Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks starter Alex Caldera is off to a solid start, winning his first two starts.
The right-hander has yet to allow run in 13 1/3 innings, striking out 11 batters and walking five.
“He just understands what to do,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said. “He’s been business-like. He just uses his stuff very well. He changes speeds with his fastball.”
Caldera pitched the RedHawks to their first home victory this season Saturday night. He worked seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory against the Sioux Falls Pheasants at Newman Outdoor Field.
Entering Sunday, the RedHawks had a 3.60 team ERA, ranking third in the 13-team American Association.
“It’s been what I expected with the people I got,” Simunic said. “We want to pitch solid.”
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks are a week into their American Association baseball season and the club has already sold the contract of two players to Major League Baseball organizations.
The latest move is right-handed starting pitcher Kenn Kasparek, who is headed to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
Previous to that, the RedHawks had sold outfielder Jon Gaston’s contract to the Chicago White Sox organization after six games.
“It’s uncomfortable to only play six games or so with the guys that you’ve hired,” said RedHawks manager Doug Simunic, whose team went 4-3 on a seven-game Texas road trip to start the season. “You would hope that you would have gotten a little further into the equation. Sometimes they come beckoning early than they do later.”
Simunic said Kasparek is slated to leave the team after Saturday’s game against Sioux Falls. The 6-foot-8 Kasparek was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts with the RedHawks.
“We had a couple two or three guys waiting for a chance to start,” Simunic said.
Righties Paul Burnside and Alex Rivers are most likely to move into the starting rotation, Simunic said. F-M has also released left-handed starter Tony Butler, who made one start this season.
In other moves, the RedHawks have acquired first baseman Jorge Delgado from the Laredo Lemurs and signed right-handed pitcher Kyle Dahman.