Sorting Out the Pitchers – Relievers

Part Two of Leonda Markee's exclusive report identifying the tendencies of Cardinals' organization pitchers using 2005 statistics.

Today, we look at the relief side of the pitching equation and sort them out. Please check Part One of this report for the rather lengthy, involved explanation of the sorting process.

Bullpen
Fifty-four pitchers were tracked this season that were classified as relievers with less than half of their game appearances coming as starts or finishing the season in a team's bullpen, Two other pitchers, lefties Michael Meagher and Daniel Stevens, recorded fewer than ten outs so their statistics are not included in this report.

Strikeout
The definition used here to determine a strikeout pitcher is one that strikes out at least a batter an inning on average or thirty-three percent, rounded off, of their total outs coming via a strikeout. Fifteen pitchers met that minimum level with another four being borderline strikeout pitchers (within two percentage points). Only the strikeout pitchers have two classifications; strikeout and then whether their contact outs came via ground or fly outs.

Ryan Campbell - RHP
Classification - Strikeout/Neutral with groundball tendency
Overall - 78 total outs: 25.64% ground, 19.23% fly, 55.13% strike
Contact - 35 outs: 57.14% ground, 42,86% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 1 of 54
Contact Ranking - Neutral with groundball tendency
2005 Level(s) - Rookie

Mike Schellinger - RHP
Classification - Strikeout/Extreme Fly Ball
Overall - 29 total outs: 17.24% ground, 37.93% fly, 44.83% strike
Contact - 16 outs: 31.25% ground, 68.75% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 2 of 54
Contact Ranking - 2 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Short-season A, signed August 21, 2005 as free agent

Jackson Paz - LHP
Classification - Strikeout/Extreme Groundball
Overall - 18 total outs: 38.89% ground, 16.67% fly, 44.44% strike
Contact - 10 outs: 70% ground, 30% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 3 of 54
Contact Ranking - Tied for 2 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Class A

Tyler Johnson - LHP
Classification - Strikeout/Borderline Neutral with groundball tendency
Overall - 174 total outs: 31.61% ground, 24.14% fly, 44.25% strike
Contact - 94 outs: 56.70% ground, 43.30% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 4 of 54
Contact Ranking - Borderline Neutral with groundball tendency
2005 Level(s) - Triple-A

David Phillips - RHP
Classification - Strikeout/Fly Ball
Overall - 44 total outs: 27.27% ground, 29.55% fly, 43.18% strike
Contact - 25 outs: 48% ground, 52% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 5 of 54
Contact Ranking - 11 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Rookie

Dennis Medina – RHP
Classification - Strikeout/Fly Ball
Overall - 96 total outs: 28.13% ground, 31.25% fly, 40.63% strike
Contact - 57 outs: 47.37% ground, 52.63% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 6 of 54
Contact Ranking - 9 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Class A

Mike Sillman - RHP
Classification - Strikeout/Borderline Neutral with fly ball tendency
Overall - 188 total outs: 32.98% ground, 28.19% fly, 38.83% strike
Contact - 115 outs: 53.91% ground, 46.09% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 7 of 54
Contact Ranking - Borderline Neutral with fly ball tendency
2005 Level(s) - Class A

Scott Vander Weg – RHP
Classification - Strikeout/Fly Ball
Overall - 75 total outs: 29.33% ground, 32.00% fly, 38.67% strike
Contact - 46 outs: 47.83% ground, 52.17% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 8 of 54
Contact Ranking - 10 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Short-season A

Jimmy Journell - RHP
Classification - Strikeout/Borderline Fly Ball
Overall - 123 total outs: 31.71% ground, 30.08% fly, 38.21% strike
Contact - 76 outs: 51.32% ground, 48.68% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 9 of 54
Contact Ranking - Tied for 19 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Triple-A

Armando Almanza - LHP
Classification - Strikeout/Extreme Fly Ball
Overall - 33 total outs: 18.18% ground, 45.45% fly, 36.36% strike
Contact - 21 outs: 28.57% ground, 71.43% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 10 of 54
Contact Ranking - 1 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Triple-A

