This Week in the Minors

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This Week in the Minors

August 23, 2005

Let's get right to the changes in standing for the week – Memphis had a losing week and dropped from second to third place. They did, however, gain a game on first place Nashville. Springfield also had a losing week and remained in last place. They also dropped another half game behind Arkansas. Palm Beach had another very good week and vaulted past Vero Beach into first place. Quad Cities had a losing week but remained in first place. They maintained their one-game lead over Wisconsin. Both New Jersey and Johnson City had losing records this week. New Jersey moved from fifth to fourth place but slid another three and one-half games behind Staten Island. Johnson City won just two games this week and is now in a battle to stay out of the cellar or their division. The DSL Cardinals remain in fourth place and dropped another one and one-half games behind Oakland 2.

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AAA – Memphis Redbirds
League Affiliation - sixteen-team Pacific Coast League, four-team America North division
Overall Record – 63 - 65
Weekly Record – 3 - 4
Current Standing – Third, six and one-half games behind the Nashville Sound (Brewers)

Current Week Team Batting - .252/.333/.381
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 6.87 ERA and 1.47 WHIP: twenty-nine earned runs, forty-one hits and fifteen walks in thirty-eight innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 4.29 ERA and 1.67 WHIP: ten earned runs, twenty-three hits and twelve walks in twenty-one innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting - .261/.329/.434, last in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 4.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP, second in the league

Who's Hot – 1B/OF Chris Duncan went .360/.467/.760 or 9-for-25 in seven games; LHR Tyler Johnson – 3 G, 3 GS, 1 SV, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 6 SO, 0.00 ERA and 0.40 WHIP
Who's Not – So many choices for both batters and pitchers. Who to choose? Well, I try to go for rock-bottom so it is SS John Nelson for the second consecutive week - .154/.214/.154 or 4-for-26 in seven games; RHS Anthony Reyes has a dreadful outing the week after setting a new Memphis Redbirds' record for strikeouts in a game – 1 G, 1 GS, 2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 1 SO, 31.50 ERA and 5.00 WHIP

Transactions – 08/17/05 – RHR Ricky Stone exercised option to terminate his contract; 08/18/05 – RHR David Lee signed as free agent, OF Pete Zoccolillo placed on disabled list (broken big toe); 08/19/05 – OF Skip Schumaker optioned from St. Louis; 08/20/05 – C Mike Mahoney optioned from St. Louis, LHP Chris Narveson placed on the disabled list (sore shoulder), C Brad Cresse optioned to Springfield; RHP Mark Nussbeck optioned to Springfield

Of Note - Overall -
At 6 ½ games back with fifteen games to play in the season, Memphis's play-off hopes are as much as over. Four of those games are with first-place Nashville so it is theoretically possible for them to kick their performance into a higher gear and compete but there has been nothing in their recent play to indicate that will happen. They began the week well by defeating Nashville in the final game of a four-game series to take the series 3-1. The Redbirds journeyed to American South-leading Oklahoma where they lost 3-of-4 before heading for Iowa where they have split the first two games of a four-game series with bottom-feeding Iowa. The pitching is horrendous and the bats are listless. Not a good recipe for success.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
Outfielder John Gall had a good week, going .320/.387/.400 or 8-for-25 in seven games with four RBIs and four walks. Second baseman Bo Hart did not, batting .222/.323/.222 or 4-for-27 in seven games. Gall and Chris Duncan were the only Redbirds to hit over .300 for the week.

Of Note – Pitching -
Ricky Stone's opting out of his Memphis contract led me to check how another Memphis reliever has done since opting out of his contract with the Redbirds. Nunez amassed a 2.14 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in seventeen games and twenty-one innings during his Memphis stint. After opting out of his contract on July 3rd, he signed with the Tucson Sidewinders, Arizona's Triple-A team, where he compiled a 5.02 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in fourteen and one-third innings. He began pitching for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians on August 19th where he is unscored upon in two appearances and two innings pitched.
An action to note this week is Jimmy Journell's removal from the Cardinals' 40-man roster and clearance through waivers. Journell was a former fourth round selection in the 1999 draft and, as most know, at one point was a shining light in the Cardinals' minor league system. After multiple surgeries he has never fulfilled the promise he once had and will undoubtedly leave the Cardinals' system as a six-year minor league free agent at the end of this season.

