Altoona ranks at the top of the Eastern League standings, although the team didn’t look too promising in the month of May. Outside of Alex Presley, the hitting has been disappointing, especially from top prospects like Gorkys Hernandez and Chase d’Arnaud. The bright side has been the pitching, with Rudy Owens and Justin Wilson stepping up in the rotation, and Daniel Moskos excelling in the bullpen.
Justin Wilson - Wilson has been spectacular after a disappointing start in April. In six starts in the month of May, Wilson has combined for a 1.38 ERA in 32.2 innings, with a 36:12 K/BB ratio. If Wilson keeps this up, he could end up in AAA by the end of the season.
Daniel Moskos - Moskos was lights out in the month of May as the Altoona closer. He did allow a 2.31 ERA in 11.2 innings, but only allowed seven hits, three walks, and struck out 11. Moskos has pitched almost 175 innings at the AA level over the last two years. It’s possible he will be in Indianapolis by this time next month.
Hector Gimenez - Gimenez has been lighting up AA pitching in the month of May, with a .394/.474/.803 line, and seven homers in 66 at-bats. It should be noted that Gimenez is 27 years old, and spent time in both AA and AAA last year. He’s kind of like this year’s version of Yoslan Herrera. Great numbers, but it’s just a veteran beating up on younger talent.
Chase d’Arnaud - D’Arnaud continued to struggle at the plate in the month of May, hitting for a .211/.313/.303 line. The good news is that d’Arnaud’s walk rate is high, with 15 this month. He’s also stealing bases at a good rate, going 7-for-8 in the month of May, putting him at 10-for-11 on the season. His BABIP was .258 this past month, and is .265 on the season. In 2009 it was .330 in West Virginia, and .335 in Lynchburg, which shows that d’Arnaud has been unlucky in his jump to AA.
Gorkys Hernandez - Hernandez saw a jump in his batting average, going from .192 in April to .250 in May, but his OPS didn’t jump nearly enough. Hernandez had a .489 OPS in April, and only saw that increase to .595 in May.
Tim Alderson - Alderson struggled
to start the month, but finished off strong. In his first four starts, Alderson allowed 15 runs in 20.1 innings. I was in attendance for one of those starts, in which Alderson fell apart in the fifth inning. In his final two starts, Alderson allowed one run in 13 innings, a big turnaround that has carried over in to June.