Series Preview: Asheville Tourists at Hickory Crawdads
Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies) (5-6, tied for second, Southern Division)
Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (8-2, 2nd Northern Division)
The Hickory Crawdads continue their season-opening homestand with a three-game series against Asheville.
IF YOU PLAN TO GO:
WHERE IS IT?: Clement Blvd., 1 mile west of U.S. Hwy 321, near entrance to Hickory Airport.
GAME TIMES/ PROMOTIONS:
Monday: Asheville at Hickory, 6:30 p.m. (Make-A Difference Monday (Bring canned goods $5 or more in value and receive a free ticket), Remember the Titanic)
Tuesday: Asheville at Hickory, 6:30 p.m. (Dollar Dog Tuesday ($1 hot dogs, dogs admitted for $1))
Wednesday: Asheville at Hickory, 10:30 p.m.
TICKETS: $9 tickets in advance, $10 at the gate. Children (12 and under) and seniors $8, $15 for VIP section.
PARKING: All parking is $3.
RECENT SERIES HISTORY:
Despite being only an hour apart, the Crawdads and Tourists played just one series in 2018. The Crawdads took 2 of 3 in that series played at McCormick Park in Asheville.
The last series between the two clubs at L.P. Frans came in July 2017 when Asheville swept all three games. That year, the Tourists won 8 of 10 from the Crawdads, which included a 6-1 record at Hickory. It was the first season-series win by Asheville since 2010. Since 2009 and the start of the Crawdads-Rangers affiliation, Hickory is 49-47 vs. Asheville, but the Tourists hold a 26-22 margin at L.P. Frans.
PROBABLES (Asheville/ Hickory)
Monday: RHP Ryan Feltner vs. RHP Tim Brennan
Tuesday: LHP Ryan Rolison vs. RHP Yerry Rodriguez
Wednesday: RHP Shelby Lackey vs. RHP Hans Crouse
Coming off a 6-1 road trip to open the season, the Crawdads continued the early-season success at home with a 2-1 series win over Kannapolis.
Manager: Matt Hagen (2nd season)
Prospects – (team rankings are by MLB.com):
RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 83 in top-100)
OF JP Martinez No. 2 (No. 86 in top-100)
SS Chris Seise No. 12
IF Jonathan Ornelas No. 18
C Sam Huff No. 21
3B Sherten Apostel No. 22
Possible lineups: C: Matt Whatley or Sam Huff; 1B Curtis Terry; 2B Frainyer Chavez or Jonathan Ornelas; 3B Sherten Apostel; SS Chris Seise; OF LF: Pedro Gonzalez or Miguel Aparicio; CF: JP Martinez, RF: Jose Almonte.
Jose Almonte – Tied for 8th doubles (4)
Pedro Gonzalez – Tied for 2nd homers (3)
Sam Huff – Tied for 2nd homers (3), 4th total bases, tied for 4th strikeouts, tied for 8th runs scored, 10th slugging pct. (.605)
JP Martinez – Tied for 5th steals (4)
Jonathan Ornelas – Tied for 4th runs scored
Chris Seise – Tied for 3rd hits, tied for 4th runs scored, tied for 5th steals (4), tied for 8th doubles (4)
Curtis Terry – 1st RBI (14), 2nd slugging pct. (.703), 2nd total bases, tied for 2nd homers (3), 4th OPS (1.078), tied for 4th doubles (5), tied for 7th hits
John King – Tied for 4th hits allowed
Jake Latz – Tied for 8th strikeouts, tied for 10th ERA (0.90)
Abdiel Mendoza – Tied for 1st saves (2)
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.249 (3rd)/ .318 (6th)/ .441 (2nd)/ .760 (2nd).
Other key rankings: 1st home runs, 2nd runs, 2nd home runs, 3rd hits, 3rd stolen bases, tied for 3rd doubles, 10th walks
Team Pitching: 1st ERA (1.90), 1st WHIP (0.91), fewest hits allowed, fewest runs allowed, fewest earned runs allowed, tied for fewest home runs allowed (1), fewest walks allowed, 4th strikeouts.
