Final Appy League Standings on Twins outfield wall
Here is a closer look inside the Cardinals 42-24 record:
Longest win streak: 8 games (twice)
Longest losing streak: 3 games (three times)
Record in 24 regular season series: 16-8
Record in one-run games: 12-8
Series sweeps: 7 (one was a one game series)
Swept: Three times (two were one game series)
Record against West Division: 24-14
Record against East Division: 18-10
Home record: 17-15
Road record: 25-9
2010 Appalachian League All-Star Team
The votes were due by Noon on
Wednesday August 25 and the winners were announced the next day. The Johnson City Cardinals led the league in All-Star selections by winning six of the seventeen
positions (shown below). Cody Stanley won for catcher, giving
|Catcher||Cody Stanley||Johnson City|
|First Baseman||Marcus Nidiffer||Greeneville Astros|
|Second Baseman||Drew Lee||Bristol White Sox|
|Third Baseman||Ramon Morla||Pulaski Mariners|
|Shortstop||Andrelton Simmons||Danville Braves|
|Utility Infielder||Jorge Agudelo||Pulaski Mariners|
|Outfielder||Oswaldo Arcia||Elizabethton Twins|
|Outfielder||Oscar Taveras||Johnson City|
|Outfielder||Javier Rodriguez||Kingsport Mets|
|Utility Outfielder||Jose Rivero||Pulaski Mariners|
|Designated Hitter||Chris Wallace||Greeneville Astros|
|Right-handed Pitcher||Tim Boyce||Pulaski Mariners|
|Left-handed Pitcher||Ryan Copeland||Johnson City|
|Relief Pitcher||Hector Corpas||Johnson City|
|Player of the Year||Oswaldo Arcia||Elizabethton Twins|
|Pitcher of the Year||Ryan Copeland||Johnson City|
|Manager of the Year||Mike Shildt||Johnson City|
L to R: Shildt, Copeland, Corpas, Taveras, Stanley
Pulaski, the East Division regular season champions, took the second most positions with four. Perhaps emphasizing the strength of the West Division, all five teams were represented and 12-of the-17 positions (70 percent) were won by the West. To further emphasize the strength of the West, they finished with a 15 game lead over the East (82-67). Three teams in the East, the Princeton Rays, the Bluefield Orioles, and the Burlington Royals, were shut out by the voters. I voted for 8-of the-11 All-Stars spots that were not filled by Cardinals. The other three were in my top three at their positions.
injuries derailed the All-Star hopes of two Cardinals. 1B/DH David
Greg Garcia (2B), Kleininger Teran (DH), and Packy Elkins (U-INF) each had good enough years to at least be considered for selection by many voters. The Cardinals struggled with season long consistency from their right-handed starting pitchers, two of their outfield positions, their utility outfielder, and their shortstop.
The Appy League Championship
roster saw a total of 20 batters and 19 pitchers (39 players) during the 2010
season. P Zack Russell was not
included in the count even though he started the season in
Cardinals wait in the dugout for announcement of the starting lineup
Of the 39 players who contributed
Three of the eight batters that
played for more than one level were promoted from
One of the eight batters (Steven Ramos) started out at
One of the eight batters that
played for more than one level was promoted to
Three of the eight batters that played for more than one level were promoted from the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Cardinals to Johnson City near the end of the season. Anthony Garcia, Starlin Rodriguez, and Roberto De La Cruz had most of their ABs with the GCL Cardinals and are eligible for GCL Cardinal Player of the Year honors.
Tyrell Jenkins and Cody Stanley wait in the bullpen for completion of local ROTC pregame activities prior to Jenkins' pro debut
Two of the three pitchers that
played for more than one level were moved during the second week of the
season. P Dean Kiekhefer made one
start, a loss, out of the tandem system in
The last pitcher to play at more
than one level was also the tenth tandem starter for
Batters Eligible for Johnson City Player of the Year (14): Phil Cerreto, David Medina, Juan Castillo, Oscar Taveras, Cody Stanley, Kleininger Teran, Virgil Hill, Greg Garcia, Reggie Williams, Packy Elkins, Travis Tartamella, Romulo Ruiz, Roberto Reyes, and Cesar Valera.
