This Week in the Minors – May 20 - Part Two

One of our most popular features with Cardinals minor leaguers' stats and news from the week past. This report focuses on Palm Beach and Quad Cities.

This Week in the Minors – Part 2

May 20, 2006

Finally, part two which covers the Palm Beach Cardinals and Swing of the Quad Cities. Palm Beach saw their place in the standings swing four and one-half games, going from one and one-half games in front to three games behind St. Lucie. The Swing remained in sixth place but dropped an additional two and one-half games behind both Kane County and Peoria.

On to the report…

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High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division
Overall Record – 19 - 16
Biweekly Record – 3 – 8
Current Standing – Second, three games behind the St. Lucie Mets

The Roster
Transactions - 05/05/06 – INF Chris Patrick given his unconditional release, OF Wes Swackhamer called up from Quad Cities; 05/06/06 – RHR Justin Garza called up to Springfield; 05/07/06 – INF Matt Dryer optioned from Springfield; 05/08/06 – C Jason Motte optioned to Extended Spring Training, LHP Troy Cate activated from the Restricted List and assigned to Palm Beach
On the DL front – OF Matt Lemanczyk (swelling in arm)

Current Week Team Batting – .244/.303/.367/.670
Cumulative Team Batting – .251/.325/.387/.713, third in the league, by OPS

Current RotationMitch Boggs, Eric Haberer, Blake Hawksworth, Mark Michael, Nick Webber
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 4.66 ERA and 1.63 WHIP: 33 earned runs, 72 hits and 32 walks in 63.2 innings pitched

Current BullpenTyler Adamczyk, Troy Cate, Dennis Dove, Jose Garcia, Justin Garza, Matt Scherer, Mike Sillman, Zack Zuercher
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.76 ERA and 1.36 WHIP: 16 earned runs, 41 hits and 11 walks in 38.1 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 4.01 ERA and 1.40 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 Mark Michael's two-week line: 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-2, 13 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 0 HB, 5 BB, 4.15 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 2:1 K/BB, .191 BAA, 42% Ground Outs, 36% Fly Outs, 22% Strikeouts (see ‘Pitching' section for more on this choice)
Who's Pitchin' Not – RHS Mitch Boggs's two-week line: 3 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 12.1 IP, 21 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 10 BB, 12 SO, 5.83 ERA, 2.51 WHIP, 1.20 K/BB, .412 BAA, 31% Ground Outs, 36% Fly Outs, 33% Strikeouts

Who's Hittin' Hot – CF Sean Danielson went .319/.360/.426/.786, 15-for-47 in eleven games with one double, two triples, eight runs scored, three runs batted in, three walks, five strikeouts, one stolen base in two attempts and one error
Who's Hittin' Not – OF Joe Mather went .108/.195/.108/.303, 4-for-37 in eleven games with one run scored, three runs batted in, two walks, twelve strikeouts and one error

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Mike Ferris strained his groin in a game on the 3rd and did not play again until the 15th when he acted as designated hitter.
Wes Swackhamer did well after his May 5th promotion, going .320/.379/.440/.819 in twenty-five at bats with a double, a triple, five runs batted in and a stolen base.
On the other end of the spectrum, Terry Evans struggled with the bat, .217/.280/.370/.650 in forty-six at bats with twelve strikeouts to only two walks. He did steal six bases in six attempts, was hit by two pitches and belted two more home runs.

Of Note – Pitching
Mark Michael got the Hot nod although he lost both of this starts this period and his ERA was higher than is usually the case for the Hot winners. However, that masks a stellar outing on the 4th when he allowed only a two-run home run, earned, in seven innings while walking only one with seven strikeouts. In fact, half of the earned runs allowed by Michael during this period came as a result of the long ball. He got the nod due to his excellent peripherals, although the control needs to improve, combined with the less than wonderful performances by the other starters.
This period saw righty reliever Justin Garza promoted to Springfield and lefty reliever Troy Cate taking his spot in the bullpen. Garza, whose bout with shoulder tendonitis impacted his 2005 season, was one of the better relievers, statistically speaking. However, he is a good example of how stats tell only part of the baseball story as both Dennis Dove and closer Mike Sillman bettered Garza in every statistical category. Cate is an off-season pick up who was placed on the Restricted List in April.

