3B Mike Cervenak has been raking it this season slugging .485 and has hit 6 homeruns. On the mound, SP Garrett Olson continues to impress striking out 44 in 54 inning with a WHIP of 1.06. He's only an injury away from getting his shot with the club.
OF Val Majewski is hitting .2.65 and slugging an anemic .368 which saddens me to see. The best hitter on the team, OF Nolan Reimold, has been injured for much of the year. Only IF Oscar Salazar has put together a decent season at the plate hitting over .300 with 5 homeruns thus far.
The starting pitching has been nondescript but James Hoey and Felix Romero are racking up the K's out of the bullpen. Romero has struck out 39 over 25 innings for an eye popping rate of 14 K/9. Hoey's doing even better striking out batters at a 14.1 K/9 rate while only walking 3 batters all year? Would he look good in Baltimore setting up for Chris Ray? Yes, he would.
The Keys are in first place in the Northern Division of the Carolina League and are led by several players having fine years with the bat. 3B Ryan Finan leads the way with 4 homers and slugging .469 on the year. There is also a trio of regulars batting better than .300 in 2B Jonathan Tucker (.304), SS Blake Davis (.319) and LF Jacob Duncan (.323).
On the mound only P David Hernandez has distinguished himself as a starter with a 3.26 ERA and 50 K's over 47 innings. Brandon Erbe has been disappointing, sporting a 5.35 ERA (and a deceptive 3-1) record. The culprit: he's walking 4.7 per 9 and has giving up 5 homers.
Brandon Tripp has been the Shorebirds best player this year but has also been on the disabled list since May 6th. Without him, Chris Vinyard has led the way belting 9 HR with a .291 average.
The good news is that 1B (C) Brandon Snyder has been the third best offensive force on the team but the bad news is he's doing it hitting .265 with 5 HR.
Weird stat of the day: SP Pedro Beato is sporting a 3.50 ERA over 9 games and is 0-0. That's right, he has no decisions at all. The best pitcher so far has been Brad Bergesen with his 2.45 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP.