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DoTF: Homers galore for top prospects

News & Notes

  • Oswald Peraza has not been traded. He was scratched from Somerset’s lineup due to a personal family matter per Eli Fishman on Twitter
  • The Athletic’s Keith Law was in Somerset this weekend to watch the Patriots and he has notes on Hayden Wesneski, Oswald Peraza, and Dermis Garcia. It’s behind a paywall, so here’s the skinny: Wesneski has reliever risk, Peraza has strong hands and power, and Garcia remains as committed to three true outcomes as anyone.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders lost this one 7-4 to Rochester despite another home run from Hoy Park, his 2nd in 2 days. They are now 45-23 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Deivi García: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 K – 58% strikes…has 38 walks in just 53 innings. Really struggling this year.
  • No relief: RHP Nick Nelson: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K – 54% strikes…nice to know he’s not getting it done in AAA either I guess
  • In relief: RHP Adam Warren: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K – 72% strikes…has a 2.67 ERA in 33.2 IP in AAA, wonder if he could get called back up sometime
  • In relief: RHP Brooks Kriske: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 K – 43% strikes…effectively wild as they say
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Green: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 BB, 1 K – 47% strikes
  • Hoy Parks One: DH Hoy Park: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 BB – see video below of Park’s 2nd straight day with a homer
  • Multi-hit Watch: 3B Armando Alvarez: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • Leftovers: Andrew Velazquez had a triple…Socrates Brito, Frederick Cuevas, and Brandon Wagner had a single apiece to round out the offense.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Fresh off #MedinaWatch, Luis Medina threw nearly 6 shutout innings to lead Somerset to a nice and easy 7-0 win over Altoona. They are now 43-28 overall.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Luis Medina: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K – 56% strikes…a few too many walks, see video of K’s below
  • In Relief: RHP Michael Gomez: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – 85% strikes!
  • In Relief: RHP Ron Marinaccio: 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeroes – 62% strikes
  • Offensive Star: 2B Jesus Bastidas: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
  • Dermis Blastoff: DH Dermis Garcia: 1-5, 1 HR, 2 K
  • Multi-hit Watch: CF Brandon Lockridge and 3B Oswaldo Cabrera were both 2-5
  • Leftovers: Diego Castillo, Jason Lopez, and Max Burt each had one hit.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades singled and walked (12 on the day!) their way to a 10-8 win over Aberdeen pushing them to 47-25 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Reid Anderson: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 3 K – 63% strikes…got hit around but not walking anyone made the difference today, though he did hit 3 batters
  • In Relief: RHP Alexander Vizcaíno: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K – 68% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Nelson Alvarez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 67% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Sean Boyle: 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeroes, 1 K – 77% strikes to pick up his first save…yet to allow a run in 12 High-A innings
  • First Round Watch: DH Anthony Volpe: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 R – has 15 home runs on the year now, more power than anyone expected
  • First Round Watch: C Anthony Seigler: 1-4, 2 BB – nice to see the walks
  • Multi-hit Watch: LF Jake Sanford: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB – .952 OPS in High-A, look for a promotion soon
  • Leftovers: RF Elijah Dunham had a double…CF Pablo Olivares had the other hit…somehow scored 10 runs despite going 3-18 with RISP thanks to those 12 walks.

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

After a close win yesterday, the Tarpons are back to their mashing ways hitting 3 home runs en route to an 8-3 win over Clearwater giving them a 48-23 record.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Jhonatan Munoz: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 76% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Nicio Rodriguez: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K – 69% strikes
  • In Relief: LHP Edgar Barclay: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K – 60% strikes…has 73 K’s in just 48.2 IP
  • Martian Watch: CF Jasson Dominguez: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K – first hitless game with Tampa…bust! jk he still got on base
  • First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K – the hr had a 109 mph exit velo and the double a 106…that’ll play anywhere
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 1-2, 1 HR, 2 BB – also hit a 109 mph exit velo homer
  • Homer Watch: DH Evan Alexander: 1-3, 1 HR
  • Leftovers: Ryder Green, Luis Santos, and Pedro Diaz had 1 hit each to round out the offense

Florida Complex League & Dominican Summer League

All had their regular Sunday days off

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DoTF: Hoy Park homerun leads AAA to win

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders won this won 4-1 over the Rochester Red Wings with homeruns from Hoy Park and Armando Alvarez. The win moves them to 45-22 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Brody Koerner: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 69% strikes to pick up his 3rd win of the year
  • In Relief: RHP Greg Weissert: 2.0 IP, zeroes – 62% strikes…has only allowed 1 run in 12 innings in AAA
  • In Relief: RHP Reggie McClain: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K – 68% strikes
  • Offensive Star: CF Hoy Park: 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI – has a 1.028 OPS in AAA and cool to see him playing the outfield
  • Homerun Watch: 1B Armando Alvarez: 1-4, 1 HR
  • Leftovers: Socrates Brito and Thomas Milone went 1-4 each…Christian Perez went 2-3

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots fell 7-1 to Altoona in this one dropping them to 42-28 on the year. They were only able to muster 5 hits and Ken Waldichuk ran out of gas in the 6th.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K – 64% strikes…clearly ran out of gas in the 6th…has allowed 16 runs in AA after not allowing any in High-A ball
  • In Relief: RHP Barrett Loseke: 2.2 IP, 4 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 73% strikes…gave up 3 hr to put this one out of reach
  • In Relief: RHP Elvis Peguero: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 73% strikes…has a 1.93 ERA in 9.1 IP in AA so far
  • Offensive “Star”: 2B Diego Castillo: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI – only XBH and RBI on the day
  • Leftovers: Oswald Peraza, Michael Beltre, Aaron Palensky, and Chase Illig were the only other guys with any hits

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades 9th inning rally came up short as they fell 8-5 to the Aberdeen IronBirds and are now 46-25 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Josh Maciejewski: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 7 K – 70% strikes…great K/BB ratio doesn’t matter when you give up 3 HR
  • In Relief: RHP Carlos Espinal: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K – 64% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Ernst: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 73% strikes…has 62 K in 34.1 IP this year
  • Offensive Star: CF Elijah Dunham: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR
  • Volpe Watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K – still OPSing over 1.000 in High-A
  • Multi-hit Watch: 1B Chad Bell: 3-4, 1 R
  • Multi-hit Watch 2: RF Pat DeMarco: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • Leftovers: C Josh Breaux went 1-5…DH Anthony Seigler was 0-5 and has a .645 OPS on the year

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Unlike their usual offensive outburst, the Tarpons pulled this one out 2-1 over Clearwater despite striking out 13 times. They are an absurd 47-23 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Yoendrys Gómez: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K – 68% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Anderson Muñoz: 4.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 K – 64% strikes…season high 8 K in a huge relief role to pick up the win
  • In Relief: RHP Nelvin Correa: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 BB – 57% strikes to get the save
  • Martian Watch: CF Jasson Dominguez: 1-4, 1 2B – has picked up at least 1 hit in all 9 games with Tampa so far. Call him up already amirite?
  • Multi-hit Watch: RF Aldenis Sanchez: 2-3, 1 RBI
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 0-4, 2 K – still has a .925 OPS with Tampa
  • First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Leftovers: DH Carlos Narvaez had a home run

Florida Coast League Yankees

They had no game scheduled today.

Dominican Summer League

The two Yankee DSL teams are playing each other and DSL Yankees 2 leads DSL Yankees 1 1-0 in the top of the 4th, though the game is currently suspended due to rain. Here’s the box score.

Prospect Profile: Trey Sweeney

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With their first round pick in last night’s MLB draft, the Yankees selected shortstop Trey Sweeney with the 20th overall pick. You can read our initial post on him here, and continue below for a more in-depth profile on the newest Yankee prospect.

