Recap: Lakewood went 5-2 on the week, leaving them at 23-13 for the second half, two games ahead of Hickory in the SAL North. Overall, the BlueClaws are 65-41, which leaves them with the third best record in all of the minor leagues behind the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers Low-A) at 70-33 and the Durham Bulls (Rays AAA) at 67-40. Lakewood is off Sunday before starting on a nine-game roadtrip to Greenville and West Virginia. Continue reading Lakewood Weekly Report (7/26-8/1)
Reading went 6-5 over the last 11 days, including the completion of a suspended game, and another game that was suspended until mid-August. Harold Garcia was the hitting star of the period (along with the usual suspect, Matt Rizzotti), batting .356 and throwing in an unexpected .600 SLG. He hit in 10 of the 11 games, with a double, two triples, and 2 home runs. Garcia has been killing lefties in AA, posting almost a 1.200 OPS, albeit over only 30 plate appearances.
Of course, calling Garcia the ‘star’ shortchanges the monster of the Eastern League, Matt Rizzotti, who posted close to his usual stats, .414/.614/.655 for a 1.269 OPS. His most unusual stat was drawing 15 walks in the 10 games, with Akron simply refusing to pitch to him in the last two games of their series. Rizzotti now leads the EL in batting by 53 points, in SLG by 103 points, and in OBP by 20 points, currently holding the sabermetric triple crown. Continue reading Reading Report July 21st-31st
One last post trade deadline trip around the system, prior to post season reviews. Look for Middle Infield sometime late next week.
Andy Tracy, 36, 301 AB’s; .282/.392/.502; 14 HR 53 RBI; .310 vs. LH, .274 vs. RH, .282 with RISP, .257 in July; 15% bb rate, 23% k rate. 67 games at 1B, 5 errors (.991); 8.33 R/F. Tracy has struggled with shoulder problems most of the season and it has shown in his recent power numbers. Still consistent however.
Neil Sellers, 28, 330 AB’s; .258/.326/.355; 3HR 31 RBI; .299 vs. LH, .255 vs. RH, .241 with RISP, .253 in July, 9% bb rate, 18% k rate. 32 games at 1B with 1 error (.996); 8.72 R/F. 48 games at 3B with 2 errors (.983), 2.38 R/F. The disappointment with Sellers has been his power numbers which have dropped precipitously since his AA days. His fielding, which was questioned in years past, has been serviceable. Continue reading Around the System, Corner Infield