Not a great way to start the 2016 campaign—0-for-8 with four strikeouts and three errors over the first two games. Since then, Ian Happ’s been on a terror, hitting .347/.453/.611 with five doubles, four homers, 17 RBI and 15 walks over the final 20 games of April. He earned Carolina League Player of the Week honors that included a two-homer, four-RBI game April 18 vs. Winston-Salem. He’s spent most of the season at second and played one game in left.
While Happ is living up to his billing as one of the Cubs top prospects, the guy with the #1 tag on his back is having a hard time in the Carolina League. Gleyber Torres, 19, is batting .179/.289/.308 with 15 runs and 23 strikeouts in 78 at-bats. He’s drawn 11 walks and committed three errors in 90 chances. Torres has hit safely in six of his last seven games (8-for-25) and looks more comfortable at the plate but is still getting a steady diet of high fastballs.
Getting a chance to play with the big league team in spring training, Jason Vosler (.311/.402/.392) carried that confidence into the Carolina League as the third baseman is off to a good start. He had a eight-game hitting streak (April 12-19) and complied more walks (12) than strikeouts (11).
Hitting leadoff most of the month, CF Rashad Crawford sports a slash of .304/.418/.543 and has seven extra base hits, including a homer and four doubles. 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.295/.330/.375) anchors the middle of the lineup and is second on team with 17 RBI.
Daniel Lockhart is one of the hottest hitter at the plate, ending April 8-for-21 with three multi-hit games to raise his average to .237/.341/.368 while playing second and short.
Torres isn’t the only one off to a slow start as OF Jeffrey Baez (.224/.272/.289), OF Charcer Burks (.175/.316/.286), OF Shawon Dunston (.170/.267/.302), C Gioskar Amaya (.152/.256/.152), C Cael Brockmeyer (.139/.262/.306), and OF Trey Martin (.063/.238/.063.) are all looking forward to May. Baez leads the team with 10 steals.
The Pelicans are 7th in hitting at .234 and 7th in runs scored. They are 4th in OBP (.329) and 6th in OPS (.688).
Myrtle Beach shares the ERA lead with Potomac at 3.30 and are second to the P-Nats with a 1.24 WHIP. They are last in the league with 149 K and have the fewest walks with 68
Zach Hedges (2-2, 2.16 ERA 25 IP, 17 K) and Jonathan Martinez (1-1, 3.75 ERA 24 IP, 9 K) have been the work horses of the staff, going at least five innings in each of their four starts. Jake Stinnett (2-0, 2.55 ERA, 3 GS, 17.2 IP, 4 BB, 14 K) ranks second in the Carolina League with a .164 BAA and a 0.79 WHIP.
Also working out of the Pelicans bullpen are Ryan McNeil (0-1, 4.73 ERA, 13.1 IP, 6 G, 4 BB, 12 K), Jordan Minch (0-1, 3.75 ERA, 12 IP, 7 G, 7 BB, 7 K), Daury Torrez (0-0, 4.35 ERA, 6 G 10.1 IP, 3 BB, 12 ) and Jose Rosario (1-0, 2.16 ERA, 6 G, 8.1 IP, 3 BB, 8 K)