AAA Monday: d’Arnaud Homers. Still Waiting on BabyBuck

AAA: New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) 12, @ Las Vegas 51s 9 

Travis d'ArnaudThe Las Vegas homeruns:
C Travis d’Arnaud, CF-LF Brian Bixler and PH-CF Matt den Dekker.

d’Arnaud was 3-for-5 to lift his overall AAA line to  .327/.485/.612 .295/.475/.523 with 10 extra-base hits and an absurd 16 BB/9 K in 16 games. Since his promotion to AAA, on August 9, he’s hit safely in each of his four games with four extra-base hits, four walks and one strikeout. Once d’Arnaud comes up for #BabyBuck will he go back down to AAA again? That’s the plan (I thought), but what’s the point of bringing him up for a week, and then sending him to AAA for a two weeks to play Buck and then bringing d’Arnaud back when rosters expand on September 1 to play nearly everyday or split time?

den Dekker, who turned 26 last week, is hitting a very solid .295/.360/.500 for the 51s in 38 games.  He’s cut down on the strikeouts some from extreme to merely high: he’s fanned in 25.7% of his AAA at-bats this year, suggesting that he will have big time trouble hitting for average in the big leagues.

Lucas Duda (.235/.353/.438 – 68 gms in AAA) played first base for the fifth straight night.

Giancarlo Alvarado (2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) was hit hard and so was LHP Jack Leathersich (2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K).

Leathersich’s bad night cost him .76 points of ERA. In 23.1 innings in AAA, he’s struck out 40 (35%) and walked 21 (18%). That’s not going to work. He needs to get a few more outs in the strike zone.