Trey Hearne - RHP
Classification - Strikeout/Borderline Fly Ball
Overall - 112 total outs: 32.14% ground, 32.14% fly, 35.71% strike
Contact - 72 outs: 50% ground, 50% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 11 of 54
Contact Ranking - Tied for 16 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Short-season A

Cory Doyne - RHP
Classification - Strikeout/Fly Ball
Overall - 195 total outs: 29.23% ground, 35.90% fly, 34.87% strike
Contact - 127 outs: 44.88% ground, 55.12% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 12 of 54
Contact Ranking - 8 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Class A, A-Advanced, Double-A

Ashley Hooks - RHP
Classification - Strikeout/Borderline Groundball
Overall - 109 total outs: 39.45% ground, 26.61% fly, 33.94% strike
Contact - 72 outs: 59.72% ground, 40.28% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 13 of 54
Contact Ranking - 22 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Rookie, Short-season A

Alberto Guerrero - RHP
Classification - Strikeout/Groundball
Overall - 78 total outs: 42.31% ground, 24.36% fly, 33.33% strike
Contact - 52 outs: 63.46% ground, 36.54% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 14 of 54
Contact Ranking - 14 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Rookie

Josh Kinney - RHP
Classification - Strikeout/Groundball
Overall - 202 total outs: 41.09% ground, 25.74% fly, 33.17% strike
Contact - 135 outs: 61.48% ground, 38.52% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 15 of 54
Contact Ranking - 18 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Double-A, Triple-A

Matt Weagle - RHP
Classification - Borderline Strikeout/Extreme Fly Ball
Overall - 104 total outs: 24.04% ground, 43.27% fly, 32.69% strike
Contact - 70 outs: 35.71% ground, 64.79% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 16 of 54
Contact Ranking - 3 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Rookie

Brian Miller - RHP
Classification - Borderline Strikeout/Extreme Fly Ball
Overall - 72 total outs: 26.39% ground, 41.67% fly, 31.94% strike
Contact - 49 outs: 38.78% ground, 61.22% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 17 of 54
Contact Ranking - 4 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Class A

Ryan Dixon - RHP
Classification - Borderline Strikeout/Extreme Groundball
Overall - 76 total outs: 50% ground, 18.58% fly, 31.58% strike
Contact - 52 outs: 73.08% ground, 26.92% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 18 of 54
Contact Ranking - 1 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Rookie

Andy Cavazos - RHP
Classification - Borderline Strikeout/Extreme Fly Ball
Overall - 169 total outs: 26.63% ground, 42.01% fly, 31.36% strike
Contact - 116 outs: 38.79% ground, 61.21% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 19 of 54
Contact Ranking - 5 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - A-Advanced, Double-A

Neutral
The neutral range this past season was calculated to be between 52-58% of their contact outs being groundballs. Nine relievers qualified somewhere in neutral range. Ryan Campbell, Tyler Johnson and Mike Sillman are listed under the strikeout category so the remaining six are listed below.

Jaymie Torres - RHP
Classification - Borderline Neutral with groundball tendency
Overall - 227 total outs: 41.85% ground, 30.40% fly, 27.75% strike
Contact - 164 outs: 57.93% ground, 42.07% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 26 of 54
Contact Ranking - Borderline Neutral with groundball tendency
2005 Level(s) - Class A, A-Advanced

Josh Pearce - RHP
Classification - Borderline Neutral with Groundball tendency
Overall - 176 total outs: 43.18% ground, 31.82% fly, 25% strike
Contact - 132 outs: 57.58% ground, 42.42% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 42 of 54
Contact Ranking - Borderline Neutral with Groundball tendency
2005 Level(s) - Double-A, Triple-A

Rich Scalamandre - RHP
Classification - Borderline Neutral with Groundball tendency
Overall - 180 total outs: 41.11% ground, 31.11% fly, 27.78% strike
Contact - 130 outs: 56.92% ground, 43.08% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 25 of 54
Contact Ranking - Borderline Neutral with Groundball tendency
2005 Level(s) - A-Advanced, Double-A

Josh Axelson - RHP
Classification - Neutral
Overall - 293 total outs: 40.61% ground, 32.42% fly, 26.96% strike
Contact - 214 outs: 55.61% ground, 44.39% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 31 of 54
Contact Ranking - Neutral
2005 Level(s) - A-Advanced, Double-A

