This Week in the Minors – May 30 - AAA/AA

One of our most popular features with the St. Louis Cardinals organization's minor leaguers' stats and news from the week past. This report focuses on the Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) and Springfield Cardinals (Double-A).

This Week in the Minors

May 30, 2006

The biggest news in minor league baseball is the settlement of their umpires' strike Tuesday. The strike's impact on games is difficult to quantify because it has not been widely documented. However, it seems clear that many of the replacement umpires simply have not been up to their assigned task. There are documented instances where umpires over-ruled their own calls and multiple instances where erroneous calls impacted the outcome of games and individual players' performance stats. In the end it will be good to get the previously striking umpires back on the job. For the good of the game.

Here are the changes in standings for the Cardinals' top two clubs: Memphis remains in last place but gained two and one-half games on Nashville. Springfield remains in first place but saw their margin shrink to one game over Tulsa. Springfield has had winning records the past three weeks but has gone from three games up to one game up during that period.

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AAA – Memphis Redbirds
League Affiliation - sixteen-team Pacific Coast League, four-team America North division
Overall Record – 18 - 31
Weekly Record – 5 - 3
Current Standing – Last, eight and one-half games behind the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee)

The Roster
Transactions – 05/18/06 – OF Prentice Redman released, 05/23/06 – LHP Chris Narveson activated from the disabled list and assigned to Palm Beach for a rehabilitation assignment, SS John Nelson activated from the disabled list, 2B Junior Spivey placed on the 7-day disabled list; 05/25/06 – RHS Brad Voyles activated from the 7-day disabled list and given his unconditional release, RHR Franklin Perez given his unconditional release, C Mike Rose signed to a minor league contract; 05/27/06 – OF Chris Duncan optioned to Memphis; 05/28/06 – INF Desi Relaford given his unconditional release
On the DL front – RHS Rhett Parrott (shoulder), 2B Junior Spivey (sore back)

Current Week Team Batting – .249/.307/.401/.708
Cumulative Team Batting – .250/.321/.366/.687, last in the league, by OPS

Current Rotation*Alan Benes, Will Cunnane, Randy Leek, Anthony Reyes, Dennis Tankersley, John Webb
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 2.28 ERA and 1.07 WHIP: 13 earned runs, 46 hits and 9 walks in 51.1 innings pitched

Current Bullpen*Carmen Cali, Andy Cavazos, Brian Falkenborg, Josh Kinney, Frank Perez, Matt Perisho, John Riedling
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 7.03 ERA and 1.86 WHIP: 13 earned runs, 25 hits and 6 walks in 16.2 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 4.35 ERA and 1.44 WHIP, tenth in the league, by WHIP
*Those pitchers contributing to the current stats. Pitcher may appear in both rotation and bullpen.

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RH Swingman Alan Benes' weekly line: 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 2-0, 10 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 HR, 1 HB, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1.80 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 2.5:1 K/BB, .152 BAA
Who's Pitchin' Not – LHR Matt Perisho's line: 3 G, 0 GS, 0-1, 1 BS, 1 SV, 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 1 SO, 13.50 ERA, 2.50 WHIP, 1:1 K/BB, .500 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – 3B Travis Hanson went .357/.400/.536/.936, 10-for-28 in eight games with two doubles, one home run, two runs scored, two runs batted in, two walks, five strikeouts and two errors
Who's Hittin' Not – OF Shaun Boyd went .167/.318, 3-for-18 in seven games with one double, four runs scored, four walks, four strikeouts, two stolen bases in two attempts and no errors

Of Note – Overall
Hold the presses, Memphis had their first winning week of the season. They are within ½ game of the third-place Omaha Royals and might actually climb out of the cellar.

Of Note – Offense/Defense
After going .167/.253/.197/.450, 11-for-66 in twenty-one games in April, Travis Hanson's May numbers are significantly better. Hanson is batting .308/.340/.418/.758, 28-for-91 in twenty-five games through May 28th. He has committed four errors each month.
There are nine Redbirds with over one hundred plate appearances so far: Shaun Boyd, Brian Daubach, Chris Duncan, John Gall, Travis Hanson, Michel Hernandez, John Nelson, Timo Perez and Junior Spivey. John Nelson has the dubious distinction of leading the group in K/AB category, striking out once every three at bats. John Gall has the best K/AB ratio, striking out once every 11.6 at bats. Brian Daubach has the highest ISO, .202, of the nine with Michel Hernandez having the lowest, .056.
Timo Perez leads the team with twenty-three runs scored and Brian Daubach's twenty-three runs batted in leads the team in that category.>br? Shaun Boyd and John Gall have both walked more often than they have struck out.

