Louisville Bats: 12-27 overall, 140 runs scored, 197 runs allowed.
The Bats are 15 games below .500 and haven’t been able to win two games in a row since April 27th and 28th. The team is still struggling to hit, with a .661 OPS as a team and only has two current positions with an OPS over .700. The catching combo of Corky Miller and Dioner Navarro each have an OPS of .772, while Bill Rhinehart has caught fire in May to the tune of .333/.388/.578 to push his season OPS to .739. Chris Valaika may be warming up, as over his last 9 games he is hitting .344/.364/.531. The pitching as a whole has struggled with a 4.80 ERA, though there have been some solid pitchers on the staff. Brett Tomko has a 3.55 ERA through 7 starts. Chad Reineke has a 3.96 ERA in his 7 starts, while Jeff Francis has a 4.17 ERA in his 8 starts. They have a combined 3 wins between them though, showing just how much the team has struggled. Sean Gallagher has a 6.08 ERA on the season, but he has pitched well over his last 5 starts with a 3.86 ERA in 30.1 innings pitched. Out of the bullpen Kanekoa Texeira continues to defy the odds with a 1.00 ERA despite having 9 walks and 9 strikeouts in 18 innings. Josh Judy has a 3.31 ERA on the season in 16.1 innings with 9 walks and 18 strikeouts. Nick Christiani has really turned things around after initially struggling to begin the season. He last allowed an earned run on April 19th and has gone 12 scoreless innings since then. Travis Webb had a similar start to the year where he struggled, but he has only allowed one run since April 25th and now has his ERA down to 4.02 on the season. The Bats rotation probably got a little better as they added Pedro Villarreal from Pensacola last week, but the overall pitching and offense still are scuffling and need several players to get back to their normal production if this team wants to even make a run at .500 by the end of the season.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos: 18-21 overall, 155 runs scored, 163 runs allowed.
The Blue Wahoos went 3-5 on the week, as they have been treading water around that ‘just below .500’ mark for the last 3 weeks. There was a lot of roster movement over the week as injuries caused movement all over the system. The Blue Wahoos offense probably took a bit of a hit as they lost the league leader in batting average to a thumb injury as Henry Rodriguez headed to the DL. The team is middle of the pack offensively, though they do rank 2nd in average, they are 6th in a 10 team league in OPS due to a nearly team wide lack of power thus far in the season. Cody Puckett is leading the offense with a .275/.380/.500 line and a team leading 7 home runs. In April he walked as often as he struck out, but showed no power. In May he has nearly 4 times as many strikeouts as walks but is slugging .653 on the month. Josh Fellhauer has picked up his production in May despite hitting .333/.451/.357 in April. So far in May, Fellhauer has hit .323/.400/.484 on the month. Ryan LaMarre has also picked up his hitting in May, where he now has a .349/.491/.395 line. The power hasn’t shown up yet, but he has 2 more walks in 40% of the at bats and has also began stealing bases at a high rate again with 7 already this month. The pitching, much like the hitting, has been middle of the road as the team’s 3.84 ERA ranks 7th in the league. Daniel Corcino and JC Sulbaran both have ERA’s under 4.00 out of the rotation. Kyle Lotzkar has a 1.46 ERA over his two starts since being called up from Bakersfield. Donnie Joseph continues to dominate the Southern League, now with a 0.47 ERA in 19 innings with 4 walks and 27 strikeouts. Wilkin De La Rosa has also been dominant out of the bullpen for the Blue Wahoos since being called up with a 1.23 ERA over 7.1 innings. Mark Serrano has split his time between the bullpen and rotation and has posted a 3.09 ERA in 32 innings with 6 walks and 34 strikeouts. Chris Manno has a 3.65 ERA in 12.1 innings this season. Justin Freeman has posted a 3.86 ERA in 18.2 innings out of the bullpen. This team seems like they could be on the verge of really having a run in them if they can keep getting solid pitching as the bats keep heating up.
Bakersfield Blaze: 21-15 overall, 188 runs scored, 154 runs allowed.
The Blaze offense has the 4th best OPS in the league with a team .748 OPS. Despite a slump so far in May, Billy Hamilton still ranks 5th in the league with a .346 average and leads the league in steals with 35. He also ranks 4th in on-base percentage. While Hamilton has slumped though, Donald Lutz has gone wild, hitting .345/.368/.709 in May. While he has walked just once and struck out 9 times in the month, his power output has been impressive as he is 2nd in the league in doubles while also leading the league with 11 home runs, slugging percentage at .660 and is 3rd with a 1.027 OPS. Bryson Smith has hit .340 in May, though his overall production has slowed down some as his OPS has dropped from .847 in April to .784 in May. After a slow start in April, Tucker Barnhart has turned it on in May and is hitting .323/.364/.452 on the month. The pitching staff has been a strong point, where the team is second in the league with a 3.55 ERA and second with 335 team strikeouts. Tony Cingrani continues to obliterate the leagues hitters with a 0.68 ERA (nearly a full run better than the guy in second place) with 10 walks and 53 strikeouts in 40 innings. His 53 strikeouts lead the league as does his 0.83 WHIP. Chad Rogers has a 1.75 ERA, which ranks 3rd in the league and his 1.08 WHIP ranks him 9th. Justice French has made 2 starts that spanned 11 innings thus far and hasn’t allowed a run. Brian Pearl has powerd a 1.47 ERA out of the bullpen with 3 walks and 19 strikeouts to go with a 0.93 WHIP and 6 saves. Daniel Wolford has a 3.48 ERA out of the Blaze bullpen in 20.2 innings.
Dayton Dragons: 14-24 overall, 125 runs scored, 166 runs allowed.
The offense is bad. That is really the only way to put it. As a team they are hitting .228/.294/.318 with a team OPS of .612, second worst in the league. They have a league low 10 home runs, 1 less than league leader (and 19 year old super prospect) Miguel Sano. No player with more than 10 at bats has an OPS over .730, with Ryan Wright leading the way at .727. Yovan Gonzalez is splitting time and has a .721 OPS, while Steve Selsky and Kyle Waldrop both have a .705 OPS. Juan Perez is scraping the .700 mark as he sits at .701. Tanner Robles leads the pitching staff with a 2.72 ERA in 39.2 innings and a 1.03 WHIP. Radhames Quezada has a 2.93 ERA out of the rotation in 40 innings. Kyle McMyne continues to be the go to guy out of the bullpen with a 1.40 ERA in 19.1 innings with 3 walks and 19 strikeouts. Carlos Contreras has been nearly as good with a 1.93 ERA in 18.2 innings with 9 walks and 18 strikeouts. Ryan Kemp has thrown 21.2 innings with a 2.08 ERA. El’Hajj Muhammad also has a 2.08 ERA in 8.2 innings since being called up from extended spring training. Dan Jensen has made two starts, but has spent most of the year out of the bullpen and has a 2.28 ERA. The pitching has been good, but the Dragons have just 2 wins in May. If the offense can find any sort of hot streak, they could go on a run back toward the .500 mark.