Pitchers Eligible for Johnson City Pitcher of the Year (11): Ryan Copeland, Trevor Rosenthal, Kevin Siegrist, Boone Whiting, Jeff Nadeau, Angel De Jesus, Tyrell Jenkins, Cale Johnson, Charllan Jimenez, Hector Hernandez, and Pat Daugherty.
Injuries and Lost Playing Time
Twelve of the 39 players lost
playing time either in the field or at the plate during the season. Three of the injuries resulted in
significant lost time (
Jaycee poses with a young Cardinals fan on the field.
P Bob Revesz suffered some stiffness and soreness in his pitching arm after his second relief appearance of the year (Game 7). Revesz missed 13 games (3 or 4 appearances).
C Juan Castillo took a foul tip
off of his throwing hand while catching during the ninth inning of Game 9
LF Chris Edmondson missed Games 9 through 13 (five consecutive games). It was not due to injury according to Manager Mike Shildt.
1B David Medina suffered a right
hamstring injury in the eighth inning of Game 14 against
2B/SS Greg Garcia was slightly injured while turning a double play in the fourth inning of Game 23 in Pulaski. Garcia missed the next two games and finally appeared as a pinch hitter late in Game 26.
P Trevor Rosenthal experienced some pain in his right pitching elbow after his longest start of the year in Game 24. Doctors prescribed rest. Rosenthal was removed from the piggyback pitching system and his pairing with Charllan Jimenez. Rosenthal rehabbed and returned to the tandem system in Game 43 on a reduced pitch count. "Rosie" missed about three starts and about 20-25 innings with the injury. Rosenthal was able to build back up to 56 pitches in his third start after the injury however; he looked like he was laboring toward the end of his appearance in Game 53. Rosenthal made four more relief appearances, including two important ones in the playoffs, to finish the year. His longest outing of the last four was 33 pitches.
P Chris Patterson experienced a
little bit of tendinitis in his pitching arm after his last appearance on
Wednesday July 21 in Game 29.
Shortly after Game 47 on Monday night August 9, Patterson decided to
baseball. He packed up his bags and left for his
RF/1B Phil Cerreto was hit on the back of his left
hand with the
first pitch of his fifth inning at bat against Elizabethton during Game 38. Cerreto almost immediately went down to
one knee in pain after contact. He
was removed from the game after a brief evaluation from team trainer Michael
Petrarca and Manager Mike Shildt.
Shildt told me after Game 39 that x-rays were negative and that Cerreto
was "day-to-day". Cerreto missed
two games after the swelling reduced and returned to play Monday August 2 in
Game 41 against Greeneville.
Cerreto was hit again in Game 44, again in the fifth inning, and again
near the left hand/wrist. Cerreto
stayed in Game 44 and even hit a home run two innings later against
P Charllan Jimenez missed his scheduled start in Game 49 on Wednesday August 11 due to sickness. Jimenez returned to his normal spot in the tandem rotation in Game 55 on Friday August 20.
P Hector Corpas felt a little "tenderness" (per Manager Mike Shildt) in his pitching arm after Game 58. Corpas did not undergo any specific treatment for any ailment. The Cardinals rested him for four days (probably one missed appearance) in an abundance of caution.
OF Virgil Hill was hit in the right hand by a pitch in the tenth inning of Game 64 against the Bluefield Orioles on Sunday August 29. He was removed from the game in the eleventh inning after running the bases in the tenth. He was diagnosed with a bad bruise (no break) and was rested for the final two regular season games of the year and most of the first two playoff games. Hill made up for lost time by leading all batters in post season play with three home runs.
RF Roberto Reyes was hit in the left foot with a pitch in the last game of the regular season (Game 66). He was removed immediately from the meaningless game by Manager Mike Shildt. Reyes started the next night in the playoffs.
