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Roster Notes: Hitters

July 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Nice come-from-behind win last night as the Jammers scored two in the ninth — after being no-hit through 7 — to walk-off with a 2-1 win over Batavia. Still early in the season, but the Jammers are just 2.5 games out of the wild card. They start a four-game set with Mahoning Valley tonight with the next two at home.

I’ve noticed a slight change in the everyday lineups, so let’s take a closer look at what’s been going on with the hitters.

Catchers: Well, after starting 10 of the first 16 games, Jose Behar now looks like the backup down here in Jamestown. He’s hitting .180 (9-for-50) with three RBI and is in a big slump, hitless in his last 19 at-bats. In his place has been Sharif Othman. Othman has started eight of the last 13 and getting back-to-back starts each time out.

After an atrocious start at the plate, he’s 4-for-15 with a triple and a homer in his last five games. Still, he’s hitting .135. Regardless, it looks like it’s Othman’s job for the time being. They’re both fairly similar behind the plate, but I’ve liked Behar a little more from what I’ve seen.

Brian Dice gets a spot start here and there. His .217 average shockingly leads the group.

1st base: It’s been mostly split between Viosergy Rosa and Felix Munoz, but Rosa has really been hitting the ball well lately. Of most importance, he’s vastly improved with plate discipline. He’s walked 14 times versus 16 strikeouts so far this year. Last year in Jamestow, it was 7 vs. 54.

He leads the team with a .297 average and has two homers and 10 RBI.

Munoz was off to a hot start but has cooled down recently, all the way down to .250. Part of that may have been due to Rosa getting 8 out of 9 starts in a recent stretch. Munoz is still a project, but looks like he has some potential. Neither have been all that good defensively.

Second base: It’s been a logjam lately, much as I thought it would be. Anthony Gomez started here but has moved to short since Austin Nola’s promotion. Yefri Perez, Ronny Peralta and Yeison Hernandez have all split time here with nobody really taking a stranglehold of the position.

Perez is hitting pretty well, and at .280, he’s only behind Rosa. Peralta is more of a utility guy and Hernandez needs to figure it out defensively before he gets another promotion.

Shortstop: Gomez is hitting just .229 but is probably the best defender out of the group (with the aforementioned three). I think his bat can still come around and he does a nice job putting the ball in play. He’s only struck out eight times in 83 at bats. Also shown some speed by swiping five bags.

Third base: It’s been a lot of Pedro Mendoza lately and I can’t fault manager Angel Espada for that. Mendoza has been utterly fantastic defensively and is doing a decent job putting the ball in play.

The problem is he has no power. He doesn’t have a single homerun in four professional seasons, but has hit four doubles in a short year this year since being taken off the DL. He’s hitting .274 while usually in the second hole.

The starter was Matt Juengel but he’s had a tough go at it defensively. The rookie already has seven errors this year and has really been relegated to DH and some spot starts at third. He’s hitting .216, but I still think he’s a little better of a hitter than that. Not sure he has the power to make it to the next level, though.

Left field: Kentrell Dewitt has shown some flashes, but he’s still hitting .176 and is striking out way too much (21 in 68 at bats). He has some speed when he can get on, swiping four bags without getting caught. He’s also shown good power with a team-high seven doubles and also a homer. But the average and OBP need to drastically improve.

Center field: Juancito Martinez was off to a hot start, hitting well over .300 for a good portion of the season. With his speed and OBP, I was curious why he wasn’t hitting leadoff, but Martinez has cooled down quite a bit since then. He’s down to .272, but with the CF job all his, he can put together a nice season and earn a promotion if he keeps doing what he’s doing.

Right field: Cameron Flynn has come on of late, bumping his average to .221, which is actually saying a lot from where he was.  Back-to-back three hit nights last week jumped him from .170 to .250. He also fell a triple short of the cycle in one of those games. Still need to see more of him.

Finally, the roamer is Jesus Solorzano, the top-listed prospect here in Jamestown. He’s been playing all three outfield positions and actually doing a pretty good job at each. He’s hitting .240 with a team-high three homers. He’s second in RBI with 11.

