2010 Johnson City Cardinals Team Review

Manager Mike Shildt raises the Appalachian League Championship Trophy and celebrates with his team after sweeping the playoffs and ending a very successful 2010 season.

Johnson City won the 2010 Appalachian League Championship for the first time in 34 years after sweeping both rounds of the playoffs.  They were the first of five different Cardinal minor league teams to compete in the playoffs and they were the first and only team to win a post season Championship as a Cardinals' affiliate.  Johnson City beat the Burlington Royals in the first round by scores of 8-4 and 20-2 and then swept the Elizabethton Twins by scores of 7-2 and 6-2.


Johnson City (42-24, .636 win percentage) also clinched the regular season title and the top seed in the playoffs in the five-team Western Division of the Appalachian League.  Johnson City had the best record in the Appalachian League and finished a slim one game lead over the second place Elizabethton Twins.  It was their best winning percentage finish since 1986 (.667) and their most wins since 1996 (42-26).



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 Johnson City back-to-back All-Star back stops with Robert Stock winning the award in 2009.  Stanley's closest competition (Chris Wallace of the Greeneville Astros/Tri-City Valley Cats) won for designated hitter.  Oscar Taveras won for outfielder.  Taveras was clearly one of the top three outfielders in the league.  Ryan Copeland won for left handed pitcher and Pitcher of the Year.  Copeland led the league (both lefties and righties) in ERA and WHIP.  Hector Corpas won for relief pitcher, giving Johnson City back-to-back All-Star closers with David Kington winning last year.  Corpas led the league in saves.  Mike Shildt won Manager of the Year.  The five winners (pictured below) were honored with plaques from the Johnson City Sports Foundation (JCSF) before the game on Saturday August 28. 


Position  Player  Team 
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. 


Unfortunately, injuries derailed the All-Star hopes of two Cardinals.  1B/DH David Medina and 1B/RF Phil Cerreto both dropped off the minimum plate appearances needed to appear among the league leaders.  Both were leading the league in several offensive categories for short times during the year.  A hamstring injury for Medina and a fractured wrist for Cerreto kept them from receiving votes from the media covering many teams. 


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.  


Roster Changes


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 Johnson City.  Russell was reassigned from Batavia before the first game in exchange for Cale Johnson. OF Joey Hage was also not included in the count.  Hage was released during Week 5 after being listed on the roster as "reserved" at the start of the season.



Cardinals wait in the dugout for announcement of the starting lineup


Of the 39 players who contributed to Johnson City's league championship, 12 batters and 16 pitchers played the entire Appy League season.  That was far better than the 18-of-40 players that put time in elsewhere during last year's season.  


Three of the eight batters that played for more than one level were promoted from Johnson City to Batavia.  Infielder Colin Walsh was the first to go.  Walsh, who was promoted to Batavia during Week 2, actually finished his season with Quad Cities.  Since Walsh had most of his at bats (ABs) with Quad Cities, he will be considered for Quad Cities Player of the Year.  During Week 7, two more batters headed north.  C Juan Castillo, who appeared in just 32 games this year (16 each with Batavia and Johnson City), will be in the running for Johnson City Player of the Year.  Castillo was promoted to Batavia as an injury replacement.  After playing in the New York-Penn League playoffs, Castillo was again an injury replacement promotion, this time from Batavia to Quad Cities.  LF Chris Edmondson, who had a great year over more than 100 ABs with Johnson City, will be eligible for Batavia Player of the Year honors.  Edmondson was promoted to Batavia at the same time that Walsh was promoted from Batavia to Quad Cities. 


One of the eight batters (Steven Ramos) started out at Johnson City (six games) but was reassigned to the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Cardinals during Week 2.  Ramos was promoted back to Johnson City at the end of the season just before the playoffs started.  Since Ramos had most of his ABs in Florida, he is eligible for GCL Cardinal Player of the Year honors. 


One of the eight batters that played for more than one level was promoted to Johnson City from the GCL Cardinals after playing in just seven games.  18-Year old Dominican OF Oscar Taveras essentially switched places with OF Steven Ramos.  Since most of Taveras' ABs were with Johnson City, he will be eligible for Johnson City Player of the Year honors. 


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.


Johnson City began the season with just nine of their ten tandem pitching spots filled so it seemed likely that they would add a pitcher to the system before the end of the year.  Many speculated and hoped that an early signing of Tyrell Jenkins or completion of US visa paperwork for Carlos Matias might allow them to fill the vacant spot.  However, Jenkins signed late and Matias' visa issue dragged on. 



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 Johnson City before being promoted to Quad Cities as a reliever.  Since most of Kiekhefer's innings pitched (IPs) were in the Midwest League, he will be eligible for Quad Cities Reliever of the Year honors.  P Charllan Jimenez was promoted into the Johnson City tandem starting pitcher system from the GCL to replace Kiekhefer. 


