Charlotte’s Offense is RED-HOT
SCRANTON/WILKINS-ANDY: Andy Wilkins launched two home runs in Thursday’s game (17 & 18) and followed that up with a home run in last night’s game – his International League Leading 19th of the season. His long home run, which cleared the ballpark and landed on Mint Street, passed teammate Matt Davidson, who has 18 after his home run on Thursday. Wilkins has enjoyed hitting against the RailRiders this season. In six games against SWB in 2014, he is batting .640 (16-for-25) with 10 runs scored, four doubles, one triple, five home runs, and 11 RBIs. In 13 July games, Wilkins is hitting .407 (22-for-54) with 11 runs scored, five doubles, one triple, five home runs, and 12 RBIs. Overall for the season, the Tulsa, OK native is hitting .263 with 47 runs scored, 23 doubles, 19 home runs, and 51 RBIs in 87 games. He’s also first in the IL this season in extra-base hits (43) and HR/AB ratio (1/17.79). He is third in total bases (171) – two behind leader Steven Souza Jr. (SYR), and fourth in slugging % (.506).
Since June 30, Wilkins and Davidson have five home runs — which is tops by an IL player over that span. The Knights are 10-7 over that 17-game span and catcher Josh Phegley has a 13-game hit-streak over that span.
LUCKY #13: Josh Phegley earned his third International League All-Star selection this season and went 1-for-2 with a run scored in the game. The 26-year-old backstop has been on fire over his last 13 games – compiling a 13-game hit-streak – after going 3-for-4 with three RBIs last night. He is batting an International League high .466 (27-for-58) since June 30 (the start of his 13-game hit-streak). He has 13 runs scored, four home runs, and 15 RBIs over that span as well. Currently, the Indiana native, who will play in Indianapolis against the Indians next week in front of his hometown crowd, also leads all IL catchers in games caught (74), total chances (680), putouts (611), and assists (63). He has also thrown out a league-best 47% of attempted basestealers. A defensive star behind the plate, Phegley won the MiLB Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2012 with the Knights.
HOME RUN LEADERS: With a game-high six home runs on Thursday, and another homer on Friday, the Knights now have 124 home runs this season – tops in the IL and tied for the most in all of Minor League Baseball with the PCL’s Las Vegas squad. The top Major League team this season in home runs is Toronto – who has 117. Charlotte has 39 more than second place Toledo (85) in the IL. Overall, BB&T Ballpark has fared well for the long ball (74 Knights home runs have been hit there this season, while 69 opponent home runs have been hit there). So far this season, an IL-high 143 home runs combined have been hit at BB&T Ballpark – which is 49 more than at Huntington Park in Columbus (94) – the second highest home run hitting ballpark in the IL this season. The Knights have four players in the top 10 of home runs this season in the IL. Andy Wilkins is first with 19, Matt Davidson is second with 18, Josh Phegley is tied for fifth with 14, while Jordan Danks is tied for sixth most with his 13.