Tandem Starting Pitchers
Listed below were the pairings for
1A/1B: LHP Hector Hernandez/LHP Ryan Copeland
2A/2B: RHP Angel De Jesus/LHP Pat Daugherty
3A/3B: RHP Cale Johnson/Bullpen and RHP Trevor Rosenthal (Week 6)
4A/4B: RHP Trevor Rosenthal (Weeks 1-4) and LHP Kevin Siegrist (Week 5)/LHP Dean Kiekhefer (Week 1) and RHP Charllan Jimenez (Week 2)
5A/5B/5C: RHP Boone Whiting/LHP Jeff Nadeau/RHP Tyrell Jenkins (Week 9)
Pitching Coach Doug White watches Kevin Siegrist's playoff bullpen warm-up
The playoff rotation went down to these four pitchers:
1: LHP Ryan Copeland
2: RHP Cale Johnson
3: RHP Boone Whiting
4: LHP Kevin Siegrist
AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS is a "line" consisting of batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage/on-base plus slugging percentage. Sometimes, the "line" includes only the first three. The bigger the numbers the better.
L to R: Jake (Bat Boy), Greg Garcia (standing), Chris Edmondson, and Packy Elkins
AB is at-bat. To be considered a league leader in the Appy League, a batter needed to maintain a minimum of 2.7 plate appearances per team-game. That corresponds to roughly 160+ ABs.
IP is innings pitched. To be considered a league leader in the Appy League, a pitcher needed to maintain a minimum of 0.8 IP per "league"-game. That corresponds to 54 and two thirds IP. With a piggy-back or tandem starting pitching system, the maximum number of IP is roughly 59.
K and SO are a strikeout.
WHIP is walks plus hits per inning pitched. The lower the better. 1.0 or below is considered very good.
BAA is batting average allowed. The lower the better since it is a pitching stat.
SO/9 is strikeouts per nine innings pitched. These are almost always higher for relievers. The bigger the better.
SV is a save. The more the better.
GO/AO is ground out per air out. With the Cardinal organizational preference of pitchers "pitching to contact" with a good sinker, the bigger the GO/AO, the better. A pitcher with a GO/AO of two or greater relies heavily on a sinker such as a slider, cut fastball, or 2-seam fastball.
RISP is runners in scoring position (second or third base).
The youngest team in the Appy League (20.1 batters' average age) was also the best of the ten teams. The offense finished in first place in the league in eleven different categories: batting average (.287), on-base percentage (.355), slugging (.438), on-base plus slugging (.793), hits, runs, runs per game, doubles, RBIs, walks, and total bases. The Cardinal hitters finished with the fourth fewest strikeouts in the league. They were second in triples and fourth in home runs. They were seventh in stolen bases and second in caught stealing. That left them with the fourth best stolen base percentage (68.5%). They were seventh in grounding into double plays and last in sacrifice hits.
The weekly team batting averages are shown below in the table. The total excludes the post season (PS) averages. The post season sweep (4-0, .342 AVG) and a Week 5 (5-2, .340 AVG) that included games with 20 and 19 hits were their two best weeks.
Team Weekly Batting Averages
Longest Hit Streak: Romulo Ruiz (17 games)
Longest Streak of Games with Double Digit Hits: 10 (Games 18-27)
Most Hits in a Game: 20 (Game 31)
Most Runs in a Game: 20 (Postseason Game 2)
The fifth youngest team in the Appy League (20.7 pitchers' average age) finished near the middle of the pack in most categories. The major exceptions were walks, saves, and holds. The pitching staff allowed the fewest walks of any of the ten pitching staffs in the league:
2.0 walks per nine innings pitched (BB/9): 1st
42 wins: 1st
25 saves: 1st
31 holds: 1st
4.24 strikeouts per walk (SO/BB): 2nd
8.4 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (SO/9): 3rd
1.23 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP): 4th
3.72 earned run average (ERA): 5th
9.1 hits per nine innings pitched (H/9): 6th
0.7 home runs allowed per nine innings pitched (HR/9): 7th
As a team during the regular season, the pitchers grounded out 26.6 percent of the batters they faced, struck out 22.0 percent, and walked 5.2%. The relievers finished the season allowing 34 percent of the inherited runners to score. The pitchers led the league in wins (by one), saves (by six), and holds (by thirteen).