The last pitcher to play at more than one level was also the tenth tandem starter for Johnson City.  After Batavia starting pitcher Kevin Siegrist got off to a rough start in the NYPL, he was reassigned from Batavia to Johnson City.  Although Siegrist split his time equally in games (seven each with Batavia and Johnson City), he will be competing for Johnson City Pitcher of the Year since he threw 32.2 of his 53.2 innings in the Appy League. 


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. 


Pitchers Eligible for Johnson City Reliever of the Year (7):  Hector Corpas, Aidan Lucas, Drew Benes, Bob Revesz, Iden Nazario, Francisco Guzman, and Chris Patterson, who retired during the season. 


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 (Medina, Cerreto, and Rosenthal). 



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 against Bristol.  Although Castillo batted in the bottom of the ninth, he missed the next three games in a row.


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 Danville.  Medina had to stretch, almost doing the splits toward right field, to catch a thrown ball from 3B Romulo Ruiz.  Unfortunately, his injury did not respond well to treatment.  Medina returned to the starting lineup as a DH in Game 46 against Elizabethton.  Although Medina returned to first base in Game 50 against Greeneville, he was clearly not yet 100 percent.  His right upper leg was heavily wrapped and he was clearly favoring his right leg when he ran the bases.  Medina again missed Games 57 through 64 due to the same hamstring injury.  He played the last two games of the regular season after Johnson City clinched the regular season championship.  He was also a late inning defensive substitute in the 20-2 playoff blowout of Burlington.  Medina missed about 40 games (almost two thirds of the season) due to the injury. 


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 retire from baseball.  He packed up his bags and left for his hometown of Laurinburg, NC on Tuesday August 10 after staying up most of Monday night trying to make a decision about his future.  When I interviewed him at "Meet the Cardinals" in late June, he confirmed that he was interested in continuing his education and becoming a physical therapist.  Perhaps his down time with tendinitis helped him determine his future. 


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 Bristol in his only at bat after being hit.  Cerreto had a compression wrap on his left hand, wrist, and lower forearm prior to Game 45 on Saturday August 7.  A couple of days later, it was confirmed that Cerreto had fractured his hand.  Amazingly, while playing between the two hit-by-pitches to the hand, Cerreto was named Appalachian League Player of the Week (Aug 2-8) for the second time this year.  His cast (pictured below) was removed on Tuesday August 24.  Cerreto began rehab immediately and he made a quick recovery.  He was a late inning defensive replacement in left field on Sunday August 29 in the eleventh inning and then had his first at bat (a single) in the last regular season game of the year.  Cerreto started in the playoffs but missed 23 games (about one third of the season) due to the injury.



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 Johnson City in 2010.  The pairings began with just nine members, expanded to ten after the addition of LHP Kevin Siegrist and the return of RHP Trevor Rosenthal from elbow soreness, and then ended at eleven with the addition of RHP Tyrell Jenkins. 


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).  


Team Batting


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

1 0.269 0.347 0.400 0.747
2 0.239 0.295 0.354 0.649
3 0.329 0.412 0.574 0.986
4 0.296 0.374 0.479 0.853
5 0.340 0.416 0.533 0.949
6 0.247 0.296 0.355 0.652
7 0.295 0.374 0.419 0.793
8 0.308 0.373 0.447 0.820
9 0.282 0.324 0.405 0.729
10 0.285 0.346 0.426 0.771
11 0.219 0.306 0.314 0.620
PS 0.342 0.402 0.555 0.957
Total 0.287 0.355 0.438 0.793


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)


Team Pitching


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

1 1.28 4.19 1.3 7.5
2 1.11 2.18 2.0 10.2
3 1.31 3.81 2.4 8.5
4 1.45 6.06 2.0 7.5
5 1.52 5.37 2.6 10.2
6 1.61 5.32 1.9 6.3
7 0.90 2.29 0.9 8.6
8 1.03 3.57 1.0 9.1
9 0.87 2.25 2.0 8.2
10 0.91 1.77 1.8 7.2
11 1.59 3.41 4.0 8.7
PS 1.00 2.00 1.0 9.3
Total 1.23 3.72 2.0 8.4


Team Fielding


Johnson City finished eighth in fielding percentage (.961).  They committed 103 errors (91 by batters and 12 by pitchers) for an average of 1.6 errors per game.  The team allowed 63 unearned runs in 66 games to finish fifth in that category.  The catchers only allowed 9 passed balls (1st) and 31 stolen bases (1st).  They moved from last place in catching base stealers last year (20% in 2009) to first place this year (56% in 2010).  In fact, the trio of Juan Castillo, Cody Stanley, and Travis Tartamella were 12% percent better than second place and 21% better than the league average (35%).  The 40% left-handed pitching staff dominated the pickoff (PO) statistics:


Left-Handed Pitchers (6):

14 19 57% 11


Right-Handed Pitchers (9):

17 21 55% 5


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 Johnson City went 4-0 in the playoffs, you would have to point toward batting average with runners in scoring position.  In four playoff games the Cardinals combined to go 22-for-41 (.536). 



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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