Behind Enemy Lines: Birmingham Barons 8/11-15

The Lookouts begin their final series of 2016 against the Birmingham Barons today, so let’s go behind enemy lines and take a peek at Chattanooga’s next opponent.

Behind Enemy Lines

Team, Record (Affiliate): Birmingham, 17-28, 46-69 (Chicago White Sox)

Dates, Start Times and Pitching Match Ups:

THU, August 11th 8:05 EST, Stephen Gonsalves (L, 4-1, 2.42) vs Jordan Guerrero (L, 7-6, 4.63)

FRI, August 12th 8:05 EST, Aaron Slegers (R, 6-5, 3.59) vs Blair Walters (L, 4-3, 3.29)

SAT, August 13th 7:30 EST, Kohl Stewart (R, 6-5, 3.07) vs Spencer Adams (R, 0-3, 5.82)

SUN, August 14th 4:00 EST, David Hurlbut (L, 7-7, 3.51) vs Tyler Barnette (R, 2-4, 4.70)

MON, August 15th 8:05 EST, Felix Jorge (R, 0-3, 5.06) vs James Dykstra (R, 4-6, 5.70)                                             

Barons Team Leaders:

AVG RF Eudy Pina (.260) W SP David Holmberg (7)
R 2B Joey DeMichele (65) SV RP Peter Tago (7)
HR LF Courtney Hawkins (9) SO SP Jordan Guerrero (98)
RBI IF Eddy Alvarez (60) ERA SP David Holmberg(3.70)
SB CF Keenyn Walker (20) WHIP SP David Holmberg(1.22)

Top Performers, CHA vs BIR in 2016

Chattanooga: Zach Granite- .434, 23-for-53, 5-2B, 3B, 11R, 7RBI, .483 OBP, 1.049OPS in 12G

Levi Michael- .333, 12-for-36, 2B, 3B, 8R, 6RBI, .429 OBP in 11G

Stephen Gonsalves– 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 3H, 5BB, 5K, .158 BAA in 1GS

Aaron Slegers – 1-0, 3.50 ERA, 18.0 IP, 17H, 7R, 7ER, 5BB, 13K, .254 BAA in 3GS

Birmingham: Eudy Pina- .353, 18-for-51, 2-2B, HR, 6R, 6RBI in 14G

Keenyn Walker- .310, 9-for-29, 4-2B, HR, 7R, 4RBI, .517 SLG in 9G

Brian Clark- 1.13 ERA, 8.0 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K in 4G

Peter Tago- 3.24 ERA, 8.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 13 K, .192 BAA in 5G

Top Prospect (per MLBPipeline):

RHP Spencer Adams, Rank – #3 in system

2016 stats (WS & BIR) – 8-10, 4.31 ERA, 129.1 IP (22GS), 147 H, 29 BB, 83 K, .281 BAA


While fellow 2014 White Sox draft pick Carlos Rodon (taken 3 overall) has made it to the Bigs already, Spencer Adams (44 overall) shouldn’t be too far behind. With none of his pitches rating below a 50 on the scouting scale and a 60 grade in control, Adams shows all the polish Major League team’s look for before advancing a prospect, and in 2015 the tools matched the results for the 20-year-old. Spencer went 12-5 across two levels last season, throwing 129.1 innings in his first full pro season. Adams has shown a consistent and athletic delivery throughout his career so far, though his speed and bite on his slider have faded a bit since his prep days. Now in the Southern League, Adams will have to make strides with his strength/conditioning and mental approach to keep up with more advanced hitters, should his offerings remain a step below where they once were. The Lookouts get their first look at Adams Saturday night.



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