2014 was not a season Keith Johnson and the Salt Lake Bees would want to repeat, but it was an effective year in giving young players a chance at the Majors as 33 different players were called up to The Show from Salt Lake over the 2014 season.
The Bees finished with the second worst record in the Pacific Coast League at 60-84. This was mostly effected by never having a full core roster, and a club-record 214 transactions. The Bees did help develop 33 different players who played for the Los Angeles Angels this season.
The Bees offense was among league leaders throughout the season. This is helped by the high elevation of their home park, Smith's Ballpark, in Salt Lake City. The Bees lead the league in batting average and triples, and were in the top three in runs per game, runs, hits, runs batted in, slugging percentage and total bases.
Bees pitching finished last in the league in runs per game, earned run average, hits allowed, runs allowed and multiple other statistics. The Bees allowed 6.15, a league worst, and scored 5.47 per game, third best in the Pacific Coast League.
G - Luis Jimenez, 117 PA - Luis Jimenez, 501 AB - Luis Jimenez, 469 R - Brennan Boesch, 68 H - Luis Jimenez, 134 2B - Luis Jimenez, 34 3B - Shawn O'Malley / J.B. Shuck, 9 HR - Brennan Boesch, 25 RBI - Brennan Boesch, 85 SB - Matt Long, 18 CS - Tony Campana, 9 BB - J.B. Shuck / Efren Navarro, 43 SO - Brennan Boesch, 86 BA - Brennan Boesch, .332 OBP - Efren Navarro, .418 SLG - Brennan Boesch, .636 OPS - Brennan Boesch, 1.017 TB - Brennan Boesch, 238 GDP - J.B. Shuck / Roberto Lopez / Tommy Field, 11 HBP - Roberto Lopez / Shawn O'Malley, 7 SAC - Shawn O'Malley, 9 SF - J.B. Shuck, 9
Brennan Boesch, Pacific Coast League batting title (.332)
Brennan Boesch, first in slugging percentage (.636)
Brennan Boesch, second in OPS (1.017)
Brennan Boesch, third in home runs (25)
Brennan Boesch, fifth in runs batted in (85)
Brennan Boesch, fifth in triples (7)
Brennan Boesch, fifth in total bases (638)
Luis Jimenez, third in doubles (34)
Luis Jimenez, fourth in home runs (21)
Luis Jimenez, sixth in total bases (237)
J.B. Shuck, third in triples (9)
J.B. Shuck, seconds in sacrifice flies (9)
Efren Navarro, third in on base percentage (.418)
Shawn O'Malley, third in sacrifice hits (9)
Shawn O'Malley, fourth in on base percentage (.411)
Vance Albitz, Second Baseman
Albitz, a 5-foot-7 infielder, found a way to make the small game work for him in the hitter friendly PCL. His .325/.349/.485 slash was something unexpected for the mid-season pickup. A 5-for-5 performance in the middle of 2014 was the highlight of the season for Albitz. Albitz put together a .358 batting average from the sixth to ninth innings of games, having his clutch at bats lead to late runs in games.
Brennan Boesch, Outfielder
Boesch couldn't have put together a better season on a poor team, winning the batting title and leading the league in slugging percentage. Boesch put together a 12 and 13-game hit streak at two separate points of the season. Boesch also reached base in ten straight plate appearances at one point during the season, just prior to being called up the big club. Boesch had 36 of his 95 games go for mulit-hit games.
Shawn O'Malley, Utility
O'Malley put together the surprise performance of the season for the Bees with his .330/.411/.475 slash. O'Malley reached base in 75 of his 89 games in 2014, and drew a career high, 39 walks. O'Malley bat .377 from the sixth to ninth innings.
W - Wade LeBlanc, 10
L - Jarrett Grube, 9
ERA - Yoslan Herrera, 2.52
G - Yoslan Herrera, 41
SV - Michael Kohn, 8
IP - Jarrett Grube, 147.1
HR - Jarrett Grube, 26
BB - Wade LeBlanc, 42
SO - Jarrett Grube, 121
HBP - Justin Thomas, 8
WHIP - Yoslan Herrera, 1.340
H/9 - Michael Kohn, 7.4
BB/9 - Caleb Clay, 2.0
K/9 - Ryan Chaffee, 10.9
K/BB - Jeremy Berg, 3.29
Wade LeBlanc, fourth in wins Michael Kohn, fourth in saves Jarrett Grube, eighth in innings pitched
Caleb Clay, Right-Handed Starter
Clay was a mid-season pickup that became a nice surprise for the Bees. In his first five starts, Clay put together a 2.97 earned run average, and shined with a three hit complete game shutout, the only one of the Bees season. While facing lead off batters, Clay limited them to a .208 on base percentage.
Yoslan Herrera, Right-Handed Reliever
Herrera shined as a late pickup for the Angels and Bees. His 2.52 earned run average lead the bullpen as well as his 1.3 WHIP. Herrera had 31 scoreless outings in his 41 appearances, finishing the season with a 14 inning scoreless streak where he allowed just seven base runners.
Wade LeBlanc, Left-Handed Pitcher
LeBlanc was arguably the Bees best starting pitcher, and posted a season 4.43 earned run average. LeBlanc had eight starts where he went a at least five innings, allowing one run or fewer. In May, LeBlanc posted a 2.03 earned run average while limiting batters to a .202 against average. LeBlanc found ways to keep runs off the board with his .214/.290/.482 against slash with runners in scoring position with two outs. Where LeBlanc shined the most was while ahead in counts, limiting batters to a .174/.179/.250 slash.
Kyler Newby, Right-Handed Reliever
Newby found ways to excel in relief, having 60% of his appearances be scoreless. Newby's ERA skyrocketed with a five run appearance and without it, would have been a season 2.90 ERA. Newby began the season with a 1.52 ERA and 1.188 WHIP in his first 13 games.
InsideTheHalos Players of the Year from Salt Lake Bees:
Most Valuable Player : Brennan Boesch
Batter of the Year : Brennan Boesch
Clutch Batter of the Year : Shawn O'Malley
Pitcher of the Year : Wade LeBlanc
Starter of the Year : Wade LeBlanc
Reliever of the Year : Yoslan Herrera
Surprise of the Year : Shawn O'Malley