Upcoming Week – at Iowa Cubs 22nd and 23rd, at Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 24th through 28th

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AA – Springfield Cardinals
League Affiliation - eight-team Texas League, four-team East division
Overall Record – 25 - 31 (60 - 66)
Weekly Record – 3 - 4
Current Standing – Fourth and Last, five and one-half games behind the Arkansas Travelers (Angels)

Current Week Team Batting - .283/.337/.459
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 5.89 ERA and 1.75 WHIP: twenty-four earned runs, forty-nine hits and fifteen walks in thirty-six and two-thirds innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 5.40 ERA and 1.33 WHIP: fourteen earned runs, twenty-two hits and nine walks in twenty-three and one-third innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting - .269/.332/.420, sixth in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 4.61 ERA and 1.45 WHIP, sixth in the league

Who's Hot – 2B Aaron Herr went .458/.536/.667 or 11-for-24 in seven games; LHR Kevin Ool – since August 8th his ERA has been 1.35 in six and two-thirds innings over five appearances. He allowed only one earned run but his WHIP is a scary 1.64 during that same period.
Who's Not – C/1B Gabe Johnson went .192/.222/.462 or 5-for-26 in seven games; RHS Chris Lambert – since August 8th his line is 3 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 12 IP, 23 H, 17 R, 15 ER, 1 HR, 8 BB, 5 SO, 11.25 ERA and 2.58 WHIP

Transactions - 08/15/05 – LHP Oscar Alvarez optioned to Palm Beach; 08/16/05 – INF Kevin Estrada placed on disabled list (dislocated knuckle); 08/20/05 – LHP Bill Pulsipher promoted to Memphis, RHR Jeremy Cook placed on the disabled list

Of Note - Overall -
Like Memphis, Springfield is a team that has not taken advantage of opportunities when they have presented themselves. They finally managed to take a four-game series from last-place Frisco before losing 3-of-4 to first-place Midland. In two of the Midland losses, they got stomped! Springfield's post-season fate rests squarely in their own hands as they play entirely within their own division and are not so far out that a post-season slot is out-of-reach. The balance of the season breaks down as follows: four games at home against third-place Tulsa, five games at second-place Wichita and the regular season ends with five games against first-place Arkansas.
The Grand Old Man of the Cardinals' system, George Kissell, was in Springfield on Tuesday to see the Cardinals' 5-3 win over the Frisco RoughRiders. Mr. Kissell is the senior field coordinator for player development.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
Utility guy Kevin Estrada's season is finished as he dislocated a knuckle on his right hand. His roster slot is taken by Rayner Laya who saw his time at short eliminated with Tyler Greene's promotion to Palm Beach. While playing primarily at short, Laya did play a few games at second base and even appeared in left field twice.
Gabe Johnson saw action behind the plate for the first time since returning from the disabled list. He moved from first to catcher for the eighth inning in Sunday's game against Midland.
Travis Hanson (.385/.429/.577), Tyler Minges (.346/.414/.731), Cody Haerther (.313/.313/.563) and Papo Bolivar (.313/.313/.438) all hit over .300 for the week.

Of Note – Pitching -
On Tuesday, Stuart Pomeranz put together his second consecutive solid performance against Frisco. He was matched against lefty John Danks, one of the Rangers' top prospects. Danks is ranked the Rangers' #2 prospect behind Thomas Diamond whom the Cardinals and Randy Leek defeated on the 14th. Pomeranz took the loss in Sunday's game when he allowed seven runs in five and one-third innings. However, only three of the seven runs were earned. Manager Chris Maloney told the Springfield News-Leader that pitching coach Blaise Ilsley reworked Pomeranz' wind-up a bit so that he is going straight to home plate. He now has an over-the-head delivery. Maloney said that made Pomeranz "a different man".

