Duggar getting back into nice groove at the plate

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ / AUG

Steven Duggar's season has come in waves thus far. After starting the year hot, going 16-for-46 (.348) with four home runs and three doubles in his first 13 games, the former Clemson product cooled off significantly. He grinded through an eight-game stretch where he struck out 10 times in 36 plate appearances, while collecting just three hits over the span.

Duggar now seems to be back into a comfortable groove. His last 13 games have produced four doubles, two triples, and a home run (hit last night) to go along with 11 walks to just six strikeouts. He is now up to 25 walks on the season, which is second in the California League. His .393 on-base percentage is fifth. Overall, he is striking out at a more-than-respectable 17.6 percent clip, while drawing almost as many walks as strikeouts.

OTHER NOTES

Mitch Delfino hit his third home run of the season, in only 64 plate appearances, to build upon a solid, yet slightly unnoticed start to the 2016 season, which is the 25-year-old's debut at the Triple-A level. Delfino is now slashing .316/.391/.474, with all three of his extra-base hits being of the home run variety. Delfino has already matched his home run total from a year ago in Richmond (494 PA).

Joan Gregorio was scheduled to make his second career Triple-A start, but was scrated for lefty Phil McCormick. Still no word as to why Gregorio failed to appear, but I'm currently checking on it.

Lucius Fox reached double digits in stolen bases with two swipes on Tuesday, while Jalen Miller picked up three hits to bring his average up to .252. Oh, and absolutely no surprise that Miguel Gomez recorded another multi-hit game. He now has seven games with two or more hits in his first 17 of the season, while batting .338.

— The pattern continues for Kyle Crick, who went between five and six innings for the fourth time. Double-A hitters are having a difficult time making contact off the right-hander, but Crick puts baserunners on via the walk. In 30 innings this year, he has a 26/21 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which about par for the course considering Crick led the Eastern League in walks a year ago. Tuesday's outing was probably one of his best, though. His six strikeouts tied a season high, and his five total baserunners were a season low.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS


TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Christian Arroyo: 1-for-5, RBI
  2. Tyler Beede: DNP
  3. Phil Bickford: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  4. Lucius Fox: 0-for-4, BB, 2 SB
  5. Chris Shaw: DNP
  6. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  7. Mac Williamson: 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 SO
  8. Aramis Garcia: 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SO
  9. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  10. Adalberto Mejia: DNP
  11. Clayton Blackburn: DNP
  12. Jalen Miller: 3-for-5, 2B, 2 SO
  13. Ray Black: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  14. Chase Johnson: DNP
  15. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  16. Steven Okert: DNP
  17. Kyle Crick: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  18. Jarrett Parker: 1-for-5, R, 2B, 2 SO
  19. Hunter Cole: 0-for-4, BB, 2 SO
  20. Austin Slater: 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SO
  21. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  22. Michael Santos: DNP
  23. Ty Blach: DNP
  24. Mac Marshall: DNP
  25. Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-4, 2 R, RBI, SO
  26. Derek Law: DNP
  27. Chris Stratton: DNP
  28. Ian Gardeck: DNP
  29. Jake Smith: DNP
  30. Dylan Davis: 2-for-5, SO

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