Michael Repole - RHP
Classification - Neutral
Overall - 106 total outs: 38.68% ground, 31.13% fly, 30.19% strike
Contact - 74 outs: 55.41% ground, 44.59% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 21 of 54
Contact Ranking - Neutral
2005 Level(s) - Short-season A

Carmen Cali - LHP
Classification - Borderline Neutral with fly ball tendency
Overall - 175 total outs: 40% ground, 34.29% fly, 25.71% strike
Contact - 130 outs: 53.85% ground, 46.15% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 37 of 54
Contact Ranking - Borderline Neutral with fly ball tendency
2005 Level(s) - Triple-A

Groundball
A pitcher qualified in the groundball category If over fifty-eight percent of his contact outs came via a ground out. Twenty of the total of twenty-five groundball pitchers are listed below. The rest of them are listed in the strikeout category.

Brad Thompson - RHP
Classification - Extreme Groundball
Overall - 41 total outs: 51.22% ground, 21.95% fly, 26.83% strike
Contact - 30 outs: 70% ground, 30% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 32 of 54
Contact Ranking - Tied for 2 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Triple-A

Jason Cairns - RHP
Classification - Extreme Groundball
Overall - 110 total outs: 57.27% ground, 24.55% fly, 18.18% strike
Contact - 90 outs: 70% ground, 30% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 51 of 54
Contact Ranking - Tied for 2 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Short-season A, A

Michael Gross - RHP
Classification - Extreme Groundball
Overall - 200 total outs: 54.50% ground, 23.50% fly, 22% strike
Contact - 156 outs: 69.87% ground, 30.13% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 47 of 54
Contact Ranking - 5 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Short-season A, A

Chris Clem - RHP
Classification - Extreme Groundball
Overall - 109 total outs: 55.05% ground, 24.77% fly, 20.18% strike
Contact - 87 outs: 68.97% ground, 31.03% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 48 of 54
Contact Ranking - 6 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Short-season A

Buddy Blair - LHP
Classification - Groundball
Overall - 221 total outs: 50.23% ground, 25.79% fly, 23.98% strike
Contact - 168 outs: 66.07% ground, 33.93% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 44 of 54
Contact Ranking - 7 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Double-A, A-Advanced, Short-season A, A

Kevin Ool - LHP
Classification - Groundball
Overall - 191 total outs: 52.88% ground, 27.23% fly, 19.90% strike
Contact - 153 outs: 66.01% ground, 33.99% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 49 of 54
Contact Ranking - 8 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) -

Anthony Rawson - LHP
Classification - Groundball
Overall - 197 total outs: 46.70% ground, 24.37% fly, 28.93% strike
Contact - 140 outs: 65.71% ground, 34.29% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 24 of 54
Contact Ranking - 9 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Double-A, A-Advanced

Josh Schwartz - LHP
Classification - Groundball
Overall - 102 total outs: 47.06% ground, 25.49% fly, 27.45% strike
Contact - 74 outs: 64.86% ground, 35.14% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 27 of 54
Contact Ranking - 10 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Rookie

Bo Dickerson - LHP
Classification - Groundball
Overall - 71 total outs: 47.89% ground, 26.76% fly, 25.35% strike
Contact - 53 outs: 64.15% ground, 35.85% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 40 of 54
Contact Ranking - 11 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Short-season A, A

Matt Trent - RHP
Classification - Groundball
Overall - 86 total outs: 47.67% ground, 26.74% fly, 25.58% strike
Contact - 64 outs: 64.06% ground, 35.94% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 39 of 54
Contact Ranking - 12 of 54, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Short-season A, A

Kyle McClellan – RHP
Classification - Groundball
Overall - 162 total outs: 47.53% ground, 27.16% fly, 25.31% strike
Contact - 121 outs: 63.64% ground, 36.36% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 41 of 54
Contact Ranking - 13 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - A

Roberto Batista - RHP
Classification - Groundball
Overall - 299 total outs: 56.86% ground, 33.11% fly, 10.03% strike
Contact - 269 outs: 63.20% ground, 36.80% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 54 of 54
Contact Ranking - 15 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - A-Advanced