Prospect Watch
Mike Ferris – .111/.100/.222/.322, 1-for-9 in three games with one double, one run batted in, four strikeouts and no errors
Tyler Greene - .273/.347/.409/.756, 12-for-44 in twelve games with three doubles, one home run, five runs scored, two runs batted in, five walks, eleven strikeouts, four stolen bases in five attempts and seven errors
Eric Haberer – 3 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 0-2, 16.2 IP, 17 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 10 BB, 6 SO, 4.86 ERA, 1.62 ERA, 0.60 K/BB, .279 BAA, 66% Ground Outs, 21% Fly Outs, 13% Strikeouts
Blake Hawksworth – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-1, 12.2 IP, 15 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 1 BB, 7 SO, 4.26 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7:1 K/BB, .313 BAA, 26% Ground Outs, 55% Fly Outs, 19% Strikeouts
Juan Lucena - .306/.333/.347/.680, 15-for-49 in twelve games with two doubles, four runs scored, four runs batted in, one walk, three strikeouts and no errors
Mike Sillman – 4 G, 0 GS, 2 SV, 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, .214 BAA, 58% Ground Outs, No Fly Outs, 42% Strikeouts
Nick Webber – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-1, 9 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 6 BB, 4 SO, 4.00 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, 0.67:1 K/BB, .294 BAA, 70% Ground Outs, 15% Fly Outs, 15% Strikeouts

Upcoming Week – vs. Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota) 15th through 18th, vs. Lakeland Tigers 19th through 21st

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Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities
League Affiliation - fourteen-team Midwest League, eight-team West division
Overall Record – 15 - 20
Biweekly Record – 5 – 8
Current Standing – Sixth, four and one-half games behind Kane County (Oakland) and Peoria (Cubs)

The Roster
Transactions – 05/01/06 – LHS Adam Daniels placed on the 7-day DL, INF Luis Cotto signed to a minor league contract; 05/05/06 – OF Wes Swackhamer called up to Palm Beach, RHP Cory Meacham activated from the DL; 05/08/06 – RHP Jeremy Zick given his unconditional release, RHP Brian Stitt called up from Extended Spring Training
On the DL front – RHP Phillip Andersen (partial tear-ulnar collateral ligament of right elbow-undergoing Tommy John surgery-out for season), LHP Adam Daniels (pulled left hamstring), RHP Kyle McClellan (July 2005 Tommy John surgery), RHP Donnie Smith (August 2005 shoulder capsule surgery)

Current Week Team Batting – .284/.362/.413/.774
Cumulative Team Batting – .264/.332/.386/.718, fourth in the league, by OPS

Current Rotation*Jaime Garcia, Trey Hearne, Mark McCormick, Cory Meacham, Kyle Sadlowski, Josh Wilson
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.43 ERA and 1.27 WHIP: 24 earned runs, 56 hits and 24 walks in 63 innings pitched

Current Bullpen*Danny Borne, Jason Cairns, Trey Hearne, Ashley Hooks, Jon Mikrut, Brian Stitt, Matt Trent, Scott Vander Weg, Jeremy Zick
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 4.96 ERA and 1.19 WHIP: 25 earned runs, 33 hits and 21 walks in 45.1 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 4.03 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, tied for sixth 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 Kyle Sadlowski's two-week line: 3 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 2-0, 15 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 5 BB, 8 SO, 0.60 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 1.60:1 K/BB, .151 BAA, 33% Ground Outs, 49% Fly Outs, 18% Strikeouts
Who's Pitchin' Not – RHS Josh Wilson continued to show why he was sent back on Extended Spring Training on the 15th: 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 9 IP, 14 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 3 HR, 0 HB, 5 BB, 7 SO, 10.00 ERA, 2.11 WHIP, 1.40:1 K/BB, .350 BAA, 35% Ground Outs, 38% Fly Outs, 27% Strikeouts

