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:
|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|
|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.