The Tourists come to Hickory with losses in four of the last five games. This is the second half of their road trip after losing 3 of 4 at Hagerstown, Md. Five of the Rockies top six draft picks from last June’s draft are currently with the Tourists. They include Ryan Rolison (1st), Grant Lavigne (Competitive Balance), Terrin Vavra (3rd), Ryan Feltner (4th)
Manager: Robinson Cancel (1st year)
Prospects – Asheville (rankings by MLB.com):
1B Grant Lavigne No. 5
LHP Ryan Rolison No. 6
RHP Riley Pint No. 8
SS Terrin Vavra No. 14
OF Daniel Montano No. 19
RHP Ryan Feltner No. 24
C Willie MacIver No. 28
RHP Mike Nikorak No. 29
Possible Lineups: C: Javier Guevara or Willie MacIver; 1B Grant Lavigne; 2B Coco Montes or Terrin Vavra; 3B: John Cresto or Hunter Stovall; SS: Coco Montes or Terrin Vavra; LF: Will Golsan; CF: Daniel Montano; RF: Cade Harris.
John Cresto – Tied for 4th doubles (5), 7th slugging pct. (.621), 10th OPS (.987)
Will Golsan – Tied for 2nd runs scored, 4th RBI (10), tied for 7th total bases
Cade Harris – Tied for 8th walks
Daniel Lavigne – Tied for 4th strikeouts
Willie MacIver – 1st slugging pct. (.824), 1st OPS (1.229), 1st total bases, tied for 2nd homers (3), 3rd batting avg. (.382), 3rd RBI (11), tied for 3rd hits, tied for 8th doubles (4)
Daniel Montano – Tied for 8th home runs (2), tied for 10th total bases
Hunter Stovall – Tied for 2nd doubles (6), 3rd on-base pct. (.471), 8th batting avg. (.357), 8th OPS (1.042)
Terrin Vavra – Tied for 3rd hits, tied for 4th runs scored, 5th on-base pct. (.455), tied for 5th RBI, (9), 6th total bases, 7th batting avg. (.361), 7th OPS (1.066), tied for 8th doubles (4), tied for 8th walks, 9th slugging pct. (.611), tied for 9th steals (3)
Jake Bird – Tied for 5th games pitched (4), 8th ERA (0.82), tied for 9th innings pitched (11)
Nick Bush – Tied for 2nd home runs allowed, tied for 4th runs allowed, 5th earned runs, tied for 6th hits allowed
Alfredo Garcia – Tied for 10th earned runs allowed
Eric Hepple – Tied for 1st games pitched (6)
Boby Johnson – Tied for 2nd home runs allowed, tied for 5th games pitched (4)
Shelby Lackey – 6th earned runs allowed, tied for 9th runs allowed
Nick Kennedy – 4th ERA (0.00), Tied for 5th games pitched (4), 10th WHIP (0.78)
Alex Martinez – Tied for 5th games pitched (4)
Mike Nikorak – Tied for 3rd games pitched (5), tied for 5th walks allowed, tied for 9th runs allowed
Ryan Feltner – Tied for 5th walks allowed
Riley Pint – Tied for 5th walks allowed
PJ Poulin – Tied for 3rd games pitched (5)
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.282 (1st)/ .363 (1st)/ .493 (1st)/ .856 (1st).
Other key rankings: 1st runs, 1st hits, 1st doubles, 1st total bases, 1st walks, 2nd home runs, tied for 2nd strikeouts
2nd runs allowed, 2nd home runs allowed, 2nd most walks allowed, 3rd runs allowed, 12th WHIP (1.45), Last ERA (5.32), tied for last strikeouts
NOTES OF INTEREST: Pedro Gonzalez was a member of the Rockies organization prior to a trade to the Rangers in 2017… Rockies IF Kyle Datres played college ball at North Carolina.