Ivan Nova is pitching for High-A Tampa this morning. He’s facing the Charleston squad and just pitched a 1-2-3 first inning that ended with a swinging strikeout against Miguel Andujar. I’ll try to update this post occasionally during Nova’s outing.
UPDATE, 11:17 a.m.: Nova allowed a leadoff single in the second, but his shortstop, Cito Culver, turned a double play and Nova got another swinging strikeout to end the inning.
UPDATE, 11:31 a.m.: I’ll say this, if the Yankees want Nova to have a really good year, they could always send him to the South Atlantic League. Just struck out the side in the third. Has six strikeouts through three.
UPDATE, 11:47 a.m.: Nova gets around a couple of singles in the fourth inning, thought one of them was 100 percent the product of an inexperienced first baseman. Basically got four outs that inning. Also, Cito Culver can play some shortstop. Made a nice play to end the inning.
UPDATE, 12:02 p.m.: Infield single off Nova, but that’s wiped out by Cervelli throwing the guy out trying to steal. Another scoreless inning in the fifth.
UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: Two more strikeouts for Nova in the sixth. It really is kind of amazing just how overmatched these you guys look against Nova’s breaking ball. You expect it, but seeing it is something different.
UPDATE, 12:35 p.m.: Two strikeouts and a walk for Nova in the seventh. Have to assume he’s finished now.