This Week in the Minors

The most comprehensive weekly snapshot of the Cardinals minor league system anywhere.

This final full week of the minor league season, at most levels, saw four Cardinals' teams still in play-off contention – Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach and Quad Cities, although Memphis was a real long shot. I am pondering the irony that those teams that were eliminated from the play-offs, Memphis and Springfield, played well for the most part and had winning weeks while the two teams going on into the play-offs, Palm Beach and Quad Cities, did not. The big difference was that both Memphis and Springfield had to come from a bit of a distance behind while Palm Beach and Quad Cities were both in first place and simply had to hang on.

This is the last report that will feature news and stats on each of the Cardinals' six American minor league teams. Johnson City's season ended on Tuesday evening and Springfield's ended on Sunday. Memphis' season ends on Monday the 5th and New Jersey's ends on the 8th. Both will be covered in next week's report along with the results of Palm Beach's and Quad Cities' play-off action. After each team has finished for the season, I will do a year-end look back at each team. Each team will get their own report that will give an in-depth look at the year, including those players that impressed as well as those that disappointed and even a few that got themselves noticed for the first time. Be on the look-out for them.

Here is what happened in our minors this week -Memphis had a winning week but could not make up the five and one-half game gap between them and first-place Nashville. Springfield had another good week but fell just short of the post-season by two games as they finished in second place in their division. Palm Beach had their worst week, win/loss wise, since mid-June but managed to win the East division's second-half "title" by one-half game over Vero Beach. Those two teams will play each over in the first round for the Florida State League title. Quad Cities was not as fortunate as Palm Beach as they frittered away their first place standing. The Swing had been in first place for most of the second-half but has not had a winning record in five weeks so Wisconsin took first place at the end of the second half, just as they did in the first half. However, since Wisconsin won both halves Quad Cities got in due to winning a tie-breaker against the two other teams in contention for the two available slots: Beloit and Kane County. One more game remains in their regular season before play-offs start. New Jersey had another losing week and remained in fourth place. Johnson City finished their season on a winning note as they won their last game of the season.


AAA – Memphis Redbirds
League Affiliation - sixteen-team Pacific Coast League, four-team America North division
Overall Record – 70 - 72
Weekly Record – 5 - 2
Current Standing – Third, four and one-half games behind the Nashville Sounds (Brewers)

Current Week Team Batting - .243/.359/.329
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 2.16 ERA and 1.18 WHIP: ten earned runs, thirty-seven his and twelve walks in forty-one and two-thirds innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 0.00 ERA and 0.60 WHIP: zero earned runs, five hits and three walks in thirteen and one-third innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting - .260/.330/.427, last in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 4.24 ERA and 1.38 WHIP, second in the league

Who's Hot – 3B/UT Tim Hummel went .348/.375/.478 or 8-for-23 in seven games; The entire Memphis pitching staff who put together a fantastic performance in their final full week of the season
Who's Not – CF Skip Schumaker went .200/.333/.200 or 4-for-20 in seven games; No one on the pitching side gets mentioned

Transactions – 08/31/05 – LHR Randy Flores optioned from St. Louis, C Mike Mahoney promoted to St. Louis; 09/01/05 - RHR Jimmy Journell to disabled list; 09/02/05 – LHR Tyler Johnson promoted to St. Louis, RHS Kevin Jarvis requested and granted his unconditional release, RHS Chris Gissell activated from the disabled list

Of Note - Overall -
Memphis put together one final push towards a play-off spot but fell short. They are going out, however, knowing that they took three-of-four from first-place Nashville before they were eliminated. Those games took place on extremely rare back-to-back days of double-headers due to rain and wet grounds. The Redbirds then played spoiler, winning the first two of a four-game set with second-place (American South) Albuquerque which eliminated the latter team from the post-season. The final game of the season will take place on Monday, September 5th.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
While the Redbirds were eliminated from the post-season on Thursday, many of the players still had a great deal for which to play. Players like third baseman/utility guy Tim Hummel are playing for next year, hoping to make a good enough impression for another contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Others like Skip Schumaker, who made his brief Major League debut this season, are hoping to play well enough to get another call-up this month as the major league rosters have expanded. Hummel did quite well getting on base this week but neither scored nor drove in many as he batted out of the six and seven hole and no one around him got on base. (In fact, there were only three players with fifteen or more at bats that hit over .250 for the week.) Schumaker, undoubtedly still hampered by the knee injury that kept him out of action recently, did not do well in his usual lead-off slot.

Of Note – Pitching -
With the season on the line and only one loss away from elimination, Anthony Wainwright, Jeremy Cummings and Kevin Jarvis all won their starts in the first three games of the two double-headers that took place on Wednesday and Thursday. Anthony Reyes was available but Josh Pearce pitched the nightcap of the second double-header and lost. I read wide-spread speculation that Reyes was held back because of uncertainty in St. Louis about Mark Mulder's availability to pitch on Friday night. If Mulder had not been able to go then Reyes would have gone to Houston to pitch in that series. Mulder ended up pitching and Reyes pitched on Friday (and won).
Bill Pulsipher tied Anthony Reyes' recent Redbirds' record by striking out fifteen Isotopes on Saturday. The Albuquerque Isotopes rank fifth in team batting at .282/..354/.461. Pulsipher also picked up the win.

Upcoming Week – vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 5th


AA – Springfield Cardinals
League Affiliation - eight-team Texas League, four-team East division
Overall Record – -35 - 35 (70 - 70)
Weekly Record – 5 - 3
Final Standing – Second, two games behind the Arkansas Travelers (Angels)

Current Week Team Batting - .314/.383/.466
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 7.09 ERA and 1.32 WHIP: thirty-one runs, forty-four hits and eight walks in thirty-nine and one-third innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 4.61 ERA and 1.39 WHIP: fourteen runs, twenty-nine hits and nine walks in twenty-seven and one-third innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting - .272/.335/.424, fourth in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 4.57 ERA and 1.43 WHIP, sixth in the league

Who's Hot – SS Brendan Ryan went .462/.481/.500 or 12-for-26 in six games; RHR Alan Benes and RHS Stuart Pomeranz. In the last two weeks Benes' line was – 6 G, 0 GS, 9.2 IP, 5H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0.00 ERA and 0.62 WHIP. In the four weeks Pomeranz' line was – 5 G, 5 GS, 0 CG, 3-1, 34 IP, 28 H, 13 R, 9 ER, 0 HR, 9 BB, 23 SO, 2.38 ERA and 1.09 WHIP
Who's Not – 1B/C Gabe Johnson went .259/.364/.407 or 7-for-27 in eight games but the on-base percentage is excellent; RHR Cory Doyne. His line for the week: 3 G, 0 GS, 1-1, 2.2 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 BS, 1 SV

Transactions - 08/31/05 – C Brad Cresse promoted to Memphis

Of Note - Overall -
I am a great believer that games played at the season's start count just as much as those played at season's end. Games near the end of the season only appear to have additional importance because play-offs are looming. Springfield did not take care of business earlier, in either the first- or second-half of the season, so although they had a winning week, the losses took them out of contention. They took four-out-of-five from first-place Arkansas to finish the season but that was not enough to reach the play-offs.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
Shortstop Brendan Ryan finished quite strong the last two weeks of the season, raising his cumulative average from .223/.302/.357 to .273/.343/.377. He appears to particularly enjoy batting lead-off as he hit from that slot in the final three games of the season and went .571/.571/.643 or 8-for-14. Lead-off is usually Shaun Boyd's spot but Boyd did not play the last three games. I did not hear of any injury to Boyd so do not know why he was absent from the line-up.
Speaking of missing-in-action, Springfield Cardinals second baseman Aaron Herr played in Tuesday's game but did not play again until Sunday. I could not track down anything definitive that answered why that would be the case. However, I do vaguely remember reading somewhere that one of the Springfield players fouled a ball of his foot during a game and was considered day-to-day. That may have been Herr or Boyd or neither. How is that for concrete information? By the way, Herr went .563/.588/.625 or 9-for-16 in four games.
According to the Springfield News-Leader Travis Hanson is hitting .326 with runners in scoring position this season.

