Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesday Brieflys

I'm going to be short and sweet today, partly because I'll have an analysis of Jason Castro's hitting profile going up later tonight and partly because, well, there just wasn't that much to talk about yesterday, as Lexington had the day off and two non-prospects (Brandon Backe and Chad Wagler, a 25-year old reliever for Corpus, who incidentally played college ball at Kent State) started the other games.

The unequivocal star of the show was Jack Shuck. The 21-year old outfielder reached base on all five of his trips to the plate on Monday, going 3 for 3 with a double, two walks, two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. He's currently batting .342/.400/.425 in 81 plate appearances with a 7/7 strikeout to walk ratio and an adjusted OPS of .790. His numbers have definitely been helped by the band box of a park he plays his home games in, but he has shown signs of being a good base stealer (6 for 6 this season) and could be a good top-of-the-order guy down the road.

Chris Hicks (3-1) also picked up his third win for Lancaster. His line (6 1/3 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 2 K, 0 BB) was mediocre for most places, but at Lancaster, this was a gem. He gave up 12 hits, but also got 10 ground ball outs and has a nice 28/15 GB/FB ratio overall. His ERA is 3.86 and his WHIP is 1.52, both could be lower, but he's also got a BABiP of .377, which means those numbers are actually a bit higher than they should be. Overall, it's been a good month of April for Hicks.

That's really all I have from last night. Wladimir Sutil's streak didn't end (because he didn't play), Collin DeLome hit his first double and Brian Pelligrini crossed the 20-strikeout mark for the season. Back with more tomorrow!

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