2011 Johnson City Cardinals Team Review

Manager Mike Shildt led the 2011 Johnson City Cardinals to their second consecutive Appalachian League Championship with a with a finals victory over the Bluefield Blue Jays.

Johnson City won the 2011 Appalachian League Championship for the second consecutive year. The last time Johnson City won back to back Appy titles (1975 and 1976) was the first two years after they changed affiliation from the New York Yankees. 

 

Johnson City was the first of two Cardinals minor league teams to compete in the playoffs this year.  The 2011 Quad Cities Bandits (Low A – Midwest League), who also won their post-season tournament, included 23 members of Johnson City's 2010 Appy Championship team. 

 

Johnson City lost its first playoff game to the Danville Braves by a score of 6-3 and then won the first-round, best-of-three series with scores of 7-4 and 10-1.  They swept the Bluefield Blue Jays in the finals by scores of 4-3 and 4-1, limiting the Jays to just three hits in the two-game series.

 

ROTC Day

Johnson City (45-23, .662 win percentage) also won the regular season title and the top seed in the playoffs in the five-team Western Division of the Appalachian League for the second consecutive year.  Johnson City had the best record in the Appalachian League and finished with a three-game lead over the Elizabethton Twins.  It was their best winning percentage finish since 1986 (.667) and their most wins since 1976 (50-20).

 

Johnson City finished the regular and post season with a combined 19-18 record against teams with a winning record (Bluefield, Danville, Kingsport, and Elizabethton).  They were 30-6 against teams with a losing record (Princeton, Pulaski, Greeneville, Burlington, and Bristol).

 

Here is a closer look inside the Cardinals 45-23 record:

 

Longest win streak:  8 games (start of season)

Longest losing streak:  5 games (Shildt's longest as a manager)

Record in 24 regular season series:  16-8 (same as 2010)

Record in one-run games:  11-8 (12-8 in 2010)

Series sweeps:  9 (one was a one game series)

Swept:  Twice (one was a one game series)

Record against West Division:  26-12

Record against East Division:  19-11

Home record:  24-10 (best in league)

Road record:  21-13 (tied for 3rd best in league)

 

Here are the links to this season's Johnson City Cardinals Reports:

 

Johnson City Cardinals Notebook:  2011 Week 11

Johnson City Cardinals Notebook:  2011 Week 10

Johnson City Cardinals Notebook:  2011 Week 9

Johnson City Cardinals Notebook:  2011 Week 8

Johnson City Cardinals Notebook:  2011 Week 7

Johnson City Cardinals Notebook:  2011 Week 6

Johnson City Cardinals Notebook:  2011 Week 5

Johnson City Cardinals Notebook:  2011 Week 4

Johnson City Cardinals Notebook:  2011 Week 3

Johnson City Cardinals Notebook:  2011 Week 2

Johnson City Cardinals Notebook:  2011 Week 1

Johnson City Cardinals Pre-Season Notebook

 

Roster Statistics

 

Lowest Player Total:  28 (June 30-July 5)

Highest Player Total:  35 (August 30-September 6)

Total Contributing Players:  39

2011 Draft Picks:  17 of 39

2011 Undrafted Free Agents:  2 of 39

2010 Draft Picks:  6 of 39

2010 Free Agents (from Latin America):  3 of 39

2009 Draft Picks:  3 of 39

2009 Free Agents (from Latin America):  4 of 39

2008 Free Agents (from Latin America):  1 of 39

2007 Free Agents (from Latin America):  3 of 39

Tallest:  Josh Lucas and Eric Binder – 6'6"

Shortest:  Jesus Montero and Tyler Rahmatulla – 5'10"

Average Age:  21.2 yrs

Oldest:  Eric Binder, then Heath Wyatt, then Matt Rein

Youngest:  Tyrell Jenkins, then Breyvic Valera, then Juan Bautista

Heaviest:  David Bergin and Chris Costantino – 235 lbs.

Lightest:  Ben Freeman – 150 lbs.

Longest in the Cardinal organization:  Jose Pasen – signed March 28, 2007

Highest 2011 draft pick:  Tyler Mills (9th), then Charlie Tilson (2nd) at end

Highest 2010 draft pick:  Tyrell Jenkins (1s)

 

Tyler Rahmatulla

2011 Appalachian League All-Star Team

 

The Johnson City Cardinals had two All-Star selections this year (Johnson City Cardinals in the News) after getting five in 2010.  Tyler Rahmatulla won for second baseman and Kyle Hald won for left-handed pitcher.  It was the second year in a row that Johnson City had the left-handed Appy All-Star pitcher after Ryan Copeland won it last year.

