Bite Watch: August 19
A big few weeks for the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, has seen the ABL Schedule released and our big stadium move revealed. For our players, there has been some hit-and-miss form as the likes of Travis Demeritte, Chris Jacobs and Andrew Kittredge show class, while others have hit a rough patch. Have a look at how your favourites are doing, and get excited for the season!
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•Manager Steve Mintz - (Class-A Hickory Crawdads, Texas Rangers)
A 1-9 run has the Crawdads fighting to hang on in their hunt for a playoff position with Mintz's side chasing a five-game deficit between them and top side Lakewood with 18 games to play. Unfortunately Lakewood currently leads their four-game series 3-0, including two 1-0 wins, in a huge blow for Hickory.
•P Kody Kerski - Bakersfield Blaze (Class-A Advanced, Seattle Mariners)
With game 100 coming up, Kerski (2-2, 4.30) has not conceded a run in his past four appearances pitching 7 2/3 innings with seven hits, two walks and 12 strikeouts. It includes a two inning relief stint against San Jose where he struck out five of eight batters faced.
•P Kevin Comer - Corpus Christi Hooks (Double-A, Houston Astros)
Four games into life at Double-A and Comer (0-0, 5.63) is showing he can match it with the more experienced players. After a poor first game, he bounced back with two scoreless relief appearances and an impressive four strikeouts in a 6-5 loss to Arkansas.
•P Chris Dula - Spokane Indians (Class-A Short Season, Texas Rangers)
Injury has plagued Dula since he left the Bite and he has only just resumed pitching with Spokane on rehab assignment. From four games in August he's yet to pitch an earned run, unluckily taking the loss in a 2-1 defeat to Tri-City on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning. He has been pitching well, though, with five strikeouts in his last three innings.
•P Wilson Lee - Bonn Capitals (Germany Baseball-Bundesliga, Bundesliga Nord Division)
It was as easy as one, two, three for Bonn with Lee's side sweeping Stuttgart 3-0 in the first round of playoffs. Not only did they sweep, they won 12-1, 6-2 and 14-1 to emphatically move into the final four and a clash with Regensburg. Lee started on the mound in the 6-2 win, lasting 7 1/3 innings with four hits, two runs and 12 strikeouts, impressively striking out all but one Stuttgart player.
•P Josh Tols - Kansas City T-Bones (American Association)
A perfect two innings helped Tols (5-3, 4.01) earn his fifth win of the season as Kansas City won 12-6 over Laredo, and his stats are now looking pretty similar to his 2015 return. The biggest difference is his 5-3 record reflects a greater impact than his 2-0 record from last season, and he looks in good form ahead of the ABL.
•C Connar O'Gorman - Kagawa Olive Guyners (Shikoku Island League, Japan)
With Kagawa (8-4, .667) leading the Shikoku Island League, O'Gorman has shown steady improvement in the second half of the season to push his average up to .145. It's not huge but the catcher has had limited plate appearances still, moving to nine hits, five RBIs, four runs and 12 strikeouts in his 31 appearances.
•P Devon Barker - Therwil Flyers (Switzerland NLA)
One round remains for Therwil (15-3, .833) and the ladder leaders are looking to secure their spot with two games against fifth-place Luzern. For Barker (6-0, 1.76), this weekend brings the All-Star clash between North and South and he is one of the top pitchers. In 46 innings he's leaked just 10 runs which is the best return by far the best for any pitcher with 30+ innings.
•2B Travis Demeritte - Carolina Mudcats (Class-A Advanced, Atlanta Braves)
It's been steady for Demeritte at Carolina, hitting .261 with some huge hits. In 18 games he's smacked four triples and two home runs, having hit four triples in 88 games while at High Desert. Check out two of his biggest hits here from an impressive two-homer game: Home run #1 & Home run #2
•2B Jordan Cowan - Bakersfield Blaze (Class-A Advanced, Seattle Mariners)
Cowan's been steady, hitting .279 on the back of a four-game hit streak, and his second home run of the season (and first for Bakersfield in 32 games). That home run helped Bakersfield defeat Lake Elsinore 4-2 while he also had two hits at the bottom of the order in a 6-5 loss to San Jose.
