Dingers aplenty, but offense is lagging at the lower levels. It’s once again time for the weekly stats update!
Sacramento River Cats, 13-11, T-1st Place
Run Differential + 2
David Villar: OBP (T-10), SLG (5th), OPS (5th), HR (3rd), Hits (9th), Runs (T-3rd), RBI (1st), BB (T-10th), K-most (5th), ISO (4th), wRC+ (5th)
Austin Dean: 3b (2nd), ISO (T-6th), FB% (7th)
Heliot Ramos: BB (T-6th), BB% (6th), GB% (2nd)
Bryce Johnson: Average (4th), SB (2nd), 3b (T-6th)
Alex Blandino: K%-Highest (T-2nd)
Ricardo Genovés: K%-Highest (7th)
Think David Villar is having a good season?
TRANSACTIONS (*not including many many recall/options to/from SF)
RHP Tristan Beck assigned from Richmond
3b/1b Kevin Padlo acquired from Seattle Mariners
LHP Daniel Tillo transferred from 7-day to 60-day IL
C Cesar Gonzalez assigned from XST
INF Isan Diaz acquired from Miami Marlins
*(the caveat above saves us from about six billion other lines)
Richmond Flying Sqirrels, 13-8, 1st place
Run Differential +18 (second largest in league)
Sean Roby: HR (1st), SLG (6th), OPS (8th), Runs (T-9th), RBI (3rd), ISO (2nd)
Frankie Tostado: Avg (3rd), Hits (3rd),
Will Wilson: HR (T-6th), Runs (4th), BB (T-8th)
Tyler Fitzgerald: K-most (5th), K%-most (7th), FB% (10th)
Jake Dahlberg: ERA (7th), IP (1st), K (T-6th), BB%-lowest (T-5th), FB% (8th)
Kai-Wei Teng: GB% (2nd), BB-Most (1st), BB%-highest (1st), BABIP-highest (4th)
Bryan Brickhouse: BB-Most (T-5th), BB%-highest (7th), BABIP-highest (3rd)
Chris Wright: Saves (T-5th)
I have no inside knowledge on this, but I have a suspicion we might see Ryan Murphy sometime this week assigned to Richmond.
Eugene Emeralds, 10-9, 2nd place
Run Differential -5
Marco Luciano: Avg (2nd), OBP (9th), SLG (2nd), OPS (3rd), HR (T-1st), Hits (3rd), Iso (5th), FB% (T-9th), wRC+ (3rd)
Armani Smith: OBP (8th), SLG (4th), OPS (4th), HR (T-1st), BB (T-7th) BB% (4th), Iso (2nd), wRC+ (4th)
Casey Schmitt: Avg (10th), SLG (6th), OPS (10th), HR (T-6th), ISO (6th)
Ghordy Santos: SLG (9th), FB% (1st)
Luis Toribio: K%-highest (6th), GB% (5th)
Hunter Bishop: K%-highest (9th), GB% (2nd)
Luis Matos: K%-lowest (7th), FB% (T-9th)
Patrick Bailey: K%-lowest (10th), FB% (5th)
Nobody on this staff is currently a “qualified” pitcher. Setting the minimum IP at 10, Harrison has the best K% in the league (or any other league) at 50% and the best K-BB% at 42%.
OF Jairo Pomares activated from development list
San Jose Giants, 12-9, 2nd place
Run Differential +1
CAL LEAGUE LEADERS
Abdiel Layer: 2b (5th), K-most (T-9th), K%-highest (3rd)
Victor Bericoto: BB (T-10th), K-most (T-9th)
Dilan Rosario: BB% (8th)
Aeverson Arteaga: K-most (7th), K%-highest (5th), FB% (4th)
Yorlis Rodriguez: K%-highest (8th), FB% (3rd)
As is the case in Eugene, there are no qualified pitchers on the San Jose staff — not surprising given the piggy-back approach they’ve taken to the beginning of the year. Unlike Eugene (or the upper minors teams), there’s virtually no good news here on the offensive leaderboard. This is a young group that we expected to struggle at first, and that’s definitely been the case so far.
RHP Will Bednar was named the Cal League Pitcher of the Week for his 5 hitless innings in his last start. (As an aside, old friend Alexander Canario won the Player of the Week in the Midwest League this week, as well).
Tonight’s Scheduled Starters:
The Richmond team gets a good test, going up against LHP Logan Allen and the prospect-rich Akron club. Sacramento gets an early season 1st place matchup against their A’s counterpart. Eugene will have a double-header on Saturday to make up for today’s schedule conflict off day. San Jose’s young hitters head to one of the best hitting environments in the Cal League; the same challenge faces their pitching staff.