WASHINGTON – Pitcher Cade Cavalli has garnered a lot of attention this year as a top prospect – and for good reason.
But another product of the University of Oklahoma has also earned a promotion in his first season in the minors.
Brady Lindsly, a catcher drafted in the fourth round in 2020 by the Nationals, was assigned to Double-A Harrisburg from high Single-A Wilmington on July 13.
“He has been able to move through the system due to his maturity, the way he handles pitchers,” Mark Scialabba, assistant general manager, player development, told Federal Baseball on Thursday.
First Blue Rocks' run comes via sac fly by @brady_lindsly— Wilmington Blue Rocks (@WilmBlueRocks) May 16, 2021
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“He has done a really good job getting assimilated into pro ball,” Scialabba added. “He has made some adjustments offensively that have really helped him be more consistent.”
With the Senators’ season slated to end Sunday, the native of Dallas has teamed up the past few weeks with fellow catcher Jakson Reetz to form the backstop tandem for Harrisburg.
“Jakson had a really strong first half of the season and had a chance to go up to the big leagues when we had a need,” Scialabba said.
“Then he went to Triple-A, and once we made those [deadline trades] we had to figure out how we were going to maximize at-bats for players” such as Reetz, 25.
“So we put him at Double-A,” Scialabba said of Reetz. “We are still trying to maximize the at-bats for Jakson.”
Lindsly hit .209 in 21 games with the Blue Rocks and hit .267 in his first 19 games with Harrisburg.
Brady Lindsly was “speechless” when he found out he was being drafted. #Nationals pic.twitter.com/L0CESUgYM0— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) June 12, 2020
He hit two homers while at Wilmington but didn’t go deep in his first 60 at-bats with the Senators.
He was assigned to the Blue Rocks on May 6 after a solid college career at Oklahoma, where he was teammates with Cavalli.
Cavalli started on Thursday for Triple-A Rochester and went five innings, giving up three runs - two earned - in a matinee win over Buffalo.
That left him 7-7 with an ERA of 2.88 in 22 starts across three levels this year for the right-hander.