Beek’s Blog: Despite jumping a level, Musgrave has notched two solid starts for Nuts

Making the trip to spring training last month from his home in West Virginia, Harrison Musgrave didn’t know where his summer home would be, but had an idea it might be in North Carolina.

Musgrave, the eighth-round draft pick of Colorado last June, went 2-4, 5.44 in 13 games last summer with short-season Grand Junction, so it only figured that his first full-season team would be Asheville.

Not that he’s complaining.

“I didn’t know what to expect going into my first spring training,” Musgrave said. “I was with the Modesto work group the entire spring, so I had the feeling that if I did well I’d have the chance to come here.

“But just like everybody else who was in Junction last year, I thought I’d be going to Asheville - do the single-step thing. But I’m glad they put me here and I’m enjoying it so far.”

Musgrave has notched two solid starts so far with the Nuts, allowing one earned run over 4 1/3 innings in a 6-4 loss at Lake Elsinore on Sunday, and following that up by limiting Inland Empire to one earned run over five innings on Friday, eventually getting the win in the Nuts’ 13-1 victory.

So through two starts, he’s 1-1 with a solid 1.93 ERA.

The lopsided win over the 66ers will be hos lone home start this homestand. He would have been in line to pitch Wednesday’s game, but the arrival of David Hale to make a rehab start on Monday will push the starters back one day. Musgrave’s next appearance is likely to be Thursday at Lancaster.

That might be an eye-opener. The winds in Lancaster always blow out, but are generally much stronger in the spring. The JetHawks’ scheduled game against Stockton was blown-out on Tuesday because of the forecast of sustained 40 MPH winds with gusts to 60 MPH.

That certainly was not the case on Friday, as Musgrave got his first experience of pitching in the California League’s most spacious ballpark.

“It’s a lot bigger than what I had last year in Junction and definitately bigger than where I played in college,” said Musgrave, who played at West Virginia University. “But it blows out to left here a decent bit. We also have some pretty fast outfielders that can cover a good bit of ground. That’s a plus.”

Bee staff writer Brian VanderBeek can be reached at or (209) 578-2150. Follow him on Twitter@modestobeek.