Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fresno Grizzlies: Early Season Results

We are now 20 games in to the Fresno Grizzlies season. Let's see where things stand!

The Grizzlies (aka Tacos) are currently 9-11 and in third place in the PCL Pacific Northern Division, two games behind Tacoma (SEA) and Reno (ARI) and one and a half games in front of the last place Sacramento (SF) team. Their current run differential is -11.

Here's how the Grizzlies rank in the 16-team AAA Pacific Coast League in select categories:

4th in Batting Average: .279
2nd in On-Base Percentage: .351
4th in Slugging Percentage: .429
5th in On-Base Plus Slugging: .781
T15th in Doubles: 25
T3rd in Triples: 8
T5th in Home Runs: 20
T3rd in Walks: 74
8th in Strikeouts: 143
T10th in Stolen Bases: 11

16th in ERA: 5.71
16th in WHIP: 1.74
16th in Home Runs Allowed: 10
1st in Walks: 87
12th in Strikeouts: 140
T7th in Saves: 5

I think it's pretty clear where this team is having problems right now. The offense shakes out well, but the starting pitching has struggled mightily with one notable exception.   Let's look at the individual players who have had the most success early on.

Derek Fisher & Teoscar Hernandez - April 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TOP 20 LEAGUE OFFENSIVE LEADERS (in select categories)

OF Preston Tucker
.369 AVG (11th)
13 RBI (T19th)

OF Teoscar Hernandez
.571 SLG (16th)
3 3B (T1st)
4 HR (T9th)
15 RBI (T10th)

IF Tyler White
15 R (T4th)

1B A.J. Reed
14 R (T13th)
3 HR (T19th)
15 RBI (T10th)
13 BB (13th)

OF Derek Fisher
13 R (T20th)
4 HR (T9th)
10BB (T12th)

3B Colin Moran
3 HR (T19th)
16 RBI (T5th)

IF/OF Tony Kemp
4 SB (T12th)

Brady Rodgers - May 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TOP 20 LEAGUE PITCHING LEADERS (in select categories)

RHP Brady Rodgers
1.10 ERA (3rd)
0.92 WHIP (3rd)

Yep, after Brady it's mostly crickets as far as starting pitching goes, at least so far. Francis Martes has a respectable ERA of 2.92, but after allowing 15 hits and 12 walks over only 12.1 innings, his WHIP has ballooned up to 2.19. Of course there's still plenty of time for these pitchers to settle in and turn their seasons around.

The good news is that there are a few relief pitchers who have really contributed. In particular, Jordan Jankowski (who sometimes starts out slowly) has been solid out of the 'pen and has already collected two saves to go with his 1.00 ERA. And Kevin Comer, who started the season in Corpus Christi, has not allowed a run, earned or otherwise, in his four appearances since being promoted to Fresno. Similarly, James Hoyt allowed no runs over five appearances before being recalled to Houston last week.

From Monday: Quad Cities River Bandits
From Tuesday: Buies Creek Astros
From Wednesday: Corpus Christi Hooks

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