Hawks in the Minors: Jake Adams Hits Grand Slam

By Jeremy Karll on May 8, 2018 at 8:11 am
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*Stats are updated through games on May 7

Triple-A

Matt Dermody, Toronto Blue Jays: 5 G, 5 IP, 7.20 ERA, 2.20 WHIP, 6 K, 4 BB

Due to an injury and his current stint on the disabled list, Matt Dermody only pitched in one game over the last two weeks. He allowed an earned run on a hit and walk, blowing a save in the process. Dermody is now 5-for-9 in save opportunities in his minor league career. His numbers are inflated due to a small sample size, but he should be back soon considering he was put on the DL on April 29.

Double-A

Jake Yacinich, Los Angeles Angels: 4 G, 2-for-11, 2 2B, RBI

For the second time this season, Jake Yacinich is on the DL. It's hard to tell anything from four games, especially since this is the first time he's reached this level. Yacinich has been injury prone during his minor league career, though. That needs to change if he wants to continue rising up the Angels' minor league system.

Single-A

Tyler Peyton, Chicago Cubs: 8 G, 1-1, 1 SV, 16 IP, 1.69 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 15 K, 8 BB

Tyler Peyton's strong start to the season as Myrtle Beach's long relief option continued. In one of his two appearances over the last two weeks, he topped 40 pitches for the third time (43 pitches), allowing three hits over two innings. His three strikeouts helped him not allow any runs, though. Then, Peyton earned his first save of the season and second of his career when he struck out two batters in an inning of work. Peyton owns a solid WHIP, though his .258 opponent batting average is something to keep an eye on moving forward.

Blake Hickman, Chicago White Sox: 7 G, 12.1 IP, 2.92 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 18 K, 8 BB

Blake Hickman had an up-and-down couple of weeks. He started by only allowing one earned run in four innings of work, but in his latest appearance, the Buies Creek Astros hit a two-run home run off of him. Hickman has already allowed two home runs this season, which has to change. A positive over the past two weeks is his K:BB ratio has significantly improved. After starting the season with a 12:7 K:BB ratio, he struck out six batters to just one walk over the last two weeks. 

Joel Booker, Chicago White Sox: 24 G, .333/.420/.506, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 SB

Joel Booker is still turning heads with his play, as noted by NBCSC's Chuck Garfien. Calling Booker the White Sox' most underrated prospect makes sense given his hot start to the season. He has nine multi-hit games and three in the past two weeks, including last Wednesday when he went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and three RBI. Not to mention that he's also 10th in stolen bases in the Carolina League. Booker still needs to limit his strikeouts, though, as he has 26 on the year and eight in the past four games. 

Single-A

Mason McCoy, Baltimore Orioles: 27 G, .237/.331/.351, 3 2B, 4 3B, 8 RBI

After a slow start to the season, Mason McCoy has caught fire. Over the last nine games, he is 12-for-36 with three triples. His best game in that span came on April 29 when he went a perfect 3-for-3 with two triples, two RBI and two runs. He is currently one of just four players with four triples on the season in the South Atlantic League. His slash line is still underwhelming due to the aforementioned slow start, but since April 23, he has raised his batting average by 49 points, on-base percentage by 55 points and slugging percentage by 80 points. McCoy is also still making Web Gems at shortstop, too.

Jake Adams, Houston Astros: 22 G, .253/.323/.351, 4 HR, 14 RBI

Jake Adams' bat has been consistent this season, and his power is starting to come, too. He hit a home run in three straight games last week, including this moonshot grand slam.

Those home runs came in a five-game stretch when Adams went 9-for-19 at the plate with eight RBI. However, Adams has struggled since, going 3-for-21 in his last five games. This season, Adams has shown better ability to hit for average, so it's likely nothing more than a hitter's slump. That said, his eight strikeouts in that stretch highlight his biggest weakness -- he has struck out 31 times this season.

Nick Roscetti, Milwaukee Brewers: 21 G, .370/.382/.452, 4 2B, 13 RBI, 2 SB

For the first time in Nick Roscetti's minor league career, he is getting consistent playing time, and so far, he's delivered. It doesn't seem like that will change anytime soon either, as he's currently on a four-game streak with multiple hits, giving him 10 such games on the season. In fact, he has a hit in 11 of his past 12 games, while recording multiple hits in seven of them. Roscetti also has had a lot of timely hits. His 13 RBI almost match his Rookie League total from last season (17).

Nick Gallagher, Cleveland Indians: 3 G, 8.1 IP, 1.08 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, 12 K, BB

Since recording a save in his first professional appearance, Nick Gallagher has allowed just one earned run in five innings since. In that span, Gallagher only allowed three base runners and struck out nine batters. Surprisingly, Gallagher's biggest strength has been striking out batters. Unsurprisingly, he has shown great control (one walk), and batters are having a hard time getting hits (.161 OBA). Right now, Gallagher is being used as a long relief option, evidenced by his pitch counts of 47, 35, 41, but with more effective appearances, he could potentially move into the starting rotation later in the season.

Ryan Erickson (White Sox) and C.J. Eldred (Royals) haven't started their seasons yet.

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