Erie MLN: 'Wolves Excel on the Road

It was another great week for the Erie SeaWolves. The team had a stellar showing on the road, going 5-2 against Portland and New Hampshire and Alfredo Figaro got a somewhat unexpected call up to the show and did the team proud with a solid first showing.

All in all, things are good in Erie. The pitching has remained solid and the offensive is still among the most productive in minor league baseball, allowing the team to remain in the playoff picture as we quickly approach the All-Star break.

Under the Radar

A lot of the attention in this space has been paid to the more high profile guys on the Erie roster, such as Cale Iorg, Scott Sizemore, and Ryan Strieby, for obvious reasons, allowing players such as Deik Scram to go about his business somewhat under the radar. Well, that needs to stop.

Scram has been quietly going about his business- collecting hits, driving in runs, even flashing a little power- without much fanfare because of the overwhelming star power at the top of the line-up. The fact that the is repeating the Double-A level after an umimpressive 2008 campaign that saw him hit .253/.335/.400 probably hasn't helped his profile, but he's quickly reasserting himself as a prospect within this organization.

"That's usually what happens when players repeat a level," manager Tom Brookens said. "He just needed to stick around and more consistent, he has the tools. Scramie has been a good player for us."

Through the month of June, Scram has hit .286/.357/.508 with three homers and 12 RBI, making it the third straight month that he has hit three or more homers, collected at least ten RBI, and posted an OPS of .800 or higher.

For the season, Scram ranks in the top ten in OPS (.872) and homers (9).

Another unheralded hero of this SeaWolves team so far this season has been Jay Sborz.

Sborz didn't get off the greatest of starts with the Tigers' Double-A affiliate after being promoted from Lakeland earlier in April.

In his first month with the team before being demoted, Sborz posted a 5.63 ERA ver eight innings. But he's been a different man in his second chance with the club.

Through the month of June he has allowed only one run and four hits over 8 2/3 innings of work while striking out four and walking only two.

A Closer Look at Cody

Cody Satterwhite has been quite impressive out of the bullpen this season. He has electric stuff, can dial it up to the high nineties, and most importantly he doesn't allow runs. For the season he has posted a 2.83 ERA over 28 2/3 innings.

Unfortunately, when you begin to dig beneath the surface things aren't quite as pretty. Satterwhite has long struggled with his control, and this year is no exception.

At the beginning of the season he appeared to be showing some growth in this area when he struck out 10 batters against just five walks. He took another step in May when those numbers went to 16 and six. But he's regressed drastically in June, striking out seven against six walks.

He also has seven wild pitches on the year.

What's more interesting is that as his control has regressed, his batting average against has lowered, which is kind of puzzling. In April he allowed hitters to hit .231 against him, in June that number has dropped all the way down to .200.

There's no denying that Satterwhite is a building block of the future for this club, but he needs to lower his 1.53 WHIP before he can be taken seriously as a prospect.

The Week Ahead

Erie will play host against Altoona before heading out to Harrisburg on Friday.

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