Alfredo Rodriguez continued a strong May last night, extending his hitting streak to 11 games for the Daytona Tortugas. The shortstop went 1-3 with a walk, stolen base and he scored a run. The steal was his 7th of the season. In 17 games during the month of May he’s hit .322 with a .377 on-base percentage thanks to four walks and just seven strikeouts.
The power isn’t showing up for Alfredo Rodriguez yet, and maybe it won’t ever show up. But he’s been making improvements in the other offensive areas of his game. In April he struck out 18% of the time with a 6.4% walk rate. In May those numbers are a 10% strikeout rate and a walk rate of 5.7%. He has also shown more power, though it’s still low output. He only had one double in April, but he’s now hit three in May in fewer plate appearances.
Another player that’s really improved in May has been Louisville Bats reliever Kevin Shackelford. His ERA was 2.70 in April over 10.0 innings. That’s good. But, it was very lucky. The right hander walked nine batters in those 10.0 innings, so giving up just three runs in that span took a lot of Houdini-like escapes.
Things have been about as opposite as possible in May for Kevin Shackelford. He’s yet to allow a run over 7.0 innings for the Bats. He’s only walked one batter and he’s struck out 12 of the 24 batters that he’s faced along the way. The 28-year-old isn’t someone that’s a household name, but he’s a guy who may eventually get a look-see at some point. He can reach into the mid-90’s with his fastball and shows a quality breaking ball.
Shed Long just keeps on hitting
The baseball just keeps finding the green for Shed Long in Daytona. Last night he had another two hits, including a double. The second baseman is hitting .322/.377/.497 on the season with the Tortugas. That’s come along with nine doubles, a triple and five home runs. His .874 OPS is 183 points higher than the league average in the Florida State League. All he’s done since showing up in Dayton in July of 2015 is hit.