 

The league's voting rules prohibit me from voting for Johnson City Cardinals players.  Of the twelve selected that were not Cardinals, I voted for eight of them.  I honestly was surprised that Matt Williams didn't get the selection at shortstop.  Williams was selected at the end of the season by Baseball America as the Rookie League All-Star SS. 

 

Anthony Garcia injury

Anthony Garcia had a better year offensively at the time of the All-Star voting than winner Kevin Pillar and is three years younger.  Garcia would have received my vote.  He was probably hindered by fewer at bats due to several nagging injuries during the year.  All though it was minor, Garcia fouled a ball off his right knee to provide a vision of his up-and-down year. 

 

Logan Billbrough (relief pitcher) and Roberto De La Cruz (DH) were close to making the All-Star team by my statistical analysis but just missed the cut.  Tyrell Jenkins clearly had some of the best pitching tools in the league.  Jenkins' 94 MPH fastball, sharp-breaking curve, and improving change-up was good enough to garner him one of just two selections as a Baseball America Appy League post-season All-Star starting pitcher.  

 

National Anthem lineup (Costantino, Canache, Billbrough, Tilson, Castillo, Pritchard, H. Garcia)

 

Roster Changes and Playing Time

 

The Appy League Championship roster saw a total of 17 batters and 24 pitchers (40 players) during the 2011 season.  C Jonathan Keener appeared as both a batter and a pitcher during the season (one inning pitched) while P Cale Johnson was assigned to the roster on August 30, made no appearances, and pitched most of the 2011 season in Quad Cities.  Of the 39 players who contributed to Johnson City's league championship, 14 batters and 15 pitchers played their entire 2011 professional season in the Appy League.  

 

A year after losing three batters to promotions during the year, the 2011 team did not lose any position players to promotions.  Three pitchers made the trip north to Batavia, NY during the season to play in the New York-Penn League. 

 

RHP Eric Binder was promoted to the Batavia Muckdogs on June 28 after just 2.2 IP:  "Binder: Packing his Bags Already".  The soon-to-be 25-year-old was more than two years older than the next oldest player on the Johnson City roster.  Binder pitched just 11.1 innings in the New York-Penn League before being released on August 13:  "Binder: The Book Closes".

 

Manuel De La Cruz

LHP Manuel De La Cruz (0-0, 0.00 ERA) was promoted on July 27 to Batavia after just eight innings pitched:  "De La Cruz:No Earned Runs Leads to Promo".   At the time of his promotion, De La Cruz was second among the 16 pitchers in both walk rate (1.13 BB/9) and strikeout rate (12.4 K/9).  De La Cruz also led all 16 pitchers in both ground outs (39% of batters faced) and strikeouts (36% of batters faced).  "Manny" pitched just six innings over five games in Batavia (0-0, 6.00 ERA) and spent more time on the disabled list than on the active roster:  "De La Cruz: Out of Action", "De La Cruz: Short Stay on DL", and "De La Cruz: Return to the Disabled List".  Since De La Cruz pitched most of his innings with Johnson City this year, he will be in consideration for Johnson City Relief Pitcher of the Year. 

 

LHP Ryan Sherriff (2-2, 4.54 ERA) was promoted to Batavia on August 16:  "Sherriff: Checking Out A New Town".  Sherriff threw 33.2 innings for Johnson City as a tandem starter with Kyle Hald before pitching 16.2 IP over three starts in New York (1-1, 2.70 ERA).

 

Three batters and three pitchers were promoted to Johnson City from the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Cardinals during the season. 

 

3B/1B/DH Hector Garcia, who had 78 AB in the GCL and 61 AB for Johnson City, was promoted July 23:  "Garcia: GCL Return Ended".  Hector Garcia will be considered for GCL Player of the Year. 

 

LF/2B/SS Breyvic Valera, who had 110 AB in the GCL and 73 AB for Johnson City, was promoted August 3:  "Valera: Second Boost Upward".  Valera will also be considered for GCL Player of the Year. 

 

Charlie Tilson

CF Charlie Tilson, who had 15 AB in Johnson City and 12 AB in the GCL, was promoted August 25:  "Tilson: Moving Ahead".  Despite his limited time due to a mid-August signing date, Tilson will be considered for Johnson City Player of the Year. 

 

LHP Tyler Melling, who pitched 30.1 innings in relief in the GCL and five innings in his first professional start for Johnson City, was promoted August 28:  "Melling: Moving North".  Melling will be considered for GCL Relief Pitcher of the Year. 