L to R: Drew Benes, Tyrell Jenkins, Iden Nazario, Boone Whiting, and Aidan Lucas
The weekly team pitching averages are shown below in the table. The total excludes the post season (PS) averages. The post season sweep (4-0, 2.00 ERA) and a Week 10 (6-1, 1.77 ERA) that included a shutout and six games of three runs allowed or less were their two best weeks. The team averages would have been near the league leaders if it were not for a rough Week 4-6 three-week period in which the team was 10-10.
Team Weekly Pitching Averages
Left-Handed Pitchers (6):
Right-Handed Pitchers (9):
Regular Season League Leading Hitters
LF/CF Oscar Taveras (.322) was a league leader in eight different offensive categories: batting average (.322, 3rd), RBIs (43, tied 4th), slugging (.526, 5th), total bases (111, tied 5th), OPS (.889, 6th), hits (68, 6th), home runs (8, tied 7th), and runs (39, tied 9th).
C Cody Stanley (.321) was also a league leader in eight different offensive categories: batting average (.321, 4th), OBP (.380, 5th), hits (67, tied 7th), triples (5, tied 7th), OPS (.878, 7th), RBIs (39, tied 7th), total bases (104, 8th), and slugging (.498, 9th).
Lee Landers and Johnson City Cardinals celebrate
2B/SS Greg Garcia (.290) was second in the league in runs (49) and tenth in OBP (.363).
DH/3B/1B Romulo Ruiz (.256) led the league in walks (34) and was fourth in doubles (19).
1B/DH/3B Kleininger Teran (.303) was tenth in the league in batting average.
OF/1B/DH Phil Cerreto (.425) finished tenth in the league in RBIs (38).
CF Reggie Williams (.269) was sixth in the league in triples (6) and hit ZERO doubles in 134 at bats.
Regular Season League Leading Pitchers
Hector Corpas (0-1, 2.13 ERA) led the league in saves (17), games finished (21), and games (24).
Aidan Lucas (2-1, 3.32 ERA) led the league in holds (7) and games (24).
Boone Whiting (5-3, 3.50 ERA) was tied for fifth in the league in strikeouts (68). Whiting missed qualifying for the league leaders in WHIP (1.09, would have been 9th) by just two thirds of an inning pitched.
Ryan Copeland (7-0, 1.86 ERA) was tied for second in the league in wins (7). Copeland missed qualifying for the league leaders in both WHIP (0.86, would have been 1st) and ERA (1.86, would have been 1st) by just one and one third innings pitched.
Chris Patterson (4, tied for second), Drew Benes (3, tied for sixth), and Charllan Jimenez (3, tied for sixth) were among the league leaders in holds.
Dyar Miller: Important "alone time" in bullpen
Top Playoff Performers
If only one hitting statistic had
to be chosen to explain why
Four umpires for the playoffs was really nice!
As a team, the Cardinal batters were 50-for-146 (.342). Oscar Taveras (.500) was second in the playoffs in batting average and Greg Garcia (.467) was third.
As a team, the Cardinal batters posted a .402 on base percentage. Greg Garcia (.526) was second in the playoffs and Oscar Taveras (.500) was tied for third.
Phil Cerreto was first in runs scored (six) while Cody Stanley and Greg Garcia tied for second with five each.
Kleininger Teran was tied for second in hits with Greg Garcia (seven each) while Oscar Taveras was first (eight).
Packy Elkins and Kleininger Teran each tied for second in doubles with two each.
Virgil Hill was first in home runs (three) and Cody Stanley was second with two.
Oscar Taveras, Virgil Hill, Travis Tartamella, and Roberto Reyes all tied for the lead in RBIs with five each. This statistic alone probably best exemplifies the true team effort put forth by this year's team.
Virgil Hill was first in total bases (14).
Cody Stanley was first in walks with four while Phil Cerreto and Romulo Ruiz tied for second with three each.
The pitching was almost equally as impressive. The staff combined for a 2.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 1.0 BB/9, and 9.3 K/9. They led the league with three holds and one save.
Kevin Siegrist was second in WHIP (0.45) and third in ERA (1.35).
Boone Whiting was tied for third (ranked by innings pitched) in BB/9 (0.00).
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