Thursday, June 25, 2015

WTHB Under-the-Radar Roster Update

It has been a while since we've checked in on the WTHB Under-the-Radar Roster. Let's take a look at their progress.

Kyle Westwood - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

STARTING PITCHERS:

7-1 with 1 save in 13 games (9 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
1.23 ERA and 0.955 WHIP in 66 IP (16 BB:55 SO)

Devenski had one rough outing last week and literally doubled his total of earned runs for the season from four to eight before bouncing back with a more Devenski-like outing this week. He has been lights out all season, but apparently he will need to obtain compromising pictures of Jeff Luhnow with a goat in order to receive a promotion. That he has been passed over time and again is, to me, inexplicable.

3-5 in 12 games (8 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
6.55 ERA and 1.545 WHIP in 44 IP (14 BB:35 SO)

Grills is still struggling at The Hangar, Lancaster's home ballpark, where he has a 9.55 ERA and a 1.985 WHIP as compared to a 3.63 ERA and a 1.119 WHIP on the road. He is currently on the DL.

1-2 with 2 saves in 5 games (3 starts) for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and 8 games (6 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted on 5/8)
3.14 ERA and 1.291 WHIP in 57.1 IP (19 BB:33 SO)

Radziewski has been struggling somewhat with a tough June and will be looking to turn things around as he comes back from the All-Star break.

RHP Troy Scribner
2-3 in 13 games (9 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
5.40 ERA and 1.463 WHIP in 53.1 IP (30 BB:61 SO)

Scribner is another pitcher who hopes to benefit from the All-Star break as he puts a couple of rough June outings in the rearview mirror.

5-3 with 3 saves in 13 games (7 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
4.13 ERA and 1.376 WHIP in 56.2 IP (11 BB:28 SO)

On the other hand, June has been very good to Kyle Westwood (2.79 ERA and 1.138 WHIP in four appearances).

STARTING RESERVES:

6-2 with 1 save in 10 games (8 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 2 games (2 starts) for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (promoted 6/14)
3.41 ERA and 1.269 WHIP in 60.2 IP (12 BB:42 SO)

LHP Brian Holmes
3-3 with 1 save in 7 games (4 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks and 6 games (5 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks (promoted 5/18)
2.61 ERA and 1.091 WHIP in 58.2 IP (20 BB:72 SO)

BULLPEN:

3-0 with 2 saves in 25 appearances for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
4.32 ERA and 1.272 WHIP in 41.2 IP (15 BB:50 SO)

RHP Jordan Jankowski
3-2 with 1 save in 29 appearances for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
4.01 ERA and 1.782 WHIP in 33.2 IP (20 BB:37 SO)

Jankowski appears to have finally gotten his walks under control (3 in 9 appearances in June vs. 11 in 10 appearances in May), but hasn't quite put all of the pieces together in his time at AAA yet.

2-1 in 11 appearances for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 11 appearances for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (promoted 5/23)
2.67 ERA and 1.154 WHIP in 30.1 IP (7 BB:27 SO)

RHP Tyson Perez
0-2 with 6 saves in 3 appearances for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 22 appearances for the AAA Fresno Grizzles (promoted 4/21)
2.15 ERA and 0.784 WHIP in 29.1 IP (6 BB:20 SO)

Perez has been Mr. Consistent out of the bullpen since his promotion to Corpus Christi last season. He has carried last year's success forward quite nicely.

RHP Eric Peterson
3-3 with 4 saves in 16 appearances for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
3.45 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in 28.2 IP (13 BB:36 SO)

Peterson has not gotten regular work thus far in June and the rust has shown.

3-1 in 11 games (7 starts) for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
3.07 ERA and 1.049 WHIP in 41 IP (11 BB:37 SO)

I originally listed Shirley as a reliever on this roster because he has been used as both a starter and a reliever; however, his last three appearances were in a starting capacity. Unfortunately, those three outings were followed by a stint on the DL. He has not pitched since May 29th.

1-2 with 2 saves in 21 appearances for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
3.94 ERA and 1.395 WHIP in 29.2 IP (9 BB:32 SO)

BULLPEN RESERVES:

1-2 with 1 save in 6 appearances for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and 13 appearances for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted first of May)
3.81 ERA and 1.231 WHIP in 26 IP (9 BB:30 SO)

Let's just say that Minnis didn't have a very good month of June so far and leave it at that.

RHP Daniel Minor - Released
0-1 in 7 appearances for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
3.48 ERA and 1.355 WHIP in 10.1 IP (7 BB:8 SO)
Minor was the victim of the depth of the Astros minor league system. There simply weren't enough innings to go around (particularly when the starting rotation was performing well), and Minor found himself to be the odd man out. He has since joined the Independent League Laredo Lemurs in the American Association.

CATCHERS:

Tyler Heineman S/R
.306/.350/.374 in 22 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 16 games for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (promoted 5/22)
10-2B; 13 RBI; 1 SB; 9 BB; 7 SO
44% Caught Stealing (10 SB; 8 CS)

Heineman has only struck out once in 16 games for Fresno and only 7 times all season.