•3B Marc Wik - Lancaster JetHawks (Class A-Advanced, Houston Astros)
With one home run in 50 games, Wik's season had not reached any heights, but he changed all that in a monster 16-2 win over San Jose in which he drove in seven runs with a three-run triple and a grand slam. That homer kicked off a run of three home runs in three games and an impressive five-game hit streak.
•1B Kyle Petty - Bakersfield Blaze (Class-A Advanced, Seattle Mariners)
Assigned back to Class-A from Double-a Jackson, Petty is back to his best with three home runs, eight hits and nine RBIs in six games, maintaining a .324 average. It comes after a tough time at Double-A where his average ended up dropping to .194 after 37 games in a streak which included no home runs - an uncommon thing for Petty.
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•P Will Mathis - Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks (American Association)
Mathis (1-4, 4.95) is keeping things quiet in relief, pitching just one run in August with seven strikeouts in his past 4 2/3 innings. It's been a solid performance after some sketchy innings, and Mathis is showing off some strong nerves to keep the batters down.
•P Craig Stem - Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (Atlantic League of Professional Baseball)
Pitching no runs in his past six games, Stem (0-2, 3.17) has been an effective reliever and his form is looking much better than earlier in the season at New Britain. After 23 games and 30 innings there his ERA was 6.60, while it's half that after 22 games and 22 2/3 innings now.
•P Tony Vocca - Florence Freedom (Frontier League)
Vocca (1-2, 3.68) has pitched well to bring his ERA down to under 4, and amongst the best at Florence. While his team has lost in his past two appearances, Vocca has pitched scoreless innings in both games and he looks good heading into the end of season.
•C Rocky Gale - San Antonio Missions (Double-A, San Diego Padres)
He's just passed 500 regular season Minor League appearances, but his form has been below par. He has picked up a couple of nice hits recently though, with a two-run single in a 4-0 win over NW Arkansas and a RBI single against Arkansas in a 5-2 win.
•C Craig Maddox - New Britain Bees (Atlantic League of Professional Baseball)
Nearing game 100 for the season, Maddox is hitting .303, going 4-for-4 in his most recent match, driving in two runs as New Britain won 3-1 against Long Island. That followed a solo homer and four RBIs in a 7-6 win over Sugar Land, another impressive game for Maddox.
•2B Brandon Dixon - Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Double-A, Cincinnati Reds)
Dixon's form may not be peaking, but the Blue Wahoo has bounced back from a bit of a form slump with six hits (three doubles), three runs and four RBIs in his past five games. Regardless of form, Dixon ranks second at Pensacola in hits, first in home runs (14) and first in RBIs (54) after his blistering start to the season.
•2B Chan Jong Moon - Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A, Houston Astros)
Not many players at Triple-A hit .375, but after 21 games Moon is still… well, over the moon. Boosted by a solo home run against Iowa, Moon went 2-for-3 as they won 8-4, while he scored two runs two days later against the same side, hitting 3-for-4 in a 9-5 loss.
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•P David Holman - Kansas City T-Bones (American Association)
Like teammate Tols, Holman (4-4, 5.17) picked up a recent win to level his ledger this season and help Kansas City win 8-7 over Lincoln. Pitching four innings with eight hits and two runs, Holman gave his side a good start as they scored all eight runs in the first inning.
•P Blake Smith - Charlotte Knights (Triple-A, Chicago White Sox)
Smith (3-1, 4.27) has had limited game time recently, but he's made some strong appearances. In a tricky situation, Smith picked off two outs in the top of the ninth after the Knights had leaked four runs with one out, but his effort was not enough to stop a 7-3 loss. However, he pitched three scoreless relief innings as Charlotte defeated Durham 4-3 in 13, pitching his sixth hold of the season.
