2015 Stock Watch: Week 1
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Dunedin Blue Jays
The D-Jays have a .500 record, with a 4-4 record. They split their first two 4-game series against Clearwater and Bradenton. They own a .253 team batting average and have hit 5 home runs, cashing in 24 runs. D-Jay pitchers have a 3.06 ERA with 19BB, 52K, surrendering 4 home runs and 22ER.
Who’s Hot- SS Dawel Lugo has gotten his Dunedin career off to a good start. In 6 games he is hitting .292/.320/.500 with a triple, a home run, and 3 RBI. Lugo has never walked much in his career, severe understatement, and has yet to draw a walk in his first 24 at-bats. Lugo has played sound defence with one error and 2 double plays.
Who’s Cold- CF Roemon Fields opened a lot of eyes with his play last season, but he hasn’t been getting the same results so far in 2015. He is hitting .172/.200/.276 with 6 strike outs in 29 at-bats. Fields has collected a double and a triple, but needs to make more contact if he wished to be successful. He is also 1-for-2 in the stolen base department.
Who’s Hot- RP Wil Browning has made 3 appearances and has a win and two saves to show for his efforts. In the very small sample size, Browning has stranded 100%, struck out batters at 11.25 K/9. He owns a 2.25ERA, a 4.57FIP and 1.25 WHIP.
Who’s Cold- SP Jairo Labourt was going to be the D-Jays ‘Who’s Hot’ pitcher before his last outing. In his first outing Jairo went 5.1IP strong with 3K and 1 ER, really impressive for the 21-year-old Dominican; unfortunately, in his 2nd start he only managed to retire one batter. Control was the issue. He walked 3 and allowed 4 runs, 2 ER, on one hit.
Lansing has jumped out of the gates with a 6-1 record, winning their first series and sweeping Fort Wayne on the road. The Lugnuts have received solid pitching, only allowing more than 2 runs twice. The offence has scored runs when they needed to and sit near the bottom of the league in hits. Lansing has made the most of their opportunities and seem willing to steal their way into scoring position with 14 SB (2nd in the league).
Who’s Hot- LF Chris Carlson played for the Vancouver Canadians in 2014. He showed a good approach at the plate, walking more than he struck out. He didn’t show much power or speed, but his high .345 BABIP showed an ability to put the ball in play and maybe some luck. This ‘luck’ seems to have followed him to Lansing because he owns a .353 BABIP through the season’s first week. Carlson is hitting.312/.409/.381 with 3 walks and 4 strike outs. He’s collected 5 singles and one extra base hit to go along with 4 stolen bases.
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Who’s Cold- SS Richard Urena has struggled at the plate, but not in the field. Urena has made several good plays with the glove and looks like he’ll stick at short. He is 2-for-22 to start the year with 2 RBI, no walks and 7 strike outs.
Who’s Hot- This has to go to hard luck pitcher Chase Dejong. He had to wait until his final start of 2014 to get his first and only win; unfortunately, Chase is still winless in 2015 but he’s turned in two very solid performances. He owns a 1.86ERA, 3 walks, 14 strikeouts and 1.46 FIP. Hopefully we see Chase as a regular to this section.
Who’s Cold- for not other reason than because he had one bad outing, RP Tim Mayza. Tim pitched 1.1IP, allowed 2 runs, walked 5 and struck out 2…..good for a 3.75 WHIP. It’s early.