This Week in the Minors – May 18 - Part One

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This Week in the Minors – May 18 - Part One

May 18, 2006

Well, it has been two weeks since the last report, so let us get right to the changes in the standings. Memphis remains mired in last place, nine games behind Nashville. That duplicates their placement in the last report. Springfield has strengthened their hold on first place by extending their lead from one to three games ahead of Tulsa. Tomorrow's report will look at both Palm Beach and Quad Cities, so their standings will go there.

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AAA – Memphis Redbirds
League Affiliation - sixteen-team Pacific Coast League, four-team America North division
Overall Record – 12 - 23
Biweekly Record – 6 - 8
Current Standing – Last, nine games behind the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee)

The Roster
Transactions – 05/02/06 – RHR Brian Falkenborg called up to St. Louis (contract purchased and added to both the 40- and 25-man roster), OF Skip Schumaker optioned from St. Louis, RHS Brad Voyles placed on the DL, RHP John Riedling activated from the DL; 05/08/06 – OF John Gall optioned from St. Louis; 05/09/06 – LHR Tyler Johnson recalled to St. Louis, RHP Will Cunnane's contract purchased from the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League and assigned to Triple-A Memphis; 05/11/06 – RHP Matt Perisho signed to a minor league contract and assigned to Triple-A Memphis, RHP Matt Smith traded to Milwaukee for a Player To Be Named Later
On the DL front – LHS Chris Narveson (shoulder), RHS Rhett Parrott (shoulder), RHS Brad Voyles (sprained right pectoral muscle)

Current Week Team Batting – .282/.375/.400/.775
Cumulative Team Batting – .250/.327/.361/.688, fourteenth in the league, by OPS

Current Rotation* – Will Cunnane, Randy Leek, Anthony Reyes, Matt Smith, Dennis Tankersley, John Webb
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 4.57 ERA and 1.39 WHIP: 42 earned runs, 91 hits and 24 walks in 82.2 innings pitched

Current Bullpen*Alan Benes, Carmen Cali, Tyler Johnson, Josh Kinney, Frank Perez, Matt Perisho, John Riedling, Matt Smith
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.57 ERA and 1.36 WHIP: 16 earned runs, 38 hits and 17 walks in 40.1 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 4.32 ERA and 1.43 WHIP, twelfth in the league, by WHIP
*Those pitchers contributing to the current stats. Pitcher may appear in both rotation and bullpen.

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHS Anthony Reyes's two-week line: 3 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 19 IP, 19 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, 3 BB, 20 SO, 3.79 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 6.67:1 K/BB, 9.47 K/9 IP, 1.42 BB/9 IP, .257 BAA, 27.27% Ground Outs, 36.36% Fly Outs, 36.36% Strikeouts
Who's Pitchin' Not – RHS John Webb's two-week line: 3 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 2-0, 17 IP, 19 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 0 HR, 7 BB, 9 SO, 4.76 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 1.29:1 K/BB, 4.76 K/9 IP, 3.71 BB/9 IP, .279 BAA, 42% Ground Outs, 40% Fly Outs, 18% Strikeouts

Who's Hittin' Hot – OF Timo Perez has been on fire: .396/.473/.625/1.098, 19-for-48 in fourteen games with three doubles, one triple and two home runs. He also scored thirteen runs and drove in nine with more walks than strikeouts, seven to six
Who's Hittin' NotJunior Spivey's two-week numbers: .132/.250/.237/.487, 5-for-38 in thirteen games with two doubles, one triple, three runs scored, six walks seven strikeouts, one stolen base in three attempts and five errors

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Infielder Desi Relaford returned to the line-up on Saturday, May 6th after injuring himself in his first game as a Redbird. Through Sunday, Relaford has appeared in three games with a .200 batting average, 1-for-5.
In the "Unusual" category, catcher Michel Hernandez started at first base on Sunday, May 7th. He has been one of the offensive sparks in the Redbirds' lineup, going .314/.381/.398/.779, 37-for-118 in thirty-two games. In the past two weeks he has upped his game to the tune of .324/.468/.432/.901, 12-for-37 in eleven games with ten walks to only five strikeouts.
Brian Daubach was a strong candidate for 'Who's Hot' honors. Since May 1st Daubach has gone .341/.525/.439/.964, 14-for-41 in fourteen games with ten runs batted in, fourteen walks to eleven strikeouts. However, there has been little pop to his bat as only two of his fourteen hits have been for extra bases.

