Andrew Suarez appears to be getting comfortable throwing in a River Cats uniform. Over a three-start stretch, in which the left-hander has pitched seven innings each time, Suarez has a combined game score of 69. Nice. This is possible thanks to his Monday outing in Iowa against the Cubs where Suarez struck out six and walked none, and the similarities between the three starts get even more similar the deep you look.
On July 27, Suarez allowed six baserunners to reach in seven innings, threw 99 pitches, and 65 for strikes. On August 1, Suarez allowed five baserunners to reach in seven innings, threw 103 pitches, and 66 for strikes. And on Monday, Suarez allowed six baserunners to reach in seven innings, threw 99 pitches, and 65 for strikes.
For a pitcher known for solid control, it came as a surprise to discover Monday's outing was his first in ten Sacramento starts that he didn't allow a walk, and his first this year May 15.
Still, at the moment, Suarez owns a climbing strikeout rate (up two percent since July 22) and a falling walk rate (down 1.4% since July 22), as well as a .218 OBA and .238 opposing slugging percentage over his last 27 innings. That measly .020 ISO stems from two doubles, both of which Suarez gave up Monday. Prior to that, he hadn't allowed an extra-base hit since July 17.
— Chris Shaw continues to put up, I guess interesting is the best word, numbers in Sacramento. Shaw went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout Monday in Iowa making it 13 consecutive games in which he's recorded at least one punch out. It gives him a ridiculously-high 44.0 K% over the 50-plate appearances stretch, but he's been making pretty solid contact otherwise. During those 13 games, Shaw is slashing .298/.340/.574 with four doubles and three home runs, which make up half of his 14 hits.
— Submariner Tyler Rogers remains effective out of the Sacramento bullpen. His last 26 innings have netted a 1.04 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 67.0 GB%. Rogers leads the Pacific Coast League by a whopping 8.9% in GB% among pitchers with at least 50 innings. He's 12th in all of the minor leagues.
— 19-year-old Dominican outfielder Franklin Labour has pushed past Alexander Canario for the best all-around season on the DSL Giants roster. Now rocking a 162 wRC+, Labour went 2-for-2 on Monday with a triple and a walk and is slashing .322/.420/.500 in 176 plate appearances. Labour, like Canario, is drawing walks above 10% and is striking out less than 15%. Should be fun to (hopefully) see both in the U.S. next spring.
- Sacramento: Matt Gage (4.05 ERA, 1.49 WHIP)
- Richmond: Tyler Herb (3.38 ERA, 1.31 WHIP)
- San Jose: Grant Watson (3.02 ERA, 1.48 WHIP)
- Augusta: Melvin Adon (3.71 ERA, 1.35 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Julio Benitez (4.02 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, R, 2B, SO
- Heliot Ramos: 0-for-3, 2 SO
- Bryan Reynolds: DNP
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Sandro Fabian: 1-for-4, SO
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Seth Corry: 1 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 3 K
- Ryder Jones: 2-for-3, R, HR
- Jacob Gonzalez: 0-for-3
- C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
- Shaun Anderson: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Garrett Cave: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: 0-for-1
- Kelvin Beltre: 1-for-3, R, BB, SO, SB
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Stephen Woods: DNP
- Bryce Johnson: 2-for-5, SO, CS