When a player is promoted numerous levels in a season, it’s hard to see the forest for the trees with regards to his stats. The conquered level is put behind him, and the focus is rightly placed on the task at hand.
That said, it’s worth taking a step back and appreciating everything Luis Robert’s done this year.
Robert hit his 14th homer for Charlotte during the Knights’ doubleheader against Norfolk on Saturday, which gives him a 30-30 season in only 114 games. When combining his performances at Charlotte, Birmingham and Winston-Salem, the production is staggering:
In other round numbers, Robert’s 30th homer was the 200th of the year by the Knights. Their previous high? 185.
The blast that made both happen:
Charlotte 5, Norfolk 3 (Game 1, 7 innings)
- Nick Madrigal went 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Luis Robert was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Yermin Mercedes went 0-for-2 with a walk and a K.
- Zack Collins singled, walked and struck out.
- Seby Zavala walked and struck out twice.
- Danny Mendick went 2-for-3.
Norfolk 8, Charlotte 2 (Game 2, 7 innings)
- Luis Robert homered, doubled and struck out.
- Zack Collins went 0-for-3.
- So did Danny Mendick, with a strikeout.
- Kyle Kubat: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
Tennessee 8, Birmingham 2
- Luis Basabe went 1-for-4 with a double, HBP and a strikeout.
- Blake Rutherford was 1-for-4 with a double.
- Gavin Sheets, also 1-for-4.
- Ti’Quan Forbes, you guessed it, 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Laz Rivera also went 1-for-4, but with a double and two strikeouts.
- Bernardo Flores: 6 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
- Alec Hansen: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR
Potomac 1, Winston-Salem 0
- Steele Walker went 0-for-4.
- Carlos Perez, 1-for-3.
- Jonathan Stiever is finishing strong: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
Kannapolis 2, Charleston 1
- Lenyn Sosa accounted for two-thirds of Kanny’s hits by going 2-for-4 with a triple.
- Corey Zangari was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
- Amado Nunez singled, hit a sac fly and struck out.
Missoula 7, Great Falls 5
- Cabera Weaver went 3-for-5 with a triple and a strikeout.
- Kelvin Maldonado was 1-for-5 with a double, and was caught stealing.
- Harvin Mendoza was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Lency Delgado went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Luis Mieses, 1-for-4.
- Sam Abbott singled twice and struck out twice.
- Kleyder Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
AZL White Sox 6, AZL Dodgers Lasorda 5 (11 innings)
- James Beard went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Samil Polanco hit his first stateside homer during a 2-for-4 night, which included a walk, strikeout and stolen base.
- Micker Adolfo wore the golden sombrero while going 0-for-5.
- Bryan Ramos went 1-for-4 with a homer, walk and strikeout.
- Logan Glass went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
- Josue Guerrero went 2-for-4 with a homer and a strikeout.
- Sidney Pimentel was 0-for-4 with a K.
- Harold Diaz, 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Andrew Dalquist: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
DSL Blue Jays 3, DSL White Sox 2
- Yolbert Sanchez went 0-for-3 with two walks.
- Alberto Bernal went 0-for-3 with a walk.
- Cesar Jimenez and Elijah Tatis both were 0-for-3 with a walk. Tatis stole two bases.
- Ronald Guzman: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
*The DSL White Sox look like they’re done for the year according to their schedule. If so, they finished at 35-35.
So Tatis stole 2nd and then 3rd in one trip around the bases? Well at least the kid got hustle.
While the sample may appear super arbitrary – I chose minimum of 400 PA – guess who is tops in MILB this year for wRC+, regardless of level and league
With eight games left, Knights trail Gwinnett by 1.5 games in the IL South, but lead the Durham Bulls by four for the wild card spot. Knights and Bulls have a three game series beginning tomorrow in Charlotte.
Gotta say, I’ve been loving this AAA playoff chase. Pure fun of a kind that’s been in short supply on the South Side of recent years.
Yeah, I realized it’s been a really long time since I used the words “magic number.”
Wait a minute, I thought the magic number was 350 million.