The High-A Wilmington offense has sputtered for much of the first half, but shortstop Humberto Arteaga has been on FIRE (and the Blue Rocks offense seems to be coming alive).
Arteaga struggled like everyone else to start the season in a return trip back to Wilmington, hitting just .200 in the month of April. His average dropped to .188, but on May 13th in Salem, things started to turn around.
He went 3-for-4 that night in Salem to begin a seven-game hitting streak (in which there were five straight multi-hit games). He had nine multi-hit games from May 13th through May 30th (in a total of 16 games). Since May 13th, Arteaga has a hit in every game but two.
June started just the way May ended for Arteaga, with him hitting. Prior to last night’s suspended game, he is 9-for-14 in three June games. That included a 5-for-6 night in Friday’s game.
“I was fighting every singe at-bat,” Arteaga said following Friday night’s game. “Last month was good…This month so far I’ve been good…I don’t want to give at-bats away and I’ve been working on that.”
“I think it’s all about the confidence and having fun,” Arteaga continued. “You know, our first month as a team was not good, but we’re coming together now. We’re having fun and we’re fighting.”
Despite how hot he was, Arteaga proved he is human, striking out in his final plate appearance on Friday night in the 10th inning. He gave Lynchburg reliever Trevor Frank credit. “He got me there. I was late on the fastball.”
The offense coming from Arteaga is a great addition to the stellar defense he plays at shortstop. In 49 total games (though he has played some second base), he has seven errors. However, he has not committed an error since May 14th (when he made two). That is a 17-game errorless streak.
“He’s been playing good for awhile,” Blue Rocks manager Jamie Quirk said about Arteaga. “He has seen guys go up levels ahead of him and he wants to be one of those guys and he’s making a statement like ‘hey what about me’. He’s doing his thing and time will tell, but he’s putting himself on the radar.”
Right now, no one is more deserving of a promotion than Arteaga.
You can watch the entire interview below: