This Week in the Minors

A weekly snapshot of the Cardinals minor league system.

With the advent of the Short-Season A and Rookie Leagues I have two more teams to follow, bringing the total to seven teams. Therefore, this report is moving to Tuesdays as I do need to sleep at some point on Mondays. (The stats I compile are only available on Monday mornings so trying to compile and crunch numbers for seven teams has just become too much to do for a Monday edition.)

The second half of the season started for Springfield, Palm Beach and Quad Cities so their Won/Loss records start afresh. Therefore, each team's cumulative record will be listed in parentheses next to their second-half record. However, individual performance statistics are on-going from the season's start. Not to confuse matters further but if you check the boxscores, they combine stats if a player is promoted but do not if a player is demoted. But that is only on the boxscores. Oh, for a little consistency.

Both New Jersey and Johnson City began their seasons this week with mixed results. The important thing here is that most of the players are adjusting to wooden bats so the offense is usually lagging behind the pitching.

The changes in standing for the week - Memphis had a losing record this week and dropped another full game behind Nashville. Springfield won their second-half opener but dropped the next three and are in second place, a game behind both Wichita and Arkansas. Palm Beach begins the second-half exactly where they ended the first half, in fifth place in a six-team division. The Swing are in first place, one game ahead of Beloit. The Jersey Cardinals broke even and are in third place, two games behind Brooklyn. The Johnson City Cardinals are off to a slow start, tied for fourth, three games behind Elizabethton. The DSL Cardinals remain in first place in their division.


AAA – Memphis Redbirds
League Affiliation - sixteen-team Pacific Coast League, four-team America North division
Overall Record – 38 - 39
Weekly Record – 3- 4
Current Standing – Second, two and one-half games behind the Nashville Sounds (Brewers)

Current Week Team Batting - .292/.373/.500
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.45 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in forty-five innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 4.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in eighteen innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting - .262/.333/.436, last in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 3.83 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, First in the league by ERA

Who's Hot – OF Raul Gonzalez went .364/.417/.500, 8-for-22, in six games; RHS Kevin Jarvis, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1.29 ERA and 0.85 WHIP,
Who's Not – OF/1B John Gall went .222/.318/.444, 4-for-18, in six games; RHS Adam Wainwright, 2 GS, 14 IP, 5.14 ERA and 1.93 WHIP

Transactions – 06/22/05 – OF Pete Zoccolillo optioned to Springfield; 06/23/05 – Acquired 3B Tim Hummel from Boston Red Sox for future considerations; 06/24/05 – LHP Carmen Cali called up to St. Louis; 06/25/05 – INF Hector Luna called up to St. Louis, OF Scott Seabol optioned from St. Louis

Of Note -
Outfielder Raul Gonzalez received his second consecutive "Who's Hot" award this week. Overall, Gonzalez is batting .341/.413/.555, 78-for-229, with 2 errors as a Redbird but the Cardinals called up Hector Luna to play the outfield. (Go look at the official team roster. Luna is listed as an outfielder. Someone needs to tell Danny Sheaffer that since he kept playing Luna at second and short.) In addition to Gonzalez, Chris Duncan, Bo Hart, Mike Mahoney and John Rodriguez all hit over .300 for the week – minimum 15 at bats.
Starter Kevin Jarvis is second in the league in ERA at 2.64. Reliever Vladimir Nunez' line as a Redbird looks like this: 14 G, 17.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 22 SO, 1.09 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. At 30, Nunez is no prospect but may fit into the Al Reyes mold of a veteran pitcher that can help the Big Club at some point.

