Outfielder/first baseman Steve Selsky got his first crack at Pensacola to start the 2013 season. The 24-year old eventually got sent back to Bakersfield to play every day after struggling in AA. While in Pensacola, Selsky faced a crowded outfield with the likes of Ryan LaMarre, Donald Lutz, and Bryson Smith. He regularly held the role of pinch hitting for the pitcher and would play in the corner outfield spots to give the regulars a day off.
To start April, he held his own by going 3-9 with a double, 2 RBI, and scored once. He also walked 2 times and struck out the same. In his next 7 games, he would go 1-17. He only struck out 3 times but could not draw a walk. He would get back on track and go 6-20 but all hits were singles. During those 6 games, he also drove in 6 runners and scored twice himself. Selsky finished off the month with 2 hitless games and had an overall .196/.288/.235 line. He walked 5 times, had 12 strikeouts and only 2 extra base hits, both doubles.
In May, he never really got going in Pensacola. He stayed with the club through the 13th, and was only able to go 5-32. In those final 12 games, he was able to walk 5 times and strikeout 8 times. Now in Bakersfield, he would see regular time in the outfield and first base. Selsky went 1-11 in his first 3 games in Bakersfield and struck out 6 times with only one walk. Then, he was able to find his stride and go 7-23 with a home run, 6 RBI and 3 runs in a 5-game stretch. However, he did not collect a walk and struck out a total of 8 times. To end the month, he hit to just a 4-19 mark. In all, over two leagues, Selsky produced a .200/.299/.271 line. Although he improved to 8 walks, his number of strikeouts rose to 27. Once again, he only had 2 extra base hits but it was a pair of home runs.
June would see the best start to any month for Selsky. During the first 7 games of the month, he hit safely in every game to a tune of 11-27 with 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI, and 5 runs. He got 3 free passes and struck out just 5 times. After two hitless games on the 8th and 9th, he went 10-27 in a 7-game period where he played first base exclusively. This time he had 3 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs. He improved his production with 11 RBI, 9 runs, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. On the 20th, he went hitless but the next game would start another 7-game hit streak. This streak saw him go 13-28 and once again he had 2 doubles and 2 home runs. Without a doubt, June was his best month and his .346/.438/.663 line demonstrates such. He had a season high 7 home runs and walked 12 times and lowered his strikeout total to 22.
Although not as impressive as June, July did start out well for Selsky. He went 7-18 and did not strikeout once. Between the 6th and 17th, he would see a 4-game hit streak but over the entire stretch he hit just 7-41. Then, on the 18th, he started a season best 8-game hit streak and hit safely in 13 of the month’s last 14 games. In 53 at bats, he was able to assemble 23 hits, 8 walks, and 9 strikeouts. Although he hit just 2 homerun, his power number stayed up with 7 doubles and 2 triples. Selsky followed up last month’s numbers with an equally admirable .330/.409/.545 line with 12 walks and an improved 19 strikeouts.
When August rolled around, Selsky would return back to reality. In the first 8 games, he would hit safely in only a 3 game stint, the entire period amounted to a 4-28 snag. He was able to record 4 walks during the drought. Next, he would go 7-19 and hit safely in four of the five games. Then, on the 17th, he went hitless in the 3 following games. To end the month and season, he finished with a 5-15 mark. In all, he manufactured a .225/.337/.296 line. For the second time in as many months, he struck out 19 times but his walk total went down to 10.
Selsky had a rough start to the year, struggling to find the grass when he did put the ball in play. His walk and strikeout rates were solid, but he struggled to show power early on while also struggling with a .234 BABIP in Pensacola. Once he headed to Bakersfield he settled in. His peripherals remained solid, his BABIP jumped up to .352 with the Blaze and he got his numbers straightened out and turned around. After a strong 2012 season, last year was a let down due to big time struggles in the first six weeks of the year. He rebounded well, but will need to get off to a better start in 2014 or he could become lost in the shuffle of another crowded outfield group.