Class AA

A look at statistical leaders among the state’s three Southern League teams

The Jackson Generals are the Class AA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Southern League. (photo by Mike Morrow)

Statistics don’t tell the whole story of the major-league prospect, but they tell the story of statistics.

And while anyone can look at Southern League statistics in terms of who is leading the Class AA circuit, that’s no reason not to break down statistical leaders just among the three Southern League teams in Tennessee.

For the record, Joel Booker of Birmingham (that’s in Alabama) is leading the Southern League in batting average with .377. Jazz Chisholm and Jamie Westbrook of Jackson (in Tennessee) are tied for the lead in home runs with 4 each, and Josh Lowe of Montgomery is leading the league in RBIs with 14.

The season is young, but enough games have been played to have a reasonable measure of performance through stats to compare players from the Jackson Generals, the Tennessee Smokies and the Chattanooga Lookouts. The Generals are the AA farm club of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Smokies the AA farm club of the Chicago Cubs and the Lookouts the AA team for the Cincinnati Reds.

The highest batting average among Class AA players in the state is P.J. Higgins, a catcher for the Tennessee Smokies, who is batting .340. Chisholm and Westbrook lead the trio of state Southern League teams in home runs (as well as the whole league), and Chattanooga outfielder Taylor Trammell is tops in the state with RBIs with 13.

In the pitching department, Jorge Alcala of Pensacola leads the league in victories with his 4-0 record. Devin Smeltzer of Pensacola leads the league in earned run average with 0.50. And Jimmy Lambert of Birmingham is tied with Brendan McKay of Montgomery in leading the league in strikeouts with 27 each.

Then there is that matter of who exactly is considered a prospect with major-league potential.

Trammell of Chattanooga is on all three lists of batting leaders among teams in the state and is considered the second best prospect in the Reds’ system by MLB Pipeline and third best prospect in the Reds’ system by Baseball America. Trammell is ranked the 15th best prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline, which ranks Trammell behind only former University of Tennessee star Nick Senzel in the Reds’ organization.

Other Reds prospects at Chattanooga in the top 10 lists below are right-handed pitcher Tony Santillan, ranked No. 5 for the Reds by both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America; outfielder Jose Siri, ranked No. 10 for the Reds by MLB Pipeline and 11th by Baseball America; outfielder T.J. Friedl, ranked No. 13 for the Reds by MLB Pipeline and No. 15 by Baseball America; first baseman/outfielder Ibandel Isabel, ranked No. 15 for the Reds by MLB Pipeline and No. 27 by Baseball America; shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez, ranked No. 25 by Baseball America and No. 29 by MLB Pipeline; right-handed pitcher Joel Kuhnel, ranked 26th by MLB Pipeline; and right-handed pitcher Ryan Hendrix, ranked 27th by MLB Pipeline.

The Chicago Cubs have several prospects on the lists below, including shortstop Nico Hoerner who is considered the Cubs’ top prospect by Baseball America and No. 2 in the system by MLB Pipeline; right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott, ranked No. 8 for the Cubs by Baseball America and No. 9 by MLB Pipeline; right-handed pitcher Thomas Hatch, No. 17 by MLB Pipeline and No. 22 by Baseball America; first baseman Jared Young, ranked No. 24 by Baseball America; and catcher Jhonny Pereda, ranked No. 26 by Baseball America and No. 29 by MLB Pipeline.

For the Generals, top big-league prospects in the lists below include Chisholm, ranked No. 1 in the Diamondbacks’ system by both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America; catcher Daulton Varsho, ranked No. 3 by Baseball America and No. 4 by MLB Pipeline; second baseman Andy Young, ranked No. 11 by MLB Pipeline and No. 12 by Baseball America; first baseman Pavin Smith, ranked No. 17 by both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America; outfielder Marcus Wilson, ranked No. 20 by Baseball America; and right-handed pitcher Emilio Vargas, ranked No. 16 by MLB Pipeline and No. 25 by Baseball America.

The leaders from the state’s three Southern League teams are:

Batting average (top 10)
P.J. Higgins, c, TNS, .340
Jeffrey Baez, rf, JXN, .311
Taylor Trammell, cf, CHA, .302
Nico Hoerner, ss, TNS, .298
Andy Young, 2b, JXN, .291
Jamie Westbrook, lf, JXN, .269
Alfredo Rodriguez, ss, CHA, .263
Jared Young, 1b, TNS, .262
Charcer Burks, lf, TNS, .259
Jose Siri, cf, CHA, .241

Home Runs (top 10 and ties)
Jazz Chisholm, ss, JXN, 4
Jamie Westbrook, lf, JXN, 4
Robel Garcia, 2b, TNS, 3
Ibandel Isabel, 1b, CHA, 3
Pavin Smith, 1b. JXN, 3
Taylor Trammell, cf, CHA, 3
Jared Young, 1b, TNS, 3
Brantley Bell, 3b, CHA, 2
P.J. Higgins, c, TNS, 2
Jhonny Pereda, c, TNS, 2
Jose Siri, cf, CHA, 2
Daulton Varsho, c, JXN, 2
Marcus Wilson, cf, JXN, 2
Andy Young, 2b, JXN, 2

RBIs (top 10 and ties)
Taylor Trammell, cf, CHA, 13
Jeffrey Baez, rf, JXN, 12
Jose Siri, cf, CHA, 12
Robel Garcia, 2b, TNS, 11
Jared Young, 1b, TNS, 11
Pavin Smith, 1b, JXN, 10
Jamie Westbrook, lf, JXN, 9
Charcer Burks, lf, TNS, 8
Daulton Varsho, c, JXN 8
Jazz Chisholm, ss, JXN, 7
T.J. Friedl, lf, CHA, 7
Ibandel Isabel, 1b, CHA, 7
Marcus Wilson, cf, JXN, 7

Pitching Wins (2 or more)
Jordan Minch, TNS, 3-1
Ryan Atkinson, JXN, 2-0
Ryan Hendrix, CHA, 2-0
Wyatt Short, TNS, 2-0
Aaron Fossas, CHA, 2-1
Bo Takahashi, JXN, 2-1
Manuel Rondon, TNS, 2-2

ERA (top 10)
Tyson Miller, TNS, 0.69
Cory Abbott, TNS, 1.65
Tony Santillan, CHA, 1.84
Emilio Vargas, JXN, 3.43
Sam Lewis, JXN, 3.55
Tejay Antone, CHA, 3.71
Bo Takahashi, JXN, 4.50
Riley Smith, JXN, 5.28
Thomas Hatch, TNS, 5.89
Rob Wooten, CHA, 7.71

Strikeouts (top 10)
Thomas Hatch, TNS, 21
Tony Santillan, CHA, 21
Scott Moss, CHA, 19
Cory Abbott, TNS, 17
Ryan Atkinson, JXN, 17
Joel Kuhnel, CHA, 17
Emilio Vargas, JXN, 17
Michael Kohn, JXN, 15
Tejay Antone, CHA, 14
Riley Smith, JXN, 14

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