Louisville Bats: 9-15 overall, 94 runs scored, 123 runs allowed.
The Bats stayed pretty even on the week, as they finished the week at 6 games under .500 overall. The offense is really struggling, hitting just .226/.309/.370 as a team. Paul Janish has been the best hitter on the team so far, hitting .315/.390/.521. The catcher position has been strong offensively as well, with Dioner Navarro and Corky Miller hitting a combined .274/.385/.411. Mike Costanzo has hit .263/.317/.526 in 11 games since being called up from Pensacola. No one else in the line up has posted an OPS over .740. The pitching has been similar to the hitting. Some guys have been quite good, while a few others have been quite poor. Jeff Francis, Chad Reineke and Brett Tomko all have ERA’s between 3.30 and 3.58 on the season from the rotation, but Sean Gallagher (7.36) and Andrew Brackman (8.82) have been struggling big time. The bullpen has seen some stand outs as well. Kanekoa Texeira came off of the DL this past week and has a 0.87 ERA in 10.1 innings so far. Josh Judy has the same number of innings and a 1.74 ERA. The rest of the bullpen all has ERA’s over 4.50 though. This team has struggled overall so far and plenty of guys are playing below their talent levels. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Bats go on a good run at some point when everyone gets going, because the guys who are struggling aren’t as bad as they have been playing.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos: 11-14 overall, 108 runs scored, 113 runs allowed.
The Blue Wahoos are tops in the league in both batting average (.272) and are second in on-base percentage (.350). Their power is among the lowest in the league though, with just a .097 isolated power. On an individual basis, they have four players hitting .280 or higher (not counting the promoted Mike Costanzo). Didi Gregorius is hitting .333 with 8 walks and 13 strikeouts. He also had his first extra-base hit of the season on Sunday. Josh Fellhauer is also hitting .333 with 9 walks and 5 strikeouts and like Gregorius, has one double on the season. Henry Rodriguez is hitting .327/.358/.436 out of the #3 spot in the lineup and his splits, at least from an average standpoint, is within 10 points of each other. He has just 1 extra base hit as a lefty (in 62 at bats) compared to 6 as a righty (in 39 at bats). Rodriguez is riding an 8 game hitting streak right now. Joel Guzman is hitting for a team leading .833 OPS that is comprised of a .296/.376/.457 line with 11 walks and 13 strikeouts. Cody Puckett is hitting .282/.414/.394 with 16 walks and 17 strikeouts. Puckett only walked 28 times in 339 at bats last year, so his turn around has been incredible in that department. On the mound the Blue Wahoos are 2nd to last in the league in ERA, though their 4.00 ERA is a full run better than the team in last place. They have the second most strikeouts in the league and their team WHIP is within 0.04 of the team in 2nd, they have been bitten by the home run bug, giving up a league leading 18 as a pitching staff and half also hit a league leading 17 batters. Pedro Villarreal is off to a strong start with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in 29.1 innings. Daniel Corcino has been effective, but a bit wild so far. His ERA is sitting at 3.24, but he has 12 walks and 19 strikeouts in 25 innings. Donnie Joseph didn’t allow a run in the month of April and recorded 4 saves, 3 walks and 15 strikeouts in 10 innings. Clayton Tanner posted a 1.59 ERA in his 11.1 innings to go along with a 0.88 WHIP. Justin Freeman has been nearly as good with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP in 13.1 innings.
Bakersfield Blaze: 14-9 overall, 114 runs scored, 91 runs allowed.
Billy Hamilton finished April hitting .398/.481/.591 with 29 steals. He leads the league in average, on-base percentage, steals, runs and is in the top 10 in slugging. Needless to say, he had an April to remember. Donald Lutz is hitting .315/.367/.629 on the year with a team leading 8 doubles, 6 home runs and 19 RBI. His 6 home runs rank 2nd (tie) in the league, as do his 19 RBI and .629 slugging percentage. Bryson Smith has hit well for the Blaze with a .309/.377/.471 line. David Vidal slowed down a bit this past week, hitting just .295/.368/.538 on the year with 7 doubles and 4 home runs. Devin Lohman has a .268/.381/.366 line so far. The rest of the team is hitting under .200 though and really struggling to find any consistency at the plate. The pitching staff has the 2nd best ERA in the league at 3.31 and 3rd with a 1.25 WHIP. Tony Cingrani has led the rotation with a league leading 0.39 ERA that is nearly a full run better than the next closest guy. He also leads the league with a 0.61 WHIP. He hasn’t allowed a home run yet on the season and has 5 walks to go with 28 strikeouts in 23 innings. Kyle Lotzkar has been another anchor to the Blaze rotation, currently sitting in second place in the league with a 1.25 ERA to go with 9 walks and 21 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. Chad Rogers finished the month with a 2.63 ERA in 24 innings with 5 walks and 22 strikeouts in 24 innings. Not bad for a guy who was a reliever last season. Daniel Wolford has been really strong out of the bullpen with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings with 10 strikeouts. Brian Pearl has a team leading 4 saves with a 2.31 ERA, 2 walks and 13 strikeouts in 11.2 innings pitched. The team had its 11 game win streak stopped on Saturday.
Dayton Dragons: 12-12 overall, 96 runs scored, 89 runs allowed.
The team is in the bottom half of most of the offensive categories in the Midwest League, hitting just .244/.316/.344 as a team. They have the second fewest home runs in the league with 7. Kyle Waldrop remains the teams top hitter among everyday players with a .284/.395/.418 line after going 1 for his last 15 to end the week. Yovan Gonzalez is hitting .333/.378/.500 in split time (12 games). If the offense continues to struggle, they may need to find a way to get him some more at bats. No other hitter on the team has an OPS over .708 (Juan Perez has a .203/.330/.378 line). The Dragons pitching has been strong, as their 3.05 ERA is 3rd in the league (side note, Lansing has an incredible 2.08 ERA as a team) and are second with a 1.19 WHIP. Justice French (2.60), Tanner Robles (2.83) and Radhames Quezada (2.88) all have ERA’s under 3.00 from the rotation. Daniel Tuttle has only made two starts since returning from suspension, but he has posted a 1.54 ERA in those starts. Stalin Gerson has been solid with a 3.74 ERA in his four starts as well. Out of the bullpen Dan Jensen is leading the way with a 0.00 ERA in 14 innings so far with 2 walks and 12 strikeouts. Ryan Kemp has an ERA of 1.46 through 12.1 innings and Kyle McMyne has a 1.69 ERA in his 10.2 innings. Carlos Contreras has posted a 2.31 ERA in 11.2 innings.