Burlington Bees : 2015 Recap

Scout.com recaps the 2015 season for the Los Angeles Angels Midwest League affiliate, Burlington Bees. (photo: Travis Berg)

Chad Tracy's managerial debut saw his Burlington Bees fall drastically in the standings after a quick start. Though they couldn't find the win column often, Tracy was able to develop his players from raw professional talent into established players with a future at the higher levels.

After an opening month that saw multiple walk-off wins and 11 one-run games, the Bees began to fall in the standings, and fall quickly. Burlington finished the first half in fourth, second half in sixth and overall fifth in the Western Division, missing a playoff spot.

Burlington finished right around league average in every statistic and couldn't find a real groove at any point in the season. Closest they got to any league leading statistic was in strikeouts, finishing sixth in the league.

Zach Houchins led the Bees in nearly every statistic, finishing the season with a .253/.313/.401 slash, with 69 runs scored, 27 doubles, 14 home runs, and 66 RBI. Houchins flashed his excellence primarily in the latter parts of the season, batting .284 with a .786 OPS from the beginning of July to the end of the season.

2015 draftees, Taylor Ward (first round), David Fletcher (sixth round) and Tim Arakawa (23rd round) provided excitement for the fans in Iowa in the final months of the season. The trio combined for a .294/.380/.392 slash in 523 plate appearances.

The beginning of the season saw a pair of offensive leaders, between Andrew Daniel and Caleb Adams. Both Daniel and Adams were called up to High-A days prior to July beginning, but combined to slash for .281/.358/.429 while in Low-A.

Burlington did get to see it's fair share of starting pitching prospects, as Sean Newcomb and Jeremy Rhoades began their seasons in Low-A. Combined, Newcomb and Rhoades held a 6-5 record, 2.44 ERA, 9.12 K/9 and 1.137 WHIP. Along with Rhoades and Newcomb, Justin Anderson posted a 3.41 ERA and 1.395 WHIP, while upcoming prospect Austin Robichaux saw a 3.74 ERA, having 13 of his 28 starts go for six or more innings, where he held a 1.67 ERA over those 13 games.

Another upcoming pitching prospect spent the summer in Burlington. Eduardo Paredes has flashed excellence since coming stateside, and this season added to it. Paredes posted a team best 1.71 ERA, while collecting 19 saves. In save situations, Paredes held a 0.96 ERA, .184 BAA, and 0.611 WHIP.


STATISTICAL LEADERS:

HITTING:
G : Zach Houchins, 131
R : Zach Houchins, 69
H : Zach Houchins, 125
2B : Zach Houchins, 27
3B : Natanael Delgado / Caleb Adams, 5
HR : Zach Houchins, 14
RBI : Zach Houchins, 66
SB : Michael Hermosillo / Ayendy Perez, 19
BB : Michael Hermosillo, 45
SO : Natanael Delgado, 104
BA : Ayendy Perez, .314
OBP : Caleb Adams, .398
SLG : Andrew Daniel, .432
OPS : Caleb Adams, .823
TB : Zach Houchins, 198
HBP : Wade Wass, 8

PITCHING
G : Jordan Piche, 43
W : Michael Bolaski, 10
L : Michael Bolaski / Keynan Middleton, 11
ERA : Eduardo Paredes, 1.71
SV : Eduardo Paredes, 19
IP : Michael Bolaski, 143.2
BB : Michael Bolaski, 55
SO : Justin Anderson, 112
WHIP : Ronnie Muck, 0.729
H/9 : Ronnie Muck, 4.6
BB/9 : Eric Alonzo, 1.0
K/9 : Jonah Wesely, 12.8
K/BB : Eric Alonzo, 7.50


InsideTheHalos Players of the Year for Burlington Bees:

Most Valuable Player : Zach Houchins
Batter of the Year : Wade Wass
Clutch Batter of the Year : Wade Wass
Pitcher of the Year : Eduardo Paredes
Starter of the Year : Justin Anderson
Reliever of the Year : Eduardo Paredes
Surprise of the Year : Ayendy Perez


Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.



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