Behind Enemy Lines: Montgomery Biscuits
The Lookouts begin a five game series on the road against the Montgomery Biscuits today, so let’s go behind enemy lines and take a peek at Chattanooga’s next opponent.
Team, Record (Affiliate): Montgomery Biscuits, 32-33 (Tampa Bay Rays)
Dates, Start Times and Pitching Match Ups:
Wednesday, June 15th 8:05 EST, DJ Baxendale (R, 6-6, 3.23) vs Chris Kirsch (L, 1-2, 4.07)
Thursday, June 16th 8:05 EST Ryan Eades (R, 3-2, 4.15) vs Chih-Wei Hu (R, 2-3, 2.21)
Friday, June 17th 8:05 EST David Hurlbut (L, 4-3, 4.09) vs Hunter Wood (R, 3-0, 1.10)
Saturday, June 18th 7:35 EST Aaron Slegers (R, 4-4, 3.66) vs Jake Faria (R, 1-5, 4.14)
Sunday, June 19th 3:05 EST Kohl Stewart (R, 1-1, 3.14) vs Taylor Guerrieri (R, 5-4, 3.88)
Biscuits Team Leaders:
|AVG||1B Casey Gillaspie (.288)||W||SP Taylor Guerrieri (5)|
|R||SS Willy Adames (48)||SV||RP Brad Schreiber (7)|
|HR||1B Casey Gillaspie (9)||SO||SP Jacob Faria (86)|
|RBI||OF Jake Bauers (35)||ERA||SP Chich-Wei Hu (2.21)|
|SB||LFGranden Goetzman(11)||WHIP||SP Jacob Faria (1.16)|
Top Performers, CHA vs MTG in 2016
Chattanooga: Mitch Garver – .313, 5-for-16, 2-2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, 5 BB, .455 OBP in 5G
Leo Reginatto – .313, 5-for-16, 2B, R, 3 RBI in 5G
Aaron Slegers – 1-0, 1GS, 8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 5 K, .185 BAA
David Hurlbut– 1-0, 1GS, 6 IP, 7 H, 6 K, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB
Montgomery: Granden Goetzman – .375, 6-for-16, 2B, 3B, 1 R, 3 RBI in 4G
Kean Wong – .381, 8-for-21, 2-2B, HR, 5 R, 2 RBI in 5G
Taylor Guerrieri – 1-0, 1GS, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, .067 BAA
Ryne Stanek – 0-1, 1 GS, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, .167 BAA
Top Prospects (per MLBPipeline):
SS Willy Adames, Rank – #3 in system, #73 in Top 100
2016 stats – .285AVG, 65H-228AB, 48 R, 30 RBI, 20-2B, 3-3B, 8HR, 35BB, 53K, .381OBP, .504SLG
Adames signed with the Detroit Tigers as a seventeen year old out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, and after debuting as the youngest everyday player in the Midwest League (18 years old when he played for West Michigan), found himself as they key return in the David Price to Detroit trade.
Ever since (and even before the trade) Adames has put up strong performances in every league despite being well under the average league player age at each stop. First, he worked his way into the three hole in the lineup for Charlotte in the Florida State League, hitting an admirable .258 with 24 doubles, 6 triples and 4 homers while being a full 3.7 years younger than the average FSL player. Now, Willy has improved on the statistics front while being even further below the average player age (4.1 years younger) in the Southern League. His average has risen to .285, while he’s hit just four doubles short of last season’s mark, three triples shy of 2015 and already doubled his homerun totals from a year before in 44 fewer games. If he keeps his performance, at minimum, the level it is now, it won’t be long before he’s younger than the average player in the International League patrolling the left side of the infield for the Durham Bulls.
1B/OF Jake Bauers, Rank – #5 in system, #7 in Top 10 1B Prospects
2016 stats – .277AVG, 65H-235AB, 28R, 35RBI, 12-2Bs, 6 HR, 34BB, 45K, .369OBP, .404SLG
Jake Bauers is another example, like Adames, of a top Rays prospect acquired via trade. Bauers came over from the Padres system in the Wil Myers swap, and almost instantly spiked in the power department. After finishing with 18 doubles and 8 home runs in his last full season in the San Diego farm system, Bauers broke out across two levels for Rays farm clubs, hitting 11 long balls and almost doubling his total of two bag hits (18 to 32). He hit .272 combined for Charlotte and Montgomery that year, with a respectable .342 OBP and .418 SLG. Scouts like the hit tool from the left side of the plate, but the Rays will continue to monitor how his power develops, as that category will go a long way toward defining the kind of player Bauers can be long term. This year he’s has 12 doubles and six homeruns, and is on pace to hit 13.5 homers which would be his new career high.