Jul 25, 2016 at 6:05 pm | Print View
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Twitter account @WhatLachlanDid was alive and active Monday afternoon.
“Dominant isn’t even the right word to describe how amazing I really was,” one post said, with baseball and fire icons following.
“Keys to success:,” said another post. “— Eat Well. — Sleep all the time. — Be me.”
If you’re not following LockLandWills, you should. Light-hearted entertainment at its finest, a parody account of Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher Lachlan Wells.
“It’s not bad,” the Australian teenager said, after his eight extraordinary innings lifted the Kernels past Dayton, 2-0, at Veterans Memorial Stadium. “Have a little fun with it.”
Wells isn’t the author of any of the posts on @WhatLachlanDid. Former Kernel and Wells roommate Todd Van Steensel is the main culprit, with sources indicating current Kernel Sam Gibbons helping him out.
It’s two Aussie pitchers in the Minnesota Twins farm system poking a little fun at another Aussie pitcher in the Twins system.
“It was raining one day, and we got bored. That’s how it happened,” Wells said.
Wells’ name was all over Twitter after this game, and not just on his parody account. The bespectacled 19-year-old retired 13 batters in a row at one point in a career-long and dominant outing.
He gave harmless singles in the first and second innings, and that was it. He did hit a batter in the sixth and walked Brantley Bell with two away in the seventh, only to pick him off.
He finished with nine strikeouts.
“His changeup was real good today,” said Kernels Manager Jake Mauer. “He used his slider well, just moved the ball around. If we can get him to keep the ball down a little more, he’ll be all right.”
“It’s really good to know that I can go that deep into games, keep the pitch count down,” said Wells, who threw 97 pitches before being relieved by Tom Hackimer. “It was good to be able to give the bullpen a rest, especially to only have one guy out there throw and not two or three, three or four. Was really good to go out there and get the ‘W,’ and get the ‘W’ for the team.”
Wells isn’t the biggest kid around, which lends to speculation he could, as he matures, add a couple more miles per hour on a fastball that was regularly 91 Monday. Add that to his change and breaking ball, and that’s enough to make him a legit prospect.
He’s 3-2 with a 1.57 ERA in six starts for the Kernels (54-46, 18-13), who have Tuesday off before beginning a week-long road trip to Kane County and Burlington.
“As he physically matures, you hope he gets a little more velo. That makes all his stuff better,” Mauer said. “His body’s not necessarily projectable, but if he gets (more) size and a little more velo, he could be very dangerous ... There are guys who have gotten there (to the majors) who are left-handed and have less stuff than he’s got.”
Cedar Rapids scored its runs in the fifth, on a Manuel Guzman sacrifice fly and Casey Scoggins RBI single.
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