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Vancouver Canadians Hitters – July 31st

The first full month of the Canadians season is in the books and things are looking pretty good.  Vancouver set a new record for wins during ‘half’ a season with 25.  Unfortunately, they were matched in that regards by Spokane, who carried the day by taking the first half tiebreaker.

Offensively, the team has been lights out.  They are currently third in the league in runs scored despite playing home games in a stadium that yields the second fewest runs according to park factors.  Their supposed ‘lack of power’ is a bit of a myth as the team also lies third in the Northwest League in slugging percentage, again, trailing teams that play in parks more conducive to extra base hits.

Their speed is legit as well.  The team leads the NWL in stolen bases, swiping 93 at an 85% clip.  Three of the top six thieves in the league are Canadians.

And they don’t show any signs of slowing down, as the team has banged out 54 hits through the first four games of their recent set with Boise.  These games are for August stats though.  This post is going to focus on what happened in July.

Which, of course, saw the debut of Jays first rounder (11th overall) Max Pentecost:

Name Age PA BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA wRC+ June Diff
Gunnar Heidt 21 4 0% 0% 0 0.5 0.5 1 1.5 0.5 0.5 0.666 306 DNP NA
Max Pentecost 21 66 3% 23% 0.13 0.302 0.318 0.381 0.699 0.079 0.388 0.324 93 DNP NA
Thomas Collins III 25 163 11% 23% 0.47 0.23 0.325 0.324 0.649 0.094 0.294 0.314 88 33 55
Timothy Locastro 21 183 4% 8% 0.53 0.329 0.417 0.395 0.811 0.066 0.353 0.392 136 111 25
Christian Vazquez 24 65 8% 14% 0.56 0.175 0.266 0.211 0.476 0.035 0.208 0.243 43 29 14
Jonathan Davis 22 91 6% 29% 0.19 0.241 0.294 0.43 0.724 0.19 0.346 0.332 98 85 13
Sean Hurley 22 61 15% 23% 0.64 0.12 0.262 0.2 0.462 0.08 0.139 0.242 43 31 12
Seth Conner 22 64 13% 19% 0.67 0.218 0.317 0.273 0.59 0.055 0.279 0.294 75 68 7
Chris Carlson 23 137 15% 10% 1.5 0.33 0.438 0.383 0.821 0.052 0.376 0.4 141 144 -3
Franklin Barreto 18 210 9% 19% 0.49 0.304 0.386 0.459 0.844 0.155 0.371 0.391 135 142 -7
Ryan Metzler 21 111 13% 20% 0.64 0.232 0.342 0.263 0.606 0.032 0.301 0.307 83 91 -8
Roemon Fields 23 211 9% 19% 0.46 0.289 0.365 0.38 0.745 0.091 0.358 0.356 113 122 -9
Kevin Garcia 21 32 9% 16% 0.6 0.269 0.344 0.308 0.651 0.038 0.304 0.314 87 103 -16
Ryan Mcbroom 22 179 4% 15% 0.26 0.325 0.363 0.528 0.891 0.202 0.351 0.404 143 160 -17
Alexis Maldonado 23 98 10% 16% 0.63 0.279 0.361 0.384 0.745 0.105 0.333 0.355 113 138 -25
Brendan Kalfus 22 48 2% 19% 0.11 0.149 0.167 0.191 0.358 0.043 0.184 0.169 -3 27 -30
Michael De La Cruz 21 117 10% 15% 0.67 0.225 0.308 0.324 0.631 0.098 0.259 0.303 80 161 -81

I sorted the names by the change in their wRC+ over the month of July.  If the playoffs were to start today (and the C’s were in them) I don’t think manager John Schneider would have any hesitation naming his top six.  Fields, Locastro, Barreto, Pentecost, McBroom and Carlson have all played very well thus far.  Of those five (I’m excluding Pentecost as only joined the team in July) only Locastro is on the positive side of runs created.  For the others, the drop off isn’t all that extreme, nor really that surprising, given fact that guys like McBroom and Barreto had put up exceptional numbers through the first month or so.

If you look at them compared to the rest of the league, adding in Carlson, you still have three of the top ten players in regards to that particular stat, with Locastro sitting in 12th.

The other guys that put up positive run differentials are all guys that would be considered role players.  And even though they had better months, they’re still contributing at a below league average mark.  That being said, with the C’s now well and truly in the stretch drive, they’ll need contributions from everywhere so it’s great to see the bats of guys like Seth Conner and Boomer Collins come around.

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