Upcoming Week – vs. Tulsa Drillers (Rockies) 23rd through 26th, at Wichita Wranglers (Royals) 27th and 28th

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High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division
Overall Record – 34 – 23 (64 – 63)
Weekly Record – 4 - 2
Current Standing – First, one-half game ahead of the Vero Beach Dodgers

Current Week Team Batting - .260/.346/.360
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 4.61 ERA and 1.54 WHIP: fourteen earned runs, thirty-two hits and ten walks in twenty-seven and one-third innings
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 2.02 ERA and 0.94 WHIP: six earned runs, nineteen hits and six walks in twenty-six and two-thirds innings

Cumulative Team Batting - .245/.319/.367, eleventh in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 3.94 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, fifth in the league

Who's Hot – CF Reid Gorecki went .320/.333/.320 or 8-for-25 in six games; RHR Chris Russ – 3 G, 0 GS, 2-0, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 6 SO, 0.00 ERA and 0.33 WHIP
Who's Not – OF Jarrett Hoffpauir went .250/.348/.350 or 5-for-20 in six games; RHS Mark Michael's road back from the disabled list has been a rocky one – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 0 SO, 13.51 ERA and 2.10 WHIP

Transactions - 08/13/05 – C Brandon Marcelli voluntarily retired; 08/15/05 – RHP Jaymie Torres optioned to Quad Cities; 08/19/05 – INF Rayner Laya promoted to Springfield; 08/20/05 – RHP Josh Kinney activated from disabled list; 08/21/05 – LHP Eric Haberer activated from the disabled list;

Of Note - Overall -
Palm Beach moved into first place this week and is in control of their play-off destiny. Here is how the Florida State League's play-offs work: If the team winning the second half differs from the first-half winner, then those two teams play for the FSL title. If the same team wins both halves then the team with the next best overall record is the post-season qualifier. The Vero Beach Dodgers won the first half and are currently in second place behind Palm Beach. If they win the second half then the race for the next best overall record is between the Daytona Cubs, St. Lucie Mets and Palm Beach Cardinals. Thirteen regular season games remain for the Cardinals as follows: three at home against Daytona, three at Brevard County, three at Daytona and four in their home facility against Jupiter.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
Both Terry Evans (.333/.333/.667) and Brian Martin (.357/.471/.357) hit over .300 for the week but both did it in only four games. That is why Reid Gorecki got the "Who's Hot" nod. For those on a "Tyler Greene Watch" he went .286/.348/.476 for the week to bring his FSL totals to .324/.378/.529 in eight games and thirty-four at bats. Matt Dryer compiled a .930 OPS this week, significantly outperforming his third base counterpart in Quad Cities, Jake Mullinax. (See last week's report if this reference goes right over your head.)

Of Note – Pitching -
The Palm Beach rotation's weekly ERA of 4.61 is skewed by the poor but brief outings of Eric Haberer, Mark Michael and Roberto Batista. Those three combined to give up eleven earned runs in eight and one-third innings. The Cardinals won both the Haberer and Batista starts while losing the Michael start. The key to Palm Beach's overall success was that the bullpen held the opposition scoreless after Batista and Haberer gave up three runs apiece which allowed the bats to overcome the deficit. In fact the Cardinals would have won the Michael game even though he allowed five earned runs in three and one-third innings but the bullpen allowed even more runs in what was a 14-10 loss.

Upcoming Week – vs. Daytona Cubs 22nd through 24th, 25th off day, at Brevard County Manatees (Brewers) 26th through 28th

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Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities
League Affiliation - fourteen-team Midwest League, eight-team West division
Overall Record – 32 – 25 (68 – 58)
Weekly Record – 4 - 5
Current Standing – First, one game ahead of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Mariners)

Current Week Team Batting - .244/.296/.404
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 6.31 ERA and 1.62 WHIP: twenty-nine earned runs, fifty-five hits and twelve walks in forty-one and one-third innings
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.34 ERA and 1.15 WHIP: eleven earned runs, twenty-three hits and eleven walks in twenty-nine and two-thirds innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting - .265/.345/.403, fifth in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 4.19 ERA and 1.39 WHIP, tied for sixth in the league