Of Note – Pitching
If you missed them the first time through, check out the peripherals of our Pitchin' Hot and Not choices. Reyes went 0-1 with two no decisions while putting up excellent peripherals while Webb went 2-0 with one no decision with far lesser peripherals. That gets filed in the "Thus are the Breaks in Baseball" category.
Speaking of peripherals, starter Dennis Tankersley, who has been underwhelming so far this year, had much improved peripherals the past two weeks. While his ERA was a rather putrid 6.00, it is not backed up by his peripherals of a 1.33 WHIP, 2:1 K/BB ratio and .257 BAA. (The latter number matches Anthony Reyes' BAA for the same time period.) Tankersley allowd a hit an inning, eighteen in eighteen innings but did walk six while striking out twelve. While that will not get him promoted anytime soon, it is an improvement.
The Cardinals traded swingman Matt Smith to the Milwaukee organization for the proverbial Player To Be Named Later. Often that turns into a subsequent cash exchange. Milwaukee assigned to Smith to Double-A Huntsville.
The Redbirds are looking for a new closer since Brian Falkenborg was promoted to St. Louis. To date they have tried Franklin Perez and John Riedling with less than spectacular results. That may open the door for former Springfield closer Josh Kinney as he is pitching superbly, overall, this year. Kinney sports a 1.99 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 3:1 K/BB ratio and is holding opponents to a .217 batting average in twenty-two and two-thirds innings. He is keeping the ball on the ground, over 42% of his outs come via the groundball, and has allowed only one home run so far this season. He is also one of the better Firemen on the team with only four of twelve inherited base runners scoring against him.

Prospect Watch
Shaun Boyd - .188/.350/.188/.538, 3-for-16 in nine games with four walks, one strikeout, one stolen base in one attempt and no errors
Carmen Cali – 17 G, 0 GS, 0 SV, 1-0, 16.2 IP, 17 H, 13 R, 10 ER, 3 HR, 1 HB, 15 BB, 14 SO, 5.40 ERA, 1.92 WHIP, 0.93:1 K/BB, .262 BAA
Chris Duncan - .282/.391/.436/.827, 11-for-39 in thirteen games with three doubles, one home run, eleven runs scored, eleven runs batted in seven walks, eight strikeouts, one stolen base in one attempt and two errors
Travis Hanson - .310/.333/333/667, 13-for-42 in eleven games with one double, eight runs scored, three runs batted in, two walks, nine strikeouts and two errors

Upcoming Week – at Tucson Sidewinders (Arizona) 15th and 16th, vs. Portland Beavers (San Diego) 18th through 21st

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AA – Springfield Cardinals
League Affiliation - eight-team Texas League, four-team East division
Overall Record – 21 - 13
Biweekly Record – 6 - 4
Current Standing – First, three games ahead of the Tulsa Drillers (Colorado)

The Roster
Transactions – 05/04/06 – RF Nick Stavinoha placed on the DL; 05/05/06 – LHR Sam Walton activated from the DL and given his unconditional release, RHR Cory Doyne placed on the 7-day disabled list; 05/06/06 – RHR Justin Garza called up from Palm Beach; 05/07/06 – 1B Josh Pressley signed to a minor league contract, INF Matt Dryer optioned to Palm Beach; 05/08/06 - INF Rayner Laya activated from the DL,
On the DL front – RHP Cory Doyne (right groin pull), Dan Moylan (right hand), SS Brendan Ryan (left wrist), RF Nick Stavinoha (left ankle fracture)

Current Week Team Batting – .231/.314/.357/.671
Cumulative Team Batting – .261/.342/.430/.772, fifth in the league, by OPS

Current RotationChris Lambert, Jordan Pals, Mike Parisi, Stuart Pomeranz, Rich Rundles
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.58 ERA and 1.29 WHIP: 24 earned runs, 61 hits and 17 walks in 60.1 innings pitched

Current BullpenAndy Cavazos, Cory Doyne, Justin Garza, Kevin Ool, Chris Russ, Rich Scalamandre, Samuel Walton, Mark Worrell
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 0.98 ERA and 1.19 WHIP: 3 earned runs, 18 hits and 15 walks in 27.2 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 3.40 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, second in the league, by WHIP, by .03
*Those pitchers contributing to the current stats. Pitcher may appear in both rotation and bullpen.