Game-Of-The-Week Highlight -
"We needed to hear that victory song again.'' So said Bo Hart to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal after Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Round Rock Express. The victory snapped a six-game losing skid by the Redbirds and Hart carried the team, offensively, on his back.
Round Rock got on the scoreboard first when right fielder Todd Self led off the second inning with his fourth home run of the year. The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth when Hart came to the plate with two outs and the bases empty and tied the game with a solo shot to left. Hart subsequently collected his third hit of the night when he doubled to left to lead off the ninth inning. John Rodriguez was intentionally walked which brought Raul Gonzalez to the plate. Gonzalez' attempted sacrifice bunt came back to the pitcher, Roberto Giron, who threw to third attempting to erase Hart. His throw, however, was off-line and allowed Hart to scamper home with the winning run.
Major props go to Kevin Jarvis and the bullpen for keeping the game competitive. Jarvis tossed seven innings of five-hit ball and walked only one batter. Josh Kinney relieved Jarvis and made the pitches when he had to, sandwiching a single around two walks with a fly out and two strike outs. Most importantly, he kept the Express from scoring. Carmen Cali started the ninth inning by striking out Todd Self swinging then walking the next batter before striking out Luke Scott looking. He was replaced by Vladimir Nunez (W, 2-2, 3.26 ERA) who allowed a single before getting Carlos Rivera to ground into a force to end the Express' threat.

Upcoming Week – at New Orleans Zephyrs (Nationals) 27th and 28th, at Nashville Sounds (Brewers) 30th through 3rd


AA – Springfield Cardinals
League Affiliation - eight-team Texas League, four-team East division
Overall Record – 1 – 3 (36 – 38)
Weekly Record – 1 - 3
Current Standing – Second, one game behind the Arkansas Travelers (Angels) and Wichita Wranglers (Royals)

Current Week Team Batting - .281/.341/.477
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 5.64 ERA and 1.66 WHIP
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.95 ERA and 1.98 WHIP

Cumulative Team Batting - .263/.329/.400, sixth in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 4.16 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, Fifth in the league by ERA

Who's Hot – OF Tyler Minges went .471/.500/.882, 8-for-17, in four games; RHS Chris Lambert, 1 GS, 6 IP, 0.00 ERA and 0.83 WHIP
Who's Not – INF Milko Jaramillo, fresh off the disabled list, went .100/.182/.200, 1-for-10, in three games; RHS Jeremy Cummings, 1 GS, 3.1 IP, 16.22 ERA and 3.00 WHIP

Transactions - 06/23/05 – INF Andy Schutzenhofer optioned to Palm Beach, INF Mike McCoy optioned to Palm Beach, INF Milko Jaramillo activated from the disabled list

Of Note -
According to the Springfield News-Leader Stuart Pomeranz was late for spring training workouts the day after he was assigned to Double-A Springfield. The Cardinals reconsidered their decision and assigned him to Palm Beach. Pomeranz went on to say that he thought that decision was the right one.
Outfielder Cody Haerther will avoid the disabled list but is not expected to play before Monday, June 27th except for an emergency situation.
Springfield has two hitters in the league's top ten in Tyler Minges (5th) and Robinson Cancel (7th). Minges is currently batting .323/.393/.572, 87-for-269, with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs. Cancel's year-to-date figures are .318/.401/.494, 56-for-176, with 24 RBIs. Not bad for a guy who couldn't get a job out of spring training.

Game-Of-The-Week Highlight
Double-A finally got a taste of the real Stuart Pomeranz and it tasted sweet to the Cardinals as they downed the San Antonio Missions 7-2.
Pomeranz's first five starts had been uneven, leaving him winless and Cardinals fans frustrated and a bit nervous. However, Thursday evening he justified the second round draft pick that the Cardinals made him in 2003 by allowing only seven base runners through his seven innings pitched. Two of those base runners were subsequently erased via a double play. Pomeranz (W, 1-0, 6.75 ERA) retired the lead-off batter in six of the seven innings, struck out five and walked two and shut out the Missions through six innings. He tired in the seventh, giving up two runs on a one-out walk that was followed by a home run. Jeremy Cook pitched the final two innings, allowing only one hit while striking out two.
The Cardinals gave Pomeranz some breathing room by scoring early and often. They scored three runs in the bottom of the first when Tyler Minges' one-out triple scored Shaun Boyd and Juan Diaz hit a 2-run home run. They duplicated that feat in the bottom of the fourth when Papo Bolivar hit a 2-run home run that also scored Robinson Cancel and a fielding error that scored Milko Jaramillo. The final Cardinals run of the night scored in the fifth when Pete Zoccolillo walked to lead off the inning and came around to score on another fielding error by the Missions.

Upcoming Week – vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros) 27th through 29th, at Wichita Wranglers (Royals) 1st through 3rd


High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division
Overall Record – 2 – 3 (32 – 43)
Weekly Record – 3 - 4
Current Standing – Fifth, two games behind the St. Lucie Mets

Current Week Team Batting - .211/.291/.330
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 4.20 ERA and 1.15 WHIP
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.33 ERA and 1.56 WHIP

Cumulative Team Batting - twelfth, last in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 4.11 ERA and 1.36 WHIP, Sixth in the league by ERA

Who's Hot – 1B Andy Schutzenhofer went .545/.706/.636, 6-for-11, in four games; RHS Jose Garcia, 1 GS, 8 IP, 0.00 ERA and 0.25 WHIP
Who's Not – 2B Jarrett Hoffpauir went .133/.188/.233, 4-for-30, in his first seven games since his promotion to Palm Beach; RHS Mike Parisi's Double-A was not auspicious – 1 GS, 6 IP, 7.50 ERA and 2.00 WHIP

Transactions - 06/21/05 (effective 06/17/05) – LHP Scott Schweitzer voluntarily retired, INF Dominic Rich voluntarily retired; 06/21/05 (effective 6/20/05) – RHP Justin Knoff given his unconditional release, INF Matt Demarco given his unconditional release; 06/22/05 – RHP Wayne Lundgren optioned to Quad Cities; 06/25/05 – OF Reid Gorecki to disabled list (ankle), OF Tony McQuade to disabled list;

Of Note -
For clarification - Palm Beach's first half actually closed two games after their All-Star break so the current week's game total is more than their second-half record.
Andy Schutzenhofer was demoted from Springfield this week due to a roster squeeze in Double-A. He may have used that demotion as inspiration. Schutzenhofer appeared in all four Palm Beach games after his arrival and earned his first "Who's Hot" award of the season.
On Monday the 20th, Eric Haberer took a loss while pitching only four innings. Due to Thursday's rain-out, his spot in the rotation did not come up again until Sunday. That turn was taken by starter Josh Axelson who follows Haberer in the rotation. Assuming something is amiss, and that is an assumption, hopefully it is not serious.
With the arrival of Jarrett Hoffpauir, Joe Mather, Simon Williams and Andy Schutzenhofer, Palm Beach has a new second baseman, right fielder, center fielder and first baseman. Here's to improving the team's offense.

Game-Of-The-Week Highlight
Outfielder Joe Mather may not connect as often as one would like but when he does, the ball tends to travel a bit.
Friday night Mr. Mather connected for a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Cardinals defeated the Brevard County Manatees 7-3. The victory allowed the Cardinals to split the Friday double-header as they lost the opener in a pitching duel, 1-0. Brendan Ryan lined a single to center to lead of the eighth inning then promptly stole second. Andy Schutzenhofer's single to center sent Ryan to third which prompted the Manatees to intentionally walk Matt Dryer to load the bases and set up Mather's heroics. All of the Cardinals' runs came via the long ball as Jason Motte hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the second to give the Cardinals a temporary 3-0 lead.
That lead was cut to 3-2 when the Manatees scored two runs off starter Roberto Batista. Batista went five innings, giving up two runs, both earned, on three hits and one walk while striking out two. He was in line for the win until closer Mark Worrell gave up a lead-off double and a single to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh. Worrell (BS, 4)( W, 2-2, 2.67 ERA) was the pitcher of record when Mather hit the grand slam, thereby picking up the win.

Upcoming Week – at St. Lucie Mets 27th and 28th, at Vero Beach Dodgers 29th through 1st, vs. Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) 2nd and 3rd


Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities
League Affiliation - fourteen-team Midwest League, eight-team West division
Overall Record – 4 – 0 (40 – 33)
Weekly Record – 4 - 0
Current Standing – First, one game ahead of the Beloit Snappers (Twins)

Current Week Team Batting - .338/.425/.487
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 4.29 ERA and 1.29 WHIP
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 6.60 ERA and 1.93 WHIP

Cumulative Team Batting - .261/.340/.403, Fifth in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 4.13 ERA and 1.37 WHIP, Fifth in the league by ERA

Who's Hot – OF Rick Ankiel went .500/.650/.1.071 (for an eye-popping 1.721 OPS), 7-for-14, in four games; Starters Dennis Dove and Matt Scherer each tossed 6 innings of shut out ball. Dove's weekly WHIP is 0.83 while Scherer's is 1.17
Who's Not – 1B/DH Mike Ferris went .250/.286/.250, 3-for-12, in three games which is pretty good for Mike but is the worst weekly average of this hitters with at least ten at bats; Kyle McClellan – 2 G, 1 GS, 4.1 IP, 6.22 ERA and 2.30 WHIP

Transactions – 06/22/05 – C Spencer Wyman and INF Cal Hayes assigned from extended spring training, OF Nick Stavinoha-seventh round 2005 draft, signed and assigned; 06/23/05 – OF Joe Mather promoted to Palm Beach; 06/25/05 – OF Eric Verbryke activated from the disabled list, OF Simon Williams promoted to Palm Beach, LHP Jackson Paz placed on the disabled list

Of Note -
Quad Cities' poor first half start cost them a post-season qualifying slot and they took that to heart, going undefeated this week.
Matt Scherer's outing Saturday was his sixth quality start in his last eight outings. The six scoreless innings was the longest scoreless outing of his professional career. Since May 30th Dennis Dove has a 2.51 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 2:1 K/BB ratio (24:12) in twenty-eight and two-thirds innings pitched.
Outfielder Eric Verbryke returned from the disabled list ready to go. He went .500/.545/.900, 5-for-10, in two games. Designated hitter Chris Patrick is batting .361/.452/.574, 22-for-61 in twenty-three games this season. I guess he doesn't get more playing time because the main position he appears to play is DH.

Game-Of-The-Week Highlight
You know the team's hot when they get out hit 6-to-2 with both of their hits being singles but win anyway.
That is what happened Friday night as the Swing triumphed 2-1 over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Both Swing runs scored when the lead-off batter reached base on a fielding error and scored on singles. In the fourth inning Juan Lucena reached base on a fielding error by the Timber Rattlers' first baseman. A walk to Rick Ankiel and a sacrifice bunt by Mike Ferris put runners at second and third for Simon Williams. Williams lined a single to right that scored the first run of the game. Matt Shepherd led off the eighth inning by reaching second base on a throwing error by the Rattlers' shortstop. Cal Hayes singled up the middle to score Shepherd.
While he did not figure in the decision, starter Dennis Dove pitched a beauty by shutting down the division's first place team for the first half on two hit and three walks in six innings. Dove struck out eight and left the game in line for the win. Jaymie Torres (BS, 2) blew the lead when he gave up two hits in the top of the seventh that scored a run to tie the game. Jackson Paz (W, 1-0, 2.45 ERA) retired the only batter he faced in the seventh to pick up the win. Unfortunately, it was Paz' last appearance before going back onto the disabled list. Mike Sillman picked up his sixteenth save of the season by working around a lead-off double to start the ninth. Sillman bore down to sandwich strike outs around a fly out.

Upcoming Week – vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Mariners) 27th through 29th, at South Bend Silver Hawks (Diamondbacks) 30th through 3rd


Short-A – New Jersey Cardinals
League Affiliation - fourteen-team New York-Penn League, six-team McNamara division
Overall Record – 3 - 3
Weekly Record – 3 - 3
Current Standing – Tied for third, two games behind the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)

Current Week Team Batting - .193/.264/.260
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.04 ERA and 1.06 WHIP
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.18 ERA and 1.09 WHIP

Cumulative Team Batting - .193/.264/.260, thirteenth in the league (Thank you, Aberdeen IronBirds – Orioles – for being dead last!)
Cumulative Pitching - 3.12 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, Sixth in the league by ERA

Who's Hot – 3B Casey Rowlett went .333/.391/.429, 7-for-21, in six games; RHR Matthew Trent – 3 G, 3 IP, 2 SV, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA and 0.33 WHIP
Who's Not – I am giving the newbies a free pass for their first week.

