The Cardinals' 2011 New York-Penn League club posted a 6-1 week three as Romulo Ruiz led the offense.
Current Record: 12-10 (Pythagorean 12-10)
Current Standing: Batavia gained two games in the standings this week and is
now tied for third with Auburn (Washington).
Division - As of 07/09/11|
2B Garrett Wittels – The infielder
was signed as an undrafted free agent on July 2nd and assigned to
Walton covered his signing in this The Cardinal Nation
RHP Kevin Jacob – St. Louis and the right-hander drafted in the
31st round came to terms this week and he was assigned to Batavia. Jacob comes out of the Georgia Tech
program and The Cardinal Nation's Josh Jones included a scouting report in his
Hot News posting: link
As was reported by Brian Walton on July 4th, infielder Yunier Castillo is currently out of action with a hip flexor injury. Although he has not officially been
placed on the disabled list, he is not expected to return until mid-July.
Also on the Not Playing list is
infielder Danny Stienstra. This
year's 12th-round selection out of San Jose State has not played in over two weeks
although there has been no league transaction that indicates he is
Right-handed starter Jose
Almarante was named the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for the period
June 27 through July 3. Almarante
received a co-Hot nod this week here as well.
Batavia's rotation currently consists of
right-handers Almarante, Seth Maness and Todd McInnis plus lefty Pat Daugherty. The fifth slot is in a
bit of flux. Righty Drew Benes
started through last week's report but southpaw Jonathan Cornelius started in
Benes' slot on July 4th.
He went four innings and Benes followed him, going three innings. That was Cornelius' first start of
season. Friday evening, the
8th, also saw lefty Hector Hernandez start and pitch the first inning
of Daugherty's scheduled start.
That was Hernandez' first appearance since June 22nd. Daugherty followed and went two
ineffective innings in Batavia's win over
New Muckdogs pitcher Kevin Jacob's
professional debut on July 7th was blissfully uneventful. Jacob pitched a scoreless frame against
State College (Pittsburgh), gave up no hits, walked a batter
and struck out two.
Unfortunately, new Muckdogs
infielder Garrett Wittels' first professional week has been similarly
uneventful. Wittels is 0-for-8 in
three games so far.
Batavia's bullpen needs to work on not
allowing inherited runners to score.
Muckdogs relievers have come into 15 games to date with runners aboard
and runners have scored in nine of those games. The most egregious offender is reliever
Ricky Martinez. He is a "perfect"
seven-for-seven in four games in allowing inherited runners to score. Twice he needed one out and both runners
scored and twice needed two outs and all runners scored.
Corner infielder Romulo Ruiz had
the best stats of the three players posting a 1.000+ OPS this week. Ruiz went 12-for-24 with three doubles
and two home runs for a line of .500/.556/.875/1.431 in six games. He drew two walks, stole a base and
struck out six times. Ruiz also
stole a base.
Honorable mention goes to first
baseman David Medina and designated hitter/left fielder Mike O'Neill. Medina, last week's ‘Hot' recipient, continued
his torrid pace by going .429/.429/.821/1.250, 12-for-26 in six games. He hit five doubles and two home runs
but did strike out eight times.
O'Neill, week one ‘Hot' bat, got
back on track this week with a line of .364/.517/.545/1.063 with four doubles
and six walks against just two strike outs.
Jose Almarante's July
5th start against Mahoning
Valley (Cleveland) earns him co-‘Hot' honors. The right-hander held the Scrappers to
one run/earned on five hits and no walks through six innings. He struck out four. Almarante sported a 0.83 WHIP, 1.87 FIP
and held the opposition to a .208 batting average. He had a .250
Seth Maness, last week's ‘Hot'
pitcher, repeats this week as well.
In two starts this week, Maness gave up just two unearned runs on four
hits and three walks in 13 innings.
He struck out 10, held opposing batters to a .093 batting average and had
a .108 BABIP. Maness had a 2.58 FIP
and has yet to give up an earned run in 22 innings so far this season.
Shortstop Cesar Valera is
struggling, going .130/.231/.130/.361, 3-for-23 in six games. The 19-year-old did walk twice and stole
two bases against five strike outs.
Reliever Eric Binder and starter
Pat Daugherty are both ‘Not Hot' this week. Binder appeared in three games this
week, allowing five hits (one home run) and two walks in two and one-third
innings. The results for the
right-hander were four runs, earned, with an 11.75 FIP, 15.38 ERA, 3.42 WHIP,
.455 BAA and a .333 BABIP. Binder
struck out one.
