Danry Vasquez made an immediate impact coming off of his suspension midweek driving in the tying run on a triple Saturday evening. One of his three extra base hits in four games. It was his first triple of 2016. Vasquez has become a mainstay in the middle of the order since the promotions of Teoscar Hernandez and Alex Bregman.
Also making an immediate impact this week was infielder Antonio Nunez, recently promoted from Lancaster. He reached base via a walk in his first Double A at bat and has two RBIs in three games so far with the Hooks. Like a previous Hooks shortstop, he doesn’t strikeout very often and finds ways to get on base and has a .374 OBP between Lancaster and Corpus Christi.
The new additions of Garrett Stubbs, Ramon Laureano, and Antonio Nunez have helped keep the Hooks near the .500 mark, but it’s no secret that Astros #15 prospect J.D. Davis has become the key piece in the Hooks lineup in the second half. Davis carries a .456 slugging percentage and leads Corpus Christi with 16 home runs and 40 extra base hits. He mashed four doubles this week, driving in three runs and scoring two himself. The Hooks cleanup hitter has kept this sputtering offense alive, but he’s going to need help if the Hooks are going to turn things around and climb out of a growing hole in the Texas League South.
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