Narciso Crook has split his time this season between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville this year. Last night saw him put together his best game of the year. The outfielder went 3-3 with a triple, walk, home run, and he drove in five runs. And his home run was an absolute blast, too.
So Narciso Crook had himself a night in Pawtucket. 3-3, walk, triple, this monster of a home run, and 5 RBI. Now hitting .303/.356/.516 for Louisville this season. pic.twitter.com/fLo4CaEHya
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) July 18, 2019
As my tweet from last night noted, he’s now hitting .303/.356/.516 on the season for Louisville. Between his two stops he’s sitting at .301/.351/.487. Narciso Crook just turned 24-years-old last week and he’s having what’s been easily the best season of his career – and he’s doing it at the highest levels of the minor leagues.
Jonathna India returns to the lineup in Daytona
Last night saw Jonathan India in the lineup for the Daytona Tortugas for the first time in a week. In his last game he pulled up at second base abruptly, rather than sliding into the bag, and seemed to tweak his knee a little bit. He was removed from the game that night. Then he sat on the bench, so-to-speak, for the next week. Wednesday night he returned to the lineup and went 0-2 with a strikeout before being replaced in the lineup. That was a planned thing, he did not get re-injured. The team wanted to “ease” him back into games after the time off.
Hot bats in the Billings Mustangs lineup
While Nick Lodolo was making his 6th professional start on Wednesday night (2.2IP, 1ER, 0BB, 5K), it was the bats that were the story of the game – even in a loss. Outfielder Nate Scantlin went 2-5 and had two doubles. That helped push his line on the season to .302/.373/.528 through 14 games on the year. The 20-year-old has only struck out five times this season and he’s drawn four walks.
Two of the catchers on the team, James Free and Eric Yang were both in the lineup on the night. Free got the start as the designated hitter and all he did was go 4-4 with a walk and a double. The undrafted free agent who had a .953 OPS at Pacific this season as a junior continued his assault on the Pioneer League as a pro and is now hitting .423/.483/.692 through his first eight games since signing. Yang got the start behind the plate and he racked up three hits of his own, pushing his line on the year to .347/.459/.469 through his first 15 games.
Jose Acosta keeps crushing the DSL
It’s been a heck of a year for Jose Acosta in the Dominican Summer League. The 19-year-old middle infielder went 3-4 with two walks on Wednesday afternoon. That pushed his average on the season to .426 through 39 team games. His on-base percentage is now over .500, sitting at .509. And he’s slugging a cool .617 on the year thanks to 13 extra-base hits. Just for fun he’s also gone 13-for-13 in stolen base attempts. Acosta is a switch hitter, too. Against left-handed pitchers he’s hitting .500. No, that’s not a typo. He’s “only” hitting .391 against right-handed pitchers.