 

RHP Brandon Creath, who threw 24.1 innings in the GCL and two innings for Johnson City, was promoted August 28:  "Creath: JC Bullpen Recruit".  Like Melling, Creath will be considered for GCL Relief Pitcher of the Year. 

 

RHP Willy Paulino, who threw 31.1 innings in the GCL and two innings for Johnson City, was promoted August 28:  "Paulino: New Appy League Hurler".  Like Melling and Creath, Paulino will be considered for GCL Relief Pitcher of the Year.  Perhaps in a foreshadowing of who might win among the trio, Paulino was the only reliever in the 15-team league selected to the GCL All-Star Team on September 19:  "Paulino: Top GCL Reliever". 

 

One pitcher was promoted to Johnson City from the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Cardinals during the season. 

 

RHP Juan Bautista, who had 56.1 IP in the DSL and 6 IP for Johnson City, was promoted August 24:  "Johnson City Cardinals in the News".  Bautista will be under consideration for DSL Starting Pitcher of the Year. 

 

There were three pitchers that got later starts to their season than the rest of the pitching staff. 

 

LHP Nick Gillung had an MRI on June 23, two days after the season started.  Due to his late start, he didn't make his pro debut until Game 12 of the season. 

 

LHP Matt Rein signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals around July 4:  "Rein: New LHP for Johnson City".  Rein made his professional debut in relief of Tyrell Jenkins during Game 19 of the season. 

 

RHP Chris Costantino signed on August 9 after being drafted in June and then pitching in the New England Collegiate Baseball League:  "Costantino: Cards' 43rd Rounder in the House".  Costantino made his professional debut on August 19 in relief of Nick Gillung during Game 57 of the season. 

 

Batters Eligible for Johnson City Player of the Year (15):  Steven Ramos, Matt Williams, Roberto De La Cruz, Tyler Rahmatulla, Gary Apelian, David Washington, Neal Pritchard, Anthony Garcia, Ronald Castillo, Kolby Byrd, Jesus Montero, Jonathan Keener, David Bergin, Charlie Tilson, and Trevor Martin.

 

Pitchers Eligible for Johnson City Pitcher of the Year (7):  Jose Pasen, Eduardo Hiraldo, Tyrell Jenkins, Kyle Hald, Ben Freeman, Josh Lucas, and Ryan Sherriff.

 

Pitchers Eligible for Johnson City Reliever of the Year (10):  Dyllon Nuernberg, Logan Billbrough, Michael Santana, Roberto Canache, Tyler Mills, Nick Gillung, Heath Wyatt, Matt Rein, Manuel De La Cruz, and Chris Costantino. 

 

Injuries and Lost Playing Time

 

RHP Kyle Deese, a 2011 draftee who had been recovering from elbow surgery, unfortunately had his contract voided before making his pro debut:  "Deese: Bad News". 

 

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 a relatively significant amount of playing time (Martin, Bergin, and Lucas). 

 

2B Trevor Martin (.333) was injured in Johnson City's first game of the season:  Martin: Bad Break in the Opener.  Martin had a history of separated shoulders so season-ending surgery was the appropriate corrective action recommended by Cardinals' Head Team Physician Dr. George Paletta, Jr.  Martin completed his surgery without complication. 

 

Unfortunately, Martin was out for the year but he should be ready for 2012 spring training.  It is too bad that Martin only got one game and three at bats in this year.  Shildt told me that Trevor is a really great kid that suffered a very unfortunate injury.  Hopefully the surgery has corrected any future problems for Martin. 

 

RF Gary Apelian (.298) rolled his left ankle in Game 17 on July 7.  Apelian missed five games. 

 

C/DH Jonathan Keener (.250) put in some extra core conditioning that reduced his playing time during Games 21 through 25. 

 

P Manuel De La Cruz (0-0, 0.00 ERA) suffered some discomfort after pitching in Game 23.  As a result, the lefty was given three days of complete rest and then had to go through a six day build-up to get back into the active pitching rotation.  De La Cruz returned to action in Game 34. 

 

C/DH Kolby Byrd (.233) left Game 24 early after being hit in the side of the head with a bat on a follow through while catching.  Byrd had concussion-like symptoms between innings after the incident but was cleared to play the next day by the team doctor.  Byrd missed four games. 

 

DH Roberto De La Cruz (.264) was hit by a pitch during Game 30.  De La Cruz was removed for a pinch runner and then missed the next two games. 

