Recap: Lakewood went 3-3 last week (with another game suspended due to rain). They are currently 27-23, tied for second in the SAL North, 4.5 games behind Hickory. (Just a note on the weekly stats below: the box score for the suspended game has disappeared from the web. Since the game is being resumed this Tuesday, the stats will be included next week. For all the readers who diligently log the stats I compile to create graphs, pie charts, and run regression analyses, hopefully this bit of housekeeping doesn’t throw you for too much of a loop.) Also, I’m writing this while watching the debacle unfold with the big club in Atlanta, so this could be more negative and / or sarcastic than usual.
Hitters: Not a pretty week for the majority of the guys we’ve been tracking. Outside of Singleton, in fact, it’s hard to take any positives out of this week, except for maybe what qualifies as Valle’s best week of the year.
- Jeremy Barnes: 4-18, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E
- Adam Buschini: 4-23, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 1 E
- Leandro Castro: 5-25, 1 2b, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI
- Anthony Hewitt: 1-19, 9 K / 0 BB
- Jiwan James: 5-24, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB / 1 CS
- Domingo Santana: 2-12, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 4 K / 3 BB
- Jonathan Singleton: 10-23, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI
- Sebastian Valle: 5-14, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 E
- Jonathan Villar: 4-19, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB / 1 CS, 4 E
Commentary: Foregoing the ‘Notes’ in place of some commentary on what we’ve seen from the ‘Claws through 50 games. With this being my first crack and writing a weekly recap like this, I was pretty stoked to follow what looked like, at a minimum, a team with as much of the magical upside as any team in the system in years. So far, it’s tough to view the season as anything other than disappointing. Five regulars sit below .250 right now (Castro, Hewitt, James, Valle, and Santana). Barnes and Buschini have fallen back to earth at a time when I thought their early season performance and ages would have them pressing to get to Clearwater. Sure, there have been some good developments: Singleton doesn’t need any explanation, Villar appears to have enough to be considered a legit shortstop prospect (his 18 errors aside), Castro seems to be limited by pitch selection so far, but is tied for the team lead in extra base hits, and I suppose you could find some positives in Santana’s performance given his age. But there are a lot of troubling signs here: Valle has regressed with the bat and hasn’t had a great defensive year. His numbers are arguably worse than what they were last year at Lakewood prior to being sent back to Williamsport. The catching hole in the system following the trades of Marson and D’Arnaud appears to be as big as ever. James has a sub-.600 OPS. And Anthony Hewitt–well, I’m wondering whether it’s time to write this one off. The numbers are simply terrible (.220 AVG, .272 OBP, .339 SLG, 60 Ks vs. 6 BB). His K/AB and K/BB are both off from last year. It seems like he needs to go back to Williamsport as well, but with Santana almost certainly going there, along with Hudson and Dugan (and I know I’m forgetting others), it seems like there’s going to be an OF crunch there already.
Pitchers: A little short on content this week due to Hernandez and Pettibone being DL’ed and Cosart’s only start coming in the suspended game.
- Colby Shreve: 10.2 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, 9 K / 5 BB
- Brody Colvin: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 6 K / 2 BB
- Matt Way: 13 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 11 K / 3 BB
Commentary: Hernandez and Cosart have been great. Matt Way is striking out more than a batter an inning with a 1.30 WHIP. Colvin has completely turned his season around. Shreve’s pitching thus far has to be considered very encouraging given the extended downtime. Not sure exactly what to make of Pettibone–his numbers don’t jump off the page. Assuming he and Hernandez are both healthy enough to return relatively soon, there’s going to be a numbers crunch in the rotation (barring a Hernandez promotion). He’d thrown fewer than 40 innings in his career before this year, so I wonder whether he’s better served going back to the NYP as well. Admittedly, this is nitpicky and is more of a commentary on how good the pitching’s been than a mandate to send Pettibone down a level.