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHS Stuart Pomeranz's line: 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 2-0, 13.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 10 SO, 0.66 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 10:1 K/BB, .163 BAA, 34% Ground Outs, 42% Fly Outs, 24% Strikeouts. The total innings pitched need to go up but very nice otherwise.
Who's Pitchin' Not – RHS Jordan Pals' line: 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 11 IP, 18 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 5 SO, 5.73 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, 2.50:1 K/BB, .400 BAA, 50% Ground Outs, 33% Fly Outs, 17% Strikeouts

Who's Hittin' Hot – 1B Juan Richardson is on a tear: .444/.464/.889/1.353, 12-for-27 in eight games with three doubles, three home runs, six runs scored, seven runs batted in and one error
Who's Hittin' Not – so many choices…so little space but the ‘winner' is CF Reid Gorecki. He has gone ice cold after a hot start and in the past two weeks he is hitting .147/.275/.265/.540, 5-for-34 in nine games with three runs scored, two runs batted in, six walks, nine strikeouts but no errors

Of Note – Offense/Defense
The issue of Nick Stavinoha's defense was raised in the last report (remember all the way back then?). A subsequent e-mail showed that further clarification is needed. I think those that have never seen Stavinoha play should keep an open mind about his defensive upside. Stavinoha's amateur experience in the outfield is limited to his senior year in college. Therefore, he is still very much in ‘learning mode' out there and I think it is very premature to consign him to ‘AL DH' status as was recently done by a prominent Post-Dispatch columnist.
Gabe Johnson went .316/.381/.474/.855 6-for-19 in six games, during the period while splitting time between first base and catcher.
Brian Martin leads the team, by a large margin, in the ‘hit-by-pitch' category. Martin has been hit five times in ninety-three at bats or one hundred thirteen plate appearances.

Of Note – Pitching
The past two weeks have not been kind to reliever Kevin Ool. He pitched four and one-third innings over three game appearances and two runs on six hits and a walk for a 4.16 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and .316 BAA. Further, he inherited three base runners, split between two different appearances, and all three scored which impacted both Jordan Pals' and Mike Parisi's numbers. Tyler Johnson's May 9th call up to St. Louis left the Redbirds with only one lefty reliever. There may have been an opportunity for Ool. However, lefty Matt Perisho was signed instead on May 11th. A possible promotion for Ool would leave the Springfield bullpen without a lefty. Zack Zuercher and newcomer Troy Cate are the lefties in the Palm Beach bullpen. Zuercher does not appear to be ready for a call up to Springfield and Cate has just arrived in Palm Beach so does not have a body of work from which to judge.

Prospect Watch
Cody Haerther - .083/241/.125/.366, 2-for-24 in eight games with one double, three runs scored, one run batted in, five walks, five walks and one error
Jarrett Hoffpauir - .172/.242/.345/.587, 5-for-29 in nine games with one triple, one home run, three runs scored, seven runs batted in, three walks, two strikeouts, one stolen base in one attempt and no errors
Chris Lambert – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-1. 11 IP, 13 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 7 SO, 4.91 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 1.75:1 K/BB ratio, .295 BAA, 60% Ground Outs, 17% Fly Outs, 23% Strikeouts
Mike Parisi – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 5 BB, 3 SO, 4.16 ERA, 2.08 WHIP, 0.60:1 K/BB, .222 BAA, 46% Ground Outs, 31% Fly Outs, 23% Strikeouts
Stuart Pomeranz -
Nick Stavinoha – appeared on only one game where he went 0-for-3, just came off the disabled list on the 17th
Mark Worrell – 5 G, 0 GS, 4 SV, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 10 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.33 WHIP, 10:1 K/BB, 0.53 BAA, 22% Ground Outs, 22% Fly Outs, 56% Strikeouts

Upcoming Week – at Wichita Wranglers (Kansas City) 15th and 16th, at Arkansas Travelers (Angels) 17th through 21st

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