It’s a quiet week for baseball and softball along the Wasatch front. On Sunday, the Utah Utes play their last game of the regular season against the Oregon Ducks. The Salt Lake Bees are on the road until Saturday, when they begin a home series against the Colorado Sky Sox.
The pitching woes of the Los Angeles Angels impacted the Bees roster hard and early this season. On Saturday, May 25, the Angels penciled their 21st pitcher into the lineup. By comparison, the Angels used 23 pitchers over the entire regular season of 2012. The Bees’ team ERA of 5.57 is the currently worst in all of Triple-A baseball.
Worth noting among the Salt Lake pitching corps are relief pitchers Jeremy Berg (2.51 ERA) and Rob Delaney (2.93 ERA), and starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker (5.04 ERA). On the offensive side, outfielders Brad Hawpe (.314 AVE) and Trent Oeltjen (.228 AVE) are showing power at the plate. Infielder Efren Navarro (.348 AVE) has 16 hits in his last 10 games.
Baseball events in the coming week:
- Utah Utes baseball vs. Oregon Ducks, Spring Mobile Ballpark, Salt Lake City, May 26: The Utes bats face a tough pitching staff—the Ducks have a team ERA of 2.72, 12th lowest in the nation.
- Salt Lake Bees vs. Colorado Sky Sox, Spring Mobile Ballpark, Salt Lake City, June 1-4: See the List for who’s hot on the Bees right now.
Cory Hunt, Utes Baseball 2013
Junior infielder Cory Hunt (foreground) leads the Utes with a .284 AVE and currently has a 21-game on-base streak going.
Hunt and his teammates face the Oregon Ducks in the last game of the regular season on Sunday.
Jeremy Berg, Salt Lake Bees
Sidearming relief pitcher Jeremy Berg leads all Bees pitchers with a 2.51 ERA, and all bullpen pitchers with 28.2 IP.
Berg has 8 BB, 23 SO and 1.33 WHIP, with opposing batters hitting .278 BAA against him.
Rob Delaney, Salt Lake Bees
Relief pitcher Rob Delaney (left) came to the Bees in late April from the Baltimore Orioles organization.
Since joining the Bees, Delaney is sporting a 2.93 ERA, 15.1 IP, 7 BB, 10 SO, 1.24 WHIP and .226 BAA.
Matt Shoemaker, Salt Lake Bees
Starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker has a 5.04 ERA, 12 BB, 46 SO and 1.38 WHIP. His 64.1 IP currently leads the league in innings pitched.
Mr. Durability, Shoemaker finished at the top of the league in the 2012 with 176.2 IP in 29 GS, an average of 6.1 IP per game.
Brad Hawpe, Salt Lake Bees
Veteran free agent outfielder Brad Hawpe got off to a slow start after being assigned to the Bees in mid-April, hitting just .222 AVE, 7 RBI, 1 HR, .317 OBP and .333 SLG for the month.
In his last 10 games, Hawpe has a .353 AVE, 9 RBI, 3 HR, .421 OBP and .735 SLG.
Trent Oeltjen, Salt Lake Bees
Outfielder Trent Oeltjen, another veteran free agent signed this spring, also took some time to find his authentic swing. Oeltjen’s numbers for April: .167 AVE, 5 RBI, 1 HR, 1 SB, .318 OBP and .292 SLG.
His May numbers: .279 AVE, 16 RBI, 6 HR, 8 SB, .351 OBP and .570 SLG. He leads the team with seven home runs and is second to Matt Young with eight steals.
Efren Navarro, Salt Lake Bees
Gold Glove first baseman Efren Navarro has been steadily producing runs from the cleanup spot in the batting order.
Navarro’s .348 AVE and 25 RBI are second-highest on the team, and he leads the Bees with 12 2B, 30 R, 86 TB and 26 BB.