You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The 2012 edition of the G-Stros have hit the ground running and are certainly making a positive impression with a 9-3 mark to start the season. Here are some of the individual player highlights from June. All stats will be from June but their rank among league leaders will be as of last night's games.
Juan Batista - hit .377 for the month of June with seven of his 20 hits going for extra bases. That provided him with a slugging percentage of .603. He has only struck out five times in 54 at bats, compared to his brief stay in Greeneville last season where he struck out 13 times in 45 at bats.
In the field, Batista has played the most at first, though he is listed as a shortstop. At short, he has struggled making four errors in 19 chances.
Among league leaders, he is tied for seventh in runs scored (11), second in hits (21), tied for ninth in doubles (4), tied for eighth in HR (2), tied for 4th in RBI (12), fourth in total bases (33), and seventh in batting average and slugging.
Ariel Ovando -is getting a second chance to make a better impression. Last year, he appeared like he wasn't giving good effort in the field. This year, that has not been the case. The best evidence of this was in a game early in the year, he made a sliding attempt at a foul ball near the Greeneville bullpen that last season, he probably wouldn't have attempted.
For June, he hit .364 in June with six of his 16 hits for extra bases. Even though he struck out 13 times in 44 at bats, he still produced an OBP of .408. He has yet to make an error in 14 chances in the right field. He has one outfield assist.
Compared to the league leaders, he is also tied for seventh in runs scored (11), leads the league in doubles (7), tied for fourth in RBI (12), and ninth in total bases (27). He has added two more Ks in July tying him for ninth most (15)
Brian Blasik - is fun to watch. He has been good at the plate but more impressive in the field where he has yet to make an error in 50 chances at 2B (8 games) and 3B (1 game). At the plate, he is hit .372 for June with six of his 16 hits going for extra bases. He has been at bat with runners on base in 22 of his 43 at bats. In those situations, he is hitting .591! In 15 at bats with runners in scoring position, he is hitting .600! Any wonder why I call him "Big Hit Brian"? He is very aggressive at the plate but has only struck out one time. He puts the ball in play. His on base percentage is .386 but would rise if he ever took a walk. He has no walks on the year due to his aggressive approach.
Among league leaders, he is tied for second in doubles (5), tied for fourth in RBI (12), tied for 10th in total bases (24) and is fifth in batting average.
Other league leaders:
Ernesto Genoves is ninth on OPS (.970) and tied for second in doubles (5).
Mark Wik is third in OBP (.477) and tied for ninth with eight walks.
D'Andre Toney is tied for fifth in runs scored (12).
Josh Magee is tied for sixth with four stolen bases.
Michael Martinez is tied for eighth in HR (2).
As a team, Greeneville is third in runs scored (94), doubles (32),
RBI (81) OBP (.357), and OPS (.760). They are second in hits (149),
total bases (209), batting average (.288). They also have the fewest
strikeouts in the league (87).
They have been caught stealing (9) more than any other team but
they have stolen 14 bases, which places them at fourth in the league.