 

LF/RF Anthony Garcia (.308) suffered a minor groin injury during Game 34.  Garcia missed four games with the groin injury.  Garcia again went on the shelf with a left knee injury in Game 61:  "Garcia: Absence Explained".  He missed six of the last seven regular season games and two of the five playoff games.  Garcia visibly grimaced on his last strikeout in Game 1 of the Championship series (0-for-4 with three strikeouts).  Garcia was just 2-for-13 (.154) in the last four games he played.  Unfortunately, Garcia never completely recovered from his knee injury.

 

1B/DH David Bergin (.284) missed Games 33 through 36 as the coaches did some extra hitting work with him.  Bergin was struggling with some awkward swings.  Unfortunately, in his first game back, Bergin injured his shoulder during Game 37 when he slid head-first into second base on a successful pickoff by the Bristol catcher.  Bergin's rotator cuff injury ended his season after just 19 games and 67 at bats.

 

Neal Pritchard injury

3B/2B Neal Pritchard (.249) suffered back spasms during Game 41 after pulling a single down the left field line in the first inning in Elizabethton: "Pritchard: Back Off". Pritchard missed seven games.

 

P Josh Lucas (4-1, 3.97 ERA) felt some pain in his pitching elbow after his start in Game 44.  The elbow pain did not get better quickly enough and after several consultations, the decision was made to shut him down for the remainder of the season.  Rest was the prescribed remedy and Lucas should be ready to go for 2012 spring training.  Lucas likely missed three regular season starts and one playoff appearance due to the injury.  

 

Matt Williams

SS Matt Williams (.293) missed Games 61 through 63 with a sore elbow. 

 

C Jesus Montero (.276) suffered a minor leg injury in Game 67.  Montero missed the last regular season game and all five playoff games. 

 

Starting Pitchers

 

Johnson City started the season with a six-man starting rotation that included seven different pitchers:  "Cardinals Short-Season Minor League Rotations". One position in the six-man rotation included a "piggyback" or "tandem" of the two pitchers drafted during the June 2011 First-Year Player Draft.  This was a change from the last four years, which saw Johnson City use a "piggyback" system: "Cardinals Move to Six-Man Minors Rotation".  The six lone starters started with 85-pitch limits while the two tandem starters began with 60-pitch limits.  By Week 4, the limits went up to about 90 and 70.  By Week 5, Hald went up to 81 pitches and had basically worked himself into a regular starter.  By Week 6, Sherriff increased to 75 pitches and had also worked himself into a regular starter.

 

Kyle Hald and pitching coach Doug White

Weeks 1-6 Starting Pitchers (7): 

RHP Tyrell Jenkins (1)

RHP Josh Lucas (2)

LHP Kyle Hald (3A) and LHP Ryan Sherriff (3B)

RHP Eduardo Hiraldo (4)

RHP Jose Pasen (5)

LHP Ben Freeman (6)

 

The Cardinals maintained that rotation until Josh Lucas encountered his elbow pain after Week 7 (67 pitch outing in Game 44).  That is when they split up Hald and Sherriff and went with a conventional six-man rotation:

 

Week 7 Starting Pitchers (6): 

RHP Tyrell Jenkins (1)

LHP Kyle Hald (2)

LHP Ryan Sherriff (3)

RHP Eduardo Hiraldo (4)

RHP Jose Pasen (5)

LHP Ben Freeman (6)

 

After his Game 51 start, Ryan Sherriff was promoted and he was replaced in the rotation with LHP Nick Gillung:

 

Week 8-11 Starting Pitchers (6): 

RHP Tyrell Jenkins (1)

LHP Kyle Hald (2)

LHP Nick Gillung (3)

RHP Eduardo Hiraldo (4)

RHP Jose Pasen (5)

LHP Ben Freeman (6)

 

The last two games of the season were started by Juan Bautista and Tyler Melling.  Those late-season promotions helped set up the final playoff rotation.  In the playoffs, the Cardinals chose to mix up the sequence a little bit as they dropped LHP Nick Gillung from the three spot: 

 

Starting Pitchers (5): 

RHP Tyrell Jenkins (1)

LHP Kyle Hald (2)

RHP Eduardo Hiraldo (3)

RHP Jose Pasen (4)

LHP Nick Gillung (5)

 

Hald threw the most pitches in a single outing by a pitcher in the playoffs (98 pitches). 

