8-9-22 – By Justin Verno – @JV_PITT on Twitter
There are a few changes here. So pay attention!
1-Henry Davis-No Stats this week
2-Temarr Johnson-No Stats this week
5-Nick Gonzales-NO STATS THIS WEEK-
10-Ji-hwan Bae-NO STATS THIS WEEK-
18- Hudson Head
20-Lonnie White Jr-NO STATS THIS WEEK-
A Few quick thoughts-
Luis Ortiz enters the top 15, and If I’m being honest he wouldn’t be my choice here. And yes, he has some really interesting stuff, but that stuff just hasn’t developed the way the Bucs hoped it would. But he’s on Fangraph’s list for now and that’s what I use. Plus I don’t think he holds that spot for long as Dariel Poez should be moving up.
Speak of the devil,
Lopez is one of the bright spots of the week. What’s notable about his nice week? It was on the road. He adds 11 hits including a HR and a 2B to his season total, if you recall from last week, hitting the road is one of the major “areas of opportunity” for Dariel.
And how can I talk about Lopez without having my weekly Endy Rodriguez lovefest? The Bucs dragging their feet on promoting him makes zero sense. And no, it shouldn’t matter that Davis is there. Endy can play 2B, OF, 1B and even take some DH plate appearances, holding him back makes no sense at all.
Hear me out-
For the most part it was a tough week for the top pitching prospects in the Bucs system. Anthony Solometo and Kyle Nicholas had nice weeks as both were limited in their action.
Looking for some positives from Jones, Priester, Chen and Burrows? They all pitched into the 5th? Priester, Chen and Burrows got their share of strikeouts? (Like I said, it was a tough week)
Don’t look now!
I’ve been pretty critical of Hudson Head, and rightly so. He was clearly the centerpiece of the Joe Musgrove deal and honestly even if David Bednar and Endy “I only have eyes for you” Rodriguez both pan out the Musgrove deal could still be judged soley on Hudson Heads future. As you see from the above numbers it hasn’t looked great for the kid.
But, (who doesn’t love a good ‘but’) I have to wonder if Hudson is doing something different? Or if something clicked? Since July 1st(25 game span) he’s slashed-
.295/.367/.568 with a .936 OPS and a wRC+ of 147. A promising run to say the least. In this span he has smacked 7HR and 3 doubles. What’s fueling the surge? To be honest I’m not entirely sure, I really haven’t noticed anything different in his swing. Is he being more selective? I’d say that’s a good part of it.
April 8th- June 30: 35.9% K rate July 1st- yesterday 30.6% K rate
30% still isn’t ideal but it’s progress, and pretty good progress if I’m being honest. Hopefully we continue to see him trend in this direction.
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