Of Note – Pitching -
Randy Leek became the Texas League's only 15-game winner on Saturday. Leek also ended up leading the league in innings pitched at 185.2. That is probably a bit bittersweet for Leek. By leading the league in both wins and innings pitched, Leek showed an ability to keep his team in the game and durability. It is a real accomplishment. However, it also meant that he spent the year in Double-A without a real shot at Triple-A. His only sniff at Triple-A was when he took Anthony Reyes' start when Reyes was called up. Although he pitched as well as could be expected in that start, he went back down because there was no room for him. Later in the season when Memphis was scrambling for starters, Pulsipher got the call.
Cory Doyne had a rough week. He entered the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader to save a one-run game and allowed two unearned runs on a hit and two walks instead for the loss. The loss was magnified because Springfield missed an opportunity to gain on Arkansas who lost that night. Then on Thursday he entered the game to save another one-run lead for a Pomeranz win but gave up two solo home runs, both earned, to blow the lead. He was only saved from another loss when the Cardinals rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth so got a win instead. Springfield's next save opportunity was successfully taken by Josh Kinney on Friday. Doyne rebounded to save the Cardinals' last win of the year on Saturday, a 2-1 victory that gave Randy Leek his fifteenth win of the year.

Upcoming Week – Season finished on September 4th


High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division
Overall Record – 39 – 31 (69 – 71)
Weekly Record – 2 - 5
Final Standing – First, one-half game ahead of the Vero Beach Dodgers

Current Week Team Batting - .216/.239/.294
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 2.36 ERA and 1.17 WHIP: eleven earned runs, thirty-six hits and thirteen walks in forty-two innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.64 ERA and 1.62 WHIP: seven earned runs, twenty-four hits and four walks in seventeen and one-third innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting - .244/.318/.363, last in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 3.94 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, sixth in the league

Who's Hot – No outstanding choices here offensively but OF Joe Mather went .296/.345/.333 or 8-for-27 in seven games; RHS Jose Garcia's line – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 11 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 7 SO, 0.82 ERA and 0.91 WHIP
Who's Not – SS Tyler Greene went .231/.286/.308 or 6-for-26 with six errors in six games; RHR Anthony Rawson's line – 3 G, 0 GS, 3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 BS, 12.00 ERA and 2.67 WHIP

Transactions - None

Of Note - Overall -
Palm Beach can thank the Daytona Cubs for helping them finishing on top in the second-half. With Palm Beach in the midst of a 2-5 week and Brevard County making a charge by winning their first three games this week, Daytona swept Brevard County in a doubleheader on Saturday to clinch the post-season for the Cardinals. They can also thank Vero Beach for going 4-7 the last two weeks of the season. Palm Beach sure did not do much to help themselves this week. Nevertheless, they are in the post-season and game one of the East division play-offs against the Vero Beach Dodgers is on Tuesday at home. The series is a best-of-three.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
When I saw this week's team batting average, I recalculated the numbers because I just knew there was a mistake. .216/.299/.294? Nope, no mistake, unfortunately. The accountability for the Cardinals' five losses this week lies with the offense that scored eleven total runs in the five losses. This was just a pitiful, pitiful performance by all the bats.

Of Note – Pitching -
Mike Parisi gets the nod as the game one starter in the play-offs. In his last three starts Parisi is 1-2 with a 2.95 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in eighteen and one-third innings pitched. He pitched a total of one hundred sixty-four innings during the '05 season compared to one hundred fifty-three innings last year between college and professional ball. His previous high before last season was eighty-six innings in 2002.
Mark Michael had a strong outing in Friday's Palm Beach victory, allowing only one earned run, three in all, in seven innings of work. His chance for a victory was blown when Anthony Rawson allowed a run to tie the game. Rich Scalamandre picked up the win.
Speaking of Scalamandre, he is bound for the Arizona Fall League. This is an honor for Mr. Scalamandre as League rules allow only one player below Double-A ball to be named and he is the Cardinals' representative. Two years ago the Cardinals sent an unknown by the name of Brad Thompson to the Arizona Fall League where he really impressed. I have been a big fan of Scalamandre's work so am really looking forward to his performance.

