Raptors return for 7-game homestand Tuesday; news, notes and promotions

Monday , July 09, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Eventually, the law of averages would catch up to the Ogden Raptors. It just took 24 games.

Ogden saw its winning ways end, perhaps temporarily, when the Raptors dropped the final two games of a five-game set at Grand Junction last week.

For the Raptors (15-9), Monday’s off day precedes a seven-game homestand against Missoula and Helena that begins Tuesday with the first of four games against Missoula (13-11). The Saturday through Monday games are against Helena.

All game times are 7 p.m. except for Sunday’s game against Helena, which starts at 4 p.m.

Vargas, Robinson, Amaya hitting well

Ogden is hitting .299 as a team, which is second behind Idaho Falls (.304) in the league. Part of it has to do with recent call-up Miguel Vargas, who’s batting .500 through his first six games with four doubles and eight RBIs.

Single-A Great Lakes has an abysmal 3-15 second-half record (27-59 overall) and is batting .242 as a team in the Midwest League. Might the Loons get reinforcements from the Raptors?

Outfielder Daniel Robinson, who has only slightly cooled off at the plate, still has a .389 batting average with 10 RBIs, four doubles and two triples through 17 games.

After a tough start to the season, Jacob Amaya is batting .339 with a .481 on-base percentage after a recent six-game hitting streak bumped up his average. 

Not to be forgotten are Ronny Brito (.333), the surging Niko Hulsizer (.333), Jefrey Souffront (.327) and RBI hound Dillon Paulson (.321). Up and down the lineup, the Raptors are lethal.

Leading the way in the South

The Raptors have a one-game lead over Idaho Falls in the South Division, which is effectively a two-game lead since Ogden possesses a tiebreaker advantage against the Chukars.

At this point in the season, such a small lead isn’t a matter of consequence since any team can get hot or go into a nosedive each week.

The South doesn’t have quite the early logjam of the North Division, which has a three-way tie for first place with Great Falls, Helena and Missoula all at 13-11.

All three of those teams have the same home record (9-3) and away record (4-8).

Ogden (3,709) is still leading Idaho Falls (3,113) in average attendance.

The last Brew

This homestand will be the only time the Helena Brewers visit Lindquist Field this season, and it’ll be the last time the Brewers visit Ogden for the foreseeable future.

The Helena Brewers announced last summer that they’re relocating to Colorado Springs in 2019. There may come a time when a minor league team resides in Helena once more, but for now, no more Brew Crew.

Helena does feature the Milwaukee Brewers’ No. 15-rated prospect, shortstop Jean Carmona, and outfielder Je’Von Ward, the Brewers’ 26th-rated prospect by MLB.com.

Pitcher Aaron Ashby was this year’s fourth-round pick in the draft by Milwaukee, and he’s the highest-drafted player from this year’s class on Helena’s roster.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, Missoula’s big-league parent club, failed to sign their first-round pick from this year’s draft. Catcher Nick Dalesandro (10th round) is the highest-drafted player from this year’s draft on Missoula’s team, which doesn’t feature a top-30 prospect.

Promotions

Among promotions during the homestand: Wednesday, the first 500 fans receive a free Raptors poster. Friday, the first 300 fans get a free T-shirt.

Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, are part of Bank of Utah Weekend, where fans can get four free tickets if they show their Bank of Utah debit or credit card.

On Monday, July 16, the first 500 fans get a Corey Seager bobblehead. Seager played for the Raptors in 2012 and was the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year.

You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickcarr_ or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/patrickcarr17.

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