Tigers to host Scrappers for 3-game series

After losing two out of three on the road at Tri-City, the Connecticut Tigers will return to Dodd Stadium for a three-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, New York-Penn League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

P.J. Polk has struggled in the leadoff spot.

The Tigers enter the series with a 9-7 record, but the team has struggled to get production out of the leadoff spot since Jeff Rowland’s promotion to the West Michigan Whitecaps.  Rowland had a .442 on-base percentage with Connecticut before his promotion.  P.J. Polk, who has replaced Rowland in the leadoff spot, has only managed a .286 on-base percentage.

The Tigers also have a hole to fill in their rotation with the departure of Luis Sanz, who was promoted to the Whitecaps on Saturday.  Sanz had been Connecticut’s best starting pitcher with a 3-0 record and a 0.56 ERA.

Offensively, the Tigers have received excellent contributions from Matt Perry and Josh Ashenbrenner.  Perry has a .367 batting average and a .472 on-base percentage.  Ashenbrenner leads the team with 20 total bases.

The Scrappers will roll into Dodd Stadium with an 8-8 record, which puts them in the middle of the standings in the Pinckney Division.

Chase Burnette has been one of the Scrappers’ best hitters with a .550 slugging percentage and a team-leading three home runs and ten runs batted in.

Veteran catcher Wyatt Toregas has been sharing time behind the plate with Diego Seastrunk.  Toregas is a 27-year-old with major league experience, so his presence on the Mahoning Valley roster is a bit odd.  According to Tony Lastoria of Indians Prospect Insider, Toregas was assigned to Mahoning Valley after a falling out with the Indians organization.

The Tigers begin their series with the Scrappers on Sunday at 4:04 p.m.

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