Upcoming Week – Regular season ended September 4th. vs. Vero Beach Dodgers 6th, at Vero Beach 7th, at Vero Beach (if necessary) 8th


Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities
League Affiliation - fourteen-team Midwest League, eight-team West division
Overall Record – 36 – 33 (72 – 66)
Weekly Record – 2 - 5
Current Standing – Tied for second with The Kane County Cougars (Athletics), one and one-half games behind the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Mariners)

Current Week Team Batting - .276/.345/.340
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 6.49 ERA and 1.47 WHIP: twenty-five earned runs, thirty-nine hits and twelve walks in thirty-four and two-thirds innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 5.40 ERA and 1.54 WHIP: fourteen earned runs, twenty-three hits and thirteen walks in twenty-three and one-third innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting - .265/.345/.402, fourth in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 4.31 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, ninth in the league

Who's Hot – OF Nick Stavinoha went .345/.387/.586 or 10-for-29 in seven games; RHS Nick Webber's line – 2 G, 2 GS, 1 CG, 0-2, 15 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 4 BB, 5 SO, 1.80 ERA and 0.87 WHIP
Who's Not – C Cody Palmer went .050/.095/.050 or 1-for-20 in five games; RHS Mark McCormick's line – 2 G, 2 GS, 0-1, 9.1 IP, 14 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 2 HR, 4 BB, 11 SO, 11.56 ERA and 1.93 WHIP

Transactions – 08/29/05 – SS Juan Lucena to disabled list (lower back strain); 08/30/05 – CF Simon Williams to disabled list (left hamstring), 2B Cal Hayes activated from the Temporary Inactive List and optioned to New Jersey; 08/31/05 – C Richie Cormier optioned to New Jersey; 09/04/05 – SS Juan Lucena activated from the disabled list, RHS Michael Cooper to disabled list

Of Note - Overall -
Very little went right for the Swing this week except they did qualify for the post-season. The Swing simply had another lousy week. They have not had a winning week since July and this week's performance cost them first place for the second half. Like Palm Beach they backed into the post-season mainly due to key losses by their closest competitors. However, according to the Quad-City Times the Swing have had 35 come-from-behind victories this season and 17 victories in their final at bat. Perhaps that quality will come into play during their post-season run which starts Wednesday at home against the Clinton LumberKings. Phillip Andersen gets the start for the Swing against Clinton's Eric Hurley. Hurley was a first round draft choice in 2004, the thirtieth pick overall by Detroit. Clinton was the first-half wild card winner.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
Matt Shepherd was an on-base machine this week, going .346/.433/.346 or 9-for-26 in seven games with four games scored, four walks, two stolen bases and two RBI's. Stavinoha was given the nod for "Who's Hot" over Shepherd because his OPS for the week was almost .200 higher. Mr. "Who's Hot" also led the team in both runs scored at eight and RBI's at seven. Casey Rowlett had an excellent week at the plate after a slow start with the Swing. He went .400/.478/.450 or 8-for-20 with six RBI's in six games. Sean Danielson had a good debut with the Swing by hitting .300/.391/.400 with a triple, four runs scored and an RBI.

Of Note – Pitching -
Nick Webber's performance typified the Swing's week. On Tuesday he took a complete game 1-0 loss against Cedar Rapids. On Sunday he lost again when he allowed two runs, both earned, in seven innings. Webber will have to wait until next year to gain his first Class A regular season victory.
Although some of them did not pitch very well, the Swing bullpen did not take a loss this week as the pitcher of record in all five of the week's losses was a starter. One of those that did pitch well was Jason Cairns. He came into Friday's loss when starter Michael Cooper was knocked out after only two-thirds on an inning and gave up only one unearned run in three and one-third innings pitched. He pitched another scoreless inning as well this week.

Upcoming Week – at Southwest Michigan Devil Rays 5th


Short-A – New Jersey Cardinals
League Affiliation - fourteen-team New York-Penn League, six-team McNamara division
Overall Record – 34 - 38
Weekly Record – 3 - 4
Current Standing – Fourth, sixteen games behind the Staten Island Yankees

Current Week Team Batting - .282/.331/.366
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.68 ERA and 1.36 WHIP: fifteen earned runs, thirty-nine hits and eleven walks in thirty-six and two-thirds innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 5.09 ERA and 1.45 WHIP: sixteen earned runs, twenty-eight hits and thirteen walks in twenty-eight and one-third innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting - .265/.336/.365, third in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 3.90 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, ninth in the league

Who's Hot – With tough competition the nod goes to SS/3B Dan Nelson who went .355/.400/.548 or 11-for-31 in seven games; RHS Mitchell Boggs's line – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 13 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 8 SO, 1.38 ERA and 1.15 WHIP
Who's Not – 2B Cal Hayes had an inauspicious New Jersey debut, going .160/.222/.160 or 4-for-25 in six games; LHS Adam Daniels' line – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 4.2 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 0 HR, 5 BB, 3 SO, 17.34 ERA and 2.78 WHIP

