Scranton/Wilkes-Barre:The RailRiders started the week off in rough form, losing four straight games, including a three-game sweep by Rochester. After dropping a game to Syracuse, however, Scranton came back and won the last three games of the week, putting them at 5-6 so far this season. Pawtucket is off to a strong start and leads the IL North division, while Scranton sits three games back.
Bryan Mitchell had a good week, throwing 3.2 innings on Monday and allowing just one run on five hits and two walks. Even though he only threw 3.2 innings, Mitchell tossed 87 pitches, thanks in part to his 7 strikeouts. On Sunday, not only did Mitchell turn 24, but he put together another stellar outing. He threw seven innings and allowed just one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out four. Jacob Lindgren picked up his second save of the season, throwing two hitless innings, walking one and striking out three.
Slade Heathcott hit his first Triple-A homer on Friday and followed it with a tenth inning sac fly that proved to be the game winner for the RailRiders. Ben Gamel is off to a very strong start to 2015, hitting .464/.531/.607 in eight games. He has two triples and five RBIs. Tyler Austin is hitting .300/.310/.425 in ten games. Ramon Flores has twice as many homers as the rest of the team, knocking four in ten games. Meanwhile, Rob Refsnyder has struggled, going .229/.289/.257 in his first nine games.
Trenton: The Thunder went 3-3 this past week, giving them an overall record of 6-4. Reading leads the EL Eastern Division, but Trenton only trails by half a game. They were swept by Akron in a two-game stint at the start of the week, but recovered against Portland, who is off to a slow start this year.
Luis Severino made two starts, allowing just one hit to Akron on Tuesday, over his five innings. The Thunder lost the game after Severino was pulled. He struck out eight batters. Severino pitched again on Sunday, allowing his first run of the season, but holding Portland to just one run on three hits and four walks. He struck out another six.
Mason Williams, who has definitely faded from favor over the last couple seasons, has looked really good so far this year. He has a pair of doubles and seven RBIs, along with three stolen bases. His slashline over nine games is .344/.400/.406. Williams was a big part of the Thunder's walk-off win against Portland on Thursday. With one strike left, he singled in Eric Jagielo to tie the game. In the tenth, Aaron Judge knocked a massive home run, giving the Thunder their first walk-off win since July 22, 2012 (Jose Pirela had the hit that day). Jake Cave is hitting .333/.478/.500 and has a homer and three doubles. Dante Bichette is having a good 2015 so far, hitting .256/.293/.462, with a homer, a triple, three doubles and seven RBIs. He has struck out ten times, as has Jagielo, which is two less than the team leader in Ks, Aaron Judge. Meanwhile, Gary Sanchez is playing abysmally right now, with a line of .120/.267/.280 over seven games. He has struck out nine times.
Tampa: The Yankees went 3-3 this past week, though they are losing to Daytona rather heftily as I write this on Sunday night. Everyone got a hit in their 11-4 loss to Ft. Myers on Monday, but to no avail. They are currently a game and a half behind Daytona in the FSL North Division.
It is still hard to know where the bright spots in Tampa's roster will be, but there have been a few glimmers of hope. On the offensive side, it appears to be all or nothing for the Yankees' hitters. Danny Oh, Matt Snyder and Miguel Andujar, all have batting averages over .300. Isaias Tejeda and Tyler Wade have put up some respectable numbers, but otherwise the hitting has been very week. Angelo Gumbs, for example, is hitting .129/.156/.129. They have only two homers as a team.
On the mound, the Yankees have some good signs. Rookie Davis threw a strong game on Wednesday, going five innings and allowing just three hits and an unearned run. He walked one and struck out seven, bringing his total for the season to twelve. Jonathan Holder is also doing well, allowing just two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out seven in his two outings.
Charleston: The RiverDogs went 4-2 this week and they are currently beating Savannah 8-3 in a game that has been postponed until next week due to rain, as Charleston is in the midst of a seven-run inning. They are just half a game behind Asheville in the SAL Southern Division.
Connor Spencer has been the main bat for Charleston so far, hitting .353/.439/.412 over ten games. He has a pair of doubles and four RBIs. He has also managed to draw five walks. Jorge Mateo is definitely making an impact at the plate and on the bases. He is hitting .303/.410/.364 over nine games. He has two doubles, four RBIs, six walks and twelve stolen bases. He has been caught stealing twice, but I'll take twelve steals in nine games and give up a couple outs. Austin Aune has a pair of doubles and triples, hitting .265/.324/.441, but he has also struck out nineteen times. Abiatal Avelino adds to Charleston's speed threat. He has stolen nine bases in ten games, hitting six doubles and putting up a .256/.310/.410.