Transactions – 06/25/05 – LHP Bo Dickerson promoted to Quad Cities

Of Note -
As noted in the "Who's Hot", third baseman Casey Rowlett had a good first week of professional ball. . Rowlett is a 32nd round 2005 selection out of the University of Arkansas. "Veteran" Brandon Yarbrough had a good week at the plate, going 300/.348/.500, 6-for-20, in six games. That was offset by his poor one behind the plate. Yarbrough had four errors. Free agent signee Brad Wilkerson had a good first week at .273/.333/.545, 3-for-11, in three games. He also hit the first New Jersey home run of the season on Sunday.
Lefty Scott Schweitzer's retirement left Palm Beach without a lefty reliever and appears to have set off a chain reaction in the Cardinals minor league system. Lefty Kevin Ool was promoted to Palm Beach which left the Swing without a lefty reliever since Jackson Paz went back on the disabled list. Lefty Bo Dickerson, a free agent signee in 2004, was promoted to the Swing. That leaves the New Jersey Cardinals without a lefty reliever although lefty Zach Zuercher does start for them. The Johnson City Cardinals have two lefties in their bullpen: Josh Schwartz, a 42nd round 2005 draft pick, and Alexander Soriano.

Game-Of-The-Week Highlight
The New Jersey Cardinals began their season the right way with a 4-3 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters.
Starter Nick Webber, a second-round 2005 draft pick, was perfect through his four-inning stint as he retired all twelve batters faced. He struck out four. The Cardinals scored the first run of the game when shortstop Dan Nelson's sacrifice fly to left scored catcher Brandon Yarbrough in the second inning.
Lefty Bo Dickerson entered the game in the fifth with a 1-0 lead and was unscored upon in both the fifth and sixth innings. However, he allowed the first two batters in the seventh inning to reach base. Dickerson was replaced by Michael Gross who retired all three batters he faced but allowed a run to score that tied up the game on a sacrifice bunt and a ground out. That run was attributed to Dickerson. This was Dickerson's sole appearance with New Jersey before his promotion to the Swing of the Quad Cities.
The Cardinals re-took the lead by scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh when designated hitter Chad Gabriel's double scored Yarbrough and Dan Nelson singled home Gabriel. Williamsport tied the game back up in the eighth inning on a 2-run home run off Gross. New Jersey won the game when pinch hitter Adam Rogers singles home third baseman Casey Rowlett. That made a winner out of Matthew Trent (W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA) who pitched a perfect ninth for the Cardinals. Trent is the Cardinals' 30th round 2005 draft pick.

Upcoming Week – at Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) 27th, vs. Brooklyn Cyclones 28th, at Brooklyn Cyclones 29th (who created this schedule?), at Staten Island Yankees 30th, vs. Staten Island Yankees 1st and 2nd


Rookie – Johnson City Cardinals
League Affiliation - ten-team Appalachian League, five-team West division
Overall Record – 2 - 4
Weekly Record – 2 - 4
Current Standing – Tied for fourth, three games behind the Elizabethton Twins

Current Week Team Batting - .248/.294/.351
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 6.43 ERA and 1.62 WHIP
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 5.64 ERA and 1.75 WHIP

Cumulative Team Batting - .248/.294/.351, Fifth in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 5.96 ERA and 1.66 WHIP, Eighth in the league by ERA

Who's Hot – Some kid named Colby Rasmus went .400/.455/.550, 8-for-20, in five games; RHR Kevin Fitzgerald – 2 G, 2 SV, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA and 0.00 WHIP
Who's Not – These newbies get a pass as well

Transactions – 06/21/05 – 3B Adam Morris promoted to New Jersey; 06/26/05 – RHP Cory Meacham promoted to New Jersey