Background

Sweeney is a 21 year old shortstop prospect who just finished his redshirt sophomore season with Eastern Illinois University. He was undrafted out of high school and EIU was the only college that he received a scholarship offer for, where he absolutely dominated play this past season earning first team All-American honors from Baseball America, Perfect Game, ABCA and at the NCAA Division I level.

Vice President of Domestic Amateur Scouting Damon Oppenheimer had this to say about Sweeney:

We are really excited to have selected Trey Sweeney. He has excellent raw power and contact ability, and he can hit to all fields with strong plate discipline.

At shortstop, he has a good clock, doesn’t play rushed and has good field awareness. His timing for both getting to ground balls and getting the ball across the infield is excellent. We also really like Trey’s makeup as he’s smart with good instincts. With his overall tool set, we believe he has the potential to be an impact player.

Damon Oppenheimer

And to his credit, Sweeney said all the right things on draft night where he attended in-person:

Performance

After leading his Louisville, KY high school to a state championship, Sweeney dominated at the college level, albeit against weak competition. As a freshman in 2019, he slashed .271/.342/.354 with 2 home runs, and 18 walks to 24 strikeouts – which is a great ratio for anyone, let alone a freshman.

That theme of great BB:K ratio continued throughout Sweeney’s career. After his freshman year, he played in the Wood Bat Prospect league and hit an eye-popping .354/.453/.524 with 7 home runs and more walks than strikeouts (36 BB & 25 K).

In 14 games last year before the pandemic, Sweeney was off to an incredible start hitting .351/.439/.456 with 8 BB and just 9 K. He followed that up with a strong showing in the wood bat Coastal Plain League where he was 2nd in the league slashing .397/.481/.676 with 4 homers, 11 walks, and 13 strikeouts in 17 games.

This year, Sweeney absolutely smashed to the tune of .382/.522/.712, bashing 14 home runs with an incredible 46:24 BB:K ratio. That’s nearly twice as many walks as strikeouts! That line and increased power earned him the All-American accolades as well as being named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the year. He moved up draft boards after a series against Kansas State (the best college competition he faced) where he went 5-15 with 1 HR and 6 RBI. He also hit 3-4 with 2 RBI against Jordan Wicks who was selected one spot after him in the draft:

Here is a scouting video of Sweeney:

Scouts Take

There is a discrepancy between how scouts and analytics folks view Sweeney as you’ll see in a moment – namely scouts are low on him whereas analytics people love him.

MLB Pipeline ranked him 55th overall in this class, giving him a 60 hit grade and a 50 overall grade. They rave about his hand-eye coordination and arm strength. Here is a snipped of their scouting report:

Sweeney has a big leg kick and a hitch and a lot going on in his left-handed stroke, but he has outstanding hand-eye coordination and makes the timing work at the plate. He has good feel for the barrel, controls the strike zone and makes hard contact to all fields against lefties and righties, good velocity and tough offspeed pitches. His hitting ability, arm strength and bat speed should produce at least average power, perhaps more if he adds more loft to his swing. 

Sweeney’s below-average speed limits his effectiveness at shortstop and will necessitate a position change at the next level. He has reliable hands and solid strength but doesn’t cover enough ground at short. He profiles well at third base, should be able to handle any corner infield or outfield position and may be playable at second base. 

MLB Pipeline

Baseball America also ranked Sweeney 55th in this year’s class, though they are more optimistic about the longterm defensive projection for Sweeney and believe he could stick at short longterm. They mention he “has a big leg kick and a big bat tip in a noisy swing” and they wonder “what he might do against tougher competition.”

FanGraphs ranked him 60th overall highlighting his pro frame, plate discipline, and power.

Keith Law of The Athletic was the lowest on Sweeney, ranking him 89th overall and highlighting the contention between scouts and stats folks in their view of Sweeney.

My Take

There is a difference between looking at Sweeney in a vacuum and in context because before last night, he was viewed in reference to who else the Yankees could draft whereas now that is no longer relevant, though it is difficult to disentangle the two.

