We Need to Talk About Steward

Friday, May 10 2024 @ 06:40 AM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

Steward Berroa has been one of the biggest pleasant surprises this season. He homered on Thursday helping Buffalo win. Dunedin and the FCL Jays hit well in their wins. New Hampshire and Vancouver did not hit well and both lost.

Worcester 4 Buffalo 6

Harrisburg 4 New Hampshire 0

Everett 6 Vancouver 2

Dunedin 8 Fort Myers 3

FCL Tigers 1 FCL Blue Jays 5

Three Stars

Third Star - Enmanuel Bonilla

Second Star - Manuel Beltre

First Star - Steward Berroa



Buffalo scored six runs with ten hits. The bottom three in the batting order had seven of the hits. Brian Serven and Leo Jimenez had two each. But the star was Steward Berroa who went 3-3 with a home run, a double, a sac bunt and drove in three runs. Berroa is now hitting .368 with an OPS of 1.028. Berroa will strike out almost 30% of the time and his BABIP is very high but he does take a walk. He usually does not hit the ball extra hard. His single and double on Thursday both came off the bat at 84 mph. The home run did register 103. It was Berroa's fourth home run of the season, his season high prior to this year is seven. His OPS high prior to this year was .794. This level of performance from Berroa is way above his career to date, which is a cause for caution. However he is 24 years old, so still developing, and he showed good progress in AA last year. For an organization that hasn't been great at developing hitters, he is a positive so far.

Spencer Horwitz and Addison Barger each had a double. Orelvis was hitless but he did hit a ball 108 mph straight to Bobby Dalbec at third.

Just three hits, all singles for the Fisher Cats. Adam Macko took the loss but pitched well. Two hitters took him deep for two solo home runs but that was it for runs. Over five innings they had four hits and no walks. He struck out seven.

Similarly Vancouver had just five hits, two were doubles by Estiven Machado. Their two runs came on solo home runs from Dasan Brown and Glenn Santiago.

Ryan Jennings started and shutout Everett over five innings with three K's. Three relievers gave up runs.

Every Dunedin starter picked up a hit. Manuel Beltre and Christian Feliz had two each with Beltre driving in three runs. Yhoangel Aponte had the two hardest hit balls in the game at 102 and 103 mph.

Grant Rogers started for Dunedin and just gave up one run on five hits over six innings. He had six K's with eight whiffs. He threw a lot of sliders, 34 out of his 73 pitches. His FB maxed out at 91.

In the FCL the baby Jays had ten hits. Enmanuel Bonilla was 2-4 with a triple, his BA is .500 early in the season. The next hottest hitter is Kendry Chirinos, 19 years old from Venezuela. He had a single and a double and he is hitting .438. Sam Shaw also had two hits.

Unusually for the FCL, the starting pitcher, Eminen Flores, went 5.1 innings, one run five K's.