Of Note -
If my attempt at humor in the "Who's Hot" went right over your head, Colby Rasmus is the Cardinals #1 2005 draft pick so it is very nice to see him get off to such a good start. A few other names off to a good start, in alphabetical order – Brandon Garner at .333/.333/.333, 4-for-12; Steve Gonzalez at .333/.375/.467, 5-for-15; Donovan Solano at .294/.368/.294 and A.J. Van Slyke at .294/.300/.529, both 5-for-17. Adam Morris, already promoted to New Jersey, went .375/.500/.875, 3-for-8, in three games. Morris was the Cardinals 47th, and last, pick in the 2005 draft and attended Rice University.
On the pitching side, in addition to Kevin Fitzgerald here are some other pitchers that started well: RHS Josh Wilson, 2nd round 2005 draft, - 1 GS, 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA and 0.75 WHIP; RHS Matthew Lane, 16th round 2005 draft, - 1 GS, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 0.00 ERA and 1.09 WHIP; RHR John Powell, 36th round 2003 draft pick, - 1 G, 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 1.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.

Game-Of-The-Week Highlight
The Cardinals picked up their first victory of the season on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over the Kingsport Mets.
Four Cardinals pitchers combined to toss a four-hit, one-run game. Reliever Kyle Sadlowski, 34th round 2005 draft, picked up the win by shutting out the Mets through three and one-third innings. Sadlowski's only blemish was a walk as he did not give up a hit. Kevin Fitzgerald, the Cardinals' 45th round 2005 draft pick out of Stony Brook, picked up his first save of season by pitching a perfect ninth inning.
First round draft pick Colby Rasmus scored the game's first run when doubled to lead off the inning and came home on right fielder Charles Carter's two-out single to left. The decisive run of the game came in the third inning when first baseman A.J. Van Slyke hit a one-out triple. He scored when Carter again singled, this time up the middle. Rasmus, Carter and Van Slyke were all 2-for-4 in the game.

Upcoming Week – vs. Elizabethton Twins 27th through 29th, vs. Pulaski Blue Jays 30th through 2nd, vs. Kingsport Mets 3rd

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Dominican Summer League

The Dominican Summer League is comprised of five divisions:
Santo Domingo East, Santo Domingo North, Santo Domingo West, San Pedro de Macoris and Cibao.

The divisions consist of the following affiliations:
Santo Domingo East - Arizona, Boston, Chicago (N), Cincinnati, Cleveland I, Cleveland II, Colorado, Minnesota and San Francisco.
Santo Domingo North - Los Angeles 2, Oakland 1, Oakland 2, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis
Santo Domingo West - New York (N), New York I (A), New York II (A), Washington, San Diego
San Pedro de Macoris - Anaheim, Baltimore, Houston, Pittsburgh, Texas, Toronto
Cibao - Atlanta I, Atlanta II, Chicago (AL), Florida, Kansas City

St. Louis Cardinals
League Affiliation -six-team Santo Domingo North division
Overall Record – 10 - 4
Current Standing – First place, in fact they have the best record in the league

Cumulative Team Batting - .280/.356/.355
Cumulative Team Pitching - 2.33 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in one hundred twenty-seven and one-third innings pitched

Team Leaders – Batting
Simon Brito – 13 G, 11-for-31, .355/.394/.419
Ciro Caldera – 13 G, 12-for-38, .316/.409/.368
Jose Ramirez – 13 G, 14-for-49, .286/.314/.347
Elvin Tejeda, 12 G, 11-for-39, .282/.333/.385
Nelson Lugo, 13 G, 9-for-34, .265/.359/.412

Edwin Gomez, 10 G, 7-for-14, .500/.611/.643 (did not make top five due to limited at bats but included here because of his numbers. Also, he has only struck out once and stolen three bases)

Top Five Team Leaders – Pitching (listed by ERA, then by WHIP)
Henderson Lugo – 17 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 25 SO, 0.00 ERA and 0.59 WHIP (check out the K/BB ratio and K/IP ratio)
Jose Carpio, - 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 0.00 ERA and 0.75 WHIP
Oscar Lara – 9 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 7 SO, 0.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP
Nelson Montilla – 11.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 11 BB, 12 SO, 0.79 ERA and 1.50 WHIP
Elvis Hernandez – 10 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 SO, 1.80 ERA and .50 WHIP (Another good K/BB ratio and K/IP ratio)

