Sean Coyle, 2B
Coyle is back in High-A Salem after an extended absence due to injury, followed by a rehab trip to Low-A Greenville. You will not be shocked to learn that Coyle has combined a low batting average with walks and power in his seven games with Salem since his return: he's hitting under .200 in this stretch, but with a .371 on-base percentage courtesy of eight walks, and with a .154 Isolated Power thanks to a homer and a double among his five hits.
He's in a bit of a weird spot, as he's clearly not finished learning what he needs to at High-A, but now Mookie Betts, who began the year at Low-A, has joined him on the roster. Coyle has been the designated hitter in the last six games, with Betts at second -- one wonders if Betts will end up in Double-A Portland in 201, where there's no competition at the keystone, leaving second to Coyle for what is hopefully a healthy continuation of what was looking to be a solid year.
Henry Ramos, OF
Ramos had been doing so well around mid-season, but August has continued to be a struggle. He's not at just .233/.310/.405 since the All-Star break, and much of it has to do with his performance against right-handed pitching. The switch-hitting Ramos has a .230 ISO against southpaws, but hasn't shown quite the same pop from the left side, slugging just .394 with a .141 ISO.
It should be pointed out, though, that this is a step up from last year, even if it's not quite where you want Ramos to be. In 2012, he posted a .238/.307/.349 line against right-handed pitchers in his second go of things for Low-A Greenville, whereas the only problem this season seems to be the lack of power, as he's at .251/.336/.394. The fact he's taken a bit of a step forward even with a promotion is a good sign, and if he can continue to make incremental improvements from the left side, the splits won't seem like a problem.
Mike Augliera, RHP
Augliera had been rolling for two months, bringing his ERA down and starting to look like he would be finished with High-A in no time. That's still a possibility, but things look a bit worse after giving up seven runs in 3-2/3 innings on Monday night -- that one appearance brought his ERA up from 4.02 to 4.40, and jumped his ERA over his last 10 starts by a full run.
The ball just continued to find holes, as Augliera walked two batters and struck out a pair, and all without giving up a homer thanks to keeping the ball on the ground. He allowed eight hits, though, far too many for such a short outing, and it shows in the box score. As said, he's been doing very well lately, so it wouldn't be surprising to see his next start(s) go according to plan. There are still the occasional moments like this, though, where Augliera's command looks like it could still use some work in its quest to catch up to his control.
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