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Northwest Arkansas Naturals: Offense
Hot: Mike Bianucci
If you are a 29 year old playing at the AA level, and on your third organization, chances are that you will need to show something to even remain on the roster, otherwise your place will be taken by some player that could have a future with the team. Mike Bianucci is certainly doing his part to attempt to turn a few heads and get some attention.
The minor league slugger continued his power hitting ways during the first week of the Travelers season, producing a .360/.385/.800 batting line, slugging three home runs. Bianucci has also struck out eight times in 26 plate appearances, but if he keeps hitting home runs at this pace, he could catch the attention of the Kansas City Royals front office.
Cold: Terrance Gore
Yes, Terrance Gore was recalled to the major leagues on Wednesday, as Ned Yost and Dayton Moore felt that his potential as a pinch runner is is worth having on the Kansas City Royals at this point in the season. However, it would be nice if Gore could show some sort of viability with the bat, which he has failed to do thus far.
While Gore has continued to show his speed by stealing two bases for the Travelers, that is really all he has done. In 15 at bats this season, he has failed to get a hit and has struck out five times. Yes, Gore’s speed is valuable, but he may have been better served by staying in AA and continuing to work on his batting stroke instead of being used like Herb Washington until Alex Rios returns.
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