April Recaps: New Britain Rock Cats

The New Britain Rock Cats did not have a bad month, finishing close to .500, as they got some great pitching throughout April. A bunch of the top hitting prospects they have on the roster are off to slow starts, but the staff has done it's best to keep them in the running in the Eastern League. If a couple guys get hot, they could easily get over .500 very quickly.

The New Britain Rock Cats did not have a bad month, finishing close to .500, as they got some great pitching throughout April. A bunch of the top hitting prospects they have on the roster are off to slow starts, but the staff has done it's best to keep them in the running in the Eastern League. If a couple guys get hot, they could easily get over .500 very quickly.

Erik Lis, as always, hit the ball very well in the month of April, and finished up the month as the only regular to bat over .300. He hit .333 in 13 games, and had four runs batted in. He did not produce much power numbers, but that will come as the season wears on. Toby Gardenhire, though only appearing in eight games, batted .368, and is making quite a bid for more playing time. He has been a Luke Hughes-type player, being used wherever the team needs him.

Brian Dinkelman finished out the month on a tear, and came close to batting .300. The slick-fielding infielder finished third on the team in hits, and tied for the team-lead with ten runs batted in. Rene Tosoni also drove in ten runs, though he batted below the Mendoza Line for the month. Tosoni also leads the team with three home runs.

Two guys to keep your eye on are Matt Moses and Juan Portes, who have been very consistent at the plate so far this season. Moses, who was once considered the top prospect in the organization, may finally get out of New Britain for good, while Portes is the kind of prospect that sneaks up on people. Now an outfielder, if Moses continues to hit, he will be in Rochester very soon.

New year, same story, as Robert Delaney and Anthony Slama have been carving up the Eastern League. Delaney, who finished the month with a 2.35 earned run average, has struck out 20 in only 15.1 innings pitched, and is second on the team in appearances. Slama, who should be in Rochester very soon, allowed an earned run in only one appearance, and finished with a 0.84 ERA. He won two games, save two others, and struck out 19 batters in only 10.2 innings of work.

Jay Rainville, who is another former top prospect who has turned heads this season, pitched very effectively in a starter's role in April. He made four starts, posting a 3.00 earned run average, and won a game. Cole Devries, a top starter in the system, also made four starts, and batters hit only .192 against him.

Zach Ward and Frank Mata were both very effective out of the bullpen, as Ward held the opposition to a .191 batting average. Mata, who was used eight times, had an ERA under 4.00, and nearly struck out a batter per inning.

Top Prospect Watch: Wilson Ramos finished the month with a flurry, bringing his batting average up quite a bit in the final week. In his last ten games, Ramos is batting .333, and showing why he is the top catching prospect in the organization. Though he finished April with a .257 batting average, he is now batting .275, and looks very comfortable at the plate.


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