Behind Enemy Lines: Jackson Generals

The Lookouts take their 10-consecutive-series-victories streak and first place record on the road the place where they last lost a set of five games, Jackson, TN. Let’s go behind enemy lines and learn more about Chattanooga’s next opponent.

Behind Enemy Lines

Team, Record (Affiliate): Jackson Generals, 12-12 (58-36) (Seattle Mariners)

Dates, Start Times and Pitching Match Ups:

Wednesday, July 20th 8:05 EST, Kohl Stewart (R, 3-4, 3.74) vs Brett Ash (R, 9-5, 4.37)

Thursday, July 21st 8:05 EST David Hurlbut (L, 7-4, 3.26) vs Tyler Herb (R, 0-2, 5.40)

Friday, July 22nd 8:05 EST Omar Bencomo (R, 2-5, 4.50) vs Andrew Moore (R, 4-1, 3.23)

Saturday, July 23rd 7:05 EST Felix Jorge (R, 0-1, 7.62) vs Sam Gaviglio (R, 5-5, 4.15)

Sunday, July 24th 7:05 EST Stephen Gonsalves (L, 3-1, 2.93) vs Ryan Yarbrough (L, 8-4, 3.48)                                                               

Generals Team Leaders:

AVG IF Benji Gonzalez (.304) W SP Brett Ash (9)
R IF Benji Gonzalez (53) SV RP Dan Altavilla (11)
HR OF Tyler O’Neill (17) SO SP Ryan Yarbrough (76)
RBI OF Tyler O’Neill (69) ERA SP Ryan Yarbrough (3.48)
SB OF Ian Miller (32) WHIP SP Sam Gaviglio (1.24)

Top Performers, CHA vs JXN in 2016

Chattanooga: DJ Hicks – .281, 16-for-57, 3-2B, 5 HR, 11 R, 14 RBI, 5 BB in 15G

Mitch Garver – .310, 9-for-29, 2B, HR, 5 R, 4 RBI, 5 BB, .448 OBP in 8G

Aaron Slegers – 1-1, 18.0 IP, 16 H, 5 ER, 8 BB, 15 K, .254 BAA in 3GS

Trevor Hildenberger – 1-0, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 Saves in 3G

Jackson: Benji Gonzalez – .323, 20-for-62, 5 2B, 11 R, 5 RBI in 15G

Ian Miller – .271, 13-for-48, 2B, 3B, 8 R, 3 RBI, 4 SB in 12G

Brett Ash– 3-0, 18.2 IP, 12 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1.45 ERA, 0.80 WHIP in 3GS

Ryan Yarbrough– 1-1, 18 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB/19 K, 0.94 WHIP in 3GS

Top Prospects (per MLBPipeline):

OF Tyler O’Neill, Rank – #3 in system

2016 stats – .303 AVG, 102H-337AB, 46R, 69RBI, 20 2Bs, 17 HR, 36BB, 96K, .531SLG

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 seventh in the Southern League in batting average (.303), first in slugging percentage (.531), extra-base hits (40), total bases (179), RBI (69), and in home runs (17), and is tied for second with 102 hits. 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. Despite his major success this season, the Lookouts have excelled in limiting the damage caused by O’Neill, holding him to a .226 batting average through 15 games.

SP Andrew Moore, Rank – #9 in system

2016 stats – 4-1, 3.23 ERA, 10 GS, 53.0 IP, 64 H, 7 BB, 41 K, .303 BAA, 1.34 WHIP

Andrew Moore began the season in the Cal league, going 3-1 with a 1.65 ERA in nine starts for the Bakersfield Blaze to earn a call-up to Double-A with the Jackson Generals. Southern League batters are hitting .303 off the 22-year-old but he’s managed to limit the damage, spotting a 3.23 ERA through 10 games with a 4-1 record. Before getting drafted in the competitive balance round in 2015, Moore was a star pitcher and three-year starter at Oregon State, where he logged 302 career innings with a rock-solid 24-8 record. His “pitchability” and superb command (rated a 60 out of 80 on the scouting scale) are what drew the Seattle Mariners attention and what have gotten Moore this far. Between hitting his spots, displaying a high baseball IQ and showing plus mental makeup, Moore should one day slot into latter half of Seattle’s rotation. In his lone start against the Lookouts, he flashed a little bit of all of his positives, winning the start after five innings of two run ball. Chattanooga will get another shot at him Friday night when he starts opposite Omar Bencomo.

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