Who's Hot – INF/DH Chris Patrick went .450/.542/800 or 9-for-20 in seven games; RHS Phillip Andersen's line this week – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 12.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 16 SO, 1.46 ERA and 0.97 WHIP
Who's Not – 3B Jake Mullinax went .167/.167/.292 or 4-for-24 in seven games; RHS Michael Cooper's line this week – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 7 IP, 18 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 5 SO, 16.71 ERA and 3.00 WHIP

Transactions – None

Of Note - Overall -
The Swing has not had a winning week this month but remains in first place because other teams in their division have not taken advantage of the opportunity. I admit that playing nine games in seven days is a bit tough but the Swing is not taking care of business right now. They have a big four-game series at home this week against Kane County who sit two and one-half games behind them.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
Centerfielder Matt Lemanczyk had a good week, going .313/.389/.438 or 10-for-32 in nine games. While Chris Patrick compiled his "Who's Hot" numbers in two fewer games and twelve fewer at bats than did Lemanczyk, I could not ignore how much better Patrick did. A close competitor to Jake Mullinax for "Who's Not" notice was shortstop Juan Lucena. Lucena batted ..214/.267/.250 or 6-for-28 in nine games. In fact only Lemanczyk, Lucena, Matt Shepherd and Nick Stavinoha played in all nine games this week.

Of Note – Pitching -
I read an absolute "Well Duh" this week. A NL scout watched Mark McCormick's Midwest League debut and basically said that while McCormick's fastball is a "plus-plus" pitch, he needed to improve his other pitches if he wanted to be a major league starter. My response is "How many Major League starters are there with only one pitch?"
Speaking of McCormick, as Jason Scott mentioned in his most recent report, McCormick told The Quad-City Times that he will participate in the Florida Instructional League after the regular season is over where he will work his change-up, for starters. For now he has been told to just go out there and pitch.

Upcoming Week – 22nd and 23rd off days, vs. Peoria Chiefs (Cubs) 24th, vs. Kane County Cougars (Athletics) 25th through 28th

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Short-A – New Jersey Cardinals
League Affiliation - fourteen-team New York-Penn League, six-team McNamara division
Overall Record – 29 - 31
Weekly Record – 3 - 4
Current Standing – Fourth, eleven and one-half games behind the Staten Island Yankees

Current Week Team Batting - .253/.326/.343
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 4.54 ERA and 1.41 WHIP: nineteen earned runs, forty-three hits and ten walks in thirty-seven and two-thirds innings
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 4.38 ERA and 1.54 WHIP: twelve earned runs, twenty-four hits and fourteen walks in twenty-four and two-thirds innings

Cumulative Team Batting - .266/.339/.369, third in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 3.78 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, sixth in the league

Who's Hot – CF Sean Danielson went .552/.594/.552 or 16-for-29 with eight stolen bases in seven games; RHS Mitchell Boggs – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1.69 ERA and 1.31 WHIP
Who's Not – 2B Jose Delgado went .095/.174/.190 or 2-for-21 in six games; RHS Chris Clem – 11 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 4.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 3 SO, 11.59 ERA and 2.58 WHIP

Transactions – 08/21/05 – C Jose Mendez promoted to Palm Beach, RHP Michael Schellinger and LHP Daniel Stevens signed as free agents;

Of Note - Overall -
New Jersey heads into a two-day All-Star break on the 22nd and 23rd, the first in the league's history. The New Jersey Cardinals placed five on the All-Star team. If you missed the pertinent link giving names in "Cards in the News" then Jason Scott's next report will let you know just which NJ Cardinals were honored.
New Jersey spends their short week playing the two teams below them in the McNamara division, Aberdeen and Hudson Valley. While their play-off hopes are pretty slim they still are in the running.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
I mentioned Sean Danielson's eight stolen bases in the "Who's Hot" above because six of those came in the same game which is a new team record. Danielson is certainly making the most of his opportunity. (Are you noticing the "Making the Most of Opportunities" theme this week?)
Rightfielder Chad Gabriel had a simply phenomenal week at the plate but was overshadowed by the ridiculous numbers put up by Danielson. Gabriel, a 20th round selection in this year's draft, went .409/.480/.727 or 9-for-22 in six games. He led the team with 6 RBIs for the week and tied Danielson by scoring six runs. Gabriel is second on the team to Yonathan Sivira in at bats with one hundred fifty-seven and his cumulative .325/.359/.439/.799 is second on the team in both batting average and OPS to Danielson's .368/.419/.412/.832. Danielson has had one hundred fourteen at bats through August 21st.

