I’ve updated both the hitters and pitchers stats sections. Some interesting tidbits in both. But, before discussing the numbers, a couple of organizational moves get a brief mention. The C’s released RHP Daniel Tiburcio on Friday. Tiburcio was a Rule 5 pick up from the Braves organization in ’10. He had 4 years of pro ball experience in the Dominican Summer League where, as far as I can find out, stats should not be considered whatsoever. He’d been on the DL to start the season, so really nothing to say about him. In another move, the Jays promoted SS Chris Peters from Bluefield to Lansing. Again, another odd move as Peters hadn’t really done much in Bluefield. He only had 20 PAs which is definitely small sample size. In those 20 PAs though, he showed a decent eye with a high BB/K rate and some pop. Still, like the recent promotion of Jason Leblebijian, this is more than likely a re-shuffling of the deck in regards to the glut of SSs the Jays org. is currently stocked with.
Speaking of JL, as the hitting stats show, he has made the most of his promotion to Vancouver. This early in his C’s career we can disregard most those numbers though as sample size is tiny and BABIP is unsustainably high. But, with a 1/1 to BB/K ratio he has shown good discipline which should stand him in good stead the rest of the season. He DH’d (looks like he has split time between DH and SS since being called up) in the game I went to last week so didn’t get to see him defensively, but physically, the difference between him and Jorge Flores was very pronounced. JL is a big body. Whether that sees him move away from SS in the future is up in the air. For now, let’s just enjoy his hot streak while it lasts.
Doing these stats, I was hoping to have something positive to say about my favourite whipping boy, Big Bopper Balbino, but well, I can’t. As his PAs increase, his advanced metrics are creeping back towards the mean. And this is despite a still very high BABIP. With his ridiculously high K rate, I can only see the Big Bopper’s numbers going in one direction from here. Unfortunately (or fortunately if strictly a numbers man) that may spell the end of Fuenmayor’s Jays career.
On the pitching side of things, Ben White had another poor performance last night. In my recent article on the starting staff I predicted Ben would either get released or be quickly considered Org Filler if he didn’t step up his game. As the numbers show, Ben may be on a very short leash. I hadn’t realized, but Ben has started both of my two trips to the Nat this season, so I have written a bit about him already.
Eric Brown’s numbers aren’t looking all that healthy either. Like White his K/BB ratio is not great. He has also been prone to the long ball. As the season moves towards the mid-way point, we may see some movement on the starting pitching side of things. When this happens, both White and Brown may be looking over their shoulders a bit.
Marcus Stroman goes again tonight. Despite the poor (statistics-wise) start to his C’s career, reading the re-cap of the inning, it sounds like he had a bit of bad luck. Here’s hoping he has a clean inning tonight, in what is a series clinching win for the C’s.