What to say about the Soft J's torrid start to the season? Much to everyone's surprise, he's clearly been the best batter in Louisville this season. Janish and his weak wrists have managed an oh so tasty line of .333/.385/.611 in the first 11 games of the season. This is coming off of a rather impressive Spring Training, where he OPS'd .912, so maybe he's finally turned a corner, or maybe it's only 11 games into the AAA season and we shouldn't be reading into things too much.
The man. The myth. The mustache. I mean, seriously, look at this guy. This is a man that wears a camouflage shirt under his jersey to team photo day. In the battle for the 3rd catcher on the organizational depth chart, Corky Abraham Phillip Miller is taking "Suck It" Dioner to the proverbial woodshed, besting him by over .400 points of OPS. Regression to the mean is sure to take place, so let's enjoy the small sample size success (SSSS) while we can. Because I don't know about you, but we here at Farmers Only are all Dorky for Corky.
Pedro Villarreal has been absolutely filthy in his first three starts, with a 1.53 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 17 Ks to 3 BBs in 17.2 IP. For his efforts he has earned an 0-1 win/loss record. Come to think of it, maybe he is worth that spot on the 40-man after all.
This could be seen as a make or break year for Ryan LaMarre. As a four year college player, the organization has been aggressive with him, skipping rookie ball and moving him up from low A to AA in just two seasons. If Hedy wants a shot at the big league level, he needs to develop some pop. One extra-base hit in 40 at bats isn't going to get it done.
Our Man has stumbled out of the gate, going 4-35 so far in the offensive friendly Cali League. Yorman is still an extremely raw talent at only 19 years old, and obviously it's too early to freak out about his numbers quite yet. But, it would be nice to finally see him show some of that plus-plus raw power that we heard so much about when he was signed.
Phipps had a great (though some might call it lucky) season last year that had him in the conversation for a potential 4th OF spot after Sappelt was traded and before Ludwick was signed this off-season. It's been said before, but it bears repeating that he had a completely unsustainable BABIP last year that bumped his average up nearly .100 points higher than the back of his baseball card. He is currently sporting a .143/.286/.286 line.
- The Dragons needed a 9th inning rally on Friday to take down South Bend 6-4. Stalin Gerson got the win in a 6-0 victory for the Dragons on Saturday, going 6 IP with 5 Ks. And just when everything was going well, the Silver Hawks thumped the Dragons 10-1 yesterday to avoid the sweep. Dang.
- Bakersfield, as well as most of the Cali League teams, got rained out on Friday. On Saturday, the Blaze fell 6-4 to the San Jose Giants, despite the efforts of Slidin' Billy Hamilton, who went 3-4 and swiped his 7th bag of the season. On Sunday, the Blaze were beat twice, both times 2-1. Tony Cingrani gave up his first earned run of the year, and Billy stole two more bases in the first game of the day. In game two, Hamilton again showed his speed on the base paths, knocking two triples.
- On Friday, the Wahoos lost a heart breaker to their Gulf Coast rivals the Mobile Bay Bears, 6-5. On Saturday, the Wahoos struck back with a 6-1 victory over the Bears, in which J.C. Sulbaran pitched 5.2 scoreless innings and Didi and HankRod led the offense with 5 combined hits. On Sunday, Pensacola beat the Jacksonville Suns 2-1. Henry Rodriguez hit his 2nd homer of the year, Pedro Villarreal went 6 scoreless innings, and Joel Guzman got the game winning RBI on a walk-off walk.
- Louisville treated the Opening Day fans (and $1 beer night fans) to a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Clippers on Friday night. The Laik Monster knocked in 2 runs, and J.J. Hoover got the save. They were not so fortunate on Saturday in a game where Andrew Brackman got shelled and was unable to make it out of the first inning, giving up 5 runs in 0.2 IP. The Bats took the rubber match on Sunday 5-3 and Hoover sucked up his third save of the year.