Pitching? Meh, maybe not so great - but the Salt Lake Bees don’t need no stinking pitching when their offense continues to clobber the competition. Maybe the big league club can take a cue from this well-hitting team?
Sure, they play in the PCL - a very hitter friendly league - but they are playing WELL above the competition and have some of the best stats among all 30 AAA teams.
The Bees are averaging 6.4 runs per game and lead all of the PCL (and in fact all of AAA) with 134 runs scored and a .319 team batting average. They also top all AAA teams with 31 stolen bases and a .402 OBP. This isn’t a power hitting team, but it IS a team that can play play small ball well.
Last night, the Bees played the El Paso Chihuahuas (2016 PCL champions), a Padres affiliate, whose lineup consisted of former Angels - Rafael Ortega, Collin Cowgill, and Nick Buss.
6 of the 9 starters for the Bees had a multi hit game and EVERYONE on the team aside from Kaleb Cowart (who was 3 for 6 on base with 3 walks) had a hit in this 13-6 victory. Eric Young Jr., Ramon Flores, Nolan Fontana, and Sherman Johnson all had 2 hits each, while Rey Navarro and Bo Way knocked 3 hits apiece. Young is now in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak while Cowart ended his streak at 9 games.
Over their last 15 games, the Bees are 13-2 and boast the best record in the PCL at 14-7.