April 14, 2005

Barons bats blistering

Scranton/W-B won their sixth straight game last night and third in a row versus Richmond in a 5-4 victory over the Braves.

The Red Barons are off to a fast start (6-1) and fielding one of the better Scranton/W-B teams in recent memory, especially with the bats. Here’s the linuep Scranton featured last night and their batting averages:

Budzinski CF .455
Hannahan 2B .450
Rushford RF .125
Howard 1B .500
Coste 3B .400
Castellano LF .273
Ruiz C .300
Sandoval SS .214

SWB boasts four players in the International League’s top 15 in slugging: Mark Budzinski (.864), Ryan Howard (.700), Chris Coste (.680) and Buzz Hannahan (.650).

This series features two of the best power-hitting prospects in baseball: Howard and Andy Marte.

Howard is hitting .500 and slugging .700 in seven games, but hasn’t homered yet this season.

Marte, a third baseman, is doing even better, batting .429 and slugging .893 with four homers. Marte looks to be the successor of Chipper Jones at third base, or can be called upon to take over the spot in left field. Last night he went 2-5 with a homer, but missed a chance to deliver with the bases loaded. For more on Marte and the rest of Atlanta's farm system, check out No Pepper.


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