5-18-22 – By Justin Verno – @JV_PITT on Twitter
Another week down. A few positive signs here, if we look hard enough. And a few disappointments. Let’s get to it.
5-Quinn Priester-no stats yet
10-Bubba Chandler No stats
*wishes he only had 1 AB last week*
15-Anthony Solometo- No stats
19- Hudson Head
A Few quick thoughts-
I know it sounds funny, BUT…
Mason Martin, Oneil Cruz and Matt Fraizer all had decent weeks if you squint hard enough. I get that Cruz OPS was not good and the BA wasn’t good either. But his OPB was decent due to a good walk rate of 17% and his ISO was a decent enough at .125. He’s shrinking his zone and that’s a good step.
Mason Martin had a really nice week despite the .217 BA. Like Cruz his walk rate was terrific(17.9%), another good example of shrinking that strike zone. But unlike Cruz his numbers, outside of BA, were terrific. Look past that .217 and his OBP was .357, I’ll take that every week! His OPS remained close to 800 coming in at .792. Mason made much needed adjustments and I can’t wait to see how this week shakes out for him.
Matt Fraizer, man I will take any positive momentum for the kid and finally we get a heartbeat! He’s still on life support as the .261/.292 is nothing to hang his hat on, I get that. But it’s nice to see something, anything, he can build on.
Failure to Launch–
I hate typing this BUT Jared Jones has hit a snag. He’s young so it’s by means time to panic, but he’s got some things to work on for sure.
Must be something in the pitcher’s water because Burrows had his roughest outing as well, though he did settle in a little bit. And I don’t even want to talk about Yajure’s outing.
Steady as she goes–
Ji-hwan Bae’s good start to the year continued. His bat has been as steady as can be.
Kyle Nicolas’s breakout season is also intact. Outside of one rough go Kyle has been terrific. A reminder, I did NOT like the Jacob Stallings trade return and Kyle has shut me up every time he’s been given the ball.
Hudson Head still has a K rate that absolutely needs to be better. But the stick continues to play at A+. He continues to show he can get on base, .375 on the young season and when he hits the ball he hits it hard, OPS coming in at .801.
Anne are you OK?
Does Travis Swaggerty even have a heartbeat? It’s like the baseball version of Weekend at Bernie’s. I feel for the guy, but the Bucs have to be considering demoting him? Right?