Lakewood Weekly Report (4/26-5/2)

Recap:  Lakewood went 4-2 on the week, winning two to wrap up a series with Greensboro, then splitting a four game series with Kannapolis.  Most noteworthy item of the week was the first appearance (s) of 2008 6th round pick Colby Shreve.

Hitters: Tough week in general.  The one bright spot was Jeremy Barnes, who went 8-19 on the week with two doubles and two RBI.  Barnes is currently 8th in the SAL with a .341 average and ranks among the leaders in several other categories: hits (7th), doubles (T-9th), and OBP (8th).  Leandro Castro continues to produce as well, going 6-21 on the week with a 3B and a homer, knocking in two.  He’s tied with Barnes among the SAL hit leaders and ranks 8th in total bases. Jiwan James went 2-21 on the week with no extra base hits and 10 K vs. 2 BB.  His average has fallen to .216.  Jonathan Villar went 5-17 on the week and Sebastian Valle went 3-15.  Anthony Hewitt went 3-18 with a homer and two RBI, striking out six times and walking once.  His average sits at .258.  He does lead the Claws (and ranks 8th in the SAL) with 17 RBI.  With full acknowledgement that he would be a high school junior in a parallel universe, it’s tough to take much positive out of Domingo Santana’s week other than his continued ability to draw walks.  1-18 on the week with 10 K and 5 BB, dropping his average to .185.  He does rank 3rd in the SAL in BB, but also leads the league in K.  Don’t think this necessarily is an indictment of his prospect status, but from a straight statistical perspective, this was not a great week.  Overall, Lakewood ranks 3rd in the SAL in BA (.273), 2nd in OBP (.350), 1st in total bases, 2nd in BB, 2nd in K.  And as has been discussed elsewhere on the site, the team has 26 SB vs. 25 CS.

Pitchers: Nick Hernandez had another good start, going 6 innings, giving up 3 hits, 0 ER and striking out 7, lowering his ERA to 2.12.  He currently ranks 1st in the SAL in IP and 4th in K.  Colby Shreve made his debut in relief, then got his first start.  In the two combined appearances, he pitched 6.1 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 runs, striking out 3 and walking 2.  Jon Pettibone had his best start of the year, allowing 6 hits and 2 ER over 7 innings, striking out 7 in a no decision.  Brody Colvin got two starts on the week, getting his first win (and another loss), pitching 11.2 innings, allowing 12 hits, 8 ER, striking out 10 and walking 5.  His ERA sits at 9.41.  Matt Way was roughed up in his only start this week, allowing 5 ER on 8 hits in 4.2 innings.

Other Stuff: Busy week for writeups on the prospects in Lakewood.  DiamondDerby wrote a first-hand account of Tuesday’s game on this site–definitely worth a read if you haven’t had a chance.  Baseball America also covered most of the major guys during the week.  Finally, the Inquirer had some capsules across all classes, but the inclusion of “Nick Fernandez” left me scratching my head and the summary was fairly superficial.

6 thoughts on “Lakewood Weekly Report (4/26-5/2)

  1. Watching Nick Hernandez last yr at Wmpst reminded me of JA Happ, in his delivery. Not sure that he has the FB Happ has displayed though, but his location is good.

  2. Interesting that Parent put on the “hit” and “run” sign for Santana last week to try get him to swing the bat more. A passive hitter looking for base on balls is not a good sign in a supposed power hitting prospect.

  3. Contrary to what Rickey Branch said above, power hitters who are successful are almost always patient. You can’t drive the pitches on the corners, you have to wait to get one in your zone if you aren’t Vlad Guerrero. Look for a perfect example at Sammy Sosa’s career. When he stopped swinging at everything, he started hitting HRs. Manny, Bonds, Ruth, Aaron, Morgan, etc. All patient hitters. Give Santana time to adjust.

  4. Not sure using Sammy Sosa’s career is a great comparison. There may have been “OTHER” reasons for his surge in power.

    However, I do agree that patience is important for all hitters, including power guys but there is a difference between patience and passive.

    Since I haven’t seen Santana play I don’t know which he is at this point but at his age, it doesn’t yet matter if he isn’t being aggressive enough.

  5. If you want to see the hyper-aggressive power approach at work, check out Juan Francisco sometime.

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