The Lancaster JetHawks clinched a playoff berth over the weekend as they downed Lake Elsinore in typical JetHawk fashion. The high-A affiliate of the Houston Astros has won 12 of their last 14 games in their charge towards repeating as the California League Champions in 2015.
The hard-hitting Lancaster ball club punched their ticket to the postseason in a very appropriate way on Saturday night, by slugging its way to a 16-4 victory. The usual suspects came to play led by a J.D. Davis homer and four hits from #1 ranked Astros prospect, Alex Bregman. Slugging first baseman Chase McDonald also homered as Lancaster overwhelmed their opponent.
Bregman showed promise early with the Quad Cities – photo by Rich Guill
Davis has four home runs in his last three games including a pair on Sunday night to give him a slash line of .293/26/100 on the year. A fantastic showing for the third baseman who was named to the Arizona Fall League Tuesday night. He’ll be joined by fellow JetHawk Derek Fisher as well as his former corner-infield mate A.J. Reed.
Bregman has continued to absolutely sting ball all over the field. He is in the midst of a 15 game hit streak. Over the last ten games, he is 20-44 for an astounding .455 average. The #1 overall pick in this year’s draft is now hitting .338 in 133 at-bats since joining the JetHawks.
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McDonald’s homer on Friday night was his 28th on the season, just two off the pace for the California League lead. The big guy strikes out quite a bit with 111 of them in his 367 at-bats, but the JetHawks are certainly happy with the production that comes along with those Ks. His OPS is .942. Let’s let that sink in.
Davis and Bregman joined Corpus Christi Hooks first baseman A.J. Reed as the MLB Pipeline top prospects of the week. These three players should be key players for the Astros in the next few years, keep an eye on them until they join the Astros in the future.
The JetHawks will certainly be a joy to watch in the playoffs with the lineup they trot out there. Be sure to stay tuned to Climbing Tal’s Hill for news on all of Houston’s playoff teams. Go, Hawks! And Go Stros!