Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:The RailRiders went 4-3 this week, putting them at 9-9 over all, and 3.5 games behind Buffalo in the IL North Division. They took two out of three from Lehigh Valley before splitting a four game set against Pawtucket. The RailRiders currently lead the IL in triples with seven.
Chase Whitley continues to impress, throwing six innings against Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, giving up one run on six hits, no walks and two Ks. He owns a 2.12 ERA right now, with opposing hitters batting just .210 off him. Whitley has struck out thirteen in three games, while walking just six. Jacob Lindgren made two appearances this week, each for 0.2 innings. He allowed only one hit, two walks and struck out three. He owns a 2.98 ERA over seven games and has opposing hitters batting just .206.
Tyler Austin had a tough week, going just 3-28 with one RBI. He took only one walk and struck out seven times. Heading into this week, Austin had a batting average at .300, but now his slashline is .221/.239/.294. Slade Heathcott, however, continues to rake. He has hit .395 over his last ten games, including going 12-28 this past week. He is now hitting .333/.373/.449. Ramon Flores had at bats in three games this past week, going 2-6, 3-2 and 3-1. He is now hitting .296/.377/.611 with four homers, a triple, three doubles and eight RBIs.
Trenton Thunder: The Thunder also went 4-3 this week, and currently sit one game behind New Britain in the EL Eastern Division, with a 10-7 record. Trenton took two of three from New Hampshire and then split a four game series with Portland. Luis Severino took his first loss of the season, assisted by Trenton's sloppy defense on Friday. He lasted just five innings and gave up six runs (three earned) on eight hits, two walks and six Ks. The Thunder committed five errors that day and lost 10-3.
After a really slow start to the season, Gary Sanchez is riding a four game hit-streak, with only one of those days not being a multi-hit game. He went 8-20 over the week with a pair of RBIs. He is now hitting .244/.346/.378 and will hopefully get back to the offensive production that is expected of the much touted prospect. Greg Bird hit .333 this week, with six RBIs and a homer. He brought his slashline up to .246/.386/.456. In 57 at bats, Bird has only struck out eight times and he has taken ten walks. Finally, Aaron Judge continues to club the ball for Trenton, hitting .350 over his last ten games. He is also on a four game hit streak and went 9-27 last week. He is hitting .313/.361/.522.
Tampa Yankees: The Tampa Yankees continue to surprise me early in this season. Their 10-8 start has them just half a game behind Daytona in the FSL North Division. They went 5-2 this past week, taking two of three from Clearwater, and then beating them again later in the week, and two of three from Daytona. Also of note, Jose Pirela made his first appearance since his injury during Spring Training. He went 04 with a run scored for Tampa yesterday. The Yankees have the most strikeouts in the FSL, with 155 this season.
Matt Snyder started the week off by continuing his torrid hitting streak. He went 4-5 with four RBIs and a walk. He picked up a couple more hits and three RBIs during the week, putting him at .345/.441/.436. Rookie Davis took his first loss of the season, giving up three runs on three hits, two walks and seven Ks over five innings on Saturday. He still owns a 1.66 ERA and has held opposing hitters to just .167. His 26 Ks are the second most in the league.
Charleston RiverDogs: The RiverDogs went 6-2 this past week, giving them possession of the top of the SAL Southern Division. They lead Greenville by one game. They continue to rely on their speed, leading the Sally League in steals with 44. Unfortunately, they are also leading in strikeouts. Their team ERA of 2.87 is the best in the league, and they seem to be matching their batters' penchant for Ks with the pitchers racking up their own and leading the SAL with 171.
Jorge Mateo picked up three more stolen bases and is hitting .267/.328/.333. He has nine RBIs and fifteen stolen bases. Abiatal Avelino has thirteen stolen bases and is hitting an impressive .328/.357/.448. Dustin Fowler is right behind Avelino with a line of .313/.343/.453, however, he has also struck out seventeen times and walked only three times. Cale Coshow has made six relief appearances and picked up five saves. In eight innings he only allowed four hits and one walk, striking out eleven.