The Eastern League season continues to carry forward, and like last week, I’ll feature one player who’s been surging as of late, and one who hasn’t hit their stride yet.
Turning to Bowie, you’ll find first baseman Christian Walker, who tore the cover off the ball in the past week. To be precise, he hit .458, with a .500 on base percentage, and 2 home runs and 6 runs batted in. He hit home runs in back-to-back games, and has quieted the critics who questioned his power coming into the season.
Through 42 games, Walker holds a .320 batting average, with 9 home runs )second in the league) and 33 runs batted in. The 23-year old has an impressive season going so far, and he’ll look to continue it for the BaySox.
Now what goes up must come down, and that’s where we find Jason Martinson of Harrisburg. Harrisburg as a whole has been less than impressive this year, but Martinson hasn’t done a whole lot to stop that. On the week, Jason went a dismal 4-30, good for a .133 average. He managed to produce no home runs, 7 strikeouts, and only two walks.
38 games deep into his season, and the past week basically reflects his stat line; a .178 average, .228 on base percentage, 1 home run, and 13 runs batted in. It’s hard to find much optimism in a stat line, and Jason is running out of time to turn his season around before the Washington franchise decides to go in a different direction.
Updated MVP Race:
1: Mookie Betts, 2B, Portland (.378 AVG, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 22 BB, 1.032 OPS)
2: Dariel Alvarez, RF, Bowie (.349 AVG, 7 HR, 38 RBI, 3 BB, .932 OPS)
3: Christian Walker, 1B, Bowie (.320 AVG, 9 HR, 33 RBI, 14 BB, .892 OPS)
If you’re looking for a new leader, you’ve come to the wrong place. Even after a down week where his average dropped, Mookie Betts is still running away with the MVP race, even as he is slowly converted to centerfield. Dariel Alvarez is simply an offensive monster, shown with his 38 RBIs. He’s not missing any chances to drive someone in, and that’s why you see him at #2 on my list. After an impressive week, Christian Walker makes an appearance on the leader boards, with his well rounded stat line.
Another week into the season, and it’s the same names that keep popping up. Basically, the teams and players that started off hot have stayed hot, and vice versa for cold teams and players. The way Mookie Betts has been playing, he may not be in AA for much longer, but Portland should be fine without him. Harrisburg and New Hampshire have yet to find an answer to their early season struggles, and it’s getting to the point where it might be time to call it a lost season for those teams.