The Stat Sheet
This week we are back to look at some pitching stats. The top starter and reliever, per category, will be given at each level except for New Jersey and Johnson City. I will include those levels in the next report. All stats given are year-to-date. Two notes on the stats: 1) I included more than one starter's stats at some levels because the current leader is new to the rotation so his total innings pitched is also low and 2)I split a pitcher's stats between starting and relieving so any pitcher that qualifies as a leader in a particular category qualifies using only the applicable stats, not their combined stats.

Earned Run Average
RHS Kevin Jarvis – 2.68 ERA in 74. IP
RHR Vladimir Nunez – 1.09 ERA in 17.2 IP

LHS Randy Leek – 3.50 ERA in 108 IP
RHR Cory Doyne – 1.46 ERA in 24.2 IP

Palm Beach
LHS Eric Haberer – 1.41 ERA in 32 IP
RHR Rich Scalamandre – 2.31 ERA in 27.1 IP

Quad Cities
RHS Phillip Andersen – 2.86 ERA in 22 IP
RHS Matt Scherer – 3.63 ERA in 67 IP Included due to the low IP by Andersen
RHR Mike Sillman – 2.50 ERA in 36 IP

WHIP Leaders
RHS Anthony Reyes – 0.97 WHIP in 70.2 IP
RHR Vladimir Nunez – 0.96 WHIP in 17.2 IP

LHS Randy Leek – 1.13 WHIP in 108 IP
RHR Cory Doyne – 1.34 WHIP in 24.2 IP

Palm Beach
LHS Eric Haberer – 1.03 WHIP in 32 IP
RHR Rich Scalamandre – 1.10 WHIP in 27.1 IP

Quad Cities
RHS Dennis Dove – 1.23 WHIP in 81 IP
RHR Quinton Robertson – 1.12 WHIP in 17 IP Stats given for Robertson are as a reliever only and do not include his starter work

K/BB Leaders
RHS Anthony Reyes – 4:1(66 SO, 16 BB) in 70.2 IP
RHR Josh Pearce – 4:1 (8 SO, 2 BB) in 10.1 IP

LHS Randy Leek – 3.6:1 (57 SO, 16 BB) in 108 IP
RHR Evan Rust – 2.4:1 (17 SO, 7 BB) in 18 IP

Palm Beach
RHS Buddy Blair – 4.25:1 (17 SO, 4 BB) in 22 IP
Stats given for Blair are as a starter only and do not include his relief work
RHR Andy Cavazos – 4.5:1 (27 SO, 6 BB) in 22.1 IP

Quad Cities
RHS Matt Scherer – 2.4:1 (48 SO, 20 BB) in 67 IP
RHR Quinton Robertson – 4.5:1 (18 SO, 4 BB) in 17 IP Stats given for Robertson are as a reliever only and do not include his starter work

K/9 IP Leaders
RHS Chris Gissell – 8.52/9 IP, 94 SO in 99.1 IP
RHR Vladimir Nunez – 11.2/9 IP, 22 SO in 17.2 IP

RHS Chris Lambert – 9/9 IP, 23 SO in 22.2 IP
RHR Jordan Pals – 6/9 IP, 53 SO in 78 IP Included due to the low IP by Lambert
RHR Anthony Ferrari – 8.3/9 IP, 17 SO in 18.1 IP

Palm Beach
RHS Jose Garcia – 7.5/9 IP, 38 SO in 45.1 IP
Stats given for Garcia are as a starter only and do not include his relief work
RHR Andy Cavazos – 10.8/9 IP, 27 SO in 12.1 IP

Quad Cities
RHS Dennis Dove – 6.5/9 IP, 59 SO in 81 IP
RHR Mike Sillman – 12.25/9 IP, 49 SO in 36 IP

Don't forget to check out Jason Scott's great weekly report on our minor league prospects. The latest one should arrive at any time.

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