 

Largest crowd of the year – Game 9 (2,887) for free pre-game concert

Playoffs and Top Playoff Performers

 

Johnson City went 4-1 in the playoffs, winning four consecutive games after losing its first game.  The details for each game and the overall stats were summarized in my Week 11 Report:  Johnson City Cardinals Notebook: 2011 Week 11. 

 

Statistical Acronyms

 

As regular readers of my reports realize, I like stats.  Those who already know stats will want to skip this section.  Those who don't know them and don't want to know them will also skip this section.  Those who want to understand them better, this is for YOU! 

 

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. 

 

PA is plate appearance.  To be considered an offensive league leader in the Appy League, a batter needed to maintain a minimum of 2.7 plate appearances per team-game (184 PA for a full 68-game Appy schedule).  The Cardinals had eight batters (three outfielders, four infielders, and a designated hitter) qualify in 2011.  None of the three catchers qualified. 

 

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 (54.2 IP).The Cardinals only had three pitchers qualify (Hiraldo, Pasen, and Jenkins).  Kyle Hald, who was tied up in a "piggyback" for the first six weeks of the season, missed qualifying by just one inning pitched.

 

K and SO are strikeouts. 

 

WHIP is walks plus hits per inning pitched.  The lower the better.  1.0 and below is considered very good. 

 

BAA is batting average allowed by a pitcher.  The lower the better. 

 

K/9 and SO/9 are 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).  

 

Gary Apelian

Team Batting

 

The offense finished in first place in the league in eight different categories:  batting average (.279), slugging (.449), on-base plus slugging (.788), hits, runs, runs scored per game (6.1), doubles, and total bases.  The Cardinals hitters finished with the fourth fewest strikeouts in the league.  They were second in home runs.  They were fifth in stolen bases and second in caught stealing.  That left them with the best stolen base percentage (76%).  They were seventh in grounding into double plays and in sacrifice hits. 

 

The weekly team batting averages are shown below in the table.  The total excludes the post season (PS) averages.  Their best week was Week 6 (5-1) and their worst week was Week 9 (3-3).  It is interesting that Gary Apelian was the Player of the Week both weeks. 

 

Team Weekly Batting Averages

Week AVG OBP SLG OPS
1 0.250 0.338 0.364 0.702
2 0.287 0.340 0.426 0.766
3 0.278 0.333 0.376 0.709
4 0.269 0.333 0.524 0.857
5 0.252 0.319 0.465 0.784
6 0.322 0.366 0.577 0.943
7 0.276 0.353 0.412 0.765
8 0.310 0.368 0.549 0.917
9 0.220 0.275 0.369 0.644
10 0.303 0.353 0.434 0.787
11 0.301 0.357 0.437 0.794
PS 0.287 0.342 0.415 0.757
Total 0.279 0.339 0.449 0.788

 

Longest Hit Streak:  Matt Williams (18 games)

Longest Streak of Games with Double Digit Hits:  4 (Three times)

Most Hits in a Game:  22 (Game 49)

Most Runs in a Game:  20 (Game 49)

 

Team Pitching

 

The pitchers finished in first place in the league in six different categories and near the top in all major categories:

 

45 wins:  1st

23 saves:  1st

33 holds:  1st

3.19 strikeouts per walk (SO/BB):  1st

1.25 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP):  1st

2.7 walks per nine innings pitched (BB/9):  1st

3.58 earned run average (ERA):  2nd

8.6 hits per nine innings pitched (H/9):  2nd

8.4 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (SO/9):  4th

0.76 home runs allowed per nine innings pitched (HR/9):  4th

 

Relievers playoff intros (Santana, Wyatt)

As a team during the regular season, the pitchers grounded out 25.3 percent of the batters they faced, struck out 22.5 percent, and walked 7.0%.  The relievers finished the season allowing 36.5 percent of the inherited runners to score.  The pitchers led the league in wins (by three), saves (by three), and holds (by ten). 

 

The weekly team pitching averages are shown below in the table.  The total excludes the post season (PS) averages.  Their best two weeks were probably Week 1 (5-0) and the playoffs (4-1).  Their worst week was probably Week 5 (2-5). 

