HOUSTON - AUGUST 01: Jimmy Paredes #38 of the Houston Astros triples to center in the second inning scoring two runs against the Cincinnati Reds at Minute Maid Park on August 1, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Let's look at two guys who were with the Astros last season that are starting to heat up at the plate for Oklahoma City.
Jimmy Paredes has been on a tear lately, and is now batting .331 on the season. The catch is that he has only drawn 4 walks in 166 at-bats, and therefore his on-base percentage sits a mere 12 points higher than his average at .343. There's also the fact that he has a .403 batting average on balls in play on the season when his previous high in the minors was a .341. Long story short, it's nice to see him on a roll and hitting for a high average, but a 2.4% walk rate and a 21.6% strikeout rate probably won't earn him a trip back to Houston any time soon.
How about Brett Wallace. After struggling for most of April and some of May he now has his batting average back up to .265. The catch here is that he has only walked 4 times this year in 155 at-bats, and therefore his on-base percentage is sitting 21 points higher at .296. Plate discipline isn't Wallace's only area of concern as he's still struggling against lefties, and needs to flash a little more power. He has hit 7 homeruns on the season now, but a 2.5% walk rate and a 22.9% strikeout rate probably won't earn him a trip back to Houston any time soon.
If you were looking at both players performance last year with the Astros and looking for areas of opportunity plate discipline would probably rank near the top of their lists. Unfortunately so far this season both players have the lowest walk rates of their careers at OKC, which is not something you want to see after coming off of significant playing time at the major league level the previous season. Hopefully both players can stay hot at the plate for a little while and start drawing a few walks while their at it.
Edit 10:17 AM: Game Scores added
Oklahoma City RedHawks won 9-5
- Paul Clemens-5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 6/2 GO/AO, GS: 38
- Sergio Perez-1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1/1 GO/AO
- Xavier Cedeno-2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2/1 GO/AO
- David Carpenter-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1/1 GO/AO
- Jimmy Paredes 2B-2-5, HR, SO, 2 SB - Paredes has been red hot lately and has his batting average up to .331 now.
- Fernando Martinez RF-1-4, 2B, BB, 2 SO, 2 Outfield Assists
- Scott Moore LF-3-3, 2B, BB
- Brett Wallace 3B-1-4, HR, 2 SO - Wally now has 7 homeruns on the season.
- Brad Snyder CF-1-1, HR
- Landon Powell C-2-3, BB, SO
Corpus Christi Hooks OFF
Lancaster JetHawks lost 12-8
- Tyson Perez-5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, BB, 5 SO, 3 HR, 9/2 GO/AO, GS: 30
- Brian Streilein-2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, BB, 3 SO, 0/1 GO/AO
- Kirk Clark-2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, BB, 0 SO, HR, 1/1 GO/AO
- Brad Dydalewicz-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 0 SO, 1/0 GO/AO
- Ben Orloff SS-2-5
- George Springer CF-1-5, HR, SO - That's number 10 for Springer
- Adam Bailey LF-3-5, HR (8 on the season)
- Domingo Santana RF-2-5, 2 HR (7 on the season), 2 SO
Lexington Legends won 3-2
- Nick Tropeano-6 1/3 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, 7/2 GO/AO, GS: 69 - Has 63 strikeouts in 52.2 innings with only 11 walks
- Carlos Quevedo-1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0/2 GO/AO - Received his first blown save of the year, and then picked up the win.
- Jason Chowning-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0/0 GO/AO - There's got to be a reason they haven't promoted him yet, but I can't figure it out.
- Delino DeShields 2B-1-3, BB, SO, SB - 29th of the season
- Matt Duffy 3B-1-4, 2 SO
- Drew Muren RF-1-3, HR, SO