After swiping 17 bags in 18 attempts, Sierra was caught thieving twice on Monday. He opened the year with a nine-game hitting streak and has reached base in his last five games, going 7-for-19 with two homers, six runs scored and five RBIs. The right-handed hitter is hitting .389 with runners on base.
Alexia Amarista is off to a hot start through 24 games in the DSL, hitting .333 with 17 RBIs and 23 runs scored. He opened the year with a seven-game hitting streak, which included four straight multi-hit games, falling a single shy of the cycle in his first game.
Amarista, 18, has reached base in his last eight games with hits in seven of those contests. He has whiffed just 11 times in 96 at bats and is hitting .407 with runners in scoring position. The Venezuelan infielder already has 10 multi-hit games to his credit.
Luis Jumenez has cracked 12 extra base hits over his first 23 games to go along with 19 RBIs. After reaching base in his first 12 games, hitting .458 with a .500 on base percentage that included seven multi-hit games and three games with three or more hits, Jimenez has cooled off. He is 8-for-41 over his last 11 games but the third baseman has knocked in four over his last two contests.
Pedro Pichardo sports a 0.87 ERA through nine games and 10.1 innings of work. After converting his first five save opportunities, the right-hander blew his last chance – resulting in the only run to dot his ledger. The 18-year-old Dominican Republic native has allowed one hit over his first 7.1 innings before allowing four hits over his last three; he has also walked three over that span after walking two in his first six outings. He has not given up a hit with runners in scoring position.
Joaqinn Done has won three of his last four starts and sports a 1.00 ERA over 27 innings of work. The right-hander has allowed two runs or less in each of his five starts and one earned run or less in four outings. He has allowed 19 hits while walking 12 and striking out 22. Done, 18, has also induced five double plays, all coming in his last four starts. He has held the opposition to a .211 average.
Ariel Pena, who is fifth in the league in innings pitched (33.0), notched a complete game on July 2. He surrendered one unearned run on two hits and three walks while striking out seven – going the full nine innings to secure the win. He had not gone more than six innings in his previous five starts. Pena has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his six starts and is 4-1 with a 2.73 ERA on the year. Pena, 18, has allowed 29 hits while walking 15 over 33 innings this season.