Drafting a guy who is ranked no higher than 55th in the first round seems like a reach upon initial glance, though that is par for the course with the Yankees. Anthony Volpe, T.J. Sikkema, Anthony Siegler are all first rounders in recent years who were ranked lower by scouts than where the Yankees took them, which says the Yankees have their own secret sauce and most likely favor their own analytic models.

That is clearly the case with Sweeney who reportedly has high exit velo numbers and performed well in wood bat leagues. Those are two things the Yankees are known to value along with strong makeup which by all accounts Sweeney has.

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Offense

The bat is Sweeney’s calling card, and it better play for him to reach the big leagues. By all accounts, Sweeney excels at both the physical and mental aspects of hitting. In the MLB report they say he has “good feel for the barrel, controls the strike zone, and makes hard contact to all fields against lefties and righties, good velocity, and tough offspeed pitches.”

All of that is music to my ears because what more can a guy do beyond hit the ball hard all over against everyone? The concern with Sweeney is two-fold: 1. what is up with those mechanics and 2. can he hit against tough competition?

All scouts see a huge load and loopy swing that makes Sweeney susceptible to high velocity and tougher pitching, which connects to the second concern. Check this out:

That is…concerning. In a league where everyone seems to throw 100 mph nowadays, how Sweeney handles high velocity is a thing to watch. It is worth noting that Sweeney did excel in the Coastal Plain League where he likely saw faster pitching. Ryan Cusick, he of the 100 mph fastball, did play in that league for example.

So, although there are concerns about how Sweeney’s performance from the OVC will translate in pro ball, Sweeney did dominate against whatever tough competition he faced in the Wood Bat league, Coastal Plain League, and against Kansas State this past season. The power increase this season (going from 2 hr to 14) is also intriguing and likely what led the Yankees to Sweeney.

Defense

There are conflicting reports on Sweeney’s defense with MLB Pipeline, FanGraphs, and Keith Law all saying he is ticketed for the hot corner whereas Baseball America and Damon Oppenheimer believe he can stick at short. You don’t need me to tell you that a shortstop is more valuable than a third baseman, and if you’re going to spend a first round pick on a guy with some offensive concerns, you better believe Sweeney can stick at short longterm.

Concluding Thoughts

Sweeney is far from the first middle infielder or even college middle infielder the Yankees have picked lately. Josh Smith, Trevor Hauver, and Anthony Volpe all fit the mold of middle infield prospects drafted recently who have so far worked out well.

Volpe has rocketed up the Top 100 prospect lists hitting .309/.452/.635, which is better than anyone expected from him this season, and Smith has a fantastic .341/.461/1.135 line. You may know Hauver as the “Hauver Heat Check” in DoTF thanks to his .299/.460/.962 line.

All of that is to say, despite the Yankees miserable track record with first rounders, their recent infielder picks have appeared solid.

For now, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt that they can help Sweeney clean up his swing and stick at short, and I look forward to him mashing in rookie ball shortly.

DoTF: First-rounders hit HR’s to lead the way

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders game against Syracuse was postponed and will be made up July 7.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots are currently getting hammered 10-3 in the 8th inning against Richmond. Instead of a full breakdown, here are homeruns hit by Luke Voit and Oswald Peraza:

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades beat the Jersey Shore BlueClaws 8-4 in this one behind a strong offensive performance from James Nelson moving to 24-16 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Reid Anderson: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K – 49% strikes sounds about right for that pitching line
  • In Relief: RHP Barrett Loseke: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – 57% strikes and has 37 K in 24 IP on the season
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Ernst: 2.2 IP, zeroes, 5 K – 74% strikes…dominant outing to pick up the win
  • In Relief: RHP Derek Craft: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 54% strikes for the 6’8″ right-hander
  • Offensive Star: 3B James Nelson: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI
  • Multi-hit Watch: 2B Oliver Dunn & RF Frederick Cuevas went 2-4…Dunn had a triple and Cuevas a double
  • Leftovers: Josh Breaux & Elijah Dunham each hit a double

