Behind Enemy Lines: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Lookouts begin a five game series on the road against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos today, so let’s go behind enemy lines and take a peek at Chattanooga’s next opponent.

Behind Enemy Lines

Team, Record (Affiliate): Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 2-3, 47-28 (Cincinnati Reds)

Dates, Start Times and Pitching Match Ups:

Wednesday, June 29th 7:30 EST, David Hurlbut (L, 5-3, 3.61) vs Tyler Mahle (R, 1-0, 5.40)

Thursday, June 30th 7:30 EST Ryan Eades (R, 4-3, 4.36) vs Rookie Davis (R, 1-2, 2.64)

Friday, July 1st 7:30 EST Stephen Gonsalves (L, 1-0, 3.60) vs Jackson Stephens (R, 5-6, 3.19)

Saturday, July 2nd 7:30 EST Aaron Slegers (R, 6-4, 3.38) vs Sal Romano (R, 1-8, 4.82)

Sunday, July 3rd 7:30 EST Kohl Stewart (R, 1-3, 4.56) vs Nick Travieso (R, 3-3, 4.91)                                               

Blue Wahoos Team Leaders:

BATTING NAME/# PITCHING NAME/#
AVG 2B Brandon Dixon (.252) W SP Rookie Davis (6)
R CF Phillip Ervin (37) SV RP Alejandro Chacin (13)
HR 2B Brandon Dixon (11) SO SP Sal Romano (70)
RBI 2B Brandon Dixon (40) ERA SP Jackson Stephens (3.19)
SB CF Phillip Ervin (22) WHIP SP Jackson Stephens (1.18)

 

Top Performers, CHA vs JXN in 2016

Chattanooga: DJ Hicks – .450, 9-for-20, 2-2B, 4 R, 6 RBI, 3 BB in 5G

Ryan Walker – .471, 8-for-17, 3B, 4 R, 5 RBI, 3 BB, .500 OBP in 5G

Ryan Eades– 1-0, 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, .059 BAA in 1GS

Luke Westphal – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 6 K, 0 R, 2 BB, .077 BAA in 2G

Pensacola: Phillip Ervin – .250, 2-for-8, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1.400 OPS in 2G

Eric Jagielo – .263, 5-for-19, 2B, 3B, 4 R, 4 BB in 5G

Jackson Stephens– 0-0, 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 K in 1GS

Carlos Gonzalez – 1-0, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB/4 K, 0.33 WHIP in 1G

Top Prospect (per MLBPipeline):

2B/SS Alex Blandino, Rank – #8, #6 on Top 10 2B Prospects

2016 stats – .196 AVG, 39H-199AB, 20 R, 20 RBI, 9 2B, 5 HR, 26BB, 62K, .301 OBP, .317 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.

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