Aaron Shackelford: Two Game Stretch Small Sample of Giant Season

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 It's another week, so that means we are in for another stretch of an offensive explosion by the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

After putting up 21 runs in their Tuesday blowout victory, they took a step back and only managed to score 13 times in their win on Wednesday.

In a game where the Grasshoppers were without their regular double play duo of Nick Gonzales and Liover Peguero, they were going to need someone to step up and produce. So it shouldn't have been a surprise that it was Aaron Shackelford coming through with the big hit(s) this week.

He's done it all season.

The former 14th round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2019, Shackelford isn't a player on the prospect radar, but that hasn't kept him from moving into a tie with Matt Fraizer for the organizational lead in home runs, blasting a grand slam in the Grasshoppers victory on Wednesday.

While hitting a grand slam and then drawing three walks on the night might be good, it's crazy to think that it wasn't even the best night of the week for Shackelford.

The 24-year old left hander hit for the cycle on Tuesday, going 4 for 6 with SEVEN runs batted in for the Grasshoppers.

On the season, Shackelford is batting .212 while sporting a .743 OPS. He has 22 home runs on the season, which is tied for the best in the organization, while also driving in 66 runs. Strikeouts have been a major concern, as Shackelford currently sits in a tie for the sixth most punch outs in all of High-A East.

But even with the high amount of strikeouts, Shackelford has been one of the biggest driving forces on one of the best offenses in all of the minor leagues.

Greensboro's Explosive Offense

It's no surprise that the Greensboro offense is putting up these kind of numbers the past few days, because they've done it all season. The Grasshoppers currently rank first, or are tied for the top spot, in the High-A East in stolen bases, average, and runs scored. 

They also rank second in home runs, slugging percentage, and OPS. 

They've had offensive playmakers up and down the lineup and now that the season is winding down, you can see just how good they have been.

Quinn Priester Pitches Four Innings

It'll be interesting going back and watching the tape on Priester's latest outing, as the stat line wasn't the best he's put out of late. The 20-year old former first round pick went just four innings, allowing seven hits, one earned run (two runs total), while walking one and striking out just three batters.

He allowed the first three batters of the game to reach base by ways of singles. Priester also had a wild pitch. The righty threw 79 pitches, 51 of which were for strikes.

The seven hits weren't ideal, but isn't always an indication of the pitchers performance. Sometimes the hitter just makes a good play on the ball. 

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