Behind Enemy Lines: Montgomery Biscuits 8/17-21

The Montgomery Biscuits come to town tomorrow for a crucial match-up between the top two teams vying for the second half playoff spot in the Southern League North Division. The Lookouts and the Biscuits enter Wednesday’s game tied for a trip to the playoffs and a first round match-up with the Jackson Generals. Learn more about Chattanooga’s opponent before the most important series of the year thus far in this week’s Behind Enemy Lines with All Aboard.

Behind Enemy Lines

Team, Record (Affiliate): Montgomery Biscuits, 28-22 in 2nd half, 62-58 overall (Tampa Bay Rays)

Dates, Start Times and Pitching Match Ups:

Wednesday, August 17th 7:15 EST Stephen Gonsalves (L, 5-1, 2.01) vs Taylor Guerrieri (R, 12-5, 3.92)

Thursday, August 18th 7:15 EST Aaron Slegers (R, 9-6, 3.46) vs Chih-Wei Hu (R, 5-8, 2.79)

Friday, August 19th 7:15 EST Kohl Stewart (R, 6-6, 3.25) vs Brent Honeywell (R, 2-1, 2.45)

Saturday, August 20th 7:15 EST TBD vs Chris Kirsch (L, 6-6, 3.49)

Sunday, August 21st 2:15 EST TBD vs Hunter Wood (R, 4-2, 4.09)                         

Biscuits Team Leaders:

AVG OF Jake Bauers (.284) W SP Taylor Guerrieri (12)
R SS Willy Adames (80) SV RP Kyle Winkler (7)
HR OF Jake Bauers (13) SO SP Chris Kirsch (96)
RBI OF Jake Bauers (67) ERA SP Chih-Wei Hu (2.79)
SB LFGranden Goetzman(19) WHIP SP Chih-Wei Hu (1.17)

Top Performers, CHA vs MTG in 2016

Chattanooga: Zach Granite – .282, 11-for-39, 2-2B, 7 R, 2 RBI in 9G

Aaron Slegers – 2-0, 1.26 ERA, 14.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 9 K, .174 BAA in 2GS

Ryan Eades– 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 12 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 K, .214 BAA in 2GS

Montgomery: Granden Goetzman – .375, 6-for-16, 2B, 3B, 1 R, 3 RBI in 4G

Kean Wong – .343, 12-for-35, 2-2B, HR, 5 R, 6 RBI in 9G

Taylor Guerrieri – 2-0, 2.45 ERA, 11 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 K, .231 BAA in 2GS

Chih-Wei Hu – 1-1, 0.00 ERA, 11 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 8 K, .179 BAA in 2GS

Top Prospects (per MLBPipeline):

SS Willy Adames, Rank – #1 in system, #24 in Top 100, #10 in Top 10 SS Prospects

2016 stats – .272AVG, 112H-412AB, 80R, 50RBI, 28-2B, 5-3B, 11HR, .375OBP, .444SLG

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. 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 – #3 in system, #84 in Top 100

2016 stats – .282AVG, 120H-426AB, 69R, 67RBI, 24-2Bs, 13HR, 61BB, 75K, .372OBP, .434SLG

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 24 doubles and set a career high with 13 homers, including one off the Lookouts.

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