We continue to take a look at some of the top performers we have featured here at chasingmlbdreams.com. This week we take a look at the players who might have their name called at any moment in the game, the guys in the bullpen.
In past years Wheeler has spent time both starting and relieving in the Diamondback organization. This season the Diamondbacks seem to have allowed Wheeler to focus just on one role. Wheeler has appeared out of the bullpen 20 times for the Visalia Rawhide of the California League. In those appearances Wheeler has thrown 32.2 innings and only allowed 9 earned runs across the board. The lefties ERA sits at 2.48 which is extremely low in the hitter friendly California League. He also boasts an impressive 11/9 strikeout ratio
Hatley spent the bulk of his 2013 season with the AAA Iowa Cubs, this season he started the 2014 campaign with them and has improved on his 2013 performance. In 21 appearances, Hatley is 1-1 with a 2.88 ERA. Hatley has held his opposition to a .205 batting average and has shown excellent control of his pitches, walking just 1.8 per nine innings. On top of his excellent control, Hatley has been missing bats, striking out 34 in 25 innings of work.
Hensley finished the 2013 season in AAA in the Colorado Rockies organization after an early season trade. After appearing in spring training with the Rockies they cut ties with the right hander but he was soon signed by the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles assigned Hensley to the Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League and he has been on of the most consistent members of the BaySox staff. Appearing in 15 games since joining the Baysox, Hensley is 1-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 2 saves. Batters are just hitting .188 against Hensley on the year and he has only allowed 15 hits in his 22 innings of work.
Pugliese is another pitcher who seems to have transitioned from starting to the bullpen and has done so with great success. Appearing in 14 games for the Kane County Cougars in the Midwest League the right hander has dominated the opposition. On the season, Pugliese is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA and has even racked up his first professional save. Not only has he shown excellent control walking only six batters in his 29.1 innings of work but he has also struck out 12 hitters per nine innings of work.
Next week we will take a look at some of the players who are on the mend from injury and are looking to have success in the second half of the season. Stay tuned for that and more updates at chasingmlbdreams.com