Peavey Faces More Disciplined HittersGreg Peavey made his advanced-A debut Saturday and was ok: 5 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Note the three walks. He had one three-walk outing in the SAL on April 23. For me, one of the principal differences between A and advanced-A is that the hitters are more disciplined at the higher level. Peavey walked four batters over his final nine starts, a span of 54 innings, in the SAL!
Lagares is RakingJuan Lagares picked up two singles on both Saturday and Sunday to run his hitting streak to nine straight games. He's sitting at .347/.382/.493 after 59 games and leading the FSL in batting average and is sixth in OPS. I'd thought that with Matt den Dekker in AA, Lagares might get to play a little center field. That hasn't happened, and I'm happy about it because....
Cesar Puello is Playing Center!Twenty-year old Cesar Puello (.243/.296/.347) has played four straight games in center field. He played one game in center on April 15th, and then moved back to right and didn't return to center until this week. I love what the move to center does for his value, but at some point he'll need to start hitting again. He'll also need to walk a little. He's hitting .264/.317/.361 in June, but has walked just once in 20 games while his on-base percentage is supported by six hit-by-pitches. Getting plunked is a repeatable skill, but it's no substitute for working counts.
Josh Edgin is Still Missing Bats
Saturday: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. That's six whiffs in 6.1 innings and two straight walk-less outings. Watch the walk rate for Edgin in advanced-A.
Moving Back to St. Lucie hasn't helped Eric NiesenNiesen on Sunday: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K