Daugherty receives his second
consecutive ‘Not' notice by lasting only two and two-thirds innings in his July
3rd start against Mahoning Valley. He allowed seven runs, six earned, on
seven hits and three walks against just two strikeouts. The lefty had a 5.07 FIP, 20.22 ERA,
3.75 WHIP, .500 BAA and a .467 BABIP.
How They Stack Up:
Corner infielder Romulo Ruiz is
among the league leaders in several offensive categories: batting average of .350 (second), .420
on-base percentage (eighth), .583 slugging percentage (third) and 1.004 OPS
(fourth). Outfielder Mike O'Neill
is fifth in the league in batting average (.338), first in on-base percentage
(.466) and eighth in OPS (.917).
His eight doubles place him second in the league in that category. O'Neill and teammate Nick Martini are
tied for second in the league with 15 walks. First baseman David Medina has the
league's ninth best slugging percentage (.532). He is two separate four-way ties: for first place with four home runs and
for third place with seven doubles.
Seth Maness is tied with
Hudson Valley (Tampa Bay) right-hander Parker Markel for first
place in Earned Run Average (0.00) although Maness has pitched one and one-third
more innings than Markel. Not much
difference there. Maness' 0.45 WHIP
places him second behind Hudson Valley's Jason McEachern and his 0.40
WHIP. Batavia does not strike
out many batters as a team so Maness' team-leading 17 strikeouts is good for
only 20th in the league.
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Looking at team batting stats,
Batavia is in
the top 30% in ten categories, including leading the league in walks with
82. That should come as no surprise
has two of the league's three best walkers in Mike O'Neill and Nick
Martini. The Muckdogs are not in
the bottom 30% in any category although they are very close in both strikeouts
(10th) and stolen bases (9th).
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The Batavia pitching staff ranks in the top 30% in
seven categories and leads the league in fewest home runs/hits allowed with one
home run for every 29.8 hits allowed.
That goes along with their team Ground-Out/Fly-Out ratio of 2.51:1. The most homer-prone staff belongs to
Vermont (Oakland) who allows a home run every 12.2
hits. This staff also has good
command as they average 2.66 walks for every nine innings pitched which places
them second. But if you are looking
for the strikeouts then you will need to look to another team. Batavia's pitchers primarily induce ground
balls, not strikeouts and that is shown in their 10th place showing
in strike outs per nine innings pitched.
They are also giving up a few too many hits, ninth place.
Batavia won six of seven games this week
while facing the extremes in the Pinckney Division, first-place Mahoning Valley and last-place State
Saturday saw the Muckdogs travel
Valley to take on the
first-place Scrappers in a two-game set.
Todd McInnis, a 25th-round selection, picked up his first
professional win in his second start of the season as Batavia won 8-3. The right-hander held the opposition to
just one run, earned, on three hits and a walk while striking out three over
five frames. David Wallace,
Valley's manager, had this
to say about McInnis: "He's good.
He pounded the plate with his fastball, and he's very quick to the plate, which
I think made it tough on our timing," Wallace said. "He's got good stuff. He
throws his off-speed pitches for strikes, and then throws fastballs to both
sides of the plate." (Warren Tribune
Chronicle) Eric Binder and
Corey Baker pitched in relief of McInnis with southpaw Danny Miranda notching
his third save in as many tries by tossing a scoreless one and one-thirds
The Muckdogs got on the board in
the first inning against infielder-turned-pitcher Joseph Colon when four
consecutive singles by Roberto Reyes, Jeremy Patton, David Medina and Romolo
Ruiz plated two runs. A
bases-loaded walk to Nick Martini forced across the final run of the
inning. Batavia added a single run
in the third and seventh innings.
Jeremy Patton led off the third with a ground-rule double and
subsequently scored on Nick Martini's force out. Joey Bergman singled to right to lead
off the seventh and advanced all the way to third on a fielding error. Bergman later scored on a wild
pitch. The Muckdogs scored their
final three runs in the ninth, the result of three free passes, a David Medina
double, a force out and a throwing error.
Medina, Patton and Ruiz all had multi-hit
games for Batavia.
Mahoning Valley won Sunday's contest 12-11 link
(Scrappers-oriented write-up that includes game video
Batavia came home to host the Scrappers
for two games after splitting a two-game series at Mahoning Valley. The Muckdogs swept the short series,
winning 3-2 on the 4th link
and 2-1 on July 5th link. The Batavian has some excellent photos
of the July 4th game: link. (partial photo identification: First action shot is catcher Juan Castillo, #44 is right fielder David Medina, pitcher is either Eric Binder or
Drew Benes, last photo is third baseman Joey Bergman with (likely) shortstop
Cesar Valera behind him)
The Muckdogs' five-game home stand
continued on Wednesday as they hosted the last-place State College Spikes for
three games. Batavia took the opener
with yet another one-run win, this time by a 2-1 score. link
The Muckdogs secured a home series
win by thrashing the Spikes 16-3 on Thursday. link
Batavia swept the Spikes out of town with
a 9th-inning comeback win on Friday as the Muckdogs triumphed
Batavia heads to State College for three
games before returning home to face Tri-City (Houston) in a three-game
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