Behind Enemy Lines: Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Behind Enemy Lines
The Lookouts begin a five game series at home against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos today, so let’s go behind enemy lines and take a peek at Chattanooga’s next opponent.
Team, Record (Affiliate): Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 18-12 (Cincinnati Reds)
Dates, Start Times and Pitching Match Ups:
Monday, May 9th 7:15 EST, DJ Baxendale (R, 1-4, 2.92) vs Sal Romano (R, 1-1, 3.86)
Tuesday, May 10th 7:15 EST David Hurlbut (L, 2-1, 6.59) vs Jackson Stephens (R, 2-2, 3.95)
Wednesday, May 11th 7:15 EST Omar Bencomo (R, 1-1, 3.27) vs Rookie Davis (R, 3-1, 0.93)
Thursday, May 12th 7:15 EST Aaron Slegers (R, 2-2, 2.68) vs Nick Travieso (R, 1-2, 6.20)
Friday, May 13th 7:15 EST Ryan Eades (R, 1-2, 5.70) vs Amir Garrett (L, 3-2, 1.26)
Blue Wahoos Team Leaders:
|AVG||IF Tony Renda (.307)||W||RP Barrett Astin (3)|
|R||OF Phillip Ervin (22)||SV||RP Alejandro Chacin (5)|
|HR||OF Phillip Ervin (3)||SO||SP Amir Garrett (38)|
|RBI||OF Beau Amaral (14)||ERA||SP Rookie Davis (0.93)|
|SB||OF Phillip Ervin (12)||WHIP||SP Rookie Davis (0.83)|
Top Prospects (per MLBPipeline):
LHP Amir Garrett, Rank – #4
2016 stats – 3-2, 1.26 ERA, 35.2 IP (6GS), 24 H, 11 BB, 38 K, .186 BAA, 0.98 WHIP
The Reds drafted Amir Garrett in the summer of 2011 and liked him so much they gave him a seven figure contract even though Garrett was returning to school in the winter to play college basketball. The gamble has paid off so far though, as Garrett now only plays baseball and has put up steadily improving numbers since choosing to turn his focus to the diamond, culminating in a career year in 2015. Last season, Garrett started for the Daytona Tortugas, finishing with a stat line of 9-7, a 2.44 ERA and 140.1 IP in 26 starts, while also pitching in the Futures Game in his likely future home field in Cincinnati. This season Garrett leads the Blue Wahoos in innings pitched and strikeouts with a WHIP under one. The Lookouts will have to deal with the big 6’5” leftie in the series finale Friday, when he starts opposite Ryan Eades.
2B/SS Alex Blandino, Rank – #8
2016 stats – .203 AVG, 15H-74AB, 7 R, 6 RBI, 6 Doubles, 4 BB, 23 K, 1 SB, .244 OBP, .324 SLG
Blandino has some large expectations to live up to as a college hitter drafted in 2014, amidst names like Kyle Schwarber, Michal Conforto and Tre Turner who all made big league debuts last season. While he’s not quite at their level yet, he has put up steady numbers throughout his minor league career, despite struggling so far at the double-A level. His career MiLB numbers suggest a player who will contribute across the board as a major league, with total numbers as follows: .272 AVG in 192 games, 19 HR, 108 R, 91 RBI, 17 SB, .354 OBP, .430 SLG. Blandino also earns rave reviews for his mental makeup and leadership skills, further validating the belief that he’ll one day man the middle of the infield for a big league club.