Rece Hinds missed over two months as he recovered from a knee injury before he returned to the field on a rehab assignment on August 7th out in Goodyear. The 20-year-old seemed to really miss time on the field and hit like he was making up for all of that lost time. He would spend two weeks in Arizona getting back into the day-to-day grind of the game, seeing pitches, and playing in the field. He returned to join the Daytona Tortugas on Tuesday, going 0-4. In the two games since then he’s going 4-10 with a double, triple, and a home run.
Last night he tripled into the right-center gap. The exit velocity? 108 MPH. It wasn’t close to the hardest hit ball he’s had since his return to the Low-A Southeast. On Wednesday he doubled at 111 MPH. That same night his home run was *just* 104 MPH off of the bat.
Over the last three weeks since he got back on the field in Arizona he’s hit .292/.364/.688 between the Arizona Complex League Reds and the Daytona Tortugas. That’s just 55 plate appearances in total, but he’s had 10 extra-base hits in that span that have accounted for an overwhelming majority of his 14 hits.
Juan Martinez is picking it up in August
It’s been a bit of a touch year for Juan Martinez. The infielder has been with Dayton all year, but he had been playing about every other day. In May, June, and July he played in 10, 13, and 14 games. The results were hit-and-miss at the plate, but he began August with a .246/.296/.408 line. He had just seven walks on the season and had 36 strikeouts in 142 plate appearances (that’s a 5% walk rate and a 25% strikeout rate).
Last night he had a big night, going 4-6 with a double, home run, and two walks in Dayton’s doubleheader. It was the 20th and 21st games he’s played in during the month and it continued a bit of a turn around. More playing time has seemingly done wonder. He’s currently hitting .333/.379/.487 in 87 plate appearances. He’s also walked nine times on the month – more than he had walked on the season entering the month. His strikeout rate has also gone in the right direction as he’s fanned just 13 times. The walk rate more than doubled in August, up to 10.3%, while his strikeout rate dropped to 15%.
Lyon Richardson and Braxton Roxby hit the injured list
On Wednesday the Dayton Dragons lost two different pitchers in their game against Fort Wayne to injury. Lyon Richardson made it through the first inning, but his velocity was down a tick or three in the start and he did not return for the second inning. Later in the game Braxton Roxby didn’t make it out of his inning of work before the training staff came out to the mound to check on him. Roxby would leave with them. Both were placed on the injured list – Richardson with a right elbow strain and Roxby with elbow impingement.