Hey all. As I mentioned when the season was kicking off, I’m going to come off the bench and write the Lakewood report this year. I’ve been waiting to try and accumulate some data to look at, and going forward I anticipate doing this every week or every other week, not sure what day of the week, but that’s a minor detail. I’m going to give a statistical overview, and then some thoughts on the squad and pass along any tidbits I can find. So far, I haven’t done much digging on our guys there, simply because its only been a few weeks. But I hope to have more on that as the season progresses. So, let’s get after it.
First, the team perspective. Quick note. I started working on this before all of the games were complete, so these numbers might be slightly different. You’ll have to make due, sorry!
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So. A mixed bag, yes? The offense has been putrid across the board, but the pitching has been outstanding. Lakewood’s park has gotten a reputation as a pitcher’s park, which no doubt helps, but there have been a number of solid performances. Quick breakdown of the ranks
Avg: .232 (14 of 14)
OB%: .285 (14 of 14)
Slg%: .370 (11 of 14)
SB: 18 (6 of 14)
small ball! blech.
IP: 145.1 (13 of 14)
ERA: 3.56 (1 of 14)
WHIP: 1.36 (6 of 14)
K: 120 (8 of 14)
Now, lets look at individual player performances
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This isn’t a pretty picture. At all. Domingo Santana is hitting for a bit of power, but striking out at an alarming pace, even by his standards. Cameron Rupp, a guy I was really high on this season, has gotten off to a slow start. I’ve gotten very good reports on his defense, so I’m not too worried, but still, it would be nice to see him hit a bit. Aaron Altherr and Zach Collier have been brutal. Its early days, so we won’t panic yet, and 50 AB isn’t really enough to confirm any sort of hypothesis. But its not pretty.
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Mario Hollands has come out of the gate strong. I’d like to see him tick up his GB rate (1.13) but not a lot to complain about. As a college pitcher, he should be doing well, and he is. Colby Shreve has had control issues, and getting knocked around issues, as he’s given up 20 hits and 3 HR in just 13 IP. I’m not worried about Jesse Biddle’s slow start. Not only do we have Brody Colvin from a year ago as a guide, but Biddle is even more inexperienced due to where he played his amateur baseball. Lets check back in June on him. Eric Pettis is pitching decently, but not missing many bats early. But its early.
Summary: So, in summary. Pitching, pretty good, hitting, pretty bad. 50 AB and 15-20 IP is insignificant statistically, so there is no reason to panic on any front. Some guys are shaking off the injury related rust, some guys are starting their first pro season, and some guys weren’t expected to produce anyway. We haven’t really learned anything new yet, but its good to take a snapshot now and then come back to it later.