Danny Borne - LHP
Classification - Groundball
Overall - 66 total outs: 45.45% ground, 27.27% fly, 27.27% strike
Contact - 48 outs: 62.50% ground, 37.50% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 29 of 54
Contact Ranking - 16 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Rookie

Quinton Robertson - RHP
Classification - Groundball
Overall - 243 total outs: 47.74% ground, 29.22% fly, 23.05% strike
Contact - 187 outs: 62.03% ground, 37.97% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 45 of 54
Contact Ranking - 17 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - A, Short-season A

Chris Russ - RHP
Classification - Groundball
Overall - 136 total outs: 50.74% ground, 33.82% fly, 15.44% strike
Contact - 115 outs: 60% ground, 40% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 53 of 54
Contact Ranking - 19 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - A-Advanced

Justin Garza - RHP
Classification - Borderline Groundball
Overall - 125 total outs: 46.40% ground, 31.20% fly, 22.40% strike
Contact - 97 outs: 59.79% ground, 40.21% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 46 of 54
Contact Ranking - 20 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - A-Advanced

Cory Meacham - RHP
Classification - Borderline Groundball
Overall - 117 total outs: 44.44% ground, 29.91% fly, 25.64% strike
Contact - 87 outs: 59.77% ground, 40.23% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 38 of 54
Contact Ranking - 21 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Rookie, Short-season A, A

Jeremy Cook - RHP
Classification - Borderline Groundball
Overall - 295 total outs: 49.15% ground, 33.22% fly, 17.63% strike
Contact - 243 outs: 59.67% ground, 40.33% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 52 of 54
Contact Ranking - 23 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Double-A

John Powell - RHP
Classification - Borderline Groundball
Overall - 110 total outs: 44.55% ground, 30.91% fly, 24.55% strike
Contact - 83 outs: 59.04% ground, 40.96% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 43 of 54
Contact Ranking - 24 of 25, groundball
2005 Level(s) - Rookie

Jose De La Rosa - RHP
Classification - Borderline Groundball
Overall - 57 total outs: 47.37% ground, 33.33% fly, 19.30% strike
Contact - 46 outs: 58.70% ground, 41.30% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 50 of 54
Contact Ranking - 25 of 25
2005 Level(s) - Rookie

Fly Ball
There were twenty relievers in the Cardinals minor league during 2005 that are categorized as fly ball pitchers. Nine of the twenty are listed below. The balance are listed in the strikeout section.

Mark Nussbeck - RHP
Classification - Extreme Fly Ball
Overall - 242 total outs: 28.10% ground, 42.15% fly, 29.75% strike
Contact - 170 outs: 40% ground, 60% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 22 of 54
Contact Ranking - 6 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Triple-A, Double-A

Jessen Grant - RHP
Classification - Fly Ball
Overall - 95 total outs: 31.58% ground, 41.05% fly, 27.37% strike
Contact - 69 outs: 43.48% ground, 56.52% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 28 of 54
Contact Ranking - 7 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Short-season A

Evan Rust - RHP
Classification - Fly Ball
Overall - 101 total outs: 35.64% ground, 37.62% fly, 26.73% strike
Contact - 74 outs: 48.65% ground, 51.35% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 34 of 54
Contact Ranking - 12 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Triple-A, Double-A

Brian Falkenborg - RHP
Classification - Fly Ball
Overall - 56 total outs: 35.71% ground, 37.50% fly, 26.79% strike
Contact - 41 outs: 48.78% ground, 51.22% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 33 of 54
Contact Ranking - 13 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Triple-A

Kyle Sadlowski - RHP
Classification - Fly Ball
Overall - 117 total outs: 35.90% ground, 37.61% fly, 26.50% strike
Contact - 86 outs: 48.84% ground, 51.16% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 35 of 54
Contact Ranking - 14 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Rookie, Short-season A

Jeremy Zick - RHP
Classification - Fly Ball
Overall - 132 total outs: 34.09% ground, 35.61% fly, 30.30% strike
Contact - 92 outs: 48.91% ground, 51.09% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 20 of 54
Contact Ranking - 15 of 20, fly ball
2005 Level(s) - Class A, Short-season A