Alfredo Gonzalez R/R
.346/.430/.434 in 13 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and 24 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted on 5/7)
4-2B; 1-3B; 2 HR; 22 RBI; 3 SB; 1CS; 19 BB; 27 SO
60% Caught Stealing (10 SB; 15 CS)

Gonzalez is definitely among the top 5 best players in the system that nobody's heard of. Start paying attention to him!

CATCHING RESERVES:

Jacob Nottingham R/R
.330/.387/.560 in 56 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
18-2B; 1-3B; 10 HR; 44 RBI; 1 SB; 1 CS; 16 BB; 48 SO
52% Caught Stealing (14 SB; 15 CS)

Nottingham is on fire at the plate! His Midwest League All-Star selection was well deserved.

INFIELDERS:

1B/3B Matt Duffy R/R
.278/.331/.437 in 62 games for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
13-2B; 1-3B; 8 HR; 53 RBI; 1 SB; 16 BB; 47 SO

Duffy started off the season a little slowly, but appears to be in full Duffy mode now. He is hitting .296/.358/.481 through 20 games in June.

1B/DH Chase McDonald R/R
.278/.347/.521 in 45 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
14-2B; 9 HR; 27 RBI; 1 SB; 18 BB; 61 SO

Following a disappointing May, McDonald is back with a hot bat in June.

3B Nick Tanielu R/R
.298/.346/.400 in 57 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
12-2B; 2-3B; 2 HR; 30 RBI; 2 CS; 17 BB; 36 SO

Another Midwest League All-Star, Tanielu has been solid all season.

SS/2B Mott Hyde R/R
.296/.379/.417 in 50 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and 12 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted 6/9)
21-2B; 2-3B; 1 HR; 29 RBI; 4 SB; 4 CS; 30 BB; 45 SO

Hyde was also an All-Star, but his promotion to Lancaster kept him from participating in this week's Midwest League All-Star game.

2B/SS Kristian Trompiz R/R
.249/.276/.383 in 56 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
11-2B; 2-3B; 4 HR; 21 RBI; 1 SB; 1 CS; 7 BB; 45 SO

Trompiz is almost two and a half years younger than the average Midwest League position player and it has shown at times.

IF Joe Sclafani S/R
.254/.355/.299 in 38 games for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies and 3 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks (currently at Fresno)
2-2B; 2-3B; 10 RBI; 1 SB; 1 CS; 19 BB; 21 SO

Sclafani was hitting better from the right earlier in the season, but now he seems to favor the left (.274/.365/.321).

INFIELD RESERVES:

3B/1B Tyler White R/R
.281/.411/.416 in 55 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
6-2B; 6HR; 36 RBI; 1 SB; 38 BB; 31 SO

SS/2B Chan Moon S/R
.261/.335/.363 in 17 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks, 30 games for AA Corpus Christi and 2 games for AAA Fresno (currently at Corpus Christi)
8-2B; 1-3B; 2 HR; 16 RBI; 14 SB; 2 CS; 18 BB; 33 SO

James Ramsay - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

OUTFIELD:

LF/RF Brandon Meredith R/R (on the DL)
.268/.355/.415 in 33 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
4-2B; 1-3B; 4 HR; 21 RBI; 2 SB: 4 CS; 16 BB; 27 SO

Meredith last played on June 4th and is currently on the DL.

RF/LF Ronnie Mitchell L/L
.232/.349/.419 in 47 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
9-2B; 1-3B; 6 HR; 18 RBI; 1 SB; 2 CS; 29 BB; 38 SO

Mitchell had a very forgettable month of May, but has been bouncing back in June. He has vastly improved his OBP from May (.293) to June (.423) by drastically cutting down on his strikeouts.

CF/LF Bobby Boyd L/R
.266/.321/.332 in 57 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
10-2B; 2-3B; 16 RBI; 13 SB; 6 CS; 17 BB; 57 SO

CF/RF James Ramsay L/L
.309/.364/.466 in 61 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
15-2B; 1-3B; 6 HR; 32 RBI; 5 SB; 4 CS; 21 BB; 44 SO

Ramsay has had a dramatic turnaround at the plate since last we checked in with him. He has been hitting in excess of .330 since getting through his subpar April.

OF/IF Marc Wik L/R
.250/.396/.384 in 36 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
4-2B; 1-3B; 3 HR; 14 RBI; 5 SB; 1 CS; 26 BB; 40 SO

Wik has been doing a good Luis Valbuena impression in May. In 12 games, he has 8 hits (.205 batting average), but 6 of those hits were for extra bases (.538 slugging percentage).

OUTFIELD RESERVES:

RF/LF Jon Kemmer L/L
.316/.392/.535 in 45 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
7-2B; 9 HR; 30 RBI; 2 SB; 1 CS; 16 BB; 46 SO

Kemmer also had a slow start to his season, but has turned that around dramatically, hitting .397/.435/.635 so far in June (18 games).

For background information on these players and more information regarding their selection, see my prior posts on Pitchers and Position Players.

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