The surprising journeyman on the mound who has made the most cash for bettors this season is Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jordan Lyles, who is 5-1 with a 2.81 ERA.
The right-hander was traded by the A’s to the Blue Jays on May 11, ending his brief stint with the Aviators and helping him set a major league record by pitching for his 14th team.
Despite mentoring superstar Bryce Harper and other major league players, longtime Las Vegas High coach Sam Thomas is coaching in the state baseball tournament for the first time.
With average attendance of 9,034 at new Las Vegas Ballpark, the Aviators lead the Pacific Coast League and are on pace to set the league’s highest turnstile count since 2007.
He is 23, hails from the Dominican Republic and leads the Pacific Coast League in hits (54), steals (11) and triples (9), the latter just four off equaling the team record of Joe Thurston in 2002.
The Texas Rangers slugger has more home runs and a higher batting average this season than fellow Las Vegans Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant. And he’s a nice guy to boot.
The Oakland Athletics broadcaster and longtime Henderson resident has co-authored a book that ties in Dallas Braden’s perfect game with his own mother’s suicide.
The first protective tarp in franchise history already is reaping dividends for the Aviators as inclement early season weather rolls into Las Vegas Ballpark.