Frank Scwindel had a big weekend, hitting four home runs and driving in seven for the Legends. The 1B/C has shown nice pop in his first full pro season but walks almost never, giving him a line of .278/.305/.512 through Sunday afternoon.
The Blue Rocks lost four in a row. Raul Mondesi, the organization's preseason #3 prospect according to Baseball America, has been ice cold his last ten games, putting up a line of .125/.186/.175 (!!) in that stretch. He's also walked just twice against 16 strikeouts. He did put together three singles this weekend, though.
Bubba Starling's weekend: a single, a double, four Ks, no walks. On the season, that puts him at 190/.288/.292.
The Naturals suffered a two-hit shutout Thursday night, and was similarly flummoxed on Friday and Saturday. Noel Arguelles pitched two innings in relief Friday, allowing one run. He's only had two scoreless appearances out of his last 10. Chelsor Cuthbert went 2-3 with a double and an RBI in Sunday night in Northwest Arkansas's 2-1 win.
Of note - Max Ramirez, who spent last season in Omaha and was recently re-acquired by the organization, joined the Naturals roster on Saturday.
Thursday, Mike Moustakas led the Chasers with three hits and three driven in. Moose would also add three hits in an otherwise subdued offensive game on Friday. Ryan Verdugo, profiled over the weekend in The Star, got his first win since coming back from a long stint rehabbing in Arizona. Spencer Patton continued his outstanding season. Patton's 1.07 ERA comes entirely from three solo home runs. Other than those, he has been pristine.
John Lamb pitched 6.2 shutout innings Friday. It's clear by now that after his Tommy John surgery, Lamb's not going to be able to do it with velocity anymore. His 2014 stats may not be gorgeous, because he has to figure out a new, lower-velocity approach on the fly. Don't write him off just yet.
In a blast from some parallel universe's past, Brett Tomko pitched seven scoreless innings Sunday and struck out eight, in a game that was started - by Tomko, even! - a few weeks ago but resumed Sunday due to weather. He has snuck in a few very nice starts for the Chasers this past month. Could he be called upon for some spot starts if the big club needs him?
Paulo Orlando continues to be Ted Williams on the road with an away-games line of .373/.415./.536. It's absurd.