May in Kentucky means more than the Kentucky Derby. As we reach the end of May, Lexington finds itself just of the pace. They are 23-22 and 2 games back of Southern Division leading Charleston. Let’s see how the Legends stack up at the end of May.
Before we see who is ranked in the top 10 in the South Atlantic League, let’s highlight some guys who made progress during the month.
Marques Williams was called up in mid May. In the 10 games he has played in since then, he is hitting .379.
Jay Austin appears to be getting some traction. After a .191 April, he has improved with a .256 May.
Now on the the rankings:
They are hitting the ball with some power. The Legends are second in the league with 29 homer runs. That is all that is good about the offense right now.
Ebert Rosario’s .324 average places him 9th best in the league and his .500 slugging ties him for 10th best.
The pitchers are the reason for the teams success to this point in time. Here are some highlight performances from May.
Jordan Lyles went 1-2 with a 1.76 ERA in 30 2/3 IP. He fanned 36 in the month.
Although the starters are getting a great deal of press. There are some solid bullpen arms that are helping hold those leads. Here are 3 solid May performers:
Henry Villar – 19 IP, 1.76 ERA, 18 K, 1 save
Patrick Urckfitz 11 1/3 IP, 0.79 ERA, 12 K, 4 saves
Austin Mowdy 12 1/3 IP, 0.73 ERA, 1 save
Here is how the Legends stack up against the league leaders:
Although they have no pitcher in the t0p 10 for ERA, they have the best team ERA at 2.84. They have recorded the second most saves (17). Legend’s pitchers have allowed the 3rd fewest runs (154) and the second fewest earned runs (122). They have only walked 113 batters in 387 innings which is the 3rd lowest total walks. They have the second lowest WHIP (1.18) and the second most holds (15).
Individually, here is how they rank:
Robert Bono is tied for 4th most wins with 5
Ross Seaton is tied for 4th most wins with 5
Daniel Meszaros is still in 2nd for saves with 9 despite being called up to Corpus Christi.
Jordan Lyles has the 4th most strike outs with 56.
Kyle Greenwalt is tied for 10th best WHIP with 1.06
Henry Villar is tied for the league lead in holds with 5.
Patrick Urckfitz is tied for 5th most holds with 4.
Here are those who struggled in May:
Russell Dixon hit .065 in 13 games before being shipped out to extended spring training.
Phil Disher continues to struggle. He raised his batting average 6 points from April to .159 for May.
Frederico Hernadez saw his average slip from .264 in April to .231 in May but the bigger slide was his power numbers. His slugging dropped from .509 for April down to .295 in May.
This is where the Legends are stinking it up. They are last in hits (322), average (.227), stolen bases (27) and tied for last in triples (7) and on base percentage (.291). The Legends have the 2nd lowest OPS (.618). They have the 3rd fewest walks (111), the 3rd lowest slugging percentage (.324) and are tied for the 3rd most times caught stealing (27).
Those who have the shame of being listed among the leaders of the negative stats are:
Phil Disher has fanned 51 times which is the 2nd most in the league.
Jay Austin has been caught stealing 8 times which ties him for the most in the league.
Brandon Barnes has been caught stealing 5 times which ties him for 6th most in the league.
Brian Wabick’s ERA actual went down from 10. 61 in April to 6.52 for May. He had two outings in May where he gave up 3 or more runs in one inning of work.
Arcenio Leon saw his number jump in May. He went from a 2. 38 ERA in April to a 6.43 ERA in May. Opponents were hitting him at a .333 clip in May compared to a 0.081 in April.
Nothing too bad to report on the team as a whole. The Legends’ pitchers have only fanned 316 batters which is the second fewest in the league.
As for individuals:
Kyle Greenwalt, Ross Seaton & Jordan Lyles have all be listed as the losing pitcher 4 times. That ties them for 6th.
Greenewalt has also hit 6 batters which ties him for 5th most.
Seaton & Lyles have hit 5 batters which ties time for 10th most.