Monday, May 25, 2015

By Adrian Noche, Minor League Reporter - 

1.) Sean Newcomb, Starting Pitcher, Inland Empire 66ers
Last two starts: 0-0  10.2 IP  0.84 ERA  5 H  4 BB  11 SO  0.84 WHIP
Overall: 2-0  45.0 IP  1.60 ERA  30 H  23 BB  56 SO  1.18 WHIP  .191 BAA

Newcomb kept on rolling in his last start. On Thursday, Newcomb had a no-hitter through five innings before it was broken up. Newcomb ended with a line of 5.2 innings pitched, 1 hit, no earned runs, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. 

2.) Andrew Heaney, Starting Pitcher, Salt Lake Bees
Last two starts: 0-0  13.1 IP  1.35 ERA  13 H  2 BB  13 SO  1.12WHIP
Overall: 5-0  50.2 IP  3.02 ERA  56 H  12 BB  49 SO  1.34 WHIP  .276 BAA

Heaney has been dominant these past few weeks. The southpaw is in a stretch of 4 straight starts in which he has not allowed over 2 earned runs in a start. During that stretch, Heaney has only allowed 4 earned runs in 25.1 innings pitched (1.42 ERA). Heaney’s last start saw him go 7.1 innings while giving up 7 hits, no walks and 2 earned runs while striking out 6.

3.) Mike Fish, Outfielder, Inland Empire 66ers
Past 10 games: .447 AVG  17 H  1 Doubles  0 Triples  0 HR  0 SB
Overall: .304/.384/.363

After a slow start to the season (batting .213 through the first 25 games), Mike Fish has been an on-base machine as of late. The outfielder has reached based for the Burlington Bees in 21 straight games. During that stretch of games, Fish is batting .434 (33-for-76). Fish managed to raise his batting average up to .304 on the season and an OBP of .384. 

4.) Eric Aguilera, First Baseman, Inland Empire 66ers
Past 10 games: .333 AVG  13 H  1 Double  0 Triples  3 HR  2 SB
Overall: .311/.352/.461

Eric Aguilera had a power surge this past week. The first baseman slugged 3 home runs in his last 5 games after hitting just 2 thus far all season. Overall, Aguilera has been hitting a slash line of .311/.352/.461 on the season. Aguilera leads the 66ers in several offensive categories: hits (52), doubles (8), home runs (5), RBIs (30) total bases (77) and stolen bases (6).

5.) Sherman Johnson, Second Baseman, Arkansas Travs
Past 10 games: .310 AVG  13 H  4 Doubles  0 Triples  2 HR  1 SB
Overall: .226/.355/.387

Despite the low average, Sherman Johnson has still been able to reach the base via the base-on-balls on top of the Travelers lineup. However, it seems now that the bat is starting to catch up with his eye. Johnson is batting .310 in his last 10 games to go with 2 home runs and 4 doubles. Johnson is batting .226 on the season yet still has a very respectable OBP of .355 and SLG of .387. Johnson’s 29 BB’s this season ranks him 3rd in the entire Texas League.

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Triple-A Salt Lake Bees

The Bees had a strong week, winning 6 out of their 7 games played and now have an overall record of 21-22 (5.5 GB). Nick Tropeano was pitching a fine game but had to exit due to being struck by a liner (he is fine). Tropeano exited with 4.2 innings pitched, 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Outfielder, Roger Kieschnick, has 3 home runs in his past 8 games and currently has 5 on the season. Alfredo Marte is batting .344 in his last 10 games and has an overall slash line of .341/.404/.508 on the season.

Double-A Arkansas Travelers

The Travelers only won 1 of their 6 games this week, bringing their overall record to 22-19 (6.5 GB). Tyler DeLoach pitched another good game on Wednesday. DeLoach pitched 7 complete innings of 2-run ball, giving up 5 hits and no walks with 6 strikeouts. Kyle McGowin has only allowed 2 earned runs in his last 2 starts (11.0 IP), lowering his ERA from 6.82 to 5.44. Eric Stamets was activated from the DL on Sunday.

High-A Inland Empire 66ers

The 66ers went 5-2 this week and now sit 1.5 GB first place with an overall record of 22-20. Christopher Ellis pitched 5.0 shutout innings on Friday, giving up 2 hits and 4 walks while striking out 5. His season ERA now sits at 4.17. Victor Alcantara struck out 8 batters in 5 innings pitched on his start Wednesday (2 H  2 ER  2 BB). Second baseman, Kody Eaves, is batting .324 in his last 10 games with 9 runs scored and a stolen base. Brandon Bayardi leads the 66ers in average with an batting average of .321.

Low-A Burlington Bees

The Burlington Bees split 6 games with a record of 3-3 this week. Overall, the Bees have a record of 22-21 and sit 11 games back first place. Keynan Middleton gave up only 2 earned runs in 6.0 innings pitched on Thursday. Middleton gave up 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5. Shortstop, Jake Yacinich was activated from the DL on Saturday.
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