Who’s Hot (and Who’s Not) — Hitters’ Small Sample Edition

ALTOONA CURVE

In first place in the Western Division in the Eastern League. �Team batting average: .253 (3rd in Eastern League), 8 homers (9th in EL), 86 RBI (3rd in EL), 132 strikeouts (8th in EL); not many homers — Matt Hague is the only hitter with more than one home run. �Not a lot of stolen bases either — Gorkys Hernandez leads the team with 4.

Who’s HOT: �(* is the team high)

Josh Harrison – .344 average*, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 7 RBI, 5 strikeouts; Harrison has had a hit in all but 4 of his 17 games. �He’s playing mostly second base, with a few games at third.

Alex Presley – .339 average, 2 doubles, 3 triples* (team and league leader), 1 homer, 9 RBI, 5 strikeouts, 2 stolen bases; Presley has had at least one hit in 15 of his 17 games, including that first double off Steven Strasburg. Just hanging out, being consistent.

Jim Negrych – .321 average, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 1 homer, 13 RBI*, 11 walks*, .438 OBP*, .528 SLG*, .966 OPS*; �Negrych was told he might not get much playing time this season. �After a week of mostly pinch-hitting, he was given a couple games as the DH, and started hitting… he’s now the regular DH.

Jordy Mercer – .303 average, 6 doubles* (tie), 1 triple, 1 homer, 11 RBI; �Mercer started hot and stayed that way.

Matt Hague – .288 average, 4 doubles, 2 homers*, 12 RBI; �Had a slow week, then took off.

Not So Hot:

Shelby Ford – .115 average, one double, 10 strikeouts; �He was hitting .045 until he had two hits yesterday. �Not getting a lot of playing time.

Kris Watts – .182 average, one homer, 3 RBI; �Watts had 3 hits on Sunday. �He’s not getting much playing time either, behind Hector Gimenez.

Chase d’Arnaud – .188 average, 6 doubles* (tie), 3 RBI; 6 errors*; � All but one of those errors have come in the last 10 days. �The past week has been better at the plate, going 7-for-25.

Jose De Los Santos – .171 average, 1 double, 5 RBI; Also not a lot of playing time, and he’s been playing in the outfield too (usually an infielder).

BRADENTON MARAUDERS

The Marauders are in first place in the Florida State League South division (by 2.5 games). �They lead the league with a .299 batting average, 46 doubles, 109 RBI, and 84 walks; �they are second with 14 home runs.

Who’s HOT: (* is the team high)

Brock Holt – .385 average* (team and league leader), 4 doubles, 10 RBI; �Holt has had only one game (out of 12) with no hits.

Tony Sanchez – .367 average (third in the league), 8 doubles* (team and league leader), 2 homers, 17 RBI, 12 walks*; �Sanchez missed some time behind the plate due to shoulder issues, though he was able to DH during that time. He’s back to catching now.

Starling Marte – .345 average (7th in the league), 5 doubles, 9 RBI, 15 strikeouts, 6 stolen bases* (third in the league); �Also very consistent.

Jeremy Farrell – .323 average, 6 doubles, 3 homers, 16 RBI; �Hot since the start at the plate, but also leads the team with 9 errors, all but one in the past 10 days.

Greg Picart – .318 average, 1 double, 5 RBI, 5 stolen bases; Hitting .400 against lefties.

Quincy Latimore – .307 average, 3 doubles, 4 homers*, 22 RBI*; �Has a hit in all but 4 of his 18 games.

Not So Hot:

Eric Fryer – .194 average, 3 doubles, 2 triples*, 2 homers, 6 RBI; �Not really all that bad, considering.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Team batting average: .249, 38 doubles, 6 triples, 7 home runs, 61 RBI, 10 stolen bases (last in the South Atlantic League)

Who’s HOT: �(* is the team high)

Jarek Cunningham – .338 average* (10th in the league), 4 doubles, 1 homer, 5 RBI, one walk; �Cunningham has had a consistent three weeks. �He’s had at least one hit in 15 of his 17 games.

David Rubinstein – .333 average, 7 doubles* (tie), 3 RBI; �Not getting into a lot of games, and about half are as the DH.

Ramon Cabrera – .310 average, 1 double, 1 triple, 3 RBI; �Boosted by a 4-for-5 game on Monday.

Kyle Morgan – .310 average, 3 doubles, 2 triples*, 2 homers*, 6 RBI; �Not getting into a lot of games, but also boosted by a 3-for-5 game on Monday. �He’s the only hitter to have more than one homer.

Rogelios Noris – .300 average, 6 doubles, 1 homer, 9 RBI* (tie); �Started slowly, but turned it on mid-month.

Aaron Baker – .286 average, 7 doubles* (tie), 1 triple, 1 homer, 9 RBI * (tie); �Also started slowly, but after the first week, he’s had a hit in all but one of his games.

Not So Hot:

Wesley Freeman – .143 average, 3 doubles, 3 RBI; �Doing a little better this week.

Evan Chambers – .186 average, 3 doubles, 1 homer, 6 RBI, 3 stolen bases*; Also doing a little better this week.

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