Iowa struck early and struck often, laying 4 down on the Dodgers in the first inning, and added 7 more over the course of an 11 to 6 beating. Everybody had at least 1 hit, and everyone except Juan Perez and Munenori Kawasaki had an RBI.
Willson Contreras had another day, going 2 for 5 with a triple, a walk, and 3 RsBI. He's now batting .331/.421/.566 and has absolutely nothing left to prove offensively. He's dropping the PCL like its a bad habit; he's 4th overall in wRC+, behind a 26 year old, a 30 year old, and a 27 year old. Maybe he's the second coming off Ryan Doumit defensively, and if that's the case, maybe he needs reps back there. I doubt that's the case, and it is becoming more and more questionable by the day if our best 25 is really our starting 25.
Dan Vogelbach is also ready, offensively. He went 3-4 with another dinger and a walk. Like Contreras, only people older than him have a higher wRC+, and he has a 16% walk rate in the PCL right now, tops in the league. Most importantly, his power finally is starting to re-emerge, with a .199 SLG being a 45 point improvement over his last outing. I'll be very interested to see how good of a reliever Vogelbach fetches this July, because he has no spot on the 25-man roster. I know I'll be cheering for him.
Jeimer Candelario continues his free-fall from last year's lofty heights with an 0-4 performance. We were ready to be excited about him last season, but he's looked pretty mediocre in his 49 games thus far. His walks are up, but his strikeouts have risen to match, and he's either been hit-unlucky or making weaker contact this season. People were slightly miffed when he didn't break camp with Iowa; now it seems he might spend all season in Tennessee unless a spot magically opens up for him.
Jacob Hannemann was a 3rd round pick of the Cubs in the 2003 draft, from Brigham Young University. He signed for $1 million dollars, so he was highly thought of at the time. A mormon missionary, Hannemann was a neat story, though it hasn't translated to the professional success as of yet. He's a 25-year old in the Southern League who isn't exactly tearing the world apart there. That is generally not a good sign. At this point, he might just be organizational filler. He had a nice 3-5 game yesterday.
There was a time when Starling Peralta was well-thought after. He really shit the bed yesterday, recording 1 out and 5 not-outs. One of those not-outs was a 3-run bomb.
Eloy Jimenez had a rare day of humanity in this one, going 0-4 with 2 whiffs. Bright spots included P.J. Higgins (3-5), Ian Rice (2-3, BB, SO), and Jesse Hodges (2-4, 3B, SO). Eddy Julio Martinez also singled and stole 2 bases.