The Salt Lake Bees have been a bit of an enigma this season.
On the one hand they are one of the highest scoring teams in the Pacific Coast League.
On the other hand they have the second worst team ERA.
Yet, in keeping with the PCL’s reputation as a hitter’s league, they sit in first place in the Pacific Northern Division with a 70-52 record. Salt Lake leads second-place Tacoma (64-58) by six games.
There is no can’t-miss prospect here, nor any overly remarkable veterans. On a team without stars, the Bees simply have a grind-it-out approach that tends to overwhelm lesser teams.
They do not have an abundance of power — only three players, one of whom is still active, have 10 or more home runs — but do have a strong hitting lineup.
Salt Lake’s pitching might not have pretty stats, but the Bees have gotten the job done more often than not.
They represent a formidable opponent for the Albuquerque Isotopes, opening a four-game series Monday night at 6:30.