Their top two starters are struggling. The bullpen is imploding. And A.J. Pierzynski isn’t going to hit .400 all season long.
It gets worse. Folty is the only one of the organization’s top prospects pitching worth a damn. Matt Wisler got lit up again tonight and now has a 6.75 ERA. Manny Banuelos has a 4.43 ERA and is averaging a walk every two innings.
At Mississippi, Tyrell Jenkins has a 2.33 ERA but is not missing many bats, with 8 strikeouts and 9 walks in 19-1/3 IP. Lucas Sims, repeating at High-A, continues to regress; his ERA nears 9.00 and his WHIP, 2.00.
The hitting prospects aren’t faring much better. Jose Peraza is hitting .274 with 5 steals but is getting on base just 32 percent of the time. Rio Ruiz has just one extra base hit in his last 14 games and is hitting .224 overall with a .286 slugging percentage. Mississippi teammate Mallex Smith is batting .322 with 6 steals but needs to improve on a .344 OBP.
It’s early, at least. That’s about the best thing you can say about 2015 thus far.