After a slow start to the season, Yorman has bounced back in a big way. In his last 10 games, he's hitting .361/.395/.639, and has shown no signs that he'll be slowing down. For the youngest player in his league for the third straight season, if Yorman can adapt this quickly to new levels, he could be working his way up faster than we anticipated.
Speaking of bounce back performances, Fellhauer's story is as dramatic as they come. He had a largely disappointing season last year, but has seen a resurgence in the Cal league at a level he's repeating. In his last 10 games, he's hitting .400/.460/.556.with more walks than strikeouts.
Dayton's pitching staff have been impressive so far this year, but nobody has been better than Josh Smith. He's 2-1 in his 5 starts so far this year, with a 0.93 ERA and 35 strikeouts, which is good for tops in the league.
For a guy who's supposed to be a veteran presence on the Louisville team, he's not exactly setting a great example with his play. He's hitting .135 in 37 at bats so far.
You may be asking, what is he doing here? While his speed hasn't been slacking, his bat has fallen dramatically in the recent weeks. In his last 10 games, he's hitting .135/.220/.162 (even though he has 5 stolen bases in that time). That's gotta be better before we see him move up the ranks.
For a guy who was supposed to be a polished hitter with power, Richburg's not really backing that up. He's hitting .159 so far in hitter-friendly Bakersfield, and still has yet to hit a homer, even though he had 19 in his debut full season last year.
- Louisville dropped 2 of their three games over the weekend. On Friday, they lost 3-2 to Durham. Chad Reineke gave up 2 runs in 5 innings, but there really wasn't much offense to back him up. Todd Frazier led the way with 2 hits, and the rehabbing Fred Lewis had a triple. On Saturday, they won 10-1 over Norfoik. Zack Cozart had a game to remember, going 5-for-5 with a homer and 4 doubles. Homer Bailey got the start for the Bats, and went 6 1/3 innings and gave up 1 run and struck out 6. He's ready to go. They weren't able to salvage a weekend series win on Sunday, dropping 5-2 to Norfolk. Yonder Alonso was 2-for-3 with a homer, and Johnny Cueto got the rehab start. Cueto went 4 2/3 innings and threw 99 pitches, which is a lot. Up next: Bats take on Norfolk at 6:35, with Dontrelle Willis getting the start.
- Carolina won 2 of their 3 games against Tennessee over the weekend. They lost 10-6 on Friday, where Daryl Thompson had a decent start blown by the bullpen. Mike Costanzo was 2-for-2 with a homer, and continued to make his case to take that bum Joey Votto's job. They squeaked by 7-6 on Saturday, where Justin Lehr gave up 3 runs in his 3 inning start. He still hasn't been able to pitch into the 6 all year so far. Cody Puckett had a huge night, going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run and 6 RBI. On Sunday, they won 4-1 behind a masterful pitching performance by James Avery. Avery pitched 7 shutout innings, and only gave up 4 hits with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Felix Perez was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Up next: Dallas Buck is scheduled to get the start (despite being listed on the AAA roster), at 11:30 today.
- Bakersfield won one of their three games against Stockton over the weekend. They lost Friday's game 8-3. Eric Campbell homered for the Blaze, and Pedro Villarreal got the start, going 4 innings and giving up 4 runs. On Saturday, the Blaze lost 6-4 despite a decent start by Curtis Partch. He gave up 4 runs in 6 innings, with 7 strikeouts. Josh Fellhauer was 3-for-5, Yasmani Grandal hit his 6th homer of the year, and Chase Weems added a solo shot as well. They were able to claim the last game of the series on Sunday, coming back from a 7-1 deficit in the 8th inning to win 8-7. Eric Campbell homered for the good guys, and Josh Fellhauer and Stephen Hunt had two hits each. Up next: The Blaze travel to Lake Elsinore, first pitch is at 10:05.
- Dayton won two of their three games. They shut out Fort Wayne 4-0 on Friday behind a dominant pitching performance by Josh Smith. Smith gave up 4 hits in 6 shutout innings, and struck out a career-high 12. On offense, Juan Duran homered and Billy Hamilton swiped two more bags to bring his season total to 18. Saturday's game was similar, as the Dragons pulled out a 2-0 win to stretch their winning streak to 6. Daniel Corcino had a great outing, going 6 shutout innings with 3 hits and 5 strikeouts, and Jefry Sierra, Yorman Rodriguez, and Dominic D'Anna all had multi-hit nights. Shaky defense caused them to drop the last game, 5-2 to Bowling Green. Jaren Matthews was 2-for-3 with a homer, and Tanner Robles gave up 4 runs in 4 innings, although none of them were earned. Up next: Daniel Tuttle takes on Bowling Green at 7:35.