As of Tuesday May 5th, the Quad Cities River Bandits are 13-10 in 3rd place 2.5 games back from the division leader.
Can’t Touch This – Kevin Thomas has a 0.00 ERA. He’s struck out 13 against 3 walks and 7 hits. Yes, that’s correct. He’s struck out more batters than he’s allowed to reach base.
What’s The Motte-r With You - Casey Mulligan, converted catcher, has struck out 20 in 10IP while walking just 2. I’d say he might be ready for the next level.
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot – Jonny Bravo just got the call up and unfortunately for him, I’m not a kind enough robot to pull punches. He’s pitched 1 inning and walked 6 batters.
Second Verse, A Slightly Lessor Succes Than The First – David Carpenter, converted catcher has thrown 12 innings this season. He hasn’t experienced quite the success that Mulligan has but it’s still been a relatively positive conversion. He’s been a bit hittable (15) but he’s shown good control (4 walks) and the ability to strike batters out (19).
Be Still My Heart – This team does not league the league in walks. [clouds part, rays of light shine down]
Strike Two (Hundred Thirteen) – The River Bandits are 3rd in the league in Ks trailing by just 6. They’ve managed that in 17 fewer innings.
Cruzin – Paul Cruz leads the team in offensive production. He’s got a .948 OPS with 12 walks against 6 Ks. It’s only ~50 ABs and he has just 3 extra base hits but a .475 OBP is a positive.
Walk Like Niko – Niko hasn’t shown the kind of power he flashed last year. In 78 ABs he’s only hit 4 doubles and a triple. What he has shown is a tremendous approach at the plate leading the team with 14 walks.
Kyle Russell – He’s playing in the Midwest League and has an OPS over 1.000. Wait, what’s that? We didn’t sign him. . .my bad.
The Quad Cities are getting by with mid-level hitting and mid-level pitching. There aren’t any prospects on this team that jump out at you as you’ve got a lot of late round picks and some raw players. The 24 unearned runs are reflective of a somewhat weak defensive team especially at two key positions: SS Niko with 10 errors and 3B Alex Castellanos 9 errors.