Louisville Bats: 36-25 overall, 311 runs scored, 270 runs allowed.
This team’s offense is absolutely incredible. Rather than just spout out who has done what, I am just going to copy/paste some stat lines because so many guys are doing so well.
On the pitching side of things, it has been more of the same with an elevator going up to Cincinnati and down to Carolina all season. Chad Reineke has been one of the staples of the staff with a 2.52 ERA in 53.2 innings. Scott Carroll has been the work horse of the rotation with 12 starts and 75 innings pitched (21.1 innings more than the next highest total on the team) with a 4.32 ERA. The Bats find themselves in second place, 3 games back of Columbus. They do lead the wildcard standings by 2.5 games.
Carolina Mudcats: 18-42 overall, 245 runs scored, 345 runs allowed.
This team continues to be a mess. They have the worst record in the system by far and find themselves 19 games back of first place. Offensively Mike Costanzo is leading the way with a .289/.372/.528 line. Cody Puckett has been slumping since his incredible April, but his overall line is still at .262/.332/.471 on the year. David Cook and Quintin Berry aren’t hitting for much power, but both are finding their way on base. Cook has a .373 OBP, while Berry has a .404 OBP. Pitching has been a major problem for the Mudcats. They haven’t had a starter with an ERA under 4.00 who has gotten more than 3 starts this season. Nick Christiani was promoted to Louisville, leaving Brad Boxberger the only pitcher on the team with more than 13 innings pitched and an ERA under 4.00. Boxberger has been absolutely lights out for the Mudcats though, with a 1.29 ERA in 28 innings along with 11 walks and 46 strikeouts.
Bakersfield Blaze: 31-28 overall, 354 runs scored, 366 runs allowed.
The Blaze offense leads the California league in OPS with an overall line of .298/.370/.440 for an .809 OPS as a team. Stephen Hunt leads the way for the Blaze with a .359/421/.595 line. Henry Rodriguez has been absolutely on fire lately and has his season line up to .340/.378/.513 and also has a 15 game hitting streak. Yasmani Grandal has a .279/.400/.469 line, where he has more or less hovered for the last six weeks. On the pitching side the Blaze got Mark Serrano off of the DL for two solid starts in the last week. The rest of the pitching staff has been solid considering the league they are in but no one is really standing out at this point anymore.
Dayton Dragons: 29-30 overall, 233 runs scored, 238 runs allowed.
Tucker Barnhart has moved to the top of the team in OPS with a line of .290/.373/.427 on the season. Barnhart was left off of the MWL All Star team this past week in an obvious omission. Juan Duran isn’t showing a solid batting average still, but he does had a .340 OBP and a .437 SLG which puts his .777 OPS second on the team. Dominic D’Anna was named to the All Star team and he now has a .268/.372/.399 line. Billy Hamilton has heated up over the past 10 games where he has hit .375/.366/.575. Yorman Rodriguez has similarly caught fire over his last 10 games with a .344/.447/.406 line in his last 10 games. On the pitching side, I am going to take the same approach I took for the Bats hitters, since so many of the pitchers are performing well.
Those top three starters have been absolutely incredible for the Dragons and the bullpen has been very strong as well.