April 24, 2022 Scoreboard
- Triple-A: Sacramento 2, Oklahoma City 1
- Double-A: Springfield 12, Tulsa 8
- High-A: Lake County 9, Great Lakes 6
- Low-A: Modesto 4, Rancho Cucamonga 2
Here’s the daily dose of Michael Busch:
It only took 15 games for Busch to hit his seventh homer. In 2021, in part due to a hit-by-pitch that tanked a good chunk of the season, it took him 47 games to reach this total. He hasn’t sacrificed any of the patience either, posting a walk rate of 21.1% (15 free passes in the aforementioned 15 games).
Busch is on a heck of a roll, and after slashing .391/.533/1.087, with 5 homers, and 9 RBI, he should be in the running for Texas League Player of the week (the award is announced on Mondays, an off day for all of full season Minor League Baseball).
Busch will face some stiff competition for the player of the week nod from his teammate, Jacob Amaya. Amaya shined once again with the glove and the bat, doing that thing where, first, you make a great defensive play:
And immediately follow it up by doing damage at the plate:
For the week, Amaya slashed .455/.478/1.091, with three homers and eight RBI. I don’t envy the voters here.
Andy Pages, the Launch Angle Unicorn, does damage on some pitches that have little business going for a ride:
That is a very good location. That is not a pitch that typically gets damaged, let alone pulled and elevated. When this swing is looked at in comparison to the swing he put on his previous homer, Pages displays how advanced of a hitter he is:
Pages is almost 3 1/2 years younger than average for the level, and with an OPS of .944, he’s looking well-adjusted to life in the Texas League.
Kyle Hurt should be in the running for Midwest League pitcher of the week after his second scoreless outing for Great Lakes:
For the week, Hurt tossed six scoreless innings and allowed three hits, a walk and struck out 10. Lake County has seen enough of the USC product.