Who's Hittin' Hot – 3B Randy Roth went .370/.453/.630/1.083, 17-for-46 in thirteen games with one double, one triple, three home runs, seven runs scored, thirteen runs batted in, five walks, seven strikeouts, one stolen base in two attempts and three errors
Who's Hittin' Not – C Bryan Anderson went ..206/.308/.324/.631, 7-for-34 in nine games with two doubles, one triple, five runs scored, three runs batted in, five walks, eleven strikeouts and no errors

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Both Luis Cotto and Chad Gabriel made their Swing debuts by batting over .300 and posting .800 plus OPS. Cotto, who turns 25 in early July, has played exclusively at short so far. Previous shortstop Dan Nelson's playing time is now divided between third and second.
Speaking of Nelson, he has had an excellent May, to date, going .351/.455/.486/.941, 13-for-37 in twelve games, with six walks to five strikeouts. He also stole four bases in five attempts and was hit by a pitch. He was one of six Swing batters to hit over .300 for the two-week period.

Of Note – Pitching
Bad news on the pitching front – Phillip Andersen has been found to have a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow. He is undergoing Tommy John surgery and is out for the balance of the 2006 season. Andersen was one of my ‘flying below the radar' pitchers due to his excellent 2005. He struggled in his return to Quad Cities this year.
Good news on the pitching front – Mark McCormick did not walk a batter during his six-inning start on May 7th. McCormick will move quickly if/when he masters his control issues as batters are hitting a meager .190 against him. He sure does not have anything to prove there.
Further good news was starter Cory Meacham's return from the DL. He tossed four innings of shut-out ball in his May 8th start. Meacham allowed four hits while striking out three and walking none.

Prospect Watch
Jaime Garcia – 3 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 17 IP, 14 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 5 BB, 20 SO, 2.12 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 4:1 K/BB, .222 BAA, 38% Ground Outs, 22% Fly Outs, 40% Strikeouts
Jose Martinez - .308/.367/.462/.828, 8-for-26 in ten games with one double, one home run, six runs scored, five runs batted in, two walks, three strikeouts, one stolen base in one attempt and one error
Mark McCormick – 3 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 15 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 8 BB, 19 SO, 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 2.4:1 K/BB, .222 BAA, 36% Ground Outs, 19% Fly Outs, 45% Strikeouts
Colby Rasmus - .277/.358/.489/.848, 13-for-47 in thirteen games with four doubles, two home runs, seven runs scored, seven runs batted in, six walks, six strikeouts, two stolen bases in three attempts and no errors
A.J. Van Slyke - .158/.261/.211/.471, 3-for-19 in six games with one double, one run scored, three runs batted in, three walks, two strikeouts and no errors
Brandon Yarbrough - .324/.378/.471/.849, 11-for-34 in nine games with two doubles, one home run, five runs scored, six runs batted in, three walks, nine strikeouts, one stolen base in one attempt and no errors

Upcoming Week – at Burlington Bees (Kansas City) 14th and 15th, at Cedar Rapids Kernels (Angels) 16th through 19th, vs. Clinton LumberKings (Texas) 20th and 21st

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Extended Spring Training

Transactions – 05/08/06 – RHP Brian Stitt called up to Quad Cities, C Jason Motte optioned from Palm Beach, LHP Troy Cate activated from the Restricted List and assigned to Palm Beach, OF Rich Giannotti signed to a minor league contract and assigned to Extended Spring Training, C Chris Torres signed to a minor league contract and assigned to Extended Spring Training

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