The Trio Of Spokane

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If you’ve kept up with the Rangers farm hands via SDI’s MiLB Mondays, you may have read snippets about three members of the Draft Class of 2014 who are doing some great work for the short season squad up in Spokane, Washington. Seth Spivey, Jose Trevino, and Luke Tendler are three of the big bats that helped propel the club to a torrid start and a 1st half division victory, which secured the club’s place in the Northwest League playoff scene. Let’s take a longer look at what these gentlemen have done to start off their professional careers.

Spivey is an on base machine, thanks in large part to a BB rate of 12.5% and a K rate of 13.5%, rates. He is sporting a BABIP, or batting average on balls in play, rate of .408, which is 3rd among NWL hitters. He also has a wOBA, or weighted on base average, of .442. What does this all mean? He’s getting on base and contributing to scoring chances at a very high rate. If you’re into batting average at face value, he leads the NWL at a .355 clip right now. Defensively, he’s played most of his games at second base. He’s only committed six errors in 153 total chances, in addition to helping turn twenty double plays. Yay! Another Rangers middle infielder!

Trevino came to the Rangers attention at Oral Roberts University in 2013, when they saw him catch Alex “Chi-Chi” Gonzalez (he pitches in Frisco now). He has a powerful bat and currently leads the NWL in home runs with nine. His wOBA is an impressive .391 and his ISO rate, or isolated power rate, is at .233 right now. He has a weakness, though, and it’s finding a way to balance the walks and strike outs. His walk rate is at 5.8% and his strike out rate is at 16.5% – lopsided is one word to describe those two rates. However, he’s only just begun and adjustments can still happen for him. Defensively, he’s had the majority of his time at catcher and third. He’s only committed three errors at third and zero at catcher, so he has been doing a good job on the field. Due to recent promotions, he’ll most likely finish the year behind the dish.

Tendler is the outfield’s Spivey at the plate. His .341 batting average is tied for 3rd in the NWL, and his walk and strike out rates are very good too – 10.1% BB rate and 12.0% K rate. His wOBA is an impressive .449 and his ISO rate is at .236 currently. As with Spivey, this all means he is very much at the front of contributing to the consistent success of the lineup’s production each night. Right field has been his domain this season, which means another right fielder to track in the race to see which RF candidate emerges at the top in Arlington. In 86 chances, he’s committed only one error, has four assists, and eighty-one putouts. He seems to have adjusted to professional ball very well to this point and should be fun to watch going forward.

All three were rewarded for their work in the first half with starting positions in the NWL All Star Game, which saw Trevino take home the game’s MVP honors. They have been a bit surprising, albeit pleasantly surprising, considering they were not picked in the top 3 rounds. Their season ends in September and what happens after that will be worth watching, as there will be some age related expectations for quick movement in the system. Through the rest of the season, though, here’s hoping they go nab a ring and celebrate a championship.

Sarah Powers

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