Social Spotlight/Defensive Spotlight: It was impossible not to include outfielder Willie Argo in both categories this week. The photo, tweeted by the team, showed a play that looked physically crazy to even attempt. Even crazier was that the attempt was successful. Argo, a former 22nd round pick for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012, was released in 2014, but the independent league Saints signed him and the 25-year-old is making the most of opportunity. Big league teams are always watching, and hopefully they got a look at that excellent grab.
Statistical Spotlight: The Charlotte Stone Crabs, High-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, have been impressive out of the gate this season. The team is led by manager Michael Johns, who has a rich history within the organization, and with several players on the team. They've shown strengths in every area, but team pitching has been the star. As reported by team beat writer Josh Vitale, the Stone Crabs 2.12 team ERA is 'the lowest of any team at any level of baseball, majors or minors.' Righty starter Jacob Faria's 1.55 ERA is the lowest on the team, and 2nd lowest in the Florida State League. Ryne Stanek is not far behind with a 1.78 ERA. Stanek's 0.95 WHIP is also good for 6th in the league. Playoffs bound? There's an excellent chance of that. But also keep an eye out for Florida State League All-Star Game announcements. Many Charlotte pitchers are more than earning their name on that roster.