Series Preview: West Virginia Power at Hickory Crawdads June 3-5
The Crawdads open the final homestand of the first half with a three-game series against the Power.
West Virginia Power (Seattle Mariners) 28-28, fourth place, South Atlantic League Northern Division
Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) 35-21, third place, South Atlantic League Northern Division
IF YOU PLAN TO GO:
WHERE IS IT?: 2500 Clement Blvd., 1 mile west of U.S. Hwy 321, near entrance to Hickory Airport.
GAME TIMES/ PROMOTIONS:
Monday: West Virginia at Hickory, 6:30 p.m. Make-a-Difference Monday (Donate multi-pack of toilet paper, paper towels or water bottles and receive a free ticket)
Tuesday: West Virginia at Hickory, 6:30 p.m. Dollar Dog Tuesday ($1 hot dogs, dogs admitted for $1
Wednesday: West Virginia at Hickory: 10:30 a.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:
This is the first series between Hickory and West Virginia with the Power as the Seattle Mariners affiliate. Last year while as a Pirates affiliate, the Power out up a 15-7 mark against Hickory, 8-5 at L.P. Frans.
PROBABLES (West Virginia/ Hickory)
Monday: RHP Deivy Florido vs. RHP Ronny Henriquez
Tuesday: RHP Clay Chandler vs. RHP Cole Winn
Wednesday: RHP Ryne Inman vs. RHP Tyree Thompson
The Crawdads return home after losing their first road series of the season at Kannapolis. The Intimidators won 3 of 5 with the final two coming on walk-offs. The losses dropped the Crawdads elimination number for the first half to seven, as the trail Delmarva (Md.) by 7.5 games with 14 to play. Hickory is 16-11 at home this season.
Manager: Matt Hagen (2nd season)
Prospects – (team rankings are by MLB.com):
RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 70 in top-100)
RHP Cole Winn No. 2 (No. 72 in top-100)
IF Jonathan Ornelas No. 18
3B Sherten Apostel No. 22
RHP Ronny Henriquez No. 30
Possible lineups: C: Matt Whatley (.224/.333/.282) or Melvin Novoa (.264/.333/.375); 1B Curtis Terry (.270/.329/.580); 2B Frainyer Chavez (.246/.338/.270) or Jax Biggers (.231/.333/.308); 3B Sherten Apostel (.242/.314/.396); SS Jonathan Ornelas (.284/.357/.438); LF: Pedro Gonzalez (.270/.321/.494); CF: Miguel Aparicio (.264/.323/.453); RF: Jose Almonte (.171/.215/.276)
Miguel Aparicio – Tied for 10th triples (3)
Pedro Gonzalez – Tied for 6th homers (10), 9th slugging pct. (.494), tied for 10th triples (3)
Curtis Terry – 2nd home runs (14), 2nd RBI (44), tied for 2nd doubles (20), tied for 2nd total bases, 4th slugging pct. (.580), 4th OPS (.909), tied for 9th runs,
Matt Whatley – Tied for 6th walks, tied for 8th stolen bases (13)
Grant Anderson – Tied for 5th wins (5), tied for 6th games pitched (18), tied for 8th saves (4), tied for 10th losses (4)
Tim Brennan – 5th WHIP (0.99), tied for 5th wins (5),
Yerry Rodriguez – 4th ERA (2.20), tied for 5th wins (5), tied for 7th strikeouts (63), 8th WHIP (1.02)
Nick Snyder – Tied for 8th saves (4)
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.249 (4th)/ .317 (7th)/ .419 (2nd)/ .736 (3rd).
Other key rankings: 1st home runs, 1st total bases, 3rd runs, 3rd hits, T-3rd triples, 3rd stolen bases, 11th doubles
2nd fewest hit batters, 4th ERA (3.46), 4th WHIP (1.19), 3rd fewest runs allowed, 4th fewest hits allowed.
Hitting (Last 10 games): Curtis Terry (.351/.429/.757/.1.185, 5 HR, 9 RBI); Pedro Gonzalez (.371/.405/.686/.1.091, 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI); Miguel Aparicio (.293/.326/.756/.1.082, 2 3B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 2 BB); Matt Whatley (.417/.462/.528/.989, 4 2B, 6 RBI, 3 BB); Sherten Apostel (.281/.378/.563/.941 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 BB)
Pitching (last month): Tyree Thompson (4 starts, 18.2 IP, 3.86 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, .197 OBA, 14 K); Yerry Rodriguez (5 starts, 28 IP, 16 H, 8 ER, 2.57 ERA, 12 BB, 39 K, 1.00 WHIP, .163 OBA)
ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA:
The Power are in the middle of a two-city stop through North Carolina and come to Hickory after taking 3 of 5 from Asheville. They are 6-3 after losing six in a row in mid-May. West Virginia is 11-17 on the road and just 5-12 against Northern Division opponents.
Manager: Dave Berg (1st season)
Prospects – West Virginia (rankings by MLB.com):
OF Keegan McGovern – No. 28
Possible Lineups: C: Jake Anchia (,218/.288/.398) or Dean Nevarez (.203/.289/.473); 1B: Onil Pena (.239/.345/.420); 2B: Cesar Izturis, Jr. (.204/.246/.212) or Joseph Rosa (.273/.387/.370) 3B: Bobby Honeyman (.226/.281/.312); SS: Cesar Izturis, Jr. or Joseph Rosa LF: Ryan Ramiz (.217/.340/.319); CF: Charlie McConnell (.205/.275/.333); RF: Johnny Slater (.138/.265/.276)
Ryan Ramiz – Tied for 3rd walks
Dayeison Arias – Tied for 6th games pitched (18)
Damon Casetta-Stubbs – Tied for 9th earned runs allowed, tied for 10th losses (4)
Clay Chandler – Tied for 5th wins (5), 7th hits allowed
Ryne Inman – Tied for 5th wins (5), tied for 8th strikeouts (63), tied for 10th losses (4)
Steven Moyers – 3rd earned runs allowed, 5th runs allowed, tied for 8th strikeouts (63), tied for 10th losses (4)
Benjamin Onyshko – Tied for 2nd home runs allowed
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS): .230 (10th) / .317 (8th)/ .368 (7th)/ .685 (7th).
Other key rankings: fewest caught stealing, tied for 4th home runs, 8th runs scored, 10th hits, 11th triples, 12th stolen bases
Team pitching: 3rd hits allowed, 3rd earned runs allowed, 3rd hit batters, 4th runs allowed, 10th WHIP (1.30), 12th ERA (4.35)
Hitting (Last 10 games): J.R. Davis (385/.467/.577/1.044, 2 2B, HR, 3 BB); Ryan Ramiz (.273/.448/.500/.948, 2 2B, HR, 7 BB); Onil Perez (.286/.389/.536/.925, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB
Pitching (last month): Dayeison Arias (7 games, 11 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 14 K, 0.55 WHIP.111 OBA).