Let’s take a look at the guys who have been performing extremely well over the last week.

The Hitters

Argenis Aldazoro | .444/.476/.667 | 21 PA, 2B, HR, 3 steals, 5 runs, 4 RBI

The Billings Mustangs have several players on the list this week and Aldazoro was a part of the group that scored 39 runs over a three game stretch during the weekend. He hit an impressive .444 and added a double and home run on the week. He would steal three bases, drive in four runs and score five times.

Aristides Aquino | .423/.464/.923 | 28 PA, 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, steal, 7 runs

The Mustangs outfielder had one of the best three game stretches I can recall anyone going on last week that boosted his number from very good to outstanding on the week. He hit .423, walked twice, slugged .923 and drove in 12 runs. His four home runs put him in the lead of the Pioneer League for the season. He also added a steal and scored seven times.

Phillip Ervin | .409/.481/.773 | 27 PA, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 4 BB, 5 RBI, 5 runs

Ervin has been turning things around for a little over a month now, but the Dragons outfielder took a big step forward last wee hitting .409 with just one strikeout and four walks. He showed off power, hitting three doubles, a triple and a home run while also adding two steals. Ervin also scored five runs and drove in five runs.

Joe Hudson | .308/.500/.538 | 18 PA, 2B, 3B, 4 walks, 3 RBI, 2 runs

Hudson has the lowest average of anyone on the list, but he drew four walks on the week to push his on-base percentage up to .500 on the week. If you get on base 50% of the time, you are doing something very right. The Dragons catcher added a double and a triple at the plate while scoring twice and driving in three more runs.

Reydel Medina | .412/.389/.882 | 18 PA, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 9 RBI, 4 runs, 2 steals

Medina had gotten off to a very slow start to the season, but has turned things up a notch lately down in Arizona. Last week he hit .412, though he didn’t draw a walk while having a sac fly so his on-base percentage was actually lower than his average was. The outfielder found his power, hitting three doubles, a triple and a home run to help him drive in nine runs and score four times. He also stole two bases.

Brian O’Grady  | .318/.464/636 | 28 PA, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 6 walks, 7 runs, 8 RBI, steal

Another Mustangs masher makes the list. O’Grady has been outstanding all season for Billings and last week he continued along with his assault of the Pioneer League hitting .318 with six walks and a .636 slugging percentage. He doubled twice, tripled and added a home run as he drove in eight runs on the week and scored seven times.

Robert Ramirez | .444/.565/.722 | 23 PA, 2 2B, HR, 3 walks, 3 RBI, 6 runs

When you make the list in your first week eligible you are getting your season started right. Ramirez joined the Dragons and has torn the cover off of the ball, hitting .444 last week with three walks to post a .565 on-base percentage. He also showed off some pop, doubling twice and hitting a homer. He would score six runs and drive in three.

The Pitchers

Joel Bender | LHRP | 4.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 1 BB, 2 K

The left handed reliever had a good week for Dayton, throwing 4.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen. He would walk just one batter on the week and had two strikeouts.

Brennan Bernardino | LHRP | 3.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 0 BB, 6 K

Another left handed reliever making the list, and one I wrote about this morning for how good he looked on Friday night. He picked up a win in one appearance and threw three shutout innings on the week, allowing just two base runners and striking out six.

Amir Garrett | LHSP | 5.0 IP, 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 3 H, 5 K

Garrett made just one start last week, but it was a good one, allowing just one run in five innings. He allowed just three hits and waked three batters while adding in five strikeouts for Dayton as he picked up the win.

Ryan Kemp | RHRP | 4.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 1 H, 2 K

The Bakersfield reliever was dominant on the week, allowing just two base runners in four innings pitched. He gave up just one hit and walked just one batter while striking out two.

Bernardo Moreta | RHRP | 3.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 1 BB, 3 K

The Arizona Reds reliever made just one appearance, but he made it count as he picked up the win with three shutout innings of relief. The righty allowed just one hit and a walk while striking out three batters.

Robert Stephenson | RHSP | 5.1 IP, 1.69 ERA, 0.56 WHIP, 1 BB, 1 K

Stephenson was absolutely cruising in his lone start of the week, having retired 13 of the previous 14 batters before taking a line drive off of his leg and exiting the game. He allowed just one run in 5.1 innings with two hits and a walk.

Wyatt Strahan | RHSP | 3.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.33 WHIP, 0 BB, 2K

The Billings Mustangs starter made just one appearance but it was a good one as he threw three shutout innings. He would allow just one hit without issuing a walk and striking out two hitters.

7 Responses

  1. Krozley

    BA has the Reds signing 34th round pick Keenan Kish in their weekly minor league transaction list, if you want to add that tidbit to the draft tracker.

  2. DatdudeJS

    Has anyone heard anything about cingrani lately?

  3. MK

    Interesting interview with Tony Fossas today by Tom Nichols and comments about Alejandro Chacin. Fossas says he is confident he will get the job done each time, that is actual and peripheral number are tremendous. The only reason he has not been promoted is his age and there are a number of older guys they want to look at quickly. He mentioned Somson specifically.

  4. Red4ever

    I’m really starting to fall in love with Garrett. He’s improved so much this year so far. Now if the reds can get him to put that basketball down!

  5. Foxred

    It is a good thing you don’t consider major leaguers for this weekly piece. You would be hard pressed to find anyone to write about.

  6. KD

    I am rooting for Chacin ever sense you enlightened me on his situation at Dayton about a week ago. The guy just keeps getting the job done, too bad our Reds do not have someone preforming like him in the pen. Can you provide a link to the article you are referring to? I would like to read it if possible. Thanks, KD