Las Vegas (won 9-8):
So you may have heard of this Lawrie guy. He went 3-for-3 with a walk yesterday. Oh, and a homerun. And a triple. He has 8 walks in his last 7 games. He had just 5 walks in 32 games before that. Small sample size, but a difference that big surely indicates some change in approach, right? Anyway, his line is now .337/.395/.615. And he laid down a sac bunt in the first to move McCoy over to 2nd base. If that's his manager's call then AA needs to go have a look and perhaps re-evaluate the status of the Vegas manager. Bunting with your best hitter in a hitter's haven like Vegas? Come on now.
Travis Snider is still struggling. He hit a double yesterday, but was just 1-for-5 and still hasn't hit a home run. I think we're all hoping he'll adjust his swing successfully and start hitting the ball out of the park again.
Brett Cecil had a good outing on Monday, going 6 innings with 5 strikeouts and one walk, getting 50% groundballs. He did give up 3 runs, but we'll cut him some slack since it's Vegas. Cecil seems to be on the way back. He's struck out at least 5 since his fist (and disastrous) start in Vegas.
New Hampshire (won 7-1):
Not only Brett Lawrie inspired the title of this post. No, Travis d'Arnaud, having drawn only 3 walks in 19 games, walked 4 times yesterday. After a bad start, he has really taken off. Let's hope he can stay injury free.
Adeiny Hechavarria went 2-for-5 with a double and a strikeout. He has been doing well as of late, but BABIP has not been kind to him (.222 average).
Anthony Gose went 3-for-4 with a strikeout and a hit by pitch yesterday. He is now up to a pretty respectable .268/.350/.345 line for the season.
Joel Carreno pitched 6.1 innings yesterday, allowing just 2 hits and 1 run, with 5 walks and 8 strikeouts thrown in. Carreno seems to struggle with walks as he goes deeper into games, which supports the idea that he might be a reliever in the majors.
Dunedin (won 5-0):
Deck McGuire went 7 innings of shutout ball, with 6 strikeouts and no walks. But he did get just 21.4% of the balls to be hit on the ground. Over his last 17 innings he has struck out 20 and allowed just one run. Promising, but I wouldn't like that groundball percentage in Rogers Centre.
Justin Jackson has been doing well for a prolonged period of time now. He was 3-for-4 yesterday and is now hitting .300/.396/.422. He could yet become a utility player as his athleticism should allow him to play multiple positions well, which he is now doing in Dunedin.
Brad Glenn is creating quite a story for himself. The power hitter who doesn't draw many walks has hit 6 home runs in his last 10 games. He's now hitting .308/.344/.603. Want to see his line over his last 10? .462/.488/1.026
Nestor Molina pitched on Sunday, and struck out 6 while walking none in 5 innings with a groundball percentage above 70%. That's now 39 Ks against just 3 walks. You better start believing!
Lansing (lost 2-7):
Casey Lawrence was pitching on 2 extra days of rest and that might not have helped him, as he gave up 6 runs in 2 innings, walking one and striking out none.
Jake Marisnick was 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout, but he also had a lineout.
Marcus Knecht continues to be the master of groundball singles, going 2-for-4 and raising his average up to .330.
Michael Crouse was also 2-for-4, raising his average up to .258, for those who think that is important. (I'm more inclined to point to his .349 OBP and >.200 ISO)
Carlos Perez is still slumping, he went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts.