Carlos Correa is comfortably settling into his new home on the Quad-Cities lineup card.
The River Bandits shortstop was moved from the two hole to the three hole in the batting order a little over a month ago and the top overall selection in baseball’s 2012 draft didn’t miss a beat, continuing to grow as a hitter as his first full season progresses.
Correa has hit .462 over his last 10 games, helped by a 12-for-18 four-game series at the plate against Cedar Rapids which has raised his season average to .332 and ranks third among Midwest League batters.
“He’s going to hit no matter where he is in the batting order,’’ River Bandits manager Omar Lopez said. “He’s one of those players who knows what he is doing at the plate, knows how to approach every at-bat. We’ve seen that all season from him.’’
Throughout much of the first half, Correa was slotted into the second spot in the order behind Teoscar Hernandez in hopes that he would see more fastballs early in the count.
The move to the third slot, which took place shortly after the start of the second half, was designed to give Correa a chance to see more breaking pitches.
Lopez said that has worked out as expected as the River Bandits have moved deeper into the season.
“The three hole will probably be his spot down the road, but the main thing we are looking for from Carlos is for him to remain consistent and to stay gap to gap with his hitting,’’ Lopez said. “He’s doing everything we hoped he would do. He works at it and prepares the right way.’’
AUGUST HEAT: Clinton’s Ketel Marte has sizzled at the plate during the first week of August.
Since being named Monday as the Midwest League player of the week, the LumberKings middle infielder put together back-to-back three-hit games.
Heading into the start of a series Wednesday at Quad-Cities, Marte has hit .667 over his last nine games with hits in 24-of-36 at bats. The native of the Dominican Republic has had two four-hit games, four three-hit games and two two-hit games during that stretch.
DELIVERING: Two former River Bandits are among players earning weekly honors elsewhere in the minors this week.
Peoria pitcher Dixon Llorens, who pitched for Quad-Cities in 2012, became a rare reliever to earn Midwest League pitcher of the week recognition. Llorens has not allowed a run since June 14, a stretch covering 16 innings of work and his last 10 relief appearances for the Chiefs.
Jonathan Rodriguez, a member of the River Bandits’ 2011 league championship team, was named as the Florida State League player of the week after batting .462 last week for Palm Beach. Rodriguez had three doubles and two doubles during the week.
A MINOR MEMORY: A youth diamond in Appleton, Wis., will no longer be known as Alex Rodriguez Field following his suspension for using performance enhancing drugs.
The Fox Cities Sports Authority has stripped the diamond of the name it has had since 2003, an honor intended to recognize the fact that Rodriguez began his professional career in 1994 with the Appleton Foxes.
Rodriguez actually played his first game in the Midwest League in Davenport, charged with one error in his debut with the Foxes in the 1994 season opener against the River Bandits at what was then known as John O’Donnell Stadium.
ON THE SHELF: Kane County’s Albert Almora, the Cubs’ first-round draft pick in 2012, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday because of a groin injury.
Through 61 games since joining the Cougars in late May after a hamate injury delayed the start of his season, Almora currently leads the team with a .329 batting average and .376 on-base percentage.
ASTROS HONORS: Rio Ruiz and Jordan Jankowski have received Quad-Cities player of the month honors for July from the Houston organization.
Ruiz enjoyed his best month of the season at the plate for the River Bandits. The third baseman hit .279 for the month with six doubles, one triple and three homers while driving in 15 runs.
Jankowski, promoted earlier this week to high-A Lancaster, had a 1.83 ERA during July. He walked one batter in six outings covering 19.2 innings of work.
POWER OUTAGE: In the past week, the promotion of Peoria infielders Jacob Wilson and Patrick Wisdom by the Cardinals to high-A Palm Beach has moved players who accounted for 25 of the Chiefs’ 58 home runs and 134 of the team’s RBI this season.
Wilson was promoted last week, while Wisdom was reassigned following Tuesday’s game against Burlington. Wisdom led Peoria with 13 home runs this season.
Quad-Cities River Bandits
Today: vs. Clinton, 7 p.m. (Tattoo Night presented by Scorpions Den, Vegas Night, Thirst-Day Thursday beverage discounts)
Friday: vs. Clinton, 7 p.m. (Autism Awareness photo jersey auction, postgame fireworks)
Saturday: vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (Vince Coleman bobblehead giveaway, Fan Appreciation Night, Pimp My Ride Night)
Sunday: vs. Wisconsin, 5 p.m. (Joe Mauer bobblehead giveaway, Flat screen Family Sunday, Bark in the Park)
Monday: vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (Munchie Monday all-you-can-eat concessions specials, Buffalo Community Night)
Wednesday: at Clinton, 7 p.m.
Today: at Quad-Cities, 7 p.m.
Friday: at Quad-Cities, 7 p.m.
Saturday: vs. Peoria, 6 p.m. (Skyline Center 50th anniversary, postgame concert by Slough Boys)
Sunday: vs. Peoria, 2 p.m. (Family Day, All Faiths Day)
Monday: vs. Peoria, 7 p.m. (Mouthwatering Monday concessions discounts, Miller Lite Manic Monday)
Wednesday: vs. Quad-Cities, 7 p.m. (McDonalds/Mediacom LumberKings card strip giveaway No. 7, Louie’s Grand Slam ticket package)
BY THE NUMBERS
Clinton’s Midwest League-best team batting average during the first week of August. The next closest team during that stretch is Wisconsin, which hit .324 as a team. The hot start to the month has the LumberKings on top of the league batting charts at .268.
Combined number of top-20 prospects from the Astros and Twins organizations who were on the field during the recently-completed four-game series between Quad-Cities and Cedar Rapids.
COMING TO THE QC
Dario Pizzano: The Clinton outfielder leads the LumberKings with 108 hits and 57 RBI this season. A 15th-round draft pick in the 2012 draft, Piazzano is currently second on the team with a .301 batting average.
Victor Roache: Homering in three of his last four games, the outfielder currently leads Wisconsin with 18 homers on the season. Hitting .249 and ranked as the seventh-best prospect in the Brewers organization, Roache was a first-round pick of Milwaukee in 2012.
Converted catcher David Carpenter is in the midst of a strong season in the bullpen for the Atlanta Braves.
Carpenter is currently 3-0 with a 1.90 ERA in 30 relief appearances for the Braves, striking out 48 batters and walking 15 while limiting batters to a .203 average.
Carpenter spent two seasons in the Quad-Cities, batting .280 as a catcher for the River Bandits in 2008 before St. Louis converted him to the mound. He returned to the River Bandits in 2009, going 5-3 with a 4.28 ERA and saves in 12-of-14 opportunities.