Behind Enemy Lines: Jackson Generals

The Lookouts begin the second half with a five game series at home against the Jackson Generals today, so let’s go behind enemy lines and take a peek at Chattanooga’s next opponent.

Behind Enemy Lines

Team, Record (Affiliate): Jackson Generals, 46-24 (Seattle Mariners)

Dates, Start Times and Pitching Match Ups:

Friday, June 10th 7:05 EST, David Hurlbut (L, 5-3, 3.78) vs Jordan Pries (R, 4-2, 5.70)

Saturday, June 11th 7:05 EST Ryan Eades (R, 4-2, 3.66) vs Andrew Moore (R, 2-0, 3.10)

Sunday, June 12th 2:05 EST Stephen Gonsalves (L, NR) vs Sam Gaviglio (R, 4-3, 3.86)

Monday, June 13th 7:05 EST Aaron Slegers (R, 5-4, 3.59) vs Ryan Yarbrough (L, 7-2, 2.77)

Tuesday, June 14th 12:05 EST Kohl Stewart (R, 1-2, 4.82) vs Brett Ash (R, 7-3, 4.39)                                    

Generals Team Leaders:

AVG OF Tyler O’Neill (.321) W SP Brett Ash (7)
R IF Benji Gonzalez (42) SV RP Dan Altavilla (8)
HR OF Tyler O’Neill (12) SO SP Ryan Yarbrough (61)
RBI OF Tyler O’Neill (55) ERA SP Ryan Yarbrough (2.77)
SB OF Ian Miller (21) WHIP SP Ryan Yarbrough (1.18)

Top Performers, CHA vs JXN in 2016

Chattanooga: DJ Hicks – .368, 14-for-38, 3-2B, 4 HR, 9 R, 11 RBI, 4 BB in 10G

Mitch Garver – .357, 5-for-14, 2B, 4 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, .471 OBP in 5G

Jake Reed– 1-0, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K, .167 BAA in 3G

Trevor Hildenberger – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 Save

Tennessee: Guillermo Heredia – .412, 14-for-34, 2-2B, 3B, 7 R, 6 RBI, 9 BB, .522 OBP in 10G

Benji Gonzalez – .341, 14-for-41, 4 2B, 9 R, 3 RBI in 10G

Brett Ash– 2-0, 2GS, 12 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP in 2G

Ryan Yarbrough– 1-0, 2 GS, 12 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB/15 K, 0.75 WHIP in 2G

Top Prospects (per MLBPipeline):

OF Tyler O’Neill, Rank – #4 in system

2016 stats – .321 AVG, 84H-262AB, 38R, 55RBI, 20 2Bs 12 HR, 28BB, 68K, .386OBP, .550SLG

MLB Pipeline ended their write-up on Tyler O’Neill with the following entering the 2016 season: “The 2016 season will be a telling one for O’Neill, as his approach, plate discipline and capacity to make adjustments will all be tested with the move up to Double-A. He still has sizeable gains to make on both sides of the ball, but the potential exists for O’Neill to develop into a middle-of-the-order run producer at the highest level.” If they thought 2016 would be telling, it has told nothing but great things to the Seattle Mariners about their #4 prospect. O’Neill currently ranks fourth in the Southern League in batting average (.321), first in at-bats (262), slugging percentage (.550), extra-base hits (34), total bases (144) and RBI (55), second in home runs (12) and hits (84), and third in doubles (20). He is having an MVP-caliber season so far for the Generals, flexing his explosive bat speed and strength, and blowing past the projections his 45-rated tool carries. O’Neill enters this series hitting .250 with a double, triple and homer in 10 games against the Lookouts this season, which, as crazy as it may sounds, is limiting the damage Tyler can cause.

IF DJ Peterson, Rank – #6 in system

2016 stats – .255 AVG, 66H-259AB, 27R, 36RBI, 18 2B, 9 HR, 24BB, 64K, .325OBP, .429SLG

DJ Peterson was flying through Seattle’s minor league system, making it all the way to Double-A in his first full professional season, when he led the Mariners organization in home runs (31) and RBI (111), but slowed in 2015. Peterson then suffered a set-back when he was hit by a season-ending Achilles injury shortly after reaching Triple-A. He hasn’t blown anyone away with his 2016 performance so far, but has been solid with a .255 batting average, 18 doubles and nine homers. While he is undoubtedly behind where he appeared to be in 2013, it is still far too early to question his status as an upper-level prospect. Peterson is 12-for-41 (.293) in 10 games against Chattanooga this season with five runs scored, seven driven in and five extra base hits.

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