American Affiliation of Skilled Baseball

  1. Cleburne Railroaders (7-3, 1st in East)


Cleburne will welcome its followers to its dwelling opener on Tuesday as the highest staff within the East Division with a 7-3 file, contemporary off an enormous 4-2 sequence victory on the highway in Milwaukee. The Railroaders’ offense has been excellent to start out the yr, scoring 94 complete runs of their 10 video games, by far essentially the most within the Affiliation. They’ve hit a league-high 18 dwelling runs as a staff and have a powerful staff OPS of .903. The Railroaders’ offensive machine is led partially by rookie Ryan Hernandez, who has 4 dwelling runs and 13 RBI on the younger season. Former main leaguer Delino DeShields has additionally been a welcome addition, hitting .349 on the yr with a grand slam as properly. The Railroaders’ pitching employees hasn’t been shabby both, as they lead the league in strikeouts with 103.


  1. Sioux Metropolis Explorers (8-1, 1st in West)

How concerning the Explorers? Sioux Metropolis is off to its finest begin in franchise historical past at 8-1 after occurring the highway to Kane County and sweeping the Cougars. Opposite to Cleburne, what pops off the stat sheet whenever you look initially for Sioux Metropolis is the pitching employees. The Explorers presently lead the league in ERA at 2.39, almost a full run higher than the subsequent closest staff. Solomon Bates leads the squad with 17 strikeouts after successful pitcher of the week honors for his seven sturdy innings in opposition to the DockHounds on Thursday. As a staff, they’ve given up greater than two runs in a sport simply twice this season. Offensively, Vince Fernandez has been the run producer, sitting in seventh place on the league leaderboard with 11 RBI.

  1. Chicago Canines (6-3, T-2nd in East)


Chicago is feeling good going into a giant six-game set in opposition to Cleburne because it’s gained every of its three sequence to start out the season, together with most not too long ago in opposition to the reigning champion Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Chicago has been stronger on the pitching aspect than offensively as properly, sitting third in staff ERA with a 3.18, together with two shutouts. The Canines have finished their harm by successful shut video games and developing with clutch hits, most notably from league home-run chief Josh Altmann who has 5. The signature second so far of the Canines’ season got here on Mom’s Day, when Altmann hit a three-run shot to tie the sport within the ninth along with his mom within the stands. 


  1. Gary SouthShore RailCats (6-3, T-2nd in East)


Talking of groups who’ve gained all of their opening sequence, the Gary SouthShore RailCats are even with the Canines and competing in a tightly packed East early on, most not too long ago occurring the highway to take two of three from Lincoln. Offensively Gary has been in the midst of the pack, however the bats have exploded in just a few video games together with a 10-0 win in opposition to Winnipeg and a 13-1 win in opposition to Kansas Metropolis. Nonetheless, the pitching has been very sturdy, boasting the league’s second finest ERA at 3.15 and second-best BAA at simply .219. Offensively, LG Castillo and Francisco Del Valle have led the way in which with 13 RBI and three dwelling runs respectively, with Daniel Lingua additionally main the staff with a .379 batting common.


  1. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (5-4, 2nd in West)


Should you anticipated the RedHawks to be greater on this listing after what we noticed final season, you wouldn’t be alone. Nonetheless, it’s nonetheless been a stable begin for the reigning champs, who gained their first two sequence in Kane County and in opposition to Winnipeg, however simply dropped two of three in Chicago. Now that the banner celebration is over and the rings have been handed out, the RedHawks must get the bats going as they’re presently hitting simply .221 as a staff. The expertise on this staff has nonetheless been on show although, with Sam Dexter hitting .321, Correlle Prime doing work on the plate and on the mound, and a robust rotation together with league legend Kevin McGovern, Tyler Grauer and nearer Reid Birlingmair who has 4 saves already.