First, sorry for stealing your thing @TommyECook.
Y'all know I love stats. I just perused through the MiLB pages of the Cubs' top three affiliates and wrote down what I saw. You're welcome!
Christian Villanueva slowly getting going. Hitting .270 in his last 10 games with a .730 OPS, quite a bit better than his season-long .235/.297/.675. Hit a double and a homer on May 18. Lots of strikeouts, though (12 in 37 AB).
Javier Baez has a three-game hit streak as of Monday morning, but is still OPS-ing just .555 in his last 10 games.
Logan Watkins is having a nice, albeit powerless, season of hitting in Iowa. He's hitting .305 and getting on-base at a .400 OBP clip. Another kid with way too many strikeouts (28 in 95 AB) but the walks (15) and hits (29) help. Much better against RHP (.864 OPS) than LHP (.623 in 21 AB), although SSS of course.
Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson are done. It's really too bad because Josh was smashing it to start the year and just lost it.
Arismendy Alcantara is hitting .272/.306/.490 this year, and .257/.350/.514 in his last 10 games, with 6 extra base hits in 35 at-bats. Line against RHP is kinda scary (.250/.277/.463), against LHP is kinda amazing (.333/.378/.564).
Kyle Hendricks is having a year, and you really only have to look at the K/BB to know that (54/11 in 50 IP). In his last two starts he's done this: 14 IP, 17 K, 1 BB, 11 H, 0 ER. Lololol
Kris Bryant still has an OPS over 1 and it's May 18. He leads everyone in everything. Enough said.
Do you know who Stephen Bruno is? You need to know who Stephen Bruno is. He's hitting .301/.399/.493 this year, and is just 23. We need to figure out a place to hide his glove, but that bat is looking fine right now. (He's hit at every level of his pro career.)
I don't want to talk about Jorge Soler (brb crying) or Rubi Silva (don't be fooled).
Dae-Eun Rhee and Matt Loosen are the only Smokies pitchers with at least 40 IP. That says everything, I think.
Albert Almora hitting .325/.341/.475 in his last 10, with an .808 OPS in May. Excellent. Slow start (.687 OPS to date). Crushing lefties, struggling against righties.
Pin-Chieh Chen is an interesting name that has picked it up lately (.944 OPS in last 10).
Dan Vogelbach, Tim Saunders, Jeimer Candelario, Rock Shoulders, Marco Hernandez have struggled and are still struggling.
Gioskar Amaya started white hot (.911 OPS, .408 avg in April) but has cooled off and is now hitting .308 with a .759 OPS. But he's also like freakin' 21 years old so let's chill.
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