He hasn't yet parlayed his attention-grabbing spring into a major league call-up, but reliever Jimmy Yacabonis is certainly doing his part. The 25-year-old right-hander pitched 10 1/3 scoreless innings over his first eight outings, striking out six and allowing just three hits and one walk. Yacabonis, like fellow young reliever Stefan Crichton, cemented himself on the big league radar with a good spring despite not being in camp.
Left-hander John Means is off to another great start, just as he was last season. Means, who earned a promotion to Double-A Bowie after posting a 1.80 ERA in his first nine starts last year for Frederick, has struck out 18 and posted a 1.31 ERA in 202/3 innings for the Baysox this month. Most recently, he struck out five and allowed three hits in six scoreless innings Tuesday.
Outfielder Randolph Gassaway, who came out of nowhere to tear up the South Atlantic League in the second half last season, is off to a strong start for the Keys. He emtered Friday fourth on the team with a .314/.372/.471 batting line to go with six extra-base hits and a team-high 14 RBIs in 20 games. Gassaway took a six-game hitting streak into the weekend.
Left-hander Alexander Wells is one of several Shorebirds starters off to a good start this season, and his might be the most impressive. Entering the weekend, Wells had allowed just two earned runs in 18 innings over four starts, most recently pitching six innings without allowing an earned run while striking out six Wednesday at Hagerstown. Wells, 20, didn't allow an earned run in his three outings before Friday.