This week we'll take a look at Charlotte:
- With the recent injuries to Tony Pena and Alex Rios, the talk inevitably turns to what's in the minors to replace them, should the need arise (though neither injury is currently considered serious). For bullpen help, Jhonny Nunez is the standout performer so far. The righty has thrown 12.1 innings with 5 hits and a superb 17 strikeouts against just 1 intentional walk. Journeyman RHP Josh Kinney has also pitched well: 10.2 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 15 K. Phil Rogers' boy, RHP Anthony Carter, had a horrific outing on Easter that inflated his ERA and hits but, otherwise, he's been good: 11.1 IP, 9 H, 8 K, 2 BB.
- The Charlotte outfield is crowded, with four players of varying but sufficient pedigree to be considered for a call-up. Alejandro De Aza is the only one who actually has done about what he's supposed to do in the first month. The lefty is putting up his now standard .280/.345/.453 but doing a great Jordan Danks impression by striking out a third of the time, substantially higher than his usual sub-20%. Jordan Danks is also doing a great Jordan Danks with a .213/.351/.377, while striking out a third of the time. Lastings Milledge has been awful: .200/.263/.220. And Dayan Viciedo is doing the whole Cubans start slowly thing for the third straight season: .238/.270/.393.
- C Tyler Flowers is playing respectably. He's been nondescript on defense, with only one passed ball and a 22% kill rate. His offense has been passable: .239/.352/.478. Strikeouts, of course, remain the concern with 18 K in 54 PA. His contact rate simply isn't major league ready.