Monday Farm Report: Spanberger Growing Offensively
A sixth-round draft choice out of Arkansas a year ago, Chad Spanberger was a known home run hitter. In his time in pro ball, however, he has proven to be more than that. Ranked the 28th best prospect in the system during the off-season, Spanberger has continued to expand his offensive impact at Class A Asheville this year.
The power is still there. He has hit 16 home runs, second most in the South Atlantic League. He leads the SAL with 51 RBI, and his third in batting average at .329. Spanberger also leads the SAL with a .635 slugging percentage and a 1.001 OPS.
He also has worked to improve contact. He has struck 50 times in 57 games, which is sixth on the Asheville roster, and ahead of his pace at short-season Grand Junction a year ago when he struck out 71 times in 60 games.
In Sunday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (32-31) won 8-6 at Omaha. The Isotopes rallied from a 6-1 deficit. Tom Murphy delivered a game-winning two-run home run in the ninth, his 16th of the season. Pat Valaika homered in the eighth to tie the game, his third of the season. D.J. Johnson (2-3, 5.40) pitched two shutout innings of relief, striking out five, to earn the victory. Brett Oberholtzer (5.73) started and allowed six runs on 12 hits and a walk, striking out five in seven inning. Garret Hampson (.310) was 3-for-4, and is hitting .441 in his last 14 at-bats. Josh Fuentes (.337) was three-for-five.
AA Hartford (29-33) was rained out at Altoona.
High A Lancaster (29-31) lost 7-1 at Lake Elsinore. Back-to-back one-out doubles in the third by Carlos Herrera (.258) and Max George (.250) provided the Jet Hawks only run. Matt Dennis (3-7, 5.32) allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks, striking out six in five innings.
Low A Asheville (24-38) lost 8-4 against Lexington. the Tourists took a 4-0 lead on a three-run home run from Spanberger (.329) in the first, and Matt McLaughlin's RBI double in the second. Nick Kennedy (1-8, 7.45) allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits, striking out six in 6 1/3 innings.