Behind Enemy Lines: Mobile BayBears
Behind Enemy Lines
The Lookouts begin a five game series on the road against the Mobile Bay Bears on Wednesday, so let’s go behind enemy lines and take a peek at Chattanooga’s next opponent.
Team, Record (Affiliate): Mobile Bay Bears, 8-15 (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Dates and Start Times:
Wednesday, May 4th 7:35 EST
Thursday, May 5th 7:35 EST
Friday, May 6th 8:05 EST
Saturday, May 7th 8:05 EST
Sunday, May 8th 3:05 EST
Bay Bears Team Leaders:
|AVG||OF Mitch Haniger (.359)||W||SP Yoan Lopez (2)|
|R||3B Ildemaro Vargas (14)||SV||RP Adam Miller (3)|
|HR||RF Gabriel Guerrero (4)||SO||SP Anthony Banda (29)|
|RBI||RF Gabriel Guerrero (18)||ERA||SP Anthony Banda (2.84)|
|SB||3B Ildemaro Vargas (6)||WHIP||SP Yoan Lopez (1.41)|
Top Prospects (per MLBPipeline):
RHP Yoan Lopez, Rank – #3
2016 stats – 2-2, 3.97 ERA, 22.2 IP (5 GS), 22 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 10 BB, 14 K, 1.41 WHIP, .256 BAA
The Diamondbacks went well over their allotted pool of international spending funds to bring in Yoan Lopez from Cuba. The 6-foot-3 righty has three pitches that rate above average on the scouting grades scale including a plus rating on his fastball that he can run up into the mid-90s. His curveball and changeup both project to be at least Major League average as well. Lopez started the year with three quality starts through his first three games but lasted only 4.2 innings over his last two while allowing 8 runs and walking six in that span. He’ll look to bounce back on track against the Lookouts either Saturday or Sunday, depending on how the Bay Bears rotation shakes out after a rain postponement on their last scheduled game day.
OF Gabriel Guerrero, Rank – #13
2016 stats – .234, 18 H – 77 AB, 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 4 HR, 12 R, 18 RBI, 4 BB, 17 K, .272 OBP, .442 SLG
If the last name sounds familiar, it’s because Gabriel is the nephew of former major league star Vladimir Guerrero. He was acquired by the Diamondbacks in June as a part of the Mark Trumbo trade with the Seattle Mariners. The younger Guerrero is rated as an athletic right fielder with a stellar arm and average hit and power tools. After absolutely crushing the ball in 2014 in the California League with the High Desert Mavericks to the tune of a .307 average with 28 doubles, 18 home runs and 96 RBI in 131 games, Guerrero struggled a bit for two different Southern League teams in 2015, finishing with a combined .222 average and just 7 home runs and 47 RBI in 126 games. This year he’s already hit four dingers with 12 runs scored and 18 driven in, so the power is showing. If he can cut down on the strikeouts (108 last year) he has a chance to be an impact major league player.