It’s a brand new season! Well, it’s a month into a brand new season, but still, early baseball is a really exciting time. So far the affiliates (aPhillyates?… nah) have gotten off to drastically different starts, from the 17-5 Reading Phillies to the 9-4 Lakewood Blueclaws. On every team, there have been some standout stars, and here are, at least what I think, are the best from each time in the first month of 2012.
Cody Overbeck, 1B: the only qualifying hitter on the IronPigs hitting over .300 (he is currently at .313), Overbeck seemed to pop up in the highlights of every game in April. He leads the team in RBIs at 14 for the month, and is tied for the lead in doubles (6) and home runs (2). He is also the only position player with at least ten games played and zero errors in the field, and his slugging percentage is the highest in Lehigh.
April Stats: .313 AVG in 24 games, 14 RBIs, .458 slugging
Jake Diekman, Relief: Diek has been dominant out of the bullpen so far, allowing just one earned run in the month of April. In 11 innings of work, he has struck out 17 while only walking three, and has picked up three saves. I’m starting to see what Rich Dubee likes about this kid.
April Stats: 0-0 in 9 games, 11 IP, 0.82 ERA. 17 Ks