Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Corpus Christi Hooks: Early Season Results

We are now 18 games in to the Corpus Christi Hooks season. Let's see where things stand!

The Hooks are currently 11-7 and in first place in the Texas League South Division, two games in front of a second place tie between Frisco (TEX) and San Antonio (SD). Their current run differential is -7.

Here's how the Hooks rank in the 8-team AA Texas League in select categories:

8th in Batting Average: .237
3rd in On-Base Percentage: .331
7th in Slugging Percentage: .361
6th in On-Base Plus Slugging: .692
T4th in Doubles: 30
T7th in Triples: 1
T3rd in Home Runs: 15
T1st in Walks: 79
4th in Strikeouts: 149
1st in Stolen Bases: 21

8th in ERA: 4.26
5th in WHIP: 1.37
T4th in Home Runs Allowed: 13
6th in Walks: 58
4th in Strikeouts: 155
T2nd in Saves: 6

If you look purely at Team Batting Average and Team ERA, you're probably wondering how this team is in first place. The fact of the matter is that some players have struggled early, particularly on the pitching side, but good performances from key players have been enough to carry the team ... for now. They will need to start showing more consistency or I'm afraid they may have trouble hanging on to that first place standing.  Let's look at the individual contributions that have helped them to their current first place standings.

Drew Ferguson - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TOP 20 LEAGUE OFFENSIVE LEADERS (in select categories)

OF Drew Ferguson
.308 AVG (13th)
.383 OBP (14th)
15 R (T1st)
5 2B (T13th)
8 BB (T17th)
5 SB (T2nd)

1B Jon Singleton
.420 OBP (T3rd)
4 2B (T18th)
10 RBI (T15th)
21 BB (1st)

IF Antonio Nunez
.380 OBP (15th)

3B J.D. Davis
.472 SLG (15th)
.818 OPS (20th)
9 R (T20th)
4 HR (2nd)
11 RBI (T10th)
9 BB (T12th)

OF Alejandro Garcia
.471 SLG (16th)
10 R (T14th)
5 2B (T13th)
3 HR (T3rd)
11 RBI (T10th)

IF Jack Mayfield
.455 SLG (18th)
5 2B (T13th)
2 HR (T12th)

OF Ramon Laureano
14 R (T3rd)
2 HR (T12th)
12 RBI (T6th)
5 SB (T2nd)

Although Davis is the only Hooks player who currently ranks in the Top 20 in OPS, there are four additional Corpus players who ranked from 21st to 27th in that metric: Alejandro Garcia (21st), Drew Ferguson (22nd), Jack Mayfield (25th) and Jon Singleton (27th).

Rogelio Armenteros - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TOP 20 LEAGUE PITCHING LEADERS (in select categories)

RHP Rogelio Armenteros
0.61 ERA (3rd)
0.75 WHIP (2nd)
22 SO (4th)

LHP Kent Emanuel
18 SO (T13th)

RHP Dean Deetz is just shy of having enough innings to qualify as a league leader, but he would certainly rank highly with a 0.66 ERA and a 0.51 WHIP!!! RHP Josh James has also had a good start with his 2.08 ERA and 0.77 WHIP, but doesn't qualify right now. RHP Michael Freeman (0.93 ERA) and RHP Riley Ferrell (1.29 ERA and 1.29 WHIP) have been steady in the bullpen.

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