Of Note – Pitching
Since we are near the end of May, here are some random season-to-date pitching stats:
Four of the five regular starters have .300 plus BAA's – Cunnane at .323 (4 GS, 23 IP), Leek at .309 (9 GS, 55 IP), Tankersley at .307 (10 GS, 56.2 IP) and Webb at .307 (11 GS, 67.2 IP). Only Anthony Reyes is holding opponents under .300 with a .230 BAA (8 GS, 52.1 IP). Conversely, for the week ending May 28th only Cunnane had a BAA over .300 with Benes and Reyes posting sub-.200 BAA's. Memphis also had their first winning week. Interesting how that works, isn't it?
Over in the bullpen, there are two relievers with a BAA over .300 – the recently released Franklin Perez at .306 (17 G, 21.2 IP) and John Riedling at .315 (11 G, 12.1 IP). While he got a late start to the season due to his upper back muscle strain, if I were Riedling I would not get too comfortable in that Redbirds uniform. When Riedling was activated from the disabled list on May 2nd, the word was the Cardinals/Redbirds were interested in having him start even though most of his prior professional experience was as a reliever. Since then Will Cunnane and Travis Smith have both been signed as starters and Alan Benes has started two games as well. With Anthony Reyes not likely to remain in St. Louis long-term, one of the current Redbirds rotation will lose their spot. Whether that starter is released or moved into the bullpen with a member of the bullpen being released is the question. Riedling's peripherals are the worst among the relievers.
Brian Falkenborg is holding opposing batters to a .152 average (12 G, 13 IP) and newcomer Andy Cavazos has begun well with a .176 BAA (3 G, 4.1 IP). The balance of the bullpen have BAA's in the .200's from lefty Matt Perisho's .220 to lefty Carmen Cali's .276.

Prospect Watch
Shaun Boyd – Hittin' Not
Carmen Cali – 3 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 0 SV, 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 0 BB, 1 SO, 6.77 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, .364 BAA
Chris Duncan - .000/.400/.000/.400, 0-for-3 in one game with two walks, one run scored, no stolen bases in one attempt and no errors
Travis Hanson – Hittin' Hot
Anthony Reyes – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 8:1 K/BB, .115 BAA

Upcoming Week – at Omaha Royals 29th, at Round Rock Express (Houston) 30th through 2nd, vs. New Orleans Zephyrs (Washington) 3rd and 4th

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AA – Springfield Cardinals
League Affiliation - eight-team Texas League, four-team East division
Overall Record – 30 - 18
Weekly Record – 5 - 2
Current Standing – First, one game ahead of the Tulsa Drillers (Colorado)

The Roster
Transactions – None
On the DL frontDan Moylan (right hand), SS Brendan Ryan (left wrist)

Current Week Team Batting – .280/.362/.490/.851
Cumulative Team Batting – .269/.350/.438/.788 , second in the league (behind Tulsa), by OPS

Current Rotation*Chris Lambert, Jordan Pals, Mike Parisi, Stuart Pomeranz, Rich Rundles
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 5.44 ERA and 1.65 WHIP: 26 earned runs, 51 hits and 20 walks in 43 innings pitched

Current Bullpen*Cory Doyne, Justin Garza, Kevin Ool, Chris Russ, Rich Scalamandre, Mark Worrell
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 2.46 ERA and 0.96 WHIP: 6 earned runs, 13 hits and 8 walks in 22 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 3.96 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, tied with Tulsa for fourth in the league, by WHIP
*Those pitchers contributing to the current stats. Pitcher may appear in both rotation and bullpen.

