Things continue going well for the Generals. As of this post, the team sits atop the North Division by 2.5 games over Montgomery and their 16-8 mark is only a half-game behind Biloxi for the best record in the Southern League.
Three players — Tyler O’Neill, Zach Shank and Tim Lopes — have active on-base streaks of at least 16 games. The rotation has turned in nine quality starts over the team’s first 24 games, which is the same total the team had in the entire First Half last year.
I could go on and one. Seriously. The stats that illustrate the turnaround from last year to this year are remarkable, but I don’t really feel like writing a novel at the moment. The architect of the change throughout the organization is Seattle’s new Director of Player Development Andy McKay. He stopped in Jackson last week and took the time to talk to me. It’s an interesting interview if you have the time.
Rick Waits was also in town. After spending the past two seasons as Seattle’s big league pitching coach, Waits is the minor league pitching coordinator. David got to pick his brain.
With a win tonight, the Generals would equal the number of home victories they had in the First Half last year. This is the last series for the team at home before May 19, as the squad heads on the road for 11 games starting Monday.