Series Preview: Hickory Crawdads at Kannapolis May 3-6
Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (19-7, 2nd Northern Division)
Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox) (10-15, 6th Northern Division)
The Hickory Crawdads continue a weeklong homestand with a four-game series against the Kannapolis Intimidators at Intimidators Stadium.
IF YOU PLAN TO GO:
WHERE IS IT?: From Hickory, take Hwy 321 South to Gastonia, then I-85 North to Exit 63 (Lane Street). Turn left. Ballpark is on the right.
GAME TIMES/ PROMOTIONS:
Friday: 7:00 p.m. (Piedmont Boll Weevils Night, Baseball Card Strip Giveaway to first 1,000 fans)
Saturday: 7:00 p.m. (Star Wars Night, Postgame Fireworks)
Sunday: 3:00 p.m. (Cinco de Mayo, Kids Run the Bases)
Monday: 7:00 p.m.
TICKETS: Prices in advance range from $7 for general admission to $9 for reserve, $2 less for children. Add $2 on gameday.
RECENT SERIES HISTORY:
Hickory took two out of three during a series at L.P. Frans to open the home season in early April. The Crawdads went 14-9 against Kannapolis in 2018, but the Intimidators defended their home turf by winning six of 9 there.
PROBABLES (Hickory/ Kannapolis)
Friday: RHP Grant Wolfram vs. Jonathan Stiever
Saturday: LHP John King vs. LHP Taylor Varnell
Sunday: RHP Tim Brennan vs. RHP Davis Martin
Monday: RHP Yerry Rodriguez vs. LHP Konnor Pilkington
The Crawdads continued their early-season domination on the road with a three-game sweep at Greenville this week. Hickory is 10-3 on the road and have won all four series played at visiting stadiums. The Crawdads have also won seven of eight series and tied the other one 2-2 with Lakewood last weekend.
Manager: Matt Hagen (2nd season)
Prospects – (team rankings are by MLB.com):
RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 80 in top-100)
SS Chris Seise No. 12
IF Jonathan Ornelas No. 18
C Sam Huff No. 21
3B Sherten Apostel No. 22
RHP Ronny Henriquez No. 30
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: Miguel Aparicio; CF: Pedro Gonzalez; RF: Jose Almonte.
Pedro Gonzalez – Tied for 2nd homers (7), 9th slugging pct. (.579), tied for 10th runs (16).
Sam Huff –1st homers (13), 1st slugging pct. (.820), 1st OPS (1.189), 1st total bases, tied for 2nd RBI (23), tied 3rd runs (20), tied for 8th hits (29).
Jonathan Ornelas – 7th batting avg. (.348), 8th on-base pct. (.423).
Chris Seise – 2nd caught stealing, tied for 2nd triples (3), tied for 10th steals (6), tied for 10th strikeouts.
Curtis Terry – 1st doubles (13), tied for 2nd RBI (23), 5th total bases, 5th slugging pct. (.606), tied for 5th homers (6).
Matt Whatley – Tied for 3rd walks.
Hans Crouse – Tied for 10th WHIP (0.86), tied for 9th hit batters.
Yerry Rodriguez – 6th ERA (1.71)
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.239 (5th)/ .308 (8th)/ .429 (1st)/ .736 (2nd).
Other key rankings: 1st total bases, tied for 1st home runs, 2nd total bases, 4th stolen bases, 4th runs.
Team Pitching: fewest runs allowed, fewest hit batters, fewest walks allowed, 2nd ERA (2.77), 2nd WHIP (1.10), fourth fewest home runs allowed
The Intimidators were swept in a three-game series at home by Charleston (S.C.) and overall they have lost five of seven. Kannapolis is 4-8 at home in 2019.
Manager: Ryan Newman (1st season)
Prospects – Kannapolis (rankings by MLB.com):
LHP Konnor Pilkington No. 20
3B Bryce Bush No. 21
RHP Jonathan Stiever No. 27
Possible Lineups: C: Evan Skoug or Gunnar Troutwine; 1B: Amado Nunez; 2B: Ramon Beltre; 3B: Bryce Bush or Luis Curbelo; SS: Lenyn Sosa; LF: Alex Destino or Romy Gonzalez; CF: Ian Dawkins; RF: Logan Sowers
Ramon Beltre – Tied for 2nd triples (3)
Bryce Bush – Tied for 6th triples (2)
Luis Curbelo – Tied for 6th strikeouts, tied for 8th RBI (18), tied for 10th doubles
Ian Dawkins – 4th stolen bases (8), tied for 6th doubles (9), 10th hits
Jason Bilous – Tied for 6th hit batters
Davis Martin – 1st home runs allowed (9), 2nd earned runs allowed, tied for 2nd runs allowed, tied for 3rd hits allowed
Konnor Pilkington – Tied for 4th strikeouts, 6th WHIP (0.77), tied for 6th hit batters, tied for 9th innings pitched
Bennett Sousa – Tied for 5th games pitched
Jonathan Stiever – Tied for 3rd home runs allowed (5), tied for 9th hits allowed
Taylor Varnell – Tied for 2nd hit batters, tied for 6th strikeouts, 7th (0.79), WHIP 8th innings pitched, 9th ERA (1.93)
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS): .233 (7th)/ .307 (10th)/ .346 (8th)/ .653 (9th).
Other key rankings: 1st triples (11), 2nd doubles, 3rd strikeouts, tied for 6th runs scored, tied for 7th hits, 12th walks, last HRs (6).
Team pitching: 2nd fewest walks allowed, tied for 2nd home runs allowed, 3rd strikeouts, 3rd most hits allowed, 4th most runs allowed, 9th ERA (3.93), 9th WHIP (1.29)