Batavia Muckdogs 2011 Starter of the Year

Former ECU hurler and 11th round 2011 draft pick Seth Maness is the top starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals' New York-Penn League affiliate.

While there were several substantive performances in the Batavia Muckdogs' rotation in 2011, right-hander Seth Maness is the choice for Batavia's 2011 Starter of the Year as named by The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com.

 

Maness

Background

Michael Seth Maness was drafted by St. Louis in the 11th round of the June 2011 First-Year Player Draft.  He was selected out of East Carolina University where he was a four-year starter and four-time member of the Conference USA's First Team.  He was an accounting major and was nominated for the Lowe's Senior Class award which recognizes an athlete's excellence in four areas:  Classroom, Character, Community and Competition.  Maness was previously drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 41st round of the 2010 draft.

 

2011 Season

Maness was 22 years, eight months and three days old on Opening Day 2011, about 10 months older than Batavia's average roster age of 21-10-1.  He began the season in the Muckdogs' bullpen but moved into the rotation after two appearances and all but one of his remaining appearances came as a starter. 

 

Maness was promoted to A-Advanced Palm Beach for their pennant drive on August 18th where he pitched out of the bullpen for the Cardinals during his brief tenure there.  He was re-assigned to class A Quad Cities on August 28th to make room on Palm Beach's roster for starter Carlos Martinez.  The right-hander was part of the River Bandits' championship squad, pitching in relief. 

 

Below are his Batavia stats, both for the entire season and broken down by month. 

Maness-by-the-Month

Month

G

GS

IP

H

R/ER

BB

Season

10

7

39.2

27

11/4

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June

3

1

9.0

3

0/0

0

July

5

4

21.2

16

8/2

3

August

2

2

9.0

8

3/2

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO

FIP

ERA

WHIP

BAA

BABIP

Season

31

1.94

0.91

0.76

0.185

0.233

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June

7

1.64

0.00

0.33

0.100

0.130

July

16

2.28

0.83

0.88

0.200

0.246

August

8

1.42

2.00

0.89

0.222

0.286

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K/9

BB/9

 

K/BB

K/BF

BB/BF

Season

7.0

0.7

 

10.3:1

20.5%

2.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June

7.0

0.0

 

 

23.3%

0.0%

July

6.7

1.3

 

5.3:1

18.8%

3.5%

August

8.0

0.0

 

 

22.2%

0.0%

 

During the New York-Penn League season, Maness had a 6.2:1 GO/AO ratio and 41% groundball percentage.  28% of his outs came via the strikeout, 62% via a groundball and 10% via a flyball. 

 

Looking at Maness' individual stats, his stand-out feature was his control.  He led the Muckdogs' pitching staff by averaging 0.68 walks for every nine innings pitched.  Maness also averaged well under a hit allowed per inning.  His overall .233 batting-average-for-balls-in-play (BABIP) is well under the average range which indicates that his .185 batting average against (BAA) is not sustainable.  However, his August .286 BABIP is in the low end of the average range.  Therefore, his .222 BAA may be a more accurate reflection of his performance.

 

Awards

Maness was selected for the 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star squad.

 

 

Honorable Mention

Two of Maness' fellow 2011 league All-Star squad selections had seasons that merit recognition.

 

Jonathan Cornelius – The southpaw was selected in the 24th round of the June 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of the Florida Institute of Technology where he obtained his bachelor's in Business Administration and has finished half of his masters work in the same field.  At just over 23 years old on Opening Day, Cornelius was one of the older pitchers on Batavia's roster. 

 

While Cornelius' first four game appearances were in relief, he moved into the rotation on July 4th when he took over Drew Benes' starter slot.  The lefty was in Batavia's rotation for the rest of the season.  He spent from August 24th through September 1st on the disabled list, specific injury unknown, but was activated for a final start on September 3rd.  Cornelius' 2011 stats: 

 

14 G, 10 GS, 47 IP, 36 H, 21 R, 21 ER, 19 BB, 50 SO, 2.97 FIP, 4.02 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, .213 BAA, .286 BABIP, 9.6 K/9 IP, 3.6 BB/9 IP, 2.6:1 K/BB, 25.9% K/BF, 9.8% BB/BF, 35% GB, 1:1 GO/AO, 45% SO, 27.5% GO, 27.5% AO

 

It should be noted that Cornelius' walk rate soared in August from an average of two walks every nine innings in June and July to over eight.  August was the month the lefty had three abbreviated starts which culminated with him being placed on the disabled list on August 24th.

 

 

Todd McInnis – Drafted in the 25th round this past June out of Southern Mississippi where he obtained his bachelor's degree in Business Management and finished half of his masters in Sports Management. The right-hander (DOB 3/26/88) was the second oldest pitcher on the Muckdogs' roster behind lefty reliever Sean Watson. 

 

McInnis began the season in Batavia's bullpen but transferred to the rotation after two appearances.  He spent the balance of his season, from June 27th through his last start on August 27th, in that role.  The righty finished the season on the disabled list, from August 30th through September 4th.  The cause of his trip to the DL is not known.  McInnis' 2011 stats:

 

13 G, 11 GS, 61.2 IP, 50 H, 15 R, 13 ER, 8 BB, 36 SO, 2.68 FIP, 1.90 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, .218 BAA, .254 BABIP, 5.3 K/9 IP, 1.2 BB/9 IP, 4.5:1 K/BB, 15.0% K/BF, 3.3% BB/BF, 58% GB, 3.2:1 GO/AO, 23.4% SO, 58.4% GO, 18.2% AO

 

Congratulations to Seth Maness upon being named The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Batavia Muckdogs 2011 Starting Pitcher of the Year.





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