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Not pretty behind the plate with a continued scary lack of depth.
Paul Hoover, 34, 130 AB’s; .215/.297/.315; 2 HR 11 RBI; .174 vs. RH, .224 vs. LH; .216 with RISP; 9% bb rate, 24% k rate; .178 in June. 38 games, 5 errors, 5 passed balls. thrown out 16/50 runners (32%). Hoover’s defense behind the plate has not been up to his usual level possibly because of his bum knee, although still throwing out quite a few would be base stealers. Has struggled at the plate this year as well.
John Suomi, 29, 91 AB’s between CW, REA, and LV. .275/.316/.462; 4 HR 15 RBI. 21 games at C, 5 errors, 1 passed ball. Has thrown out 2/30 (7%). Suomi’s defense is bad at best. He has little to no arm behind the plate, although can hit a bit.
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Recap: The BlueClaws have hit the ground running in the second half, racing out to an 8-2 record which leaves them atop the SAL North. Overall, they are 50-30, the best record in the SAL by 4 1/2 games. In personnel notes, Matt Way goes up, Trevor May comes down, and Nick Hernandez looks to be two to three weeks away from returning (turns out he had a frayed labrum). I’ve seen two recent reports on Jarred Cosart–the Asbury Park Press reports he’s shut down for two-to-three weeks, then will begin a throwing program, while csnphilly reports he is getting an MRI on his elbow.