 

Team Weekly Pitching Averages

Week WHIP ERA BB/9 SO/9
1 1.07 1.57 2.9 6.5
2 1.22 4.08 3.0 9.1
3 1.39 4.26 2.4 10.2
4 1.36 2.45 2.4 8.3
5 1.40 4.45 2.3 7.4
6 1.39 4.33 3.5 8.5
7 1.45 3.92 3.5 8.6
8 1.00 3.29 2.0 9.0
9 1.18 3.15 2.4 7.6
10 1.21 3.39 2.8 8.7
11 0.93 4.33 2.0 10.3
PS 1.05 3.07 3.7 7.0
Total 1.25 3.58 2.7 8.6

 

Team Fielding

 

Johnson City finished third in fielding percentage (.966).  They committed 92 errors (85 by batters and 7 by pitchers) for an average of 1.35 errors per game.  The team allowed 55 unearned runs in 68 games to finish second best in that category behind the Blue Jays.  The catchers allowed 14 passed balls (6th) and 47 stolen bases (2nd).  They moved from first place in catching base stealers last year (56% in 2010) to second place this year (39% in 2010).  As usual, the lefties dominated the pickoff (PO) stats and did a little better at catching runners stealing (CS):

 

Left-Handed Pitchers (6):
SB CS CS% PO
19 14 42% 12
Right-Handed Pitchers (13):
SB CS CS% PO
28 16 36% 3

 

Regular Season League Leading Hitters

 

2B/3B Tyler Rahmatulla (.314) was a top-ten league leader in six different offensive categories:  doubles (27, 1st), runs (49, t-3rd), slugging (.545, 4th), on-base plus slugging (.935, 4th), total bases (120, 6th), and hits (69, t-10th). 

 

Anthony Garcia

LF/RF Anthony Garcia (.308) was a top-ten league leader in four different offensive categories:  on-base percentage (.407, 4th), on-base plus slugging (.935, 5th), slugging (.527, 9th), and triples (4, t-9th). 

 

DH Roberto De La Cruz (.264) was a top-ten league leader in four different offensive categories:  home runs (16, 3rd), total bases (123, 5th), slugging (.542, 6th), and RBIs (47, 6th). 

 

CF Steven Ramos (.274) was a top-ten league leader in three different offensive categories:  at bats (248, t-6th), stolen bases (19, 7th), and runs (45, t-9th). 

 

SS Matt Williams (.293) was a top-ten league leader in three different offensive categories:  stolen bases (20, t-4th), runs (47, t-5th), and doubles (19, 7th). 

 

RF Gary Apelian (.298) was a top-ten league leader in two different offensive categories:  doubles (20, t-4th) and RBIs (45, t-8th). 

 

LF Ronald Castillo (.245) was a top-ten league leader in one offensive category:  triples (4, t-9th). 

 

Regular Season League Leading Pitchers

 

Kyle Hald (7-0, 1.84 ERA, 0.86 WHIP) was a top-ten league leader in three different categories:  wins (7, t-2nd) and strikeouts (63, 3rd).  With one more inning pitched, Hald would have been first in WHIP and second in ERA.  The statistical similarities between Hald's 2011 season and Ryan Copeland's 2010 season (7-0, 1.86 ERA, 0.86 WHIP) were eerily similar.  Both were lefties and both were Appy All-Stars.  Copeland failed to qualify for the league leaders by one and one third innings pitched.  

 

Tyrell Jenkins (4-2, 3.86 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) was eighth in the league in ERA. 

 

Jose Pasen (4-4, 4.45 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) was eighth in the league in WHIP. 

 

Eduardo Hiraldo with Doug White

Eduardo Hiraldo (2-3, 3.71 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) was seventh in the league in ERA and ninth in WHIP.  However, he was also tied for first in home runs allowed (10). 

 

Logan Billbrough (23, t-2nd), Heath Wyatt (23, t-2nd), Michael Santana (21, t-7th), and Roberto Canache (21, t-7th) were among the league leaders in games.

 

Wyatt (8, 3rd) and Billbrough (5, 8th) were among the league leaders in saves. 

 

Santana (7, t-1st), Canache (6, t-3rd), Billbrough (5, t-4th), Wyatt (3, t-8th), Dyllon Nuernberg (3, t-8th), Manuel De La Cruz (3, t-8th), and Nick Gillung (3, t-8th) were among the league leaders in holds.

 

Wyatt (15, t-4th) was among the league leaders in games finished. 

 

Billbrough (0.00 over 31.1 IP, 3rd) and Gillung (0.00 over 26 IP, 6th) were among the league leaders in HR/9. 

 

Billbrough (6.33, 3rd) was among the league leaders in SO/BB (minimum 27.2 IP). 

 

Future Reports

 

2011 Johnson City Reliever of the Year – Scheduled September 30

2011 Johnson City Starter of the Year – Scheduled October 10

2011 Johnson City Player of the Year – Scheduled October 19

 

Link to master article with all 2011 winners and article schedules.

 

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