Of Note – Pitching -
Lefty starter Zach Zuercher must not like pitching at Skylands Park, the home of the New Jersey Cardinals. Per The New Jersey Herald Zuercher is 0-5 with a 6.00+ ERA at home and 4-1 with a sub-3.00 ERA on the road. The real stats guys would probably tell you that was not a large enough sample size to be valid.
Lefty Adam Daniels made his first professional start on Friday in New Jersey's 5-1 win over Aberdeen. While Daniels did not go deep enough to earn the win he did toss three and one-third innings while allowing only one unearned run. Daniels has compiled a 1.46 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in twelve and one-third innings over six games this season. He has struck out sixteen and walked four. Daniels was selected in the fifteenth round this year out of Oklahoma State and hails from North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Upcoming Week – 22nd and 23rd All-Star Game break, at Aberdeen IronBirds (Orioles) 24th and 25th, at Hudson Valley Renegades (Devil Rays) 26th through 28th

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Rookie – Johnson City Cardinals
League Affiliation - ten-team Appalachian League, five-team West division
Overall Record – 23 - 35
Weekly Record – 2 - 4
Current Standing – Tied for fourth, nineteen games behind the Elizabethton Twins

Current Week Team Batting - .273/.329/.492
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 9.45 ERA and 1.87 WHIP: twenty-eight earned runs, thirty hits and twenty walks in twenty-six and two-thirds innings
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 8.48 ERA and 1.97 WHIP: twenty-two earned runs, thirty-three hits and thirteen walks in twenty-three and one-third innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting - .256/.330/.400, sixth in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 6.33 ERA and 1.66 WHIP, last in the league

Who's Hot – C Bryan Anderson and CF Colby Rasmus. Anderson went .467/.467/.667 or 7-for-15 in five games and Rasmus went .400/.409/.800 or 8-for-20 in six games; RHS Tyler Herron – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1.80 ERA and 1.20 WHIP
Who's Not – 3B Adam Morris went .133/.316/.200 or 2-for-15 in five games: RHR Kevin Fitzgerald – 3 G, 0 GS, 0-1, 1SV, 1 BS, 4 IP, 14 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 4 SO, 20.25 ERA and 4.00 WHIP

Transactions – 08/15/05 – INF Donovan Solano promoted to New Jersey;

Of Note - Overall -
Johnson City heads into the last full week of their season which ends on August 30th. They finish the season by playing five games against the only team in the Appalachian League with a worse record, the Burlington Indians. Sandwiched in between those five games is three with the Danville Braves who not only own on of the best records in the league but swept Johnson City this past week.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
As mentioned in my last report, seventeen-year-old shortstop Donovan Solano was promoted to New Jersey on Monday. Jose Martinez has been playing short this week instead of second base where he had previously played. Second base duties this week were split between Steward Chacin and Brandon Garner.
After spending most of the season struggling for both hits and playing time while batting below .100, Wil Pujols has had a good two weeks. Since August 8th Pujols has batted 5-for-11 in six games for a .455/.500/.455 average.
There was another member of the .400 club this week, in addition to Anderson and Rasmus. That was leftfielder Malcolm Owens who went .400/.455/.500 or 4-for-10 in four games this week. Owens also scored two runs and was hit by a pitch.

Of Note – Pitching -
It is nice to see Tyler Herron put together back-to-back solid outings. On the 12th he faced first-place Elizabethton and took the loss when he allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits in five innings while walking three and striking out five. Unfortunately, two of his three hits allowed were of the home run variety. Then on the 18th he faced third-place Kingsport where he again allowed three hits in five innings worked. This time he allowed only one run, earned, while walking three and striking out four. Better yet, none of the hits allowed was a home run. Herron took a no decision in what turned out to be a loss.

Upcoming Week – at Burlington Indians 22nd through 24th, at Danville Braves 25th through 27th, vs. Burlington Indians 28th

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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 35 – 32
Weekly Record 6 – 4*
Current Standing – Fourth, seven games behind Oakland Athletics 2

*Record since last date reported, August 11, 2005

Cumulative Team Batting - .228/.306/.286
Cumulative Team Pitching - 3.16 ERA and 1.32 WHIP: one hundred ninety-four earned runs, four hundred twenty-seven hits and three hundred two walks in five hundred fifty-one and two-thirds innings

Team Leaders – Batting
Jose Ramirez - .306/.366/.431, 49-for-160 in 53 games
Ciro Caldera - .273/.369/.302, 38-for-139 in 54 games
Nelson Lugo - .264/.367/.373, 29-for-110 in 46 games

Team Leaders – On-Base Percentage
Francis Rojas - .261/.370/.313, 20 walks in 49 games
Ciro Caldera - .273/.369/.302, 21 walks in 54 games
Nelson Lugo - .264/.367/.373, 18 walks in 46 games

Team Leaders – Stolen Bases
Willian Sandoval - .238/.327/.294, 29 stolen bases in 54 games
Nelson Lugo - .264/.367/.373, 15 stolen bases in 46 games
Jose Ramirez - .306/.366/.431, 9 stolen bases in 53 games
Edwin Gomez - .245/.324/.223, 7 stolen bases in 42 games

Team Leaders – Earned Run Average
Oscar Lara – 1.38 ERA in twenty-three games and twenty-six innings pitched (Leads club with sixteen saves)
Nelson Montilla – 1.55 ERA in twenty games and forty and two-thirds innings pitched
Elvis Hernandez – 1.56 ERA in nineteen games and thirty-four and two-thirds innings pitched

Team Leaders – WHIP
Henderson Lugo – 0.89 WHIP: forty-four hits, fourteen walks in twelve games and sixty-five innings pitched
Elvis Hernandez – 0.98 WHIP: twenty-three hits, eleven walks in nineteen games and thirty-four and two-thirds innings pitched
Pedro Novoa – 1.12 WHIP: twenty-one hits, eleven walks in eight games and twenty-eight and two-thirds innings pitched

Team Leaders – K/9 IP
Pedro Novoa – 12.56:9 IP ratio, forty strike outs in twenty-eight and two-thirds innings pitched
Henderson Lugo – 10.25:9 IP ratio, seventy-four strike outs in sixty-five innings pitched
Antonio Batista – 10.04:9 IP ratio, thirty-two strike outs in twenty-eight and two-thirds innings pitched

Team Leaders – K/BB Ratio
Henderson Lugo – 5.3:1, seventy-four strike outs and fourteen walks in sixty-five innings pitched
Pedro Novoa – 3.6:1, forty strike outs and eleven walks in twenty-eight and two-thirds innings pitched Elvis Hernandez – 3.3:1, thirty-six strike outs and eleven walks in thirty-four and two-thirds innings pitched

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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. 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
Memphis
RHS Jeremy Cummings – 3.06 ERA in 35.1 IP
RHS Kevin Jarvis – 3.45 ERA in 140.2 IP
RHR Josh Pearce – 3.24 ERA in 33.1 IP

Springfield
LHS Randy Leek – 3.73 ERA in 166.2 IP
RHR Josh Kinney – 1.65 ERA in 32.2 IP

Palm Beach
RHS Mike Parisi – 3.15 ERA in 65.2 IP
RHR Anthony Rawson – 1.72 ERA in 15.2 IP
RHR Mark Worrell Jr. – 2.42 ERA in 52 IP

Quad Cities
RHS Mark McCormick – 2.83 ERA in 28.2 IP
RHS Phillip Andersen – 2.94 ERA in 88.2 IP
RHR Mike Sillman – 2.63 ERA in 61.2 IP

