Andy Sugilio opened up the homestand in Billings with a nice game on Monday night. The switch hitter went 3-4 to raise his line in 45 games with the Billings Mustangs to .347/.395/.500. That’s come along with 13 walks and 22 strikeouts, as well as 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts.
The 20-year-old has been playing mostly in the corners with Billings. He’s started 20 games in left, 15 games in right and four more in center. As a switch hitter this season he’s shown no real splits. He’s hitting .333 with an .870 OPS from the right side and .351 with a .902 OPS from the left side of the plate. We’re dealing with a small sample size in both cases, but it’s nice to see even splits despite that.
Tyler Goeddel continues to hit for Louisville
Tyler Goeddel had a big night for the Louisville Bats on Monday. The outfielder went 4-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. This is the second go-around with Louisville for the 24-year-old this season. In 12 games with the Bats in April he hit just .190/.209/.214 with a walk and 14 strikeouts over 43 plate appearances. Things simply didn’t go well to start the year.
The Reds sent him to Pensacola for May and he picked things up at the Double-A level. With the Blue Wahoos he hit .243/.367/.393 with 33 walks and 44 strikeouts. The average wasn’t great, but the rest of his game rounded out well as he cut his strikeout rate down and increased his power and walk rates.
Since returning to Triple-A in late July Tyler Goeddel has racked up 113 plate appearances for Louisville. In that span he’s hit .319/.429/.404 with as many walks, 16, as strikeouts. He’s also stolen five bases without being caught. The power hasn’t shown up with the Bats that he showed in Pensacola, but he has improved in nearly every other aspect of the game.
Gabriel Guerrero keeps a hot August going
Gabriel Guerrero went 2-2 with 2 walks and a solo home run on Monday night for Pensacola. It was just a continuation of what he’s been doing all month. In 19 games played with the Blue Wahoos in August the outfielder has hit an impressive .368/.424/.539. That’s come along with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, seven walks and 14 strikeouts.
After not hitting any home runs in the first half of the season, Gabriel Guerrero went out in front of the home crowd at the Southern League All-Star game and won the home run derby going away. That must have put a charge into his bat as he’s hit six home runs since in 53 games played, showing off the power that’s been around for him in past seasons.