Friday, June 19, 2015

Minor League Snapshot: Lancaster JetHawks

It will be an interesting final weekend of the first half for the High A Lancaster JetHawks. They are currently 37-30 and in second place in their division, two games behind the 39-28 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers) with three games left before the break. The Quakes will be playing the North Division first place (41-26) Visalia Rawhide (D'Backs) on the road while the JetHawks will be hosting South Division bottom dwellers Lake Elsinore (28-39), a Padres affiliate. The 'Hawks will need some help from Visalia, but a first place first half is still a possibility.

The California League All-Star game will be held on June 23rd with OF Brett Phillips, 1B A.J. Reed and IF Jack Mayfield representing the JetHawks.

Here is how the team stacks up against other teams in the league in various categories ...

A.J. Reed - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TEAM OFFENSE
.291 BA - 1st of 10 teams
.370 OBP - 1st
.475 SLG - 1st
87 HR - 1st
26 3B - 2nd
287 BB - 1st
572 SO - T4th

OF Brett Phillips
.329 BA - 3rd in the league
.388 OBP - 7th
.596 SLG - 3rd
66 Runs Scored - 1st
92 Hits - 1st
19 2B - T5th
7 3B - 2nd
14 HR - T5th
52 RBI - 4th

1B A.J. Reed
.324 BA - 4th in the league
.433 OBP - 1st
.605 SLG - 2nd
47 BB - 1st
54 Runs Scored - 2nd
82 Hits - 4th
17 HR - 1st
60 RBI - 1st

OF Danry Vasquez (since promoted to Corpus Christi)
.315 BA - 6th in the league

IF Jack Mayfield
.310 BA - 10th in the league
4 3B - T8th

1B/DH Chase McDonald
.521 SLG - 10th in the league

OF James Ramsay
40 Runs Scored - 10th in the league

3B J.D. Davis
47 RBI - 7th in the league

In addition, these players have batting line numbers (BA/OBP/SLG) that would rank as league leaders if they had enough at-bats to qualify: C Alfredo Gonzalez (.355 BA & .402 OBP at Lancaster); IF Chan Moon (.322 BA & .406 OBP at Lancaster); IF/OF Marc Wik (.408 OBP at Lancaster); and OF Derek Fisher (.385 OBP and .559 SLG at Lancaster).

TEAM PITCHING
4.69 ERA - 8th of 10 teams
1.445 WHIP - 8th
229 BB -T1st
614 SO - 2nd

None of the Lancaster pitchers are top 10 league leaders in ERA or WHIP, but that is simply because none of them have the innings to qualify. Numerous pitchers have performed well in more limited innings, including these three who were promoted to Corpus Christi, but who did particularly well at Lancaster: LHP Chris Cotton (1.40 ERA/1.052 WHIP), LHP Brian Holmes (2.37 ERA/0.923 WHIP) and RHP Joe Musgrove (2.40 ERA/0.967 WHIP). In addition, RHP Keegan Yuhl (1.76 ERA), LHP Reymin Guduan (2.70 ERA), and LHP Brian Radziewski (3.31 ERA) have ERA's that would put them in the top 10 in the hitter-friendly California League if they qualified. Newcomers RHP Austin Chrismon and RHP Kevin Comer have had solid starts in the league as well.

Previous Posts:
AAA Fresno Grizzlies Minor League Snapshot
AA Corpus Christi Minor League Snapshot

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