Standings: 9 – 13, 7 games back
- Lance Lynn (#4): 25.2 IP, 4.56 ERA, 17 BBs, 17Ks
- Daniel Descalso (#8): 88 ABs, .803 OPS, 9 BBs, 8 Ks
- Tyler Greene (#10): 69 ABs, .785 OPS, 7 BBs, 18Ks
- Tyler Henley (#11): 72 ABs, .610 OPS, 3 BBs, 15 Ks
- Jon Jay (#12): 72 ABS, .961 OPS, 8 BBs, 8 Ks
- Bryan Anderson (#13): 27 ABs, .848 OPS, 2 BBs, 4 Ks (Sitting on a major league bench will limit your at bats)
- Adam Ottavino (#18): 12 IP, 7.10 ERA, 4 BBs, 15 Ks
Allen Craig (#6) played 3 games in April and was not included.
Other Notworthy Performances:
- Evan MacLane: 33.2 IP, 4.01 ERA, 4 BBs, 23 Ks
- Fernando Salas: 8.1 IP, 7.56 ERA, 3 BBs, 8 Ks
- Pete Parise: 7 IP, 6.43 ERA, 1 BB, 3 Ks
Memphis sits at the bottom of the league in OPS as the field some prospects who struggle (Donovan Solano, Matt Pagnozzi, Kevin Howard) prominently and are picking off the top performers for some major league duty (Jon Jay, Tyler Greene). Daniel Descalso is holding his own in AAA showing good plate discipline and doubles power. Tyler Henley is off to a slower start as he adjusts to the new pitching. He’s striking out about 50% more often than the previous two seasons so there’s an adjustment that is taking place. The Redbirds rank last in HRs as even prior to the prospect poaching their lineup features very little power.
On the pitching side, things are marginally better. They rank near the bottom in ERA but are featuring a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio. They’ve allowed 20 HRs on the season which isn’t an unseemly number. Rich Hill has been a disaster walking 16 batters in 22 innings. He’s not likely to make the majors this season or be with the club next year if he can’t regain control. The bullpen, which looked to be a strength on paper, has struggled with Josh Kinney, Fernando Salas and Pete Parise having ERAs over 5. When Oneli Perez and Matt Scherer are being asked to handle most of your relieving duties, it’s a bad sign. Scherer has responded well with 13 Ks and 5 BBs in 15 innings. For whatever it’s worth, and likely not much though I try to have as long a memory as possible, scorned Luis Perdomo is back in AAA at Portland with 9 Ks and 5 BBs in 14 innings.
Stats via MiLB as of 05/02/2010.