Vasquez saw his first action since returning to the team after being injured in a collision with shortstop Hyde. He went 1-3 in his first game back with an RBI single and a pair of walks. Even with a somewhat pedestrian .236 batting average this season the Hooks will be happy to have his bat back in the lineup.
Over the past month, the hole in the outfield has been filled by James Ramsey (.164 BA) and Rodrigo Ayarza (.200 BA). Hyde saw his first action this week as well, going 1-4 on Friday. His one hit was a Grand Slam that put the Hooks ahead 10-3 in the 7th inning. Hyde is hitting .200 this season, but his reinsertion into the lineup enables skipper Rodney Linares to move Alex Bregman to third base and let Hyde fill in at shortstop.
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Teoscar Hernandez led the team in hits, doubles, home runs, and total bases this week. Hernandez bumped his average up 11 points to .310, and that’s six points better than Bregman. That being said, Bregman continues to crush AA pitching, leading many to wonder how much longer the young infielder will be playing in Corpus Christi.
On the week, Bregman posted a modest .231 batting average with just one home run – dropping his season OPS to .981, his first time under 1.000 in 2016. His ability to get on base combined with a tremendous plate discipline makes his arguably the most dangerous hitter in AA, if not the minor leagues. Bregman’s home run to strikeout rate is .667, 14 HRs and 21Ks – to put that in perspective the rest of the team’s home run to strikeout rate is .132.
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