More returns as Roldani Baldwin returned from injury this week. The catcher made an immediate impact for the Advanced-A Salem Red Sox. In fact, he impacted Double-A as well.
Baldwin is 4-for-14 (.286) with a double and two RBI already on the year. He’s even thrown in two runs scored and a steal for good measure. He gives Salem another intriguing player.
Meanwhile, his return pushed Jhon Nunez to Double-A Portland. Nunez has yet to appear in a game there, but he hit .286 with seven RBI and four steals in Advanced-A. He’ll bolster a catching corps in Double-A that has been absolutely void of hitting.
Speaking of hitting; Jerry Downs is doing it – a lot. The left-handed hitting first baseman has a .337 average on the season. He’s mashed six doubles and two home runs, driving in 11 runs and scoring 10 more. Over his last 13 appearances, the 24-year-old has more three-hit games (3) than no-hit games (2).
Tyler Hill meanwhile is bringing his bat around. The outfielder has boosted his average from .255 to .281 (.418 OBP) since the last article. With that he’s gone from one extra-base hit, to four. His speed hasn’t seen a decrease either as he’s now 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts.
Finally, there’s Bobby Dalbec. The average saw a tiny bump from .211 to .215. It’s the seven doubles and five home runs that have people talking though. He’s driven in 18 runs and scored 14 more, while adding one steal. The run production is there, now image if he can boost that average.
For the pitchers, the headliner is clearly Bryan Mata. He refuses to look like the youngest player in the Carolina League. Through 17 1/3 innings, the 18-year-old has a 1.56 ERA and opponents are hitting .182 against him. He still has a few kinks to work out (like walks) but the right-hander clearly has something special.
Matthew Gorst has been pretty fantastic. The 23-year-old is 2-for-2 on save opportunities and boasts a 1.54 ERA (0.86 WHIP) over 11 2/3 innings.
Amazingly those numbers don’t look that good if you compare them to Jordan Weems. The 25-year-old holds a 0.68 ERA over 13 1/3 innings. In that time he’s struck out 17, and opponents are hitting .073 against him (0.83 WHIP).