Arkansas Travelers June Report

The light-hitting Travelers have four batters hitting .279 or better and not much else with a team average of .249 – the lowest mark of any Texas League team.

While Adam Morrissey is striking out once every 3.6 at bats, he also ranks first on the team with a .412 on base percentage. The second baseman has been in a bit of a funk of late, going 12-for-60 over his last 16 games, a .200 average. His 42 runs scored are fifth-best in the league, despite scoring just eight times over the recent span of games. He has been hit by three pitches over his last four games after being plunked four times over his first 59.

Freddy Sandoval is also reaching base four times in every 10 plate appearances. His 35-game on base streak, which ended on May 29, is the top mark in the league. His nine-game hitting streak was snapped on Thursday but he has reached base in 10 straight, touching first base 20 times over that span with 10 hits and 10 walks. He is the only player on the team to walk more than he has struck out (39-to-38). He has batted everyone in the lineup except the cleanup spot, spending most of his time batting second where he is a .327 hitter with a .452 on base percentage.

Bobby Wilson is the only other player on the roster to sport an on base percentage over .342 with his .370 mark. In fairness to the above comment on Sandoval, Wilson has a 1-to-1 walk-to-strikeout ratio with 18 free passes and 18 whiffs. Wilson is in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak where he has gone 17-for-34 with six doubles, eight runs scored, and 12 RBIs. The catcher had just 22 hits and 11 RBIs over his first 29 games with the Travs. He has whiffed just six times over his last 20 games.

For all the perceived problems, Nick Adenhart is actually fifth in the Texas League in ERA among those who qualify with a 3.36 mark over 77.2 innings. His 34 walks issued does rank as second most in the league but he has kept the opposition to two runs or less in seven of his 13 starts. Over his last four games he has induced six double play grounders. Twelve of the 34 walks issued have come in the first inning – the frame that has been responsible for 11 of the 32 runs he has allowed this season.

Nick Green is the only other workhorse on the roster with 83 innings pitches – no other pitcher on the roster has more than 50 frames in their pocket. Green has worked seven innings or more in five of his outings and has allowed three runs over his last 14.1 frames. He has given up two runs or less in six outings and seems to get stronger as the game wears on; Nineteen of the 38 runs he has allowed on the season have come over innings one and two. He has not allowed a single run in the third inning in any of his 13 starts.

Jose Arredondo, prior to his demotion, was fifth in the league in saves. The 23-year-old right-hander blew up after allowing three unearned runs in a June 6 outing and had been benched before being sent down to High-A Rancho Cucamonga. In his first outing since the incident, Arredondo allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning. He had allowed runs in just four of his 23 appearances with the Travs, converting 10 of 11 save opportunities.

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