Andy Sugilio opened up the homestand in Billings with a nice game on Monday night. The switch hitter went 3-4 to raise his line in 45 games with the Billings Mustangs to .347/.395/.500. That’s come along with 13 walks and 22 strikeouts, as well as 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts.

The 20-year-old has been playing mostly in the corners with Billings. He’s started 20 games in left, 15 games in right and four more in center. As a switch hitter this season he’s shown no real splits. He’s hitting .333 with an .870 OPS from the right side and .351 with a .902 OPS from the left side of the plate. We’re dealing with a small sample size in both cases, but it’s nice to see even splits despite that.


Tyler Goeddel continues to hit for Louisville

Tyler Goeddel had a big night for the Louisville Bats on Monday. The outfielder went 4-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. This is the second go-around with Louisville for the 24-year-old this season. In 12 games with the Bats in April he hit just .190/.209/.214 with a walk and 14 strikeouts over 43 plate appearances. Things simply didn’t go well to start the year.

The Reds sent him to Pensacola for May and he picked things up at the Double-A level. With the Blue Wahoos he hit .243/.367/.393 with 33 walks and 44 strikeouts. The average wasn’t great, but the rest of his game rounded out well as he cut his strikeout rate down and increased his power and walk rates.

Since returning to Triple-A in late July Tyler Goeddel has racked up 113 plate appearances for Louisville. In that span he’s hit .319/.429/.404 with as many walks, 16, as strikeouts. He’s also stolen five bases without being caught. The power hasn’t shown up with the Bats that he showed in Pensacola, but he has improved in nearly every other aspect of the game.

Gabriel Guerrero keeps a hot August going

Gabriel Guerrero went 2-2 with 2 walks and a solo home run on Monday night for Pensacola. It was just a continuation of what he’s been doing all month. In 19 games played with the Blue Wahoos in August the outfielder has hit an impressive .368/.424/.539. That’s come along with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, seven walks and 14 strikeouts.

After not hitting any home runs in the first half of the season, Gabriel Guerrero went out in front of the home crowd at the Southern League All-Star game and won the home run derby going away. That must have put a charge into his bat as he’s hit six home runs since in 53 games played, showing off the power that’s been around for him in past seasons.

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12 Responses

  1. terry m

    Sugilio has hit all year. Switch hitter listed at 6’2″ 170 lbs. Think he can add some muscle and hit for a little more power in the future. Interesting prospect !!

  2. Cguy

    Gabby Guererro has shown progress over his last 2 years in the Dbacks organization. It looks like he’ll stay with Pensacola the rest of this season. Do you think he’ll start 2018 in Louisville? I think he’ll be a ML player in a year or so, maybe a good one.

  3. The Duke

    It’ll be interesting to see who steps up in 2018 in the Dayton outfield. There will be several interesting guys again in Sugilio, Miles Gordon, and Stuart Fairchild

    • Greenfield Red

      Other than the top 4 in the lineup, Dayton’s offense is pretty brutal. Hopefully, they will be a lot better next year. Not only the guys you mentioned coming up, but probably Hunter Greene and Jose Garcia as well.

      • Greenfield Red

        If you are correct, it will be interesting to see how Downs and Hernandez are used on the same team. Will on move to 2nd base? Which one?

      • Greenfield Red

        My bad. Downs and Garcia on the same team. Hernandez probably at Billings, but could enter the mix at Dayton too.

      • Greenfield Red

        Hey Duke. I wanted to expand on the lower minors middle infield situation. It looks to me like they have 6 for 3 SS spots. I guess 3 could move to 2b. Garcia and Downs at Dayton for full season workload. Hernandez and Paulino at Billings. Finol (from DSL) and Cash at AZL. Thoughts?

      • The Duke

        I think Downs will be the primary SS in Dayton in ’18, but Garcia will get starts there as well. Downs likely plays a little 2B, but I see him mostly at SS and DH. That is if Garcia starts in Dayton, which isn’t a certainty.

        Similar situation with Hernandez and Paulino, where I think Hernandez gets the majority of the time at SS, but plays some 2B too.

        Case is a 2B all the way. Depending on how he looks next spring, I could see him in Billings or repeating in the AZL.

    • donny

      Well, when it comes to the Dominican players, it seems to take them 2 years or the second attempt to play well in A Dayton and its looking the same when they get to AA Pensacola. So a little reference to Sugilio . Hoping he breaks that trend and it don’t take him 2 years.

      • terry m

        I know what your saying. Just looking for one of these guys to really break out. Let say next year Siri starts off strong in Daytona and gets bumped up to AA and continues to hit well in AA. Need one (or 2) to really catch on fire and take big steps.

    • DaveCT

      I wouldn’t mind a filter application to adjust Pioneer League numbers to reasonable expectations in the Midwest League.