W7 Mahoning Valley
L1 State College
Scott Bittle – Bittle's time at
Manuel De La Cruz – The
left-handed reliever was promoted from
Phil Cerreto – The
infielder/outfielder was transferred from the
Pat Daugherty took Seth Maness'
turn in the rotation on July 22nd and has remained there. Maness' first appearance since his
one-inning start on July 17th came on July 29th against
Shortstop Yunier Castillo has been
switched to right-handed pitcher Yunier Castillo. He picked up his first professional win
in the second game of the aforementioned double-header on the
4th. That appearance,
and lots more, was covered in
Javier Avendano returned to action on July 24th and took the loss in a relief role. The right-hander had been out since a June 21st start. Avendano has appeared in four games since his return, all in relief, absorbing two losses and picking up his first save on August 4th.
Infielder Jeremy Patton has walked (22) more than he has struck out (20) so far this season. That works out to an average of one strikeout every 8.6 plate appearances and a walk every 7.8 plate appearances. His walk rate is second on the team behind centerfielder Nick Martini who walks an average of once every 6.6 plate appearances.
This week's qualifiers for batting Hot and Not are: infielder Joey Bergman, outfielder Virgil Hill, infielder Jeremy Patton, right fielder Roberto Reyes, corner infielder Romulo Ruiz, shortstop Cesar Valera and infielder Garrett Wittels. Qualifiers had 75% of the maximum number of plate appearances for the reporting period. The stats in this report are from July 21st through August 4th.
The team-by-team comparison is not possible this week due to the lack of timely availability of key data.
Todd McInnis is the only Muckdogs starter to pitch consistently well over the past two weeks. The 25th-round selection this past June, McInnis posted a 0.96 WHIP on 15 hits and only one walk in 16.2 innings over three starts. The right-hander had a 2.36 FIP, 3.24 ERA, and struck out 15 while holding the opposition to a .227 batting average (.275 BABIP).
Honorable mention goes to reliever Cory Baker who threw almost as many innings in four appearances (10) as some of the starters did. Baker gave up nine hits and a walk while striking out eight for a 2.20 FIP, 1.00 WHIP, 1.80 ERA, .243 BAA and .290 BABIP. Baker was selected in the 49th round in the June 2011 draft.
Shortstop Cesar Valera continues
to struggle against older opponents.
He went .167/.250/.167/.417/. 6-for-36, with three walks and 11
strikeouts (1:3.64 K/PA ratio).
Unfortunately, there are many from which to choose for the pitching ‘Not' notice for this report with the main candidates being starters Jose Almarante, Pat Daugherty and Hector Hernandez. The most consistently underperforming pitcher, however, is southpaw Daugherty. He averaged less than four innings per start, 11.2 IP in three starts, while posting a 4.83 FIP, 1.89 WHIP (14 hits and eight walks), 9.26 ERA and .298 BAA with a .289 BABIP.
How They Stack Up:
Joey Bergman is fourth in the league in batting average (.336) and tied for fifth in on-base percentage at .414. David Medina is in the league's top 10 in batting average (.304, 10th), OPS (.881, 10th) and home runs (7, tied for 3rd). Virgil Hill is tied for eighth in the league with a .493 slugging percentage.
Todd McInnis' 2.12 ERA is good for
fourth in the league and his 0.92 WHIP ranks him second behind
When last reported upon two weeks
The Muckdogs dropped the first two
of a three-game road series against the Connecticut Tigers (
The Muckdogs continued their
six-game road trip with a three-game set at
Note: Team records and standings are as of August 6th.
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