Transactions – 08/30/05 – CF Sean Danielson promoted to Quad Cities; 08/31/05 – C Brandon Yarbrough promoted to Quad Cities; 09/02/05 – C Scott Madden signed as free agent

Of Note - Overall -
New Jersey split a two-game series with second-place Williamsport then took two-of-three from fifth-place Hudson Valley. They dropped both games of another two-game series with Williamsport over the week-end. Their quest to finish the season with a .500 record will be an uphill climb this week as they face first-place Staten Island for two and third-place Brooklyn for another two games. The Cardinals will have to sweep the remainder of their games to finish at .500.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
Sometimes choosing the "Hot" and "Not" players is difficult in a good way. This week is one of those times. However, Dan Nelson led his team with six RBI's and tied catcher Craig Newton for the team lead in runs scored at six. He also compiled his weekly numbers over more at bats than his three closest "competitors": outfielder Carlos De La Cruz, first baseman Adam Rodgers and shortstop Donovan Solano. De La Cruz went .391 across the board with four runs scored in a 9-for-23 performance in five games. Rodgers went .381/.417/.571 or 8-for-21 with five RBI's and three runs scored in six games and young Mr. Solano went .350/.435/.450, 7-for-20 with four RBI's and two runs scored in six games.

Of Note – Pitching -
Both Quinton Robertson and Zach Zuercher had good starts this week although the results were mixed. Robertson took a tough loss on Wednesday when he gave up two runs, both earned, on six hits and two walks in six innings. Robertson also struck out nine. Zuercher got the win on Thursday, tossing seven shut out innings on just four hits and one walk. Zuercher struck out four. Chris Clem displayed good control in his start this week as he did not walk a batter in his six innings pitched. He did allow three runs, two earned, on nine hits with six strikeouts.

Upcoming Week – at Staten Island Yankees 5th and 6th, vs. Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) 7th and 8th


Rookie – Johnson City Cardinals
League Affiliation - ten-team Appalachian League, five-team West division
Overall Record – 28 - 39
Weekly Record – 1 - 1
Final Standing – Fourth, twenty games behind the Elizabethton Twins

Current Week Team Batting - .313/.352/.516
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.72 ERA and 1.45 WHIP: four earned runs, eleven hits and three walks in nine and two-thirds innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.24 ERA and 1.20 WHIP: three earned runs, seven hits and three walks in eight and one-third innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting - .257/.329/.403, seventh in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 5.97 ERA and 1.61 WHIP, last in the league

Closed the Season Hot* – C Bryan Anderson and 2B/SS Jose Martinez. Anderson went .379/.375/.603/.978 or 22-for-58 in eighteen games and Martinez went .333/.421/.606/1.027 or 22-for-66 in nineteen games; RHS Tyler Herron and RHS Matt Lane. Herron's line – 4 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 19.2 IP, 13 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 11 BB, 17 SO, 2.75 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Lane's line – 4 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 2-0, 21 IP, 14 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 HR, 10 BB, 28 SO, 2.57 ERA and 1.14 WHIP
Closed the Season Not* – 3B Adam Morris and RF Daryl Jones. Morris went .134/.247/.179/.426 or 9 for 67 in twenty games and Jones went .173/.283/.231/.514 or 9-for-52 in seventeen games (and that includes a good week during the period that ended August 28th, as noted in last week's report); RHS Shaun Garceau and RHR Kevin Fitzgerald. Garceau's line – 4 G. 4 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 1-3, 16.2 IP, 24 H, 25 R, 20 ER, 3 HR, 10 BB, 15 SO, 10.80 ERA and 2.04 WHIP. Fitzgerald's line – 9 G, 0 GS, 1-4, 8 IP, 24 H, 21 R, 21 ER, 4 HR, 5 BB, 7 SO, 1 SV, 2 BS
*stats given from 08/08/05 through 08/30/05, the final twenty-two games of the season

