Friday, May 05, 2006

April's Top Performers: Rome

April is over so I am going to look at some of the standouts so far. It is early but these are the guys that are playing really well right now for Rome. I will have the other teams posted soon.

Quentin Davis, OF, Rome:

Everyone knew that Quentin Davis was a threat to steal a bag, he has 8 in 11 attempts, but the reason he is on this list is because he is also batting .356 so far this season. Although he still needs to work on some plate discipline as he has struck out 18 times while only walking once.

Max Ramirez, C, Rome:

This guy can hit. That’s all there is to it. During the month of April, Max batted .333, drove in 13 runs, and had an OPS of .967. He only has 2 home runs but he is still slugging .533 thanks to a team-leading 9 doubles. He has also shown great plate discipline by walking 13 times and striking out 17 times. I have no doubt that he will continue on this pace and have an outstanding year.

Kala Kaaihue, 1B, Rome:

Here is another guy who is having an outstanding season. Kala has shown his power by hitting 6 homers, batting .310, and slugging .607. He has also improved his plate discipline from last year by drawing 21 walks compared to his 26 strikeouts. Kala has surprised me this year and I look forward to seeing if he can keep it up.

Beau Jones, SP, Rome:

On to the pitchers now. Beau Jones was selected in the first round last year and is pitching very well in his first full season as a pro. He has started 4 games but is obviously on a strict pitch count as he has thrown only 17.2 innings. His ERA is very good at 2.55. However, his WHIP is alarmingly high at 1.92. I will definitely keep my eye on him this year.

Jeff Lyman, P, Rome:

Jeff Lyman was also drafted last year but in the second round. Jeff has pitched a similar amount of innings as Beau, 19. But Jeff has a much better K/BB ratio at 19/7. Jeff’s ERA is 3.32.

Moises Hernandez:

This is the guy we got for Leo Mazzone. I knew he had a live arm but his results this year have been great thus far. He has a 2.91 ERA with a 20/7 K/BB ratio in 21.2 innings pitched. His WHIP is also very good at 1.06. He has started one game but his future is most likely as a relief pitcher with his hard stuff.

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