Who’s been hot over the last week? Doug Gray May 12, 2014 6 Comments The second week we look back at the top performers from the previous week (Monday-Sunday). It is still a work in progress, so please feel free to share your thoughts on what you like or dislike about the format and what you would like to see. The Hitters David Vidal | C | .545/.583/1.000 | 12 PA, 5 2B, 6 RBI, 1 BB | Bakersfield Blaze The Reds made the switch to the catching position with David Vidal this spring. He had some catching experience in junior college, but had not caught since being drafted. He had about as strong of a start as you can possibly |have, hitting .545 with five doubles in just 11 at-bats for the Blaze last week in his first action since last season. Kristopher Negron | INF/OF | .375/.474/.875 | 20 PA, 1 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 8 R | Louisville Bats Negron was a run scoring machine during the last week for the Bats as he scored eight runs. He had four extra-base hits, including two triples with just six hits on the week. He added another three walks. Ryan Wright | 2B | .400/.423/.875 | 26 PA, 4 2B, 2 HR, 5 R, 4 RBI | Bakersfield Blaze Ryan Wright saw his 11-game hitting streak come to an end during the week but he only got two plate appearances in that game as he came off of the bench in that game. That didn’t stop him from a torrid week though as he had 10 hits, including four doubles and two home runs. Devin Lohman | SS | .368/.429/.579 | 23 PA, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 SB, 2 RBI | Pensacola Blue Wahoos The shortstop hit .368 on the week with two extra-base hits and a walk while driving in two and scoring two runs. He also added a steal. Ruben Gotay | INF | .357/.367/.607 | 30 PA, 1 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R | Louisville Bats Ruben Gotay has been a productive hitter all year for Louisville and last week was no different. He had as many runs batted in during the week as he had hits on the week with 10. He added three extra-base hits and scored six runs. The Pitchers Robert Stephenson | SP | 11.o IP, 0.00 ERA, 3 BB, 14K, 1.00 WHIP | Pensacola Blue Wahoos After a bit of a rough stretch the right hander has turned things around lately, posting a 0.00 ERA last week in two starts where he struck out 32% of the hitters he faced with just three walks. Ben Lively | SP | 7.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 6K, 0.71 WHIP | Bakersfield Blaze Compared to what we usually see from Lively, his start last week was probably a slight step backwards, but that just speaks to how good he has been instead of how his last start went as he fired seven shutout innings with a walk and six strikeouts. Tim Crabbe | SP | 6.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2 BB, 5 K, 1.17 WHIP | Louisville Bats Crabbe threw six shutout innings in his last start for the Bats. He walked just two batters and added five strikeouts. Nick Travieso | SP | 10.2 IP, 1.69 ERA, 2 BB, 11K, 0.94 WHIP | Dayton Dragons The right hander made two starts last week, allowing just two runs over 10.2 innings with two walks and striking out 11 opposing hitters. Layne Somsen | RP | 5.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 0.37 WHIP | Bakersfield Blaze Layne Somsen has picked up in Bakersfield where he left off in Dayton: dominance. He threw 5.1 innings out of the bullpen last week while just allowing two base runners and striking out six. Dan Langfield | RP | 4.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 0.00 WHIP | Dayton Dragons Langfield came up from extended spring training after rehabbing from a shoulder injury that cost him the 2013 season. He made two appearances that lasted two innings each. He didn’t allow a base runner over those four innings and struck out eight of the 12 batters he faced. Lee Hyde | RP | 3.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 0.67 WHIP | Louisville Bats The left handed reliever threw three shutout innings for the Bats last week, allowing just two base runners while striking out six of the eleven hitters he faced. 6 Responses The Duke May 12, 2014 Nice to see Stephenson starting to get back on track AWA85 May 12, 2014 Sharky seems to be struggling with this move to the bullpen this year. Is it a stuff thing or any idea what is going on in Louisville for him? Kevin May 12, 2014 Love the feature Doug. Great to see Stephenson face some adversity and come out of it. It’s not going to be all peaches and 11K nights. Adjusting, bouncing back and putting it behind you are all traits top notch pitchers must learn from experience. I’d just add a quick-hitter at the bottom that lists the top prospects having off-weeks. Again, I feel like with the game wraps, I don’t necessarily see the forest for the trees in terms of who may be underperforming and that’s important for keeping tabs on guys like Ervin or Duran. Not so much for guys like Mike Costanzo for example, so no real need to bother reporting his recent struggles. Luke May 12, 2014 Maybe Doug can call it “Who’s Hot and Who’s Cold” Tony Cloninger May 13, 2014 Gotay should be helping the Reds on the bench instead of Soto. More versatility. He has hot in the majors before…..even if it was a while ago. Help the bench at least or upgrade it more while you wait for the injuries to play out. MK May 13, 2014 I guess I would rather have Pena or Mesoraco(depending on who is catching)as a pinch hitter than Gotay. Soto on the bench gives me that ability.