Astros’ Hooks Looking for Answers to Inconsistent Play
It didn’t take newcomer Garrett Stubbs long to find success at the Double-A level. Stubbs drove in an RBI in his first at-bat with the Hooks and went on to pick up four RBIs this week while hitting .357 in four games. Any reliable production from the catcher’s spot will be a plus for Corpus Christi, which hasn’t had the luxury of having an everyday grinder behind the plate. To this point catching duties have been split between Roberto Pena (.234 season average), Marlon Avea (.000 season average), and Trent Woodward (.250 season average).
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Also heating up is outfielder Danry Vasquez, surging in his return to the lineup following the injury. Vasquez has now hit five doubles in his first ten games back in the lineup and continues to be the most consistent player in the Hooks offense, leading the team in hits this week (eight) while posting a .400 on-base percentage.
In the boom or bust category sits Jack Mayfield, who had six hits and five strikeouts this week in 22 at bats. Of those six hits, four were home runs and one was a double. All told, Mayfield was responsible for nine RBI. Mayfield has taken over the shortstop position from Astros top prospect Alex Bregman. Those are some big shoes to fill, but he’s off to a decent start with a .273/.273/.864 slash line so far at Corpus Christi.
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