Roberto Perez, C-AKR: 3-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI.
In addition to the big day at the plate, Perez gunned down the only runner foolish enough to attempt to steal on him. His season line at the plate is .231/.361/.339 with 1 HR and 12 RBI, but he has walked 21 times against 28 strikeouts. It's Perez's first experience in AA, and he's still just 23 years old. The offense isn't the story with Perez though, as he's an elite defender behind the plate, one of the best in all of minor league baseball. Frequent readers of mine know what an affinity I have for catchers in general and Perez in particular, so when he has a day like yesterday, he's going to be the featured guy here on ATF. So far this season, Perez has thrown out 16-39 would-be basestealers (41%). Having watched Perez catch as much as I have, I can almost promise that most of the successful steals were stolen on the pitcher, not on Perez. He was a 33rd round pick back in 2008 and has two elite tools (defense and arm) that give him an excellent chance to be at least a backup in the majors someday. That's more than you can say for most guys chosen at that stage in the draft.
Eric Berger, SP-COL: L (1-3), 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 8 K, BB. Berger had to be wondering where all the runs were, as a day after the Clippers scored 21, the offense was held scoreless until the 9th inning. Berger had a solid start, but just didn't pitch well enough to win (sarcasam intended).
Frank Herrmann, RP-COL: IP, H, 2 K, BB. Frank the Tank has quietly put together a nice little season out of the Clippers 'pen, posting a 3.62 ERA while striking out 30 and walking just 8 in 27 1/3 innings pitched.
Cord Phelps, 2B-COL: 1-3, 2B, BB, K. In what is more of a statistical oddity than anything, Phelps has 16 RBI on the road but just 5 at Huntington Park this season.
Jared Goedert, DH-COL: 1-4, K. Goedert followed up his amazing day with a much more pedestrian effort yesterday.
Jose de la Torre, RP-AKR: W (3-0), 2 2/3 IP, 5 K, BB. De la Torre came through with a dominant relief performance to earn the victory yesterday, striking out 5 of the 9 hitters he faced.
Rob Bryson, RP-AKR: IP, 2 K, 2 BB. In his last 10 games, Bryson has gone all Nuke LaLoosh on us. He's walked 15 (new league record!), struck out 15 (new league record!) The K's are nice, but Bryson has to improve his control and command if he's going to make the jump to the bigs as a reliever.
Chun Chen, 1B-AKR: 2-4, K. Chen has hit in 9 of his last 10 games, and has a .306/.419/.417 line with 4 2B and 4 RBI in that timeframe. The hit tool and patience have been there, but the dissapearing act on the power front is starting to get disturbing.
Adam Abraham, DH-AKR: 2-4, 2B. Abraham has pounded lefthanded pitching this year to the tune of a .304/.414/.536 line in 56 AB. Rightys though, are presenting more of a problem, as he has just a .226/.305/.383 line against them in 115 AB's.
Will Roberts, SP-CAR: W (3-2), 2 ER, 6 H, 5 K. A 5th round pick out of the University of Virginia last year, Roberts was a senior sign who's seen as a solid but not spectacular starter. In 12 starts for the Mudcats since being promoted from Lake County, he's 3-2 with a 5.15 ERA, 26 K and 14 BB in 36 2/3 IP.
Tony Wolters, 2B-CAR: 3-4, 3B, 3 RBI, BB, R. Wolters is 5 for his last 8 after an 0-10 mini-slump. Since an April to forget (.390 OPS...yes, OPS), He's worked his way up to a season line of .231/.309/.328 (.637 OPS).
Carlos Moncrief, RF-CAR: 2-3, HR (7), RBI, BB, R. Moncrief has been on base 7 times in the last 3 games for the Mudcats, and stands at 7 HR and 8 SB in his quest to be a 20/20 guy this season.
Francisco Lindor, SS-LCC: 0-3, R, K. Lindor is hitting just .146/.205/.171 in the last 10 games for the Captains, and has slumped to .269/.322/.397 overall. More concerning is the fact that he's struck out 9 times without drawing a walk in his last 10. Lindor is younger than most of the kids drafted in this week's MLB draft, so I'm hardly worried about him going forward. This is a natural part of a young player's developmental process, and I still see Lindor as one of the top prospects in all of baseball going forward.
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