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Anthony Volpe hit two homeruns, including a walk-off in the 9th to give Tampa a 7-6 victory over the Bradenton Marauders. They are now 28-13 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Beck Way: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K – 47% strikes…struggled with control in this one
  • In Relief: RHP Matt Sauer: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K – 69% strikes…surprised they left him in for that long and for 85 pitches
  • In Relief: RHP Trevor Holloway: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 50% strikes…got a blown save and a W in the same game.
  • Offensive Star: DH Anthony Volpe: 3-5, 2 HR, 1 3B, 3 R, 4 RBI – huge game bringing his OPS to 1.033. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a call-up to High-A soon
  • Offensive Star 2: C Austin Wells: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
  • Leftovers: Trevor Hauver, Andres Chaparro, & Pat DeMarco each had one hit to round out the offense.

DoTF: Waldichuck & Peraza Continue Dominance

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders comeback fell short in a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Bisons dropping them to 21-10 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Brody Koerner: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K – 56% strikes in a short outing.
  • In Relief: RHP Albert Abreu: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K – 53% strikes and his ERA went up to 3.38 after tonight.
  • In Relief: RHP Kyle Barraclough: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 66% strikes
  • In Relief: LHP Trevor Lane: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Hit Streak Watch: DH Trey Amburgey: 2-4, 1 HR – has a hit in 19 straight. Call him up?
  • Walk the Park: 2B Hoy Jun Park: 0-2, 2 BB – 5 BB in his last 6 PA
  • Leftovers: RF Socrates Brito had 2 hits…CF Estevan Florial and 1B Mike Ford both took 0-fers.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Homeruns by Oswald Peraza and Oliver Dunn powered the Patriots to a 5-2 win over Erie giving them a 21-12 record on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Shawn Semple: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K – 66% strikes to pick up the win.
  • In Relief: RHP Reid Anderson: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 65% strikes in middle relief.
  • In Relief: RHP Kevin Gadea: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 44% strikes and has a 1.74 ERA on the season.
  • In Relief: RHP Stephen Ridings: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 65% strikes and picked up the save.
  • Peraza Watch: DH Oswald Peraza: 2-5, 1 HR – led off the game with a homerun for his first AA hit. Video below.
  • Offensive Star: 2B Oliver Dunn: 1-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI – had the go ahead homerun
  • Offensive Star 2: SS Oswald Cabrera: 3-5, 2 2B – feeling the pressure with another Oswald in town

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

Ken Waldichuk and the Renegades dominated the Brooklyn Cyclones in this 8-0 win raising them to 18-14 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K – 64% strikes…hasn’t allowed a run in 30.2 IP this year with 55 K. Time for a call-up.
  • In Relief: RHP Elvis Peguero: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 70% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Charlie Ruegger: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Offensive Star: LF Oliver Alexander: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • Catcher Watch: C Anthony Siegler & DH Josh Breax each had 1 hit. Breax had an RBI
  • Leftovers: SS Ezeqial Duran, 3B James Nelson, 2B Eduardo Torrealba, & CF Isiah Pasteur had the remaining RBI.

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Homeruns by Chad Bell and Austin Wells powered the Tarpons to a 6-4 victory over Clearwater. The win gives them a 24-10 record on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Sean Boyle: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – 57% strikes in his 3 innings of work.
  • In Relief: RHP Randy Vasquez: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K – 56% strikes in picking up the victory.
  • In Relief: LHP Clay Aguilar: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K – 66% strikes and recording all outs via the K
  • In Relief: Carson Coleman: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 $, 1 BB, 1 K – 60% strikes and got the save.
  • Offensive Star: 3B Chad Bell: 3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 0-4, 1 K – rare o-fer for Hauver
  • First Round Watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 1-5, 1 K & C Austin Wells: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI – slugging .556 in June after a slow power start

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