Starters of the Month Awards - April

Free preview of our first of three sets of monthly awards covering the Cardinals minor league system. First up: starting pitchers, with bullpen and hitters to follow.

The Birdhouse Starters of the Month Awards

April 2006

We are back to once again recognize those pitchers leading the entire St. Louis Cardinals minor league system in various categories. This year the pitching awards have been divided into two separate series of awards: Starters and Bullpen. Each group gets a category that is exclusively theirs. For starters it is the "Innings Eaters" and for the bullpen it is "Best Firefighters". Another change from last season is that the "Pitcher of the Month" award for each group will be based on their overall performance in all of the given categories instead of just to earned run average.

As was the case last season we let you know which starter led each team in any given category plus a top five. To qualify for consideration a starter must have one inning pitched per game played for that month. in a starting role. A list of qualifying and non-qualifying pitchers is included at the end. Those pitchers changing teams during the month are listed by the team with which they ended the month. Their stats are differentiated with the word "combined".

Methodology for Choosing the Overall Winner
The top five in each of the seven categories were ranked numerically one through five with the team leader being noted only if he was not in the top five. For April there were ten starters that placed in the top five in at least one category. However, no starter placed in the top five in all seven categories. The month's best became clear after that as there were only two pitchers that placed in the top five in six of the seven categories. Interestingly, neither pitcher ranked in the top five in innings pitched although one was the Team Leader in that category. Each pitcher's placing within the top five per category was then noted and the winner became apparent.

Starter of the Month for April 2006 – LHP Jaime Garcia, Swing of the Quad Cities
4 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 2-1, 25 IP, 17 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 2 HB, 7 BB, 26 SO, 0.96 WHIP, 2.52 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 3.71:1 K/BB, 9.36 K/9 IP, 2.52 BB/9 IP, .185 BAA, Outs: 48% ground, 17.33% fly, 34.67% SO in 75 total outs

Garcia's professional debut has been impressive. He placed first in three of the six categories in which he was ranked in the top five. He placed no lower than third in the balance of the six categories. He was the team leader in the seventh category.

Earned Run Average
The Best
RHP Blake Hawksworth, Palm Beach Cardinals
5 G, 5, GS, 3-1, 2.16 ERA, six earned runs in twenty-five innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Nick Webber, Palm Beach Cardinals – 5 G, 5 GS, 2-0, 2.30 ERA, seven earned runs in twenty-seven and one-third innings pitched
3. LHP Jaime Garcia, Swing of the Quad Cities – 4 G, 4 GS, 2.52 ERA, seven earned runs in twenty-five innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Jordan Pals, Springfield Cardinals – 3.48 ERA, twelve earned runs in thirty- one innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Anthony Reyes, Memphis Redbirds – 3.55 ERA, ten earned runs in twenty-five and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)

WHIP
The Best
LHP Jaime Garcia, Swing of the Quad Cities
4 G, 4 GS, 2-1, 25 IP, 17 H, 7 BB, 0.96 WHIP, 2.52 ERA

Balance of the Top
2. RHP Anthony Reyes, Memphis Redbirds – 1.03 WHIP, twenty-four hits, two walks in twenty-five and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Jordan Pals, Springfield Cardinals – 1.16 WHIP, twenty-seven hits, nine walks in thirty-one innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Blake Hawksworth, Palm Beach Cardinals – 1.28 WHIP, twenty-four hits, eight walks in twenty-five innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Nick Webber, Palm Beach Cardinals – 1.35 WHIP, twenty-six hits, eleven walks in twenty-seven and one-third innings pitched

Strike-Outs-to-Walks Ratio
The Best
RHP Anthony Reyes, Memphis Redbirds
10:1 ratio, twenty strikeouts to two walks in twenty-five and one-third innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. LHP Jaime Garcia, Swing of the Quad Cities – 3.71:1 ratio, twenty-six strikeouts, seven walks in twenty-five innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Mike Parisi, Springfield Cardinals – 3.11:1 ratio, twenty-eight strikeouts, nine walks in twenty-seven and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Blake Hawksworth, Palm Beach Cardinals – 2.38:1 ratio, nineteen strikeouts, eight walks in twenty-five innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. LHP Eric Haberer, Palm Beach Cardinals – 2.29:1 ratio, sixteen strikeouts, seven walks in twenty-three and one-third innings pitched