Transactions – None

Of Note - Overall -
Johnson City won their final game of the season. That win, combined with a loss by the Kingsport Mets, moved them one-half game in front of Kingsport so they did not finish in last place in the West division. Not that it matters a great deal. The Elizabethton Twins won the West division and the Danville Braves won the East division. The teams split the first two games with Elizabethton winning the decisive game three. More on Johnson City and the rest of the Appalachian League in its year-end summary.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
As mentioned in the "Who's Hot" above, both Bryan Anderson and Jose Martinez finished the year on fire the final three weeks or so of the season. Martinez is a free-agent signee out of Venezuela and is just 19. Californian Anderson turns 19 in December and both are part of a promising youth movement for the Cardinals. A side note on Anderson – a local newspaper write-up at the time Bryan was drafted in June said that his parents were huge Cardinals fans. Bryan said that when he was drafted, his parents dashed back to their bedroom and came back out, all decked out in their Cardinals' gear. You could almost hear the groan "Mom, Dad, you're embarrassing me!!"
Another member of the youth movement, Colby Rasmus, had a quite respectable .300/.342/.614 average during the final twenty-two games. He tied Martinez for the team lead in runs scored with twelve and home runs with five during that period.
After an extremely slow start, Wil Pujols appeared in six of the final twenty-two games and had eleven at bats. He went 5-for-11 for a .455/.500/.455 average. Pujols will turn 18 on September 11th.

Of Note – Pitching -
It is good to see young Tyler Herron finish the season strong. Herron turned 19 in early August and was a supplemental first round pick (46th overall) in this year's draft. He really put it all together in his last start of the season. Although he did not figure in the decision, he allowed two runs, only one earned, of four hits and only one walk in four and two-thirds innings. He also struck out six.
Matthew Lane, who also finished strong, got last week's "Who's Hot" nod for Johnson City pitching. One thing I failed to mention last week when giving details on Lane was that he stand 6'8" tall.

Upcoming Week – season finished on August 30th

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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
Final Record – 36 - 35
Final Standing – Fourth, eight games behind the Oakland Athletics 2

Cumulative Team Batting - .228/.307/.271
Cumulative Team Pitching -

Team Leaders – Batting
Jose Ramirez - .306/.366/.431, 49-for-160 in 53 games
Ciro Caldera - .264/.359/.291, 39-for-139 in 58 games
Nelson Lugo - .263/.379/.381, 31-for-118 in 50 games

Team Leaders – On-Base Percentage
Nelson Lugo - .263/.379/.381, 22 walks, 31 hits in 118 at bats in 50 games
Francis Rojas - .262/.371/.311, 21 walks, 32 hits in 122 at bats in 52 games
Jose Ramirez - .306/.366/.431, 27 walks, 49 hits in 160 at bats in 53 games

Team Leaders – Stolen Bases
Willian Sandoval - .250/.337/.309, 29 stolen bases in 57 games
Nelson Lugo - .263/.379/.381, 15 stolen bases in 50 games
Jose Ramirez - .306/.366/.431, 9 stolen bases in 53 games

With the idea that those players with the most at bats must be getting them for some reason, especially if they are not hitting so well…I give you
Team Leaders – At Bats
Wilmer Alvarado – 169 at bats in 54 games, .225/.280/.243
Jose Ramirez – 160 at bats in 53 games, .306/.366/.431
Elvin Tejeda – 158 at bats in 56 games, .253/.306/.342

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
Henderson Lug0 – 1.77 ERA in thirteen games and seventy-one innings pitched

Team Leaders – WHIP
Henderson Lugo – 0.90 WHIP: forty-eight hits, sixteen walks in thirteen games and seventy-one innings pitched
Deuris Vasquez – 0.97 WHIP: twelve hits, eight walks in five games and twenty and two-thirds innings pitched
Elvis Hernandez – 1.05 WHIP: twenty-five hits, ten walks in twenty games and thirty-five and one-third innings pitched

Team Leaders – K/9 IP
Damian Mercedes – 12.6:9 IP ratio, seven strikeouts in five innings pitched
Pedro Novoa – 12:9 IP ratio, forty-two strikeouts in thirty-one and two-thirds 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 – 4.8:1, seventy-eight strikeouts and sixteen walks in seventy-one innings pitched
Pedro Novoa – 3.8:1, forty-two strikeouts and eleven walks in thirty-one and two-thirds innings pitched
Elvis Hernandez – 3:1, thirty-six strike outs and twelve walks in thirty-five and one-third innings pitched

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