The other week, Dutch pitcher Misja Harcksen was promoted to the Ogden Raptors (High Rookie, Pioneer League) again. Just like last year he spent most of the time at Arizona
League Level and was promoted early August.
As reported earlier, Misja was hit hard in his first appearance of the AZL season which made his ERA exceed the 10.00 mark. But that was only a bump in the road as he recovered very well. When he was promoted to the Raptors, his ERA in the AZL stood at 3.86 thanks to a terrific series of ten games in which he posted an ERA of 2.93.
With the dry desert air, hit balls travel further. It can be compared with the thin mountain air of Ogden. So it could very well be that he had to battle similar circumstances.
But so far so good. Misja has made two appearances so far. In his first one, a 4-2 loss vs the Billings Mustangs, Misja took the mound for two innings. He started a bit shaky as he gave up a double and threw a wild pitch, but then he found his groove again and retired the next three batters that he faced. In the sixth inning he gave up two hits but did not allow a run. In those two innings, Misja struck out two.
Yesterday Misja had his second appearance, also vs the Billings Mustangs. In a wild game the Raptors won 13-10. Misja pitched in the eighth inning and despite giving up a hit and a walk, he did not allow a run and recorded the hold, his first in the Pioneer League this season.
Due to these two good outings, Misja’s ERA still stands at 0.00. The batting average of his opponents is still on the high side with .333, but no doubt that this will go down. His strikeout/walk ratio stands at 2.
With the minor league season nearing its end, it is very likely that Misja will finish his season at Ogden. But perhaps if his numbers will stay like this, he may get a late promotion to the Midwest League’s Great Lakes Loons.