The La Crosse Loggers might be struggling as a team in the standings (18-28 overall, 4-8 in the second half), but there are a number of different individuals that are having standout seasons at the Lumberyard this summer.
Third baseman David Villar is hitting a robust .324 over 33 games for the Loggers this summer, with a team-leading eight home runs and 26 RBI at the break. He’s also going to be representing La Crosse at the home run derby and All-Star game in Wausau tonight. The Loggers video crew put together this highlight reel of a few of his dingers from this season.
— La Crosse Loggers (@LoggersBaseball) July 17, 2017
Pitcher Derik Beauprez, who will also represent the Loggers in the All-Star game, has the best ERA of the starting pitching staff at 2.75 to go with 35 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. Originally selected in the 2013 MLB Draft, Beauprez has had a bit of a rocky collegiate campaign, but seems to have found a groove this summer in the NWL.
— La Crosse Loggers (@LoggersBaseball) July 18, 2017
One of my favorite players to watch has been catcher Korey Lee, who has provided excellent defense for the Loggers behind the plate and is certainly holding his own with a .298 batting average, and has eight doubles and is tied with Villar with 26 RBI for the team lead.
Kennie Taylor has also been fun to watch in centerfield, as he just might be the fasted player ever to put on a Loggers uniform. He is hitting .320 and “only” has five stolen bases, but his prowess in the outfield night in and night out has been a lot of fun to watch.
Mitchell Morimoto and Luke Rasmussen have provided a boost in their limited time with the Lumbermen, hitting .441 and .377, respectively, but each has been dinged up a little bit in their time in La Crosse.
More likely than not, it will need to be the offense that carries the Loggers in the second half of the season. They’ve received quality pitching performances here and there, but they haven’t been as consistent as necessary in order to compete in the high-caliber league that they are in.