The Snappers have a very respectable 18-13 record this season, and that has been mostly because they have gotten tremendous starting pitching thus far. Their team batting average is the worst in the Midwest League, and the team has been striking out in bunches. Still, there have been some recent games where the offense has been showing signs of life, and it could time for this lineup to finally break out.
Over the team's past ten games, there have been three Snappers who have been really seeing the ball well. Steven Singleton, who joined the Snappers a few weeks ago, is batting .333 over the past nine games. In that span, he has wrapped 13 hits, scored five times, and has driven in two. He has been quite a lift to the offense. Brian Dinkelman continues to be steady at the plate for the Snappers, and he could be the only one who hasn't struggled too much this season. He is batting .342 during the last ten games, and is one of the top hitters in the Twins organization this season. Allan de San Miguel has provided a nice stick when he plays, batting .313 over his last five starts. He has driven in five in that span.
Robert Delaney has been the best closer in the Twins farm system this season, and he may be the best that the Midwest League has to offer. The young right-hander did not allow an earned run over his team's last ten games, four of which he pitched, and he picked up four saves. He is currently tied for the league lead in saves, and has a 0.50 ERA in 11 appearances. Dan Leatherman has also been strong lately, picking up two wins in his last four games. Leatherman has struck out six in his last 6.1 innings of work, and has three wins, and two saves on the year. Cole Devries continues his dominance, allowing only two earned runs in his last two starts. He has the fourth best ERA in the Midwest League, and batters are hitting only .202 against him this season.
Like the Fort Myers Miracle, the Snappers starting lineup has had struggles at the plate all season long. The team has the worst team batting average in the league, mostly because top prospects have been inconsistent this season. While he has shown great pop, Danny Santiesteban has been shaky for most of the season, and is batting only .154 in his last seven games. However, he does have two home runs in that span. Johnny Woodard was crushing the ball to start the season, batting nearly .300, but he has tailed off lately. He is batting only .192 in his last eight games, and has only one home run. Some other notable slumps are Yancarlos Ortiz (.083 in last five games), Daniel Berg (.167 in last seven games), William Luque (.188 in last five games), and Garrett Olson (.214 in last seven games).
Most of the Snappers pitchers have been solid lately, with the exception of maybe three prospects. Adam Hawes has definitely fallen on some hard times, as he has allowed eight earned runs in his last 11 innings of work. He is 1-1 in that span, and he has seen his ERA jump to the mid-4.00s in the process. Jose Lugo has allowed five earned in his last 10.2 innings, though he has displayed a nice strikeout tendency. He has whiffed ten batters in that span. Danny Vais is averaging allowing a run per inning during his last three appearances, and the reliever has allowed at least one earned run in each of his last five outings. Jeffrey Manship got roughed up a bit in his last start, but he appears slated for Fort Myers very soon anyway.
What We Know
According to one of our insiders, Seth Stohs, he believes that Manship will likely be shipped out of Beloit fairly soon. He discovered a tendency in the Twins organization, where the brass likes to see a pitcher fail at a level before bringing them up. Just to let them know that baseball is not that easy. One prospect who seems to be turning a corner is Joe Benson, who went 3-3 his last time out. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, because the Snappers desperately need his bat to come alive soon. Chris Parmelee continues to labor through a rough start to the season, but at least he is not striking out as much anymore. Jesus Carnevale, Steven Singleton, and Aaron Craig have all been great since joining the Snappers, and have given timely contributions thus far.