Current Record: 6-9
Streak Mahoning Valley
L1 State College
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
RHR Eric Binder – Binder was
called up from Rookie level
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
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
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.
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.
Right-hander Seth Maness gets the
‘Hot' nod in a close race with Jose Almarante. Maness' first professional start on June
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.
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.
It was off to
for Leonda Markee about this
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