Join Jays From the Couch as we review the Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League past two weeks, highlighting the team’s top performers and statistical leaders
The Lansing Lugnuts are the Toronto Blue Jays full season A-Ball affiliate, playing out of Cooley Law School Stadium. The Lugnuts are managed by John Schneider.
The Midwest League is made up of 2 divisions: Eastern and Western. The Lansing Lugnuts are located in the Eastern division, accompanied by South Bend Cubs, Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), Great Lake Loons (Dodgers), West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), Lake County Captains (Indians), Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres), and Dayton Dragons (Reds).
The Lugnuts finished the first half of the season with a 36 and 34 record, good for 6th place. In the second half, Lansing has amassed 18 wins and 17 loses and are 4 games back of the South Bend Cubs; however, the Lugnuts have gone 3-7 over their last 10 games.
It is good to see Maxwell Glen Pentecost on the field, healthy and producing….and produce he has. For a time it didn’t look like the Blue Jays 2014 1st round pick would ever make it back.
Riding a 9 game hit streak, Pentecost owns a .405/.450/.568 triple slash line and a 1.018 OPS over the past 14 days. While he’s been hot, those around him have not. Despite his 15 hits, 3 doubles, and one home run, he has only driven in 2 runs and scored 3. Not what you want to see from your number 3 hitter.
Beggars can’t be choosers, this is still excellent production from a young man who hadn’t played in a real game since 2014.
Drilling down further reveals that Max Pentecost has exploded in July hitting .361 with 4 HR and 11 RBI after hitting .281 and .292 in May and June.
On the Rise: CF Andrew Guillotte looks like a leadoff hitter in the making. July saw Guillotte spend some time with the Dunedin Blue Jays before being returned on July 20th. Despite only playing 11 July games with the Lugnuts, he has been one of their better players. Andrew collected 7 hits in his first 4 games back and has knocked 2 out of the park, driving in 3 RBI and scoring 8.
RHP Justin Maese
This 19-yr-old is a ground ball machine, inducing 31 worm killers over his last 17 innings. This has allowed him to got 1-0 with a 2.65 ERA.
The 6’3″ righty from El Paso, Texas had his best start with Lugnuts on July 28th. Mease earned the win over Bowling Green by holding the Hot Rods scoreless over 6 innings, striking out 6 and walking one. Oh, induced 5 ground ball outs versus 3 flyball outs.
Maese has also been very economical with his pitches, needing just 14.1 pitches per inning to register 3 outs. This should allow him to work deeper into games. He has already surpassed last year’s 35.3IP, throwing 43.1IP in 8 starts between Vancouver and Lansing.
We will be keeping an close eye on Maese.
On the Rise: Kirby Snead has just 9.1IP of professional baseball under his belt, but they’ve been a good 9.1IP. Profiled as a middle RP, Snead throws a fastball that touches the lo 90’s.
William Kirby Snead made 4 appearances for Lansing over the past 2 weeks, throwing multiple innings three times. He’s allowed just one run, while striking out 5 and not allowing a walk.
The 6’0″ LHP reliever has shut down LHB to a tune of .071 batting average in a very small sample size.
BB/K- Andrew Guillotte (0.62) and Jake Thomas (0.59)
wOBA- Max Pentecost (.395) and Juan Kelly (.369)
ISO- Juan Kelly (.197) and Connor Panas (.186)
wRC+- Max Pentecost (150) and Juan Kelly (133)
OPS- Max Pentecost (.855) and Juan Kelly (.809)
K-BB%- Angel Perdomo (21.1%)/ Josh DeGraaf (16.1%)
WHIP- Angel Perdomo (1.14)/Josh DeGraaf (1.07)
BABIP- Jordan Romano (.266)/ Dan Leitz (.275)
FIP- Ryan Borucki (2.53)/ Josh DeGraaf (3.48)