New Jersey
LHS Zach Zuercher – 4.18 ERA in 64.2 IP
RHR Jeremy Zick – 1.56 ERA in 34.2 IP

Johnson City
RHS Joshua Wilson – 4.10 ERA in 48.1 IP
RHR Ryan Dixon – 3.32 ERA in 21.2 IP

WHIP Leaders
Memphis
RHS Anthony Reyes – 1.07 WHIP in 116.2 IP
RHR Josh Pearce – 1.23 WHIP in 33.1 IP

Springfield
LHS Randy Leek – 1.18 WHIP in 166.2 IP
RHR Josh Kinney – 1.01 WHIP in 32.2 IP

Palm Beach
RHS Mike Parisi – 1.28 WHIP in 65.2 IP
RHR Mark Worrell Jr. – 1.06 WHIP in 52 IP

Quad Cities
RHS Phillip Andersen – 1.16 WHIP in 88.2 IP
RHR Jaymie Torres – 1.37 WIP in 63 IP

New Jersey
RHS Zach Zuercher – 1.09 WHIP in 59.2 IP (Rotation stats only)
RHR Trey Hearne – 0.86 WHIP in 27 IP (Rotation stats only)

Johnson City
RHS Joshua Wilson – 1.32 WHIP in 48.1 IP
LHR Danny Borne – 1.32 WHIP in 20 IP

K/BB Leaders
Memphis
RHS Anthony Reyes – 4.2:1 (125 SO, 30 BB) in 116.2 IP
RHR Josh Pearce – 4.5:1 (27 SO, 6 BB) in 33.1 IP

Springfield
LHS Randy Leek – 3.25:1 (91 SO, 28 BB) in 166.2 IP
RHR Josh Kinney– 3.2:1 (32 SO, 10 BB) in 32.2 IP

Palm Beach
RHS Mike Parisi – 2.8:1 (50 SO, 10 BB) in 65.2 IP
RHR Anthony Rawson – 7:1 (14 SO, 2 BB) in 15.2 IP
RHR Mark Worrell Jr. – 2.8:1 (50 SO, 18 BB) in 52 IP

Quad Cities
RHS Matt Scherer – 2.3:1 (87 SO, 38 BB) in 122.1 IP
RHR Jaymie Torres – 2.2:1 (53 SO, 24 BB) in 63 IP

New Jersey
RHS Mitchell Boggs – 2.9:1 (46 SO, 16 BB) in 50 IP (Rotation stats only)
RHR Jeremy Zick – 3:1 (30 SO, 10 BB) in 34.2 IP

Johnson City
RHS Matt Lane – 2.4:1 (40 SO, 17 BB) in 43.2 IP
RHR Kevin Fitzgerald – 2.7:1 (19 SO, 5 BB) in 26 IP

K/9 IP Leaders
Memphis
RHS Anthony Reyes – 9.6/9 IP, 125 SO in 116.2 IP
LHR Tyler Johnson – 12/9 IP, 74 SO in 55.2 IP

Springfield
RHS Chris Lambert – 7.1/9 IP, 59 SO in 74.1 IP
RHR Josh Kinney – 8.8/9 IP, 32 SO in 32.2 IP

Palm Beach
RHS Jose Garcia – 7.8/9 IP, 82 SO in 94.1 IP (Rotation stats only)
RHR Mark Worrell Jr. – 8.7/9 IP, 50 SO in 55.2 IP

Quad Cities
RHS Mark McCormick – 8.16/9 IP, 26 SO in 28.2 IP
RHS Phillip Andersen – 7.5/9 IP, 74 SO in 88.2 IP
RHR Mike Sillman – 10.4/9 IP, 71 SO in 61.2 IP

New Jersey
RHS Mitchell Boggs – 8.3/9 IP, 46 SO in 50 IP (Rotation stats only)
RHR Scott Vander Weg – 9.5/9 IP, 19 SO in 18 IP

Johnson City
RHS Tyler Herron – 9.2/9 IP, 41 SO in 40 IP
RHR Ryan Campbell – 14.2/9 IP, 39 SO in 24.2 IP

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