It’s been an overall tough season for the Bradenton Marauders. They finished with a 29-36 record in the first half of the season, good for fourth place out of six teams in the Florida State League West Division.
They are 2-2 to start the second half, but it’s been more of the same for the Marauders, who have really struggled at the plate.
On the season, they rank in the bottom half for just about every offensive category. The exception is stolen bases. That’s at least an encouraging sign, as whenever they do get on base, they are doing whatever they can to put themselves in position to score.
It’s also important, as they are ninth in slugging percentage and eighth in home runs on the season. After stealing three more bases on Tuesday, Bradenton is one more shy of 100 on the season. They’ve stolen 1.43 bases per game, while averaging less than one home run per game (0.57).
Although they still lost the game, Bradenton took full advantage of their speed. They stole two bases in the first inning, and both runners who did eventually scored. Mike Jarvis and Tsung-Che Cheng each stole a base, and then were eventually singled home. Cheng drove in Jarvis and Deivis Nadal did the former.
When it comes to the Pirates system, 12 players have double digits steals right now, and four of them currently play for the Marauders. Jase Bowen trails just Ji-Hwan Bae and Sammy Siani (both at 19) with 18 stolen bases, with Sergio Campana at 15, Cheng with 13 and Jarvis having 12.
Coming off a division championship in 2021, and with some intriguing names joining Bradenton, you would have certainly liked to see some different results than what has been going on. You can’t question the effort, and the attention to details that come with stealing bases.
Bigger picture it is something to watch as it’s something that the Pirates don’t really focus on at the major league level. Will it be something that as some of these players begin to reach the majors they shift towards, or do they play too much into the analytical side of things that makes it not a priority?
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