Louisville Bats: 30-23 overall, 262 runs scored, 245 runs allowed.
Jeremy Hermida leads the league in hitting at .352 (with a .430 OBP and a .544 SLG). Yonder Alonso is hitting .321/.375/.497 on the season. Devin Mesoraco and Danny Dorn are both hitting .307. Juan Francisco has come down and has hit .311 in just under 100 at bats. As a team the Bats have scored the 2nd most runs in the league and are hitting an impressive .276/.339/.444 as a team. On the pitching side of things, there has been a steady flow of players up and down between both Cincinnati and Carolina as the big league club needs have exhausted nearly all resources. The Bats team ERA of 4.11 ranks them 6th out of the 14 teams in the league.
Carolina Mudcats: 16-37 overall, 218 runs scored, 307 runs allowed.
The Mudcats as a team are a mess. Offensively their best every day hitter has landed on the DL (Mike Costanzo had a team best .859 OPS), but Neftali Soto coming off of the DL could help there some. Cody Puckett went into a tailspin during the month of May after obliterating the ball in April, but he has hit well over the past few games. Leadoff hitter Quintin Berry continues to find first base at an incredibly high rate (.434 OBP). The team though has a league worst .672 OPS, where they are last in both OBP and SLG. On the pitching side of things it is more of the same. The Mudcats rank dead last in team ERA at 5.44 (the second worst in the league is 4.76 and the third worst is 4.36). There has been a little bit of movement on the staff recently though, as Pedro Villarral arrived from Bakersfield and had a strong first start. Clayton Shunick also came up from Bakersfield to help out the bullpen. Nick Christiani and his 1.75 ERA were promoted to Louisville along with Justin Lehr. Dallas Buck was released and Tim Gustafson and Brandon Hynick were brought on board.
Bakersfield Blaze: 28-25 overall, 332 runs scored, 341 runs allowed.
The Blaze still lead the league in runs scored, but San Jose and Modesto are catching up in a hurry. As a team they are hitting .305/.378/.453 for a league leading .831 OPS. Stephen Hunt is now leading the offensive way with the promotion of Eric Campbell to Carolina earlier this week. Hunt is hitting .385/.450/.632 through 117 at bats. Didi Gregorius has come off of the DL (technically from EST, but he was only there because of kidney issues) and has hit .381/.381/.381 through his first 21 at bats. Henry Rodriguez has been absolutely on fire and is up to .340/.378/.498, but has hit over .460 in his last 10 games. Yasmani Grandal has been steady all season, as it seems his .285/.410/.500 line hasn’t changed much all year. Alex Buchholz has hit very well since his season started a few weeks ago, as he is up to .317/.380/.508 through 17 games. On the pitching side of things, the Blaze have the third worst ERA in the league at 5.36. There have been some bright spots though. Mace Thurman has made 21 appearances for 29 innings from the bullpen and posted a 2.48 ERA. Josh Ravin is currently on the DL having missed 2 starts now, but has a 3.86 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 39.2 innings. Pedro Villarreal earned a promotion to AA earlier this week after a 4.34 ERA in 58 innings with just 8 walks and 41 strikeouts.
Dayton Dragons: 26-27 overall, 213 runs scored, 217 runs allowed.
Dayton finds itself in the middle of the pack in hitting stats as a team. Their team OPS ranks 9th out of 16 teams. Tucker Barnhart has been one of the bright spots offensively for the Dragons, as the catcher has hit .310/.386/.457 this season. Theo Bowe got a call up from extended spring training a little over two weeks ago and has hit .286/.375/.429 since arriving. Dominic D’Anna has continued to be solid with a .280/.390/.410 line. David Vidal has shown some good pop lately, with 6 HR’s since the calender turned over on April. Billy Hamilton leads the world in steals with 42, which is more than four TEAMS in the Midwest League at this point in the season. On the pitching side of things the Dragons have reached up to the #4 spot in the league in ERA with a 3.49 ERA and they lead the league in team strikeouts with 487 in 450.2 innings pitched. The Dragons have three pitchers in the top 5 in the league in strikeouts, with Josh Smith (1), Daniel Renken (2) and Daniel Corcino (5). Each player has 10 starts, while the guys in 3rd and 4th each have 11 starts. The bullpen hasn’t been outdone though, as Jamie Walczak, Drew Hayes, Blaine Howell and Daniel Wolford all have ERA’s under 3.00 on the season.