Pettit may not have hit .696 this week, like he did last week, but the man continues to rake. His hit streak currently stands at sixteen games.
Hitting in front of Pettit must have helped, but it was just a matter of time before Sandoval began mashing AAA pitching again. I'm not sure when he'll get his opportunity - the most likely scenario has him winning what's now Rob Quinlan's job next year. This week he played five games at 3rd and one game at 1st.
Not bad for a guy shaking off two wasted weeks on the bench and a demotion.
It's just a matter of time before Thompson returns to the bigs.
I just wanted to mention Denham's strong start, because with his peripherals - more hits than innings pitched, more BB's than K's, and more flyballs than groundballs - he's going to come down to earth real soon. He currently leads the Bees in innings pitched, and in the PCL that deserves a huge slap on the back any day of the week.
Conger had a good week both at the plate and behind it: he caught a season high 4 games, erased 3 of 6 would-be-base-stealers, and mashed. He's looked great all May.
Another week, another dominant start.
The scoreless streak continues.
Navarro's been the Quakes' most consistent producer in May. How long would Trumbo have to struggle before Navarro overtakes him on the depth chart? Probably all season, but I think it should be a more interesting question than that.
Sweeney was a beast out of the gate, slamming three homeruns in the first two weeks. He then slumped for the balance of April, but is showing signs of life again. Patience has never been a strong point of Sweeney's game, so I love the walks.
And that's it for the Quakes. They've really struggled so far, with inconsistent hitting and starting pitching compounded by weekly bullpen implosions. The lineup is better than this, but their rotation could really use another solid arm to fill Reckling's void.
Lopez' release from extended spring training was exactly what the Kernel's hereto punchless line-up needed. Not only is he putting up the same Nintendo-caliber numbers as last year, his presence has breathed new life into guys like Gabriel Jacobo and Angel Castillo. It's no coincidence that those two began shaking off their early season rust right as Lopez punched in.
Lopez spent April learning to catch. That's not supposed to be his permanent home - it looks like he'll be a catcher in the same sense that Shawn Wooten and Rob Quinlan are catchers. He's only spent a few innings behind the dish for the Kernals so far, spending the rest of his time in left field, right field and first base. Lopez will turn 24 in August, so let's hope for his sake the Angels advance him quickly.
Castillo finally had some hits fall in. This week's 5 K to 0 BB ratio doesn't show it, but he's actually cut down on the K's, which should help the nineteen-year-old hit for better average as the season progresses.
Another beneficent of the Lopez effect, Jacobo hit for the cycle in an odd Friday / Saturday suspended game. He's another guy on this list who had a good week in the patience department, despite not generally being known for such things.
Brooks began the year as caddy for catcher Anel De Los Santos and occasional DH, but now it looks like he deserves a better gig. The Halos drafted him in the 20thround last year after a come-from-nowhere junior season at Troy University, where he belted 11 homeruns, but then Brooks managed just a .529 OPS across two rookie leagues. That's all in the past now, and catchers who hit for power from the left side don't grow on trees. I've got a very good feeling about him - at 21, he's about the same age as when Mike Napoli's power began to emerge. I'm going to keep an eye on him.