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Players to watch who will influence Sound’s winning the division?

August 12, 2009

In the few weeks remaining in the PCL season, who on the Nashville Sounds can fans expect to play an influential role in Nashville winning the American North division title?

  1. INF Mat Gamel – Gamel was sent back down to Nashville in mid July after having played almost 50 games for the Brewers (when he was called up in mid-May). Since he has returned his average has dropped from .336 to . 280. His bat has had almost no impact since his return. If he turns it up, as he has in the past five games, then he could be an impact player for the Sounds toward the division championship.
  2. OF/INF Adam Heether – Heether has played 88 games for the Sounds this year and his average topped out near .330 just a few weeks ago. He is back in form his past ten games, batting. 344. Look for some key doubles and a couple timely home runs to support Nashville as the season winds down.
  3. C Angel Salome – the 23 year old catcher from the Dominican Republic has caught fire in the past few weeks. His average has spiked up to .289 now. He is batting .371 in the past ten games. If he stays hot, the Sounds will be in every game.
  4. OF Corey Patterson – has played in only the last seven games for Nashville this year but this guy is red-hot; going 14-for-28 since August 2nd.   With a 1.496 OPS, his presence and consistent plate-work will figure prominently in a Sound’s strong finish.
  5. INF Johnny Raburn – was also a late-2009 addition to the Sound’s roster and has been a very pleasant surprise with the wood. He has been platooning for Escobar and should now see much more playing time at SS in the next few weeks.  Raburn has been playing solidly since early August, batting .313 in his last ten games. He is no long-ball threat but has a penchant for a hit in just the right time.
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Corey Patterson, Nashville Sounds

Players who will probably be non-factors for Nashville the rest of the season are:

  1. Brendan Katin – is batting a horrible .147 since early August (his pastten games). Katin has had a good attitude all year but his bat is hurting the Sounds right now.  He has the 2nd worst OBP (.299) of all regulars for the Sounds this year.
  2. Joe Koshansky – is even swinging a worse bat than Katin. His .108 batting average in the past ten games is abysmal; where he has struck-out 20 of his last 37 plate appearances. Erick Almonte deserves the starting-nod over Koshansky at first to finish the season.  Erick has batted .304 in his past ten games played.
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Brendan Katin

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