Yes, Jason Vosler can hit for power. After another multi-homer game, his second in the past week, Vosler has raised his season slugging percentage to .630, and his overall line to .274/.386/.630 through 85 plate appearances. And he now has seven homers.
If you are thinking “Wait a minute, doesn’t the Incredible Slugging Ian Happ have only eight homers?” you would be right. Vosler has surged to within one dinger of Happ’s organizational lead, and he’s hit six of those seven bombs since the sun rose on April 26.
I don’t think this is entirely just a flukish hot streak, either. Vosler’s supporting numbers are rock solid, including the walk rate (13.8%), strikeout rate (18.8%), and BABIP (.255). If anything, Happ should see his batting average and on base percentage go UP a bit as his BABIP reverts to his career norms closer to .300, although his SLG may drift down a little. Vosler, 23, may not keep up the homers at this torrential rate, but the overall production is built on a very sustainable footing.
In other words, this left-handed hitting corner infielder is well on his way to a full blown breakout season.
- Williams Perez: 6 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 5 K
- David Rollins: 1 IP, 1 K
- Pierce Johnson: 1 IP, 3 BB, 1 K
- Felix Pena: 1 IP, 1 H
- Bijan Rademacher: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
- Jeimer Candelario: 2 for 4, 2B, HR
- Victor Caratini: 2 for 4
- Stephen Bruno: 1 for 1, 2B
- Zach Hedges: 6 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 7 H, 1 BB, 6 K
- Brad Markey: 1 IP, 1 K
- Charcer Burks: 1 for 3, HR, BB
- Yasiel Balaguert: 2 for 4, 2 2B
- Jason Vosler: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
- Ian Rice: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB
- Cael Brockmeyer: 1 for 3, HR
- Carlos Penalver: 1 for 3, 2B
Tennessee 7, Mississippi 6 in eight innings
The Smokies had to rally in the sixth and seventh to force the game into extra innings.
- Jen-Ho Tseng: 5 IP, 6 R (5 ER), 9 H, 1 BB, 7 K
- Jhondaniel Medina: 1 IP, 1 BB
- James Pugliese: 2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
- Charcer Burks: 2 for 4, 2B
- Jacob Hannemann: 1 for 4, 2B
- David Bote: 1 for 3, HR
- Yasiel Balaguert: 2 for 4
- Jason Vosler: 2 for 4, 2 HR
- Andrew Ely: 2 for 3, BB
High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Pelicans were rained out.
Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend had the day off.
- Maybe we should start calling Candelario’s homers lumens since a lumen is a measure of Cand(el) Power. No? Ok. Just promise me we’ll do better than Candy Crushes.
- David Bote had the game-tying home run in the seventh for the Smokies in Game Two, and Vosler led off the eighth with his second homer of the game to put Tennessee ahead.