Striking out is the main concern. He has 30 in 96 at bats. But, Solorzano still looks like the best prospect down here, even though he’s clearly not ready for a big promotion yet. He has that make of a five-tool player and is probably one of the best athletes down here. He’s been inserted into a bigger role, cleanup or fifth, lately too.

 

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Jammers lose opener of doubleheader

July 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Quick notes here from Jamestown in between games as the Tri-City ValleyCats took Game 1 of the doubleheader by a final of 3-0. ValleyCats starter Brian Holmes had a no-hitter through 5 2/3, but Viosergy Rosa broke it up with a solid liner to right.

Ramon Del Orbe wasn’t bad for Jamestown. He allowed just five hits with no walks in six innings of work, but was let down badly by his defense. An unearned run in the fourth thanks to a missed catch fly ball by Jesus Solorzano — with two outs — ended up being enough for Tri-City. But, even the next batter Ryan Dineer hit a slow roller to third that scored the runner from second. Play was ruled a hit, but probably should have been made by Pedro Mendoza.

In the sixth, Austin Elkins ripped a one-out triple that scored a run. He came around to score on a sac fly. In all reality, Del Orbe only made two mistakes (both were triples to Elkins) and only one cost him. Regardless, he took the loss and is now 0-3 with a 4.61 ERA.

Not that the bats helped him, though. The Jammers loaded them up with back-to-back-to-back walks in the first inning, but Anthony Gomez grounded out to end the threat. After that, Brian Holmes sat down 14 in a row until the Rosa single. Solorzano worked a full count, but flew out to right to end the mini-threat. Jamestown then went down in order in the seventh against reliever Blake Ford.

We already know it will be Drew Steckenrider making his professional debut for the Jammers on the hill tonight. The rookie was activated earlier today.

The ensuing roster move sent Blake Logan to the disabled list. No word on why.

JAMESTOWN

1. Rony Peralta – 3B
2. Anthony Gomez – 2B
3. Felix Munoz – 1B
4. Jesus Solorzano – RF
5. Kentrell Dewitt – LF
6. Brian Dice – DH
7. Jose Behar – C
8. Yeison Hernandez – SS
9. Juancito Martinez – CF

SP — Drew Steckenrider

Morning Jam: Friday the 13th

July 13, 2012 Leave a comment

A happy Friday the 13th to all. For the Jammers, it’s been a happy July. They’re now 7-3 in the month and own a 5-2 lead over Auburn for a game that will be continued next Monday, July 23.

• Jamestown won it’s fifth in a row and eight out of its last 11 with a 12-6 thumping of Vermont last night at Diethrick. Jamestown hadn’t scored more than seven runs in any one game this year, but accomplished that before even registering an out in the fourth inning last night.

• A night after falling a triple short of the cycle, Cameron Flynn had another three hit night, including a double, and knocked in two runs. His batting average has now risen 80 points in two days.

• Viosergy Rosa hit his second homer of the year in the first inning, a two-run bomb that started the Jamestown rout. Rosa went 4-for-5 with nine total bases. He also knocked in three runs in what was definitely his best game of the year and arguably in a Jammers uniform.

• Jesus Solorzano went 3-for-5 along with his team-leading third homerun of the year.

• But, it was the top of the order, going 11-for-20 with seven runs scored and seven RBI that defined the night. Also, everybody in the starting lineup had a base hit.

• Pitching wise, starter Blake Logan finally allowed a run — two to be exact — but picked up the win. After not having a single win from their starters over the first 19 games, Jamestown starters now have three in their last four games. Logan’s ERA moved to 1.29.

• Jose Rodriguez made his 2012 Jamestown debut and threw two scoreless innings.

• Hard to believe, but Jamestown’s 3.07 ERA is only good for sixth in the league. Offensively, they’re up to .248, good for eighth in the NYPL.

• They’ll go for their second straight sweep tonight with Matt Milroy on the mound. Milroy is 0-2 with a 4.48 ERA. He hasn’t gone more than four innings in any one start this year. You would have to assume the goal is to get him through five tonight.

