (below) took the mound for the visiting Salem Red Sox. Buckel only allowed one hit in four innings, but was wild and walked four. Cuevas, on the other hand, allowed six hits but didn’t issue any free passes.
One of the big prospects for the Pelicans is catcher Jorge Alfaro, a 20-year old from Colombia who was #41 on the Baseball Prospectus pre-season list. He hit 18 home runs in 2013, went 1-for-4 Friday night against the Sox, and looked comfortable on defense behind the plate. I snapped several photos of Alfaro on offense and defense:
The catcher for the Salem Red Sox is not ranked on any prospect lists. As a 24-year old in his seventh pro season, never playing about Class A Advanced, Carson Blair doesn’t turn many heads. He played well Friday, though, hitting a two-run blast off Cody Ege in the top of the 8th.
The Pelicans ended up losing the game 4-0, but we had a great time watching this young team battle. We had great seats, too…front row, directly behind home plate. I certainly plan to visit the Pelicans again next time we vacation in Myrtle Beach.