Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:The RailRiders had a tougher week this past week, going 3-4. They avoided the three-game sweep by Gwinett, before splitting a four game series with Charlotte. They now own a 12-13 record and remain 3.5 games behind Buffalo.
The big news out of Scranton has been Jose Pirela, who continues to rehab in Scranton. In his four games with the RailRiders this week, Pirela went 11-19 (.579) with four doubles, a homer, four RBIs and a walk. He is hitting .364/.400/.606 over eight minor league starts spread between Tampa, Trenton and Scranton. Ben Gamel continues to swing a hot bat (.368/.427/.574), but Slade Heathcott had a slow week hitting just .250.
Rob Refsnyder is riding an eight game hit streak, going 32-79 (.405) with seven RBIs and a stolen base. He even stole a hit from Eury Perez, which you can watch here. Jose Ramirez picked up his last two save opportunities this week, throwing three hitless innings, walking one and striking out one. He is holding opposing hitters to a .157 average this season with eight walks and fifteen Ks.
Trenton Thunder: After a tough week, Trenton sits at 11-12, five games behind and just one game out of last place. They went 1-5 this week, getting swept by New Hampshire before taking one of three from Akron. It may have felt like the should have picked up two wins, as their lone victory of the week only came after a sac fly from Gary Sanchez in the bottom of the eighteenth inning.
Aaron Judge continues to lead the Thunder offense. He went .333 this past week and is hitting .372 over his last ten games. Mason Williams put together a five game hit streak before going 0-3 against Akron on Saturday. He is hitting .296/.378/.324 with ten stolen bases. Eric Jagielo leads the team with 16 RBIs and is hitting .268/.326/.549, while Jake Cave is hitting .301/.414/.422. Cave is hitting righties for a .333 average.
Luis Severino threw five innings against New Hampshire, allowing just one run on six hits and a walk. He struck out six batters for the third game in a row. Mark Montgomery gave up one hit in his two innings of work this week. He struck out two. The relief pitcher has only walked one this year, striking out nine and holding opposing batters to a .172 average.
Tampa Yankees: The Tampa Yankees sit in second place in the FSL North, three games behind Daytona. They went 3-3 this week, splitting a pair of games with Clearwater before splitting a four game set with Lakeland. Tampa has the fewest homers in the league, with just seven, though their slugging percentage is only the third worst (.334). Pitching continues to be the key for Tampa, whose 197 strikeouts leads the league. The big news in Tampa, however, was the promotion of shortstop Abiatal Avelino from Charleston.
Danny Oh leads the way for the Tampa offense, hitting .367/459/.429 in seventeen games. Matt Snyder also continues to mash, hitting .342/.426/.481 with three homers and nineteen RBIs. Tyler Wade, Ericson Leonora and Mark Payton are all hitting above .280, while the rest of the Yankees' lineup is hitting .250 or below. Rookie Davis had his second rough outing in a row, giving up five runs on ten hits and two walks. He leads the team with 27 Ks, but only managed to strikeout one.
Charleston RiverDogs: The RiverDogs hold a one game lead in the SAL Northern, with a 15-9 record. They went 3-3 this week, losing two of three from Asheville before taking two of three from Hickory. It will be interesting to see how they will adjust to losing arguably their best hitter in Avelino, though there are a few others ready to take his spot. He was also the other big threat on the base paths, with sixteen steals.
Jorge Mateo has gone cold at the plate, hitting just .206 over the last ten games. He still managed to steal ten bases during that time, but he is now hitting .250/.315/.313. Dustin Folwer is hitting .297/.320/.396 and has twelve RBIs. On the mound, Jordan Montgomery is leading the way for Charleston. He had his second tough outing of at the start of the week, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks in six innings, but bounced back to throw six scoreless innings on Sunday. He allowed four hits and four walks, however. Montgomery leads the team with 33 Ks, the most in the SAL.