•P Nick Hutchings - Bristol Pirates (Appalachian Rookie League, Pittsburgh Pirates)
At 22-30, not a lot has been going Bristol's way, and Hutchings (0-3, 7.58) has really been working hard to limit his runs. After giving up five hits and five runs in an 18-5 loss, he pitched two hits and one run in a 10-3 loss, reflecting the early inconsistencies in his relief game.
•1B Chris Jacobs - Sussex County Miners (Can-Am Independent League)
Jacobs has gone bang at Sussex County, crushing five home runs, eight RBIs and seven hits in his past five games, to lift his ERA to .288. Sussex County won all five matches as well with Jacobs now at 16 homers for the season.
•2B Brock Hebert - Jackson Generals (Double-A, Seattle Mariners)
It's been a bit up and down for Hebert with an 0-for-4 performance dragging his ERA down to .216. It follows a decisive two run triple in a 5-3 win over Biloxi though, and it was his fifth triple of the season.
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•P Andrew Kittredge - Tacoma Rainers (Triple-A, Seattle Mariners)
The reliever/closer has pitched just one run in his past four appearances, helping the Rainers move to 71-53. With a 2-2, 3.41 ERA return he's throwing superbly in his best season yet at Triple-A and another good finish to the season should see some Mariners-talk appear.
•OF Quincy Latimore - Bowie Baysox (Double-A, Baltimore Orioles)
After a mid-season boom, Latimore's form has hit a wall with just two hits in his past nine games - both coming in the same game. It's not a good morale boost to be going hitless, but the only consolation is he is making a connection, rather than striking out all the time.
•OF Ji-Man Choi - Los Angeles Angels
July was a breakout month for Choi and while August has been quieter he's still clubbed three homers from just four hits. His most recent was a two-run bomb in a 5-4 loss to Cleveland, with his hit giving LA a 2-1 lead early on. Watch his most recent big league home run here.
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•P Wayne Ough - Solingen Alligators (Germany Baseball-Bundesliga, Bundesliga Nord Division)
A thrilling series against Heidenheim saw the Alligators go down 3-2 after leading 3-1, dropping the final two games in a doubleheader. A rare bad game for Ough saw his side go down 4-0 in game two after he pitched six hits and four runs in 7 1/3 innings, while it was SABL Capps Medalist Wes Roemer who won the pitching duel with eight scoreless innings for Heidenheim. The duo again faced off in game four with Roemer again getting the win as Ough gave up 10 hits and five runs in a 5-1 loss (despite pitching 11 strikeouts) with both pitchers going the distance.
•P Ryan Beckman - Laredo Lemurs (American Association)
The Laredo pitcher has impressed recently, moving into the top five for two key categories in the league - strikeouts and ERA. His 83 strikeouts this season rank fifth in the American Association while his 2.43 ERA is second (minimum .8 innings). The starter has lasted eight innings in his past two games to be 7-6 for the season, adding a win and a loss from both.
•C Carlton Tanabe - Winnipeg Goldeyes (American Association)
Two hits and two RBIs helped Winnipeg defeat St. Paul 11-9 in 10 innings, while Tanabe also had a RBI single and a run in a 4-0 win over the same opposition.Hitting .245 it's been a good season for the catcher with the Goldeyes and you can check out a walk-off RBI single he hit against Kansas City in a 5-4 win!
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•P Brandon Maurer - San Diego Padres
Like Choi, Maurer (0-3, 4.80) had a stunning July, but August has been tougher, pitching six hits, four runs and two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings across five games. Against the Mets, Maurer went from hero to villain (well maybe not quite) with a save in an 8-6 win, before he gave up the winning run in the 11th as the Mets stole the game 3-2. Although, Maurer was arguably let down by a wild throw to the catcher in that loss with the ball sailing metres wide at home. Watch the good of a save and the bad of a walk-off loss here.