The first thing I look for is a hitter’s batting average with runners in scoring position. Can this guy hit when it counts or is he a table settter? The Clearwater Threshers shortstop, Nick Maton, this season is showing he can hit when it counts with RISP.
In yesterday’s game against Florida, Mahon went two for two with RISP and drove-in a run. In his first 12 games of the season he is 7 for 12 with RISP and nine RBIs. His RISP slash line is .583/.615/.1.000
Even with these statistics, Maton has now been slotted for the lead off spot. He has gone 1 for 9 in the lead off spot so far this season with two walks.
We can only observe that the Phillies analytics department appears willing to concede Maton’s first at bat for later at bats when the bottom of the lineup table sets for Nick since the pitcher does not bat in A ball.
Another guy who caught out attention yesterday was Luke Leftwich. As top notch middle reliever, he came on for Reading in the 7th of last night’s game and struck out-the- side and struck out a total of five for his two inning “hold” as Reading went on and won 5-2 over Portland. Leftwich has now struck out 12 in 7.1 innings allowing no runs and one hit in four relief appearances.
Look for Maton and Lethwich to move up in the Phillies system if they can continue their outstanding start to the 2019 season.