The Flamethrowers
The Best
LHP Jaime Garcia, Swing of the Quad Cities
9.36 per nine innings pitched, twenty-six strikeouts in twenty-five innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Mike Parisi, Springfield Cardinals – 9.11 per nine innings pitched, twenty-eight strikeouts in twenty-seven and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Anthony Reyes, Memphis Redbirds – 7.11 per nine innings pitched, twenty strikeouts in twenty-five and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Blake Hawksworth, Palm Beach Cardinals – 6.84 per nine innings pitched, nineteen strikeouts in twenty-five innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Mark Michael, Palm Beach Cardinals – 6.75 per nine innings pitched, eighteen strikeouts in twenty-four innings pitched

Best Control
The Best
RHP Anthony Reyes, Memphis Redbirds
0.71 per nine innings pitched, two walks in twenty-five and one-third innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. LHP Randy Leek, Memphis Redbirds – 2.36 per nine innings pitched, seven walks in twenty-six and two-thirds innings pitched
3. LHP Jaime Garcia, Swing of the Quad Cities – 2.52 per nine innings pitched, seven walks in twenty-five innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Jordan Pals, Springfield Cardinals – 2.61 per nine innings pitched, nine walks in thirty-one innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP John Webb, Memphis Redbirds – 2.63 per nine innings pitched, eight walks in twenty-seven and one-third innings pitched

Additional Team Leader
Palm Beach Cardinals
LHP Eric Haberer – 2.7 per nine innings pitched, seven walks in twenty-three and one-third innings pitched

Lowest Batting Average Against
The Best
LHP Jaime Garcia, Swing of the Quad Cities
Opponents hit just .185 against him, one hundred two batters faced Garcia and only seventeen got hits with one sacrifice bunt in twenty-five innings

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Anthony Reyes, Memphis Redbirds – held opponents to a .240 batting average, one hundred two batters faced with twenty-four getting hits in twenty-five and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Jordan Pals, Springfield Cardinals – held opponents to a .241 batting average, one hundred twenty-nine batters faced with twenty-seven getting hits along with five sacrifice bunts and two sacrifice flies in thirty-one innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Nick Webber, Palm Beach Cardinals – held opponents to a .255 batting average, one hundred fourteen batters faced with twenty-six getting hits along with one sacrifice bunt in twenty-seven and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Blake Hawksworth, Palm Beach Cardinals – held opponents to a .264 batting average, one hundred three batters faced with twenty-four getting hits in twenty-five innings pitched

The Innings Eaters
The Best
RHP Jordan Pals, Springfield Cardinals
Thirty-one innings pitched in five games and five game starts

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Mike Parisi, Springfield Cardinals – twenty-seven and two-thirds innings pitched in five games, all starts
3. RHP Nick Webber, Palm Beach Cardinals – twenty-seven and one-third innings pitched in five games, all starts (Team Leader)
4. RHP John Webb, Memphis Redbirds – twenty-seven and one-third innings pitched in five games and five game starts (Team Leader)
5. LHP Randy Leek, Memphis Redbirds – twenty-six and two-thirds innings pitched in four games and four game starts

Additional Team Leader
Swing of the Quad Cities
LHP Jaime Garcia – twenty-five innings pitched in four games and four game starts

Qualifiers: LHP Jaime Garcia, LHP Eric Haberer, RHP Blake Hawksworth, LHP Randy Leek, RHP Mark Michael, RHP Jordan Pals, RHP Mike Parisi, RHP Stuart Pomeranz, RHP Anthony Reyes, RHP John Webb, RHP Nick Webber

Non-Qualifiers: RHP Phillip Andersen, RHP Mitch Boggs, LHP Adam Daniels, RHP Chris Lambert, RHP Mark McCormick, RHP Cory Meacham, LHP Rich Rundles, RHP Dennis Tankersley, RHP Brad Boyles, RHP Josh Wilson ================================================ ================================================

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