Kevin Fitzgerald - RHP
Classification - Borderline Fly Ball
Overall - 85 total outs: 36.47% ground, 36.47% fly, 27.06% strike
Contact - 62 outs: 50% ground, 50% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 30 of 54
Contact Ranking - Tied for 16 of 20
2005 Level(s) - Rookie

Mark Worrell - RHP
Classification - Borderline Fly Ball
Overall - 175 total outs: 36% ground, 34.86% fly, 29.14% strike
Contact - 124 outs: 50.81% ground, 49.19% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 23 of 54
Contact Ranking - 18 of 20
2005 Level(s) - A-Advanced

Alan Benes - RHP
Classification - Borderline Fly Ball
Overall - 69 total outs: 33.33% ground, 40.58% fly, 26.09% strike
Contact - 51 outs: 51.32% ground, 48.68% fly
Strikeout Ranking - 36 of 54
Contact Ranking - Tied for 19 of 20
2005 Level(s) - Double-A

Summary

 

Strikeout ranking

 

Contact Out

 

 

 

Ground ball

Neutral w/GB tendency

Neutral

Neutral w/FB tendency

Fly ball

Strikeout pitchers              
Ryan Campbell 1 of 54    

X

     
Mike Schellinger 2 of 54           2 of 20
Jackson Paz (L) 3 of 54   T2 of 25        
Tyler Johnson (L) 4 of 54    

X

     
Dave Phillips 5 of 54           11 of 20
Dennis Medina 6 of 54           9 of 20
Mike Sillman 7 of 54        

X

 
Scott Vander Weg 8 of 54           10 of 20
Jimmy Journell 9 of 54           T19 of 20
Armando Almanza (L) 10 of 54           1 of 20
Trey Hearne 11 of 54           T16 of 20
Cory Doyne 12 of 54           8 of 20
Ashley Hooks 13 of 54   22 of 25        
Alberto Guerrero 14 of 54   14 of 25        
Josh Kinney 15 of 54   15 of 25        
Matt Weagle 16 of 54           3 of 20
Brian Miller 17 of 54           4 of 20
Ryan Dixon 18 of 54   1 of 25        
Andy Cavazos 19 of 54           5 of 20
               
Neutral pitchers              
Jaymie Torres 26 of 54    

X

     
Josh Pearce 42 of 54    

X

     
Rich Scalamandre 25 of 54    

X

     
Josh Axelson 31 of 54      

X

   
Michael Repole 21 of 54      

X

   
Carmen Cali (L) 37 of 54        

X

 
               
Groundball pitchers              
Brad Thompson 32 of 54   T2 of 25        
Jason Cairns 51 of 54   T2 of 25        
Michael Gross 47 of 54   5 of 25        
Chris Clem 48 of 54   6 of 25        
Buddy Blair (L) 44 of 54   7 of 25        
Kevin Ool (L) 49 of 54   8 of 25        
Anthony Rawson (L) 24 of 54   9 of 25        
Josh Schwartz (L) 27 of 54   10 of 25        
Bo Dickerson (L) 40 of 54   11 of 25        
Matt Trent 39 of 54   12 of 25        
Kyle McClellan 41 of 54   13 of 25        
Roberto Batista 54 of 54   15 of 25        
Danny Borne (L) 29 of 54   16 of 25        
Quinton Robertson 45 of 54   17 of 25        
Chris Russ 53 of 54   19 of 25        
Justin Garza 46 of 54   20 of 25        
Cory Meacham 38 of 54   21 of 25        
Jeremy Cook 52 of 54   23 of 25        
John Powell 43 of 54   24 of 25        
Jose De La Rosa 50 of 54   25 of 25        
               
Flyball pitchers              
Mark Nussbeck 22 of 54           6 of 20
Jessen Grant 28 of 54           7 of 20
Evan Rust 34 of 54           12 of 20
Brian Falkenborg 33 of 54           13 of 20
Kyle Sadlowski 35 of 54           14 of 20
Jeremy Zick 20 of 54           15 of 20
Kevin Fitzgerald 30 of 54           T16 of 20
Mark Worrell 23 of 54           18 of 20
Alan Benes 36 of 54           T19 of 20

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