Tyler Beede went seven innings throwing 109 pitches on Wednesday in his 19th start of the season. Statistically speaking, his year is not overly impressive. But truthfully, no Pacific Coast League starting pitcher is ever bragging about how awesome their numbers are. There are just too many factors to contribute to ERA and OBA inflation.
In the comfort of a regular ballpark, Raley Field, Beede threw 71.6% strikes, walked one, and allowed five singles in one of his best outings of the year. He struck out five, thanks to 14 looking strikes and nine swinging strikes. The looking strike has been a norm for Beede in 2017, as he averages 15% per start, and has never had fewer than 11 in one game.
His 78 strikes among 109 total pitches was his highest percentage of the season by about two percent. He's also only walked two batters in his last 19.2 innings after a six-walk struggle on July 1.
In comparing Beede's starts at home to his road outings, you see a significant drop in opposing hitter's ISO, batting average, and an increase in strikeout rate. In nine home starts, the opposition owns an isolated slugging percentage of .126 compared to .231 on the road. The batting average off Beede drops from .294 to .267 when on the mound at Raley Field. And he strikes out hitters 2.3% more often in Sacramento.
— I'm going to keep updating you on C.J. Hinojosa because I love streaks that involve not striking out often. He failed to do so again in five plate appearances on Wednesday while going 2-for-5, which makes just six strikeouts in his last 119 plate appearances — a 5.0 K%. After a very slow start, Hinojosa's wRC+ is up to 116, which is third on the Flying Squirrels behind Myles Schroder and Slade Heathcott.
— Speaking of Myles Schroder, the 29-year-old in his fourth full-season with Richmond, is having his best pro season, rocking a career-high 10.8 BB% and near-career-high .166 ISO. As usual, the super utility man has played every position on the diamond besides pitcher.
— Garrett Williams kept it rolling with another quality outing for the Augusta GreenJackets. He allowed two earned runs while walking one and striking out six, giving him 21 strikeouts and four walks in his last four starts. Williams struggled with control in 2016, posting an 11.8 BB% in Salem-Keizer. So it's certainly encouraging to see it decrease this year to 9.1% through 57 innings.
— The Salem-Keizer staff combined for 14 strikeouts in nine innings. It featured impressive showings for recent draft picks Garrett Cave and Aaron Phillips, who both recorded strikeouts for all three of their outs. Cave's strikeout rate through eight innings is crazy high at 43.3% while Phillips has been legit, as well, sitting at 30.7% through six innings.
— Down in the Dominican Republic, Norwith Gudino struck out seven in five innings, giving him 52 strikeouts in 45 innings this year. Though that number isn't eye-catching, what's remarkable is that among pitchers with at least 30 innings pitched, in all of the minor leagues, Gudino's 44.8 swinging-strike percentage is the fifth highest.
- Sacramento: Chris Stratton (5.33 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)
- Richmond: Tyler Herb (3.63 ERA, 1.34 WHIP)
- San Jose: Matt Krook (6.19 ERA, 1.75 WHIP)
- Augusta: Melvin Adon (3.71 ERA, 1.37 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Julio Benitez (4.50 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Bryan Reynolds: DNP
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: DNP
- Sandro Fabian: 0-for-3
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- C.J. Hinojosa: 2-for-5, R
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: 1-for-4, SO
- Dan Slania: 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 1 K
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Garrett Williams: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
- Dylan Davis: DNP
- Ryder Jones: DNP
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: 1-for-4, 2 SO
- Ryan Howard: DNP