The Asheville Tourists had two of the hotter hitters in all of Minor League Baseball in the month of April, as James Cesario and Jordan Pacheco tore the cover off the ball. Though the team finished the month 10-11, they did have some major bright spots, and Christian Friedrich showed why he is such a highly ranked prospect. As the calendar changes to May, watch out for Asheville.
Cesario and Pacheco were the talk of the minors all month, as they both batted over .400. Pacheco smacked a team-high four home runs, and led the team in runs batted in (20). Cesario finished second behind Scott Robinson for the team lead in runs, and his eight doubles were tops.
Robinson batted a very high .353, and swiped a team-high ten bases. He was a terror on the basepaths, and he turned his 30 hits in to 21 runs scored. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts, but it was definitely a month to remember for him. Thomas Field batted close to .300, scored ten times, and drove in seven.
Top starter Christian Friedrich started four games for the Tourists, and posted an incredible 1.17 earned run average. The left-hander struck out 35 batters in only 23.0 innings of work, and held the opposition to a .188 batting average. He is clearly one of the top starting pitching prospects in the organization.
A handful of other prospects made starts for the Tourists in April, with Dan Houston (4.09), and Ethan Hollingsworth (4.40) pitching very well. Robinson Fabian and Parker Fraizer also had their moments, but they were hit hard at times as well.
Adam Jorgenson had a great month, and was, at times, very hard to hit. Batters only hit .150 against him, and he struck out better than a batter per inning. He also nailed down two saves in three opportunities.
Top Prospect Watch: David Christensen is starting to heat up, and has batted .333 over his past ten games. The slugging outfielder has picked up four multi-hit games in that span, and has driven in ten runs. If he catches fire, the South Atlantic League is in big trouble.