Who's Pitchin' Hot – From ‘Not' to ‘Hot' in a week, RHR Mark Worrell's line: 3 G, 0 GS, 2 SV, 4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.43 WHIP, 7:1 K/BB, 13.5 K/9 IP, 1 Inh Runner, 0 Inh Runners Scored, .067 BAA
Who's Pitchin' Not – LHS Rich Rundles' line: 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 4.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 6 BB, 4 SO, 9.64 ERA, 3.21 WHIP, 0.67:1 K/BB, .409 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – 1B Juan Richardson went .357/.400/.821/1.221, 10-for-28 in seven games with one double, four home runs, seven runs scored, eight runs batted in, two walks, six strikeouts and one error
Who's Hittin' Not – RF Nick Stavinoha went .080/.111/.080/.191, 2-for-25 in six games with two runs batted in, one walk, six strikeouts, a sacrifice fly and no errors

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Rayner Laya saw his playing time increase this week and he made his manager look good. While mainly splitting time at second base with Jarrett Hoffpauir, Laya went .474/.524/.474/.997, 9-for-19 in six games, including a 4-for-4 day. Juan Richardson got the Hittin' Hot call because he compiled his numbers in nine more plate appearances thereby sustaining his performance over a longer stretch of time.
Like their Memphis counterparts, there are nine Springfield players with more than one hundred plate appearances so far: Iker Franco, Reid Gorecki, Cody Haerther, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Brian Martin, Mike McCoy, Juan Richardson, Nick Stavinoha and Rico Washington. Gorecki, McCoy and Washington have over two hundred appearances. In the K/AB category, Jarrett Hoffpauir continues a career trend by striking out only once every 10.4 at bats which is the best ratio of the nine. Gorecki, McCoy, Richardson and Stavinoha all strike out approximately once every four plus at bats which is the other end of the spectrum.
Veteran Juan Richardson has the highest ISO of the nine (.282) with Mike McCoy bringing up the rear with his .040 ISO.
Reid Gorecki leads the team with thirty-eight runs scored and veteran Rico Washington leads the team with forty-three runs batted in. Washington has also walked more than he has struck out as has newcomer Josh Pressley.

Of Note – Pitching
Springfield's rotation has remained stable through the first two months of the season with the same five starters. All five have BAA's in the .200's with both Chris Lambert (.298 BAA, 10 GS, 49.1 IP) and Jordan Pals (.299 BAA, 10 GS, 58.2 IP) pushing .300. It will come as no surprise that Stuart Pomeranz has the best BAA in the rotation at .259 (10 G, 60 IP). Mike Parisi (.278 BAA, 9 GS, 49 IP) and Rich Rundles (.283 BAA, 10 G, 9 GS, 54 IP) have BAA's within .005 points of each other.
Now that Andy Cavazos and his microscopic 0.094 BAA have departed for Memphis, Mark Worrell's .186 BAA is the best in the bullpen (22 G, 23.2 IP). Kevin Ool has been less effective as the season wears on, and his .306 BAA (16 G, 27 IP) is tops. Rich Scalamandre is holding batters to an impressive .213 BAA (22 G, 23.2 IP). Neither Cory Doyne (20.1 IP) nor Justin Garza (13.1) have allowed a long ball yet. (Of course, they now will since this stat was mentioned.)

Prospect Watch
Reid Gorecki - .222/.417/.333/.750, 4-for-18 in five games with two doubles, six runs scored, four runs batted in, five walks, seven strikeouts, one stolen base in two attempts and no errors
Cody Haerther - .333/.375/.800/1.175, 5-for-15 in four games with two doubles, one triple and one home run, three runs scored, three runs batted in, one walk, two strikeouts, one stolen base in one attempt and one error
Jarrett Hoffpauir - .200/.333/.200/.533, 3-for-15 in six games with two runs scored, three walks, one strikeout and one error
Chris Lambert – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 2 BB, 8 SO, 3.86 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 4:1 K/BB, .276 BAA
Mike Parisi – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 11.2 IP, 13 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 HR, 0 HB, 5 BB, 5 SO, 6.94 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 1:1 K/BB, .283 BAA
Stuart Pomeranz – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-1, 13 IP, 13 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 HR, 0 HB, 5 BB, 7 SO, 5.54 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 1.40:1 K/BB, .277 BAA
Nick Stavinoha – Hittin' Not
Mark Worrell – Pitchin' Hot

Upcoming Week – at Midland RockHounds (Oakland) 29th through 1st, at Frisco RoughRiders (Texas) 2nd through 4th

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