Batavia Muckdogs Notebook: 2011 Week 2

The Cardinals' 2011 New York-Penn League club posted a 3-4 week two. David Medina is showing power – and striking out.

Current Record:  6-9

Current Standings 

Pinckney Division
Club  W  L  PCT  GB  ELIM # Home  Away  L10  Streak
Mahoning Valley 10 5 0.667 - - 7-2 3-3 7-3 L1
Jamestown 9 6 0.600 1 61 6-3 3-3 6-4 W1
Auburn 8 7 0.533 2 60 3-4 5-3 4-6 L3
Williamsport 8 7 0.533 2 60 7-1 1-6 6-4 W3
Batavia 6 9 0.400 4 58 1-4 5-5 4-6 L1
State College 4 11 0.267 6 56 3-4 1-7 3-7 W1

Roster Moves


LHS Justin Edwards – On Monday the 27th, Edwards was promoted to the full-season A Quad Cities River Bandits.  The lefty starter was expected to move pretty quickly since his 2011 debut on the 24th marked his third season at Batavia.  Edwards' promotion was part of the series of roster moves within the Cardinals' system that saw 2010 Muckdog John Gast go from A-Advanced Palm Beach to Double-A Springfield and hotter-than-hot Carlos Martinez switch from Quad Cities to Palm Beach.


RHR Eric Binder – Binder was called up from Rookie level Johnson City on the 28th.  He was an undrafted free agent signee who pitched most recently for Division III Trinity University.  The 24-year-old saw brief action out of Johnson City's bullpen and is expected to fill that same role on the Muckdogs.


IF Joey Bergman – The 2010 New York-Penn League All-Star returned to the scene of his best work on Wednesday the 29th, after not producing at Quad Cities.  Bergman began the 2011 season at extended spring training but was sent to Quad Cities on June 4th to replace infielder Greg Garcia.  He had 40 at bats in 15 games for the River Bandits and went .200/.319/.275/.594 in that time.


OF Reggie Williams – Williams also moved on Wednesday, re-assigned to the Rookie level GCL Cardinals.  Williams spent 2010 at Johnson City, the upper level Rookie squad, but a fracture of a hamate bone in his hand in late March took him out of action.  This move appears to be designed to get him more work in a more rehab-like setting.


Of Interest


Interesting little factoid from a <i>Batavia Daily News</i> article this past Monday:  Through Batavia's first 10 games they had a total of six hits that came after the sixth inning while their opponents scored 20 runs during that same span.  (The complete article is in the first link in the ‘Games' section below.)


There is an explanation for why the majority of outfielder Mike O'Neill's playing time has come as the designated hitter.  Manager Dann Bilardello told <i>The Daily News</i> that O'Neill ‘banged up' his knee during Spring Training so Bilardello has limited his on-the-field action. 


This week saw two more Muckdogs pitchers start their professional game.  Seth Maness' started Sunday's game and Todd McInnis was Tuesday's starter.  Eight different pitchers have started a game this season although Batavia is not utilizing the tandem rotation as they have in recent seasons.  In fact, Bilardello commented this week that he had fewer pitchers in his bullpen than did a major league squad.


Javier Avendano has not appeared in a game since his start on June 21st and Hector Hernandez was last seen on the 22nd when he started and went four innings.  The Cardinal Nation reports this morning that Avendano has some shoulder tightness but there is no word on Hernandez. 


Eligibility for inclusion in the batting ‘Hot' and ‘Not' is a minimum of 75% of the maximum plate appearances for that week.  Since playing time is divided between many players, the number of players under consideration is limited.  


Who's Hot


First baseman David Medina was the best of the qualifiers with a line of .321/.367/.500/.867, 9-for-28, with two doubles and a home run.  Unfortunately, Medina also led the team with nine strikeouts for a K/AB ratio of 1:3.11 at bats.  He walked twice.  Medina had a .444 BABIP. 


Right-hander Seth Maness gets the ‘Hot' nod in a close race with Jose Almarante.  Maness' first professional start on June 26th against Jamestown was impressive as he struck out six in five innings while not walking a batter.  He allowed just two hits and no runs to compile a 0.80 FIP, 0.40 WHIP and a .111 BAA.   


Almarante gets an honorable mention for his work in two starts this week over 12.2 innings.  His start on June 30th was his best as he shut down the Jammers on one hit over six innings while striking out three and not walking a batter.  Overall, Almarante's stat line for the week:  2.73 FIP, 0.71 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 8 H, 2 R/1 ER, 6 SO, 2 BB, .174 BAA.


Who's Not


While centerfielder Nick Martini was ice cold this week, 1-for-22, .045/.222/.045/.268, he did look good in one area.  Martini had almost as many walks (five), as he did strikeouts (six).  He had a .043 BABIP.  Overall, Martini has more walks (11) than strikeouts (10). 


Pat Daugherty went from ‘Hot' to ‘Not' in one week and all it takes is one not-so-wonderful start.  The southpaw's start on Wednesday lasted only two innings and consisted of four hits, two walks and a hit batsman.  Yes, the four runs he allowed were all unearned but he could not minimize the damage when needed.  Daugherty had a 6.70 FIP, 3.00 WHIP and .400 BAA with a .333 BABIP.   


How They Stack Up


Mike O'Neill's .441 On-Base Percentage is eighth in the league.  O'Neill led the team in walks this week with seven against just two strikeouts. 


The Games


Batavia fell to host Williamsport 3-2 on Saturday to lose the rubber game of the series.  They then came home to lose two-of-three to the Jamestown Jammers.  The Muckdogs lost the opener 6-2 (link) and won their first home game on Monday by a 4-3 score: (link).  Batavia once against lost the third game of the series, this time by a 5-1 score: (link).


It was off to Jamestown for another three-game set with the Jammers on Wednesday.  The Muckdogs won an old-fashioned slugfest in the opener, 12-8: (link). Batavia then locked down their first series win of the young season by defeating Jamestown 2-0: (link).  The Muckdogs took a 6-1 lead into the bottom the 7th behind a stellar performance by Seth Maness, this week's ‘Hot' pitcher, but the bullpen did not hold as Batavia lost 8-6: (link).

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