Tim Anderson Collects Four hits

Tim Anderson had a 4 for 5 day to increase his average to .311. He also stole three bases to give him 19 for the season. Last year 35 percent of his hits went for extra bases. This year he is down to just 20 percent with just one homerun. He also continues to exhibit a lack of patience with a 5/46 walk to whiff ratio. The batting average should rise with better contact and perhaps more extra bases would appear.

The Red Sox Nick Longhi is not considered a top prospect. Last year in his second season in a short season league Nick hit .330. This is his first season in a full season league and a 4 for 4 day upped his average to .270. He clubbed a homerun with four RBIs. Two days earlier Nick had a four RBI day giving him 8 RBIs in three days, more run production than he contributed in the month of April (7).

Dylan Cozens also drove in four runs in a 4 for 5 day yesterday. The Phillies 2012 second round pick stands 6′6″ contributing some power to the bat with his long arms. The power has yet to show this year, but he hit a triple yesterday. Last year he clubbed 16 homeruns. With his large strike zone he tends to strike out a lot (48 times in 49 games).

After four starts in April Jon Gray had an ERA of 10.80. With seven innings of four hit shutout ball the May ERA has been better (2.78) lowering his overall ERA to 5.40. The Rockies third overall pick in 2013 throws hard, but the opposition is hitting him at over a .300 clip and his strikeout numbers (38) to innings pitched (53) are short of what you would expect from someone who throws that hard.

The Blue Jays Jeff Hoffman was a first round pick in 2014 but did not pitch because of Tommy John surgery. In his third professional start he threw five innings of two hit ball, striking out three to pick up his first win. His previous two starts he had given up four runs in each start. His hits to innings pitched (20/14) are not good cosmetically, but the Blue Jays are just glad to see him on the mound. They hope he can now build on the success he had yesterday.

Teammate Alberto Tirado followed him, finishing the game with four innings of one hit, shutout ball to pick up his first save. He struck out two. The four innings were the longest he has pitched this year. Albert has not allowed a run in his last six relief appearances covering one out short of 15 innings and lowering his ERA to 1.67.

The Brewers got a good start from Devin Williams, their 2013 second round pick. It was just his fourth start this year. He threw five innings of one hit, five inning ball, striking out seven. That strikeout total was one short of his total in his first three starts. His first three starts had resulted in losses with his work load restricted to less than four innings. This most recent start he failed to get a decision.

The Cardinals 2013 first round pick Rob Kaminsky tossed six innings of four hit shutout ball. It was only his second start in which he did not allow a run, the first only lasting two innings. The pitch count has increased for Rob in May, with all his outings except one lasting at least six innings.

Joe Ross would like to have joined his brother in a Padre uniform, until the Padres traded him to the Nationals to acquire Wil Myers. Now he will have to be satisfied pitching against him in a Nationals uniform. Joe went seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits, striking out seven in an outing that lowered his ERA to 2.81. In four of his last five starts Joe has only allowed one run while pitching at least six innings.

The Padres acquired Aaron Northcraft from the Braves and yesterday he faced eight batters getting nine outs. He started the year in the starting rotation at AAA but after four starts and a 10.22 ERA he was demoted to AA and the bullpen. In his last two appearances covering six innings he has only allowed one hit, facing the minimum 18 batters.

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