Jammers win 7-5, move to 3-2

June 23, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ll recap this quick because there’s a lot I want to hit on today.

Jamestown won 7-5 thanks to another barrage of hits and a solid enough of a performance from the bullpen. The Jammers are over .500 for the first time this season and seem to really have their offense moving.

The good: The bats keep moving. 12 more hits Friday night and everybody in the lineup had one except for Cameron Flynn. Felix Munoz was the star with three hits and is now 5-for-10 on the season. Angel Espada has an interesting dilemma over at first with Munoz and Viosergy Rosa both hitting well.

The bad: Have I mentioned the starting pitching before? We knew Friday would be no different but it’s so hard to rely on your bullpen for 21 outs. Saturday will be interesting to see how long Helpi Reyes goes in his second start.

The game was over when: Batavia had cut the lead to 6-5 and had the tying run on third base with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh. Jheyson Manzueta got a groundout and strikeout before giving way to lefty specialist Frankie Reed to get the final out of the inning. Jamestown tacked on another run and Batavia never put together another rally.

Game 4 Recap

June 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, that’s enough of Mahoning Valley for one month. The Jammers first four games (of 12) with the Scrappers ended in a 2-2 tie, but Thursday night was more of the same as the Jammers pounded out hits and received another stellar outing from the bullpen to win comfortably 6-2.

The good: Well a lot, which tends to happen in a 4-run win. Jake Esch was great in relief. He threw four innings, allowed just one hit and a walk while striking out four. And no runs as the Jammers kept adding to their lead.

Also, Jamestown had 13 hits. Five guys had multi-hit nights including Cameron Flynn who had been struggling mightily in the leadoff spot. He went 2-for-4 hitting eighth. Viosergy Rosa, Anthony Gomez, Yeison Hernandez and Jesus Solorzano also had two hits a piece. Everyone in the lineup had a hit except Austin Nola, who did at least draw a walk.

Sean Donatello also threw three solid innings, allowing just a run in the ninth, en route to grabbing an endurance save.

The bad: Nola. Only him and Solorzano have started every game, but Nola is just 1-for-17. It’s way too early to be concerned about the kid, though. Ryan Newell only went two innings and I just don’t understand the pitching patterns for the Jammers. If they only wanted two innings out of Newell, but were willing to go four with Esch, why not start Esch? Even Donatello threw three. Who knows, but the Jammers combined to throw a five hitter.

Game was over when: Esch struck out Hunter Jones to end the sixth. Jamestown had just tacked on another run in the top half of the inning to make it 5-1 and the Scrappers had runners on the corners for one of their better hitters in Jones. The strikeout ended the inning. Brian Dice hit a homerun to start the seventh and it was all over except the crying.

Next up: Back up the 90 come the Jammers. They’ll play Batavia at 7:05 p.m. at Dwyer before returning home for two against the Muckdogs on the weekend.

Jammers fall in extra innings

June 20, 2012 Leave a comment

No full recap tonight from me since I didn’t see or listen to the game, but here are a few quick notes from the box score.

The good: The pitching was solid again tonight, including another tremendous performance from the bullpen. Miguel Fermin tossed two hitless innings, which means the 27-year-old catcher-turned-pitcher has allowed just one hit and one walk in four innings. Frankie Reed also threw two scoreless innings. Meanwhile, the bats turned out 10 hits with two each from Viosergy Rosa, Matt Juengel and Jose Behar and a team-high three from Juancito Martinez. But…

The bad: They were all singles except one double from Behar. And as the Jammers spread out their hits, they went a combined 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base. Also, top of the order Cameron Flynn (0-for-6) and Anthony Gomez (0-for-4) went o-f0r-10.

Game was over when: Last play of the game again. Bryan Berglund walked Juan Romero with the bases loaded for the ever-exciting walk-off walk in the bottom of the 11th.

Next up: Jammers finish off their four game set with Mahoning Valley with another road game tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.