March 18, 2012; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; I wonder if he will use a Nick Drake selection for his at bat music. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Norfolk is now comfortably in second, though still 8 games out of first. Xavier Avery's season is quickly descending into a death spiral. He has OPSed 414 over his last 10 and for the season his slash line now stands at an unremarkable 243/333/371/704. Outside of spacious Harbor Park, his OPS in 789, so that is important to keep in mind. He has struck out 88 times in 321 at bats, though he does have 40 walks. LJ Hoes, on the other hand, has continued to adapt to AAA. The 22 y/o right-handed hitting OF has slashed 310/388/410/799 for the season. He has responded to what I thought was an aggressive promotion. His K/BB ratio in AAA is 35/28 in 229 at bats. Ryan Adams is back with the Tides, but his OPS for the season is 653. Joe Mahoney is OPSing 719. Steve Johnson and Miguel Socolovich are riding the Baltimore to Norfolk shuttle.
Bowie has also played better of late and has progressed to second in their division. Manny Machado has apparently graduated, and finished with the following line: 266/352/432/789, with a K/BB of 70/48 in 402 at bats. Machado has been on a hot streak of late, with an OPS of 1401 over his last 10. Jonathan Schoop continues to adapt to the Eastern League after his awful start, and for the season is now posting the following line: 248/312/393/704 with a K/BB of 81/32 in 400 at bats. Ty Kelly has really struggled over his last 10, and has found his first 20 games in AA rough: 253/329/293/623. Small sample size and all, but the lack of power is a mystery after he slugged 513 in Frederick. Clayton Schrader's K/BB line is upside still, now stands at 15/8 in 13 AA innings, which belies his shiny ERA of 2.77. Mike Wright has been serviceable in AA, and through 39.1 IP has a K/BB of 27/9 and an ERA of 4.81 over 8 starts. Bobby Bundy has been shut down for the season.
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Frederick is in the NFC West of minor league baseball, in first place despite being under 500 and also a half game out of last place. Dylan Bundy continues to find the Carolina League a tougher challenge than the SALLY, but has been strong still: 63/17 K/BB in 54.1 IP with an ERA of 2.98. 21 y/o LHP Tim Berry continues to fly under the radar, with a 4.36 ERA in 53.2 IP with a 44/14 K/BB ratio. What do you all think of Tim Berry? Johnny Ruettiger has returned to Frederick after posting an OPS of 585 in Bowie. Hopefully he has learned some things. We'll see if his 709 OPS improves; hopefully he can add some extra base hits over the last month of the season. Trent Mummey continues to struggle, and for the season his OPS stands at 664.
Delmarva is 6th in a 7 team division and have lost 7 of 10. After carrying an OPS of 520 in Frederick, Glynn Davis was sent back to Salisbury. Nicky Delmonico hasn't played in a week. For the season, he is slashing 248/351/412/763 with a K/BB of 73/47 in 335 at bats. He apparently screwed up his knee again, and I think it's an interesting debate whether he should have the surgery now or after the season. Brenden Webb continues to draw the walk, and now has 86 in 310 at bats, to go along with 108 strikeouts and an OPS of 878. Given that he his already 22, it seems like it is time to move on. Rod Bernadina is officially 10 games into his SALLY career, and has been getting his hits in, slashing 351/385/405/790 with a K/BB of 7/1 in 37 at bats. Zach Davies continues to struggle, and has seen his ERA balloon to 3.96 over his last 2 starts, and for the season carries a K/BB of 67/35 in 91 IP. 19 y/o Eduardo Rodriguez continues to adjust to the DSL, and carries an ERA of 3.38 across 80.1 IP with a K/BB of 62/23.
Aberdeen is a mere 13 games out after 50. Torsten Boss is passing his first test as a professional, and is now slashing 268/385/427/812 with a K/BB of 37/24 in 157 at bats. Joel Hutter has also done well in Aberdeen, 310/371/381/751 with a K/BB of 16/14 in 155 at bats. Christian Walker has been hurt of late, but for the season has an OPS of 796 in 88 at bats. Juan Guzman was promoted to Delmarva, but in 7 starts as an iBird, he carried an ERA of 1.66 an a K/BB of 43/11 in 38 IP. Kevin Gausman pitched 3 perfect innings to debut as a professional.
The GCLers are 6 back in their division and the DSL Birds are in third place in their division.