On Thursday we saw that right-handed pitcher Odrisamer Despainge opted out of his contract with the Cincinnati Reds. That left open a spot in the Louisville Bats rotation, and there wasn’t an immediate answer as to who would fill that out. On Friday afternoon we got an answer as Rob Wooten tweeted out that he was flying to Buffalo. That’s where Louisville is currently at. Since then he’s also been listed as the probable starter for Saturday afternoon. What happens as the trickle-down effect from that move is unknown, but we should start to see that today at some point.
Brantley Bell, who I wrote about earlier this week, continues to rake during the month of May. Last night he came to the plate four times and he reached base all four times. He went 2-2 with 2 walks. He also doubled in the game. That left him with a triple-slash line of .326/.420/.558 during the month, giving him more walks than strikeouts, too. In 13 games during May he’s struck out a grand total of three times. He’s walked five times in that span. On the season he’s now hitting .265/.366/.442 and has 15 walks and just 12 strikeouts this season through 34 games for Chattanooga.
Scott Schebler is coming around a little bit for the Louisville Bats. He went 2-5 in his first game with Louisville, but then went 2-for the next 20 over the next week. In the last four games he’s gone out and walked in each game, and gone 5-9 with two doubles and just one strikeout. He’s hitting .556/.692/.778 in that stretch.
Down in Florida, Hendrik Clementina continues to swing a hot bat. After a rough start in April, hitting just .121 in his first 9 games of the season, the catcher from Curacao turned things around on April 20th and he hasn’t looked back since. He went 1-3 with a double that night. Last night he went 2-4 and drove in two runs. Since the 20th of April, over 19 games played, he’s hitting .325/.342/.494. Just as a context reminder of how brutal the Florida State League is on hitting, the average line in the league in 2019 is .240/.315/.352.