Maikel Franco went 3-4 with a BB, as his season OPS inches closer to .700 and his May OPS inches closer to 1.000. He’s getting there. Tyler Henson stole his 11th bag of the year, versus only one CS. He was 13/17 all of last year. He’s having a fine season thus far, currently OPSing .830. The right injury situation, (if such a thing exists), and maybe the 26-year-old Henson winds up making his big league debut in 2014. Also of note in that game: Steve Susdorf drew four walks. If four Ks is a Golden Sombrero, four walks should have a name. Your suggestions are welcome. I’ll go with “Patient Platinum Petasus”. Petasus is Latin. For hat.
Cam Perkins was 1-2 with two more walks, giving him eight in his last five games, doubling his season total and bringing him within 10 of his 2013 total. Sam Hiciano was a home run short of the cycle, while Willians Astudillo was 3-4 with a double and four RBI while catching seven innings of a Mark Leiter Jr. victory. BA highlighted Astudillo as a “helium” prospect for the week on the Hot Sheet. His value remains tied to his ability to catch, and BA says “His defense behind the plate requires improvement through repetition”. He’s only caught in five games thus far in 2014 as he slowly gets back to catching after a knee surgery held him out of 2013 altogether. We’ll see how much they use him throughout this year.
And 19-year-old Joseph Miranda hit for the Big Wheel (4-5 with a double and 2HR), in the VSL, making his season totals after four games look, well, pretty amazing – he’s OPSing 1.717 and has four XBH in those four games. Seems sustainable. Jesus Alastre continues his hot start, going 2-3 with a double and a pair of runs scored, while 16-year-old Luis Mendoza was 3-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Here’s the affiliate Scoreboard from MiLB. http://www.milb.com/scoreboard/index.jsp?sid=milb&org=143&ymd=20140516