Cardinals Starters of the Month Awards - May

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The Birdhouse Starters of the Month Awards

May 2006

We are back to once again recognize those pitchers leading the entire St. Louis Cardinals minor league system in various categories. 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". This month's awards include a couple of surprises including a starter that has not been discussed very much on the message boards.

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 May there were twelve qualifiers with 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. Unlike last month's winner, this month's best was not immediately apparent. Only two pitchers in the top five in six of the seven categories but each had only one first place finish. One of the two placed first in the Innings Pitched category which is given the least weight. That same pitcher placed either fourth or fifth in the categories given greater weight so was not in the final running. The other was placed in the final group being considered. There were three pitchers that placed in the top five in five of the seven categories. One of the three was eliminated because his highest placement was third in one category. The final decision came down to three pitchers and only one pitcher placed first in three categories with their lowest placement being third. He got the nod.

Starter of the Month for May 2006 – RHP Blake Hawksworth, Palm Beach Cardinals
5 G, 5 GS, 0 CG, 1-1, 32.2 IP, 25 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 0 HR, 2 HB, 6 BB, 20 SO, 2.48 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 3.33:1 K/BB, 5.51 K/9 IP, 1.65 BB/9 IP, .219 BAA, Outs: 29% ground, 50% fly, 21% SO in 96 total outs

Hawksworth is doing what he needs to do this season, so far…get on the mound and pitch while staying off the disabled list. This month he placed first in three of the five categories, one category was a tie, in which he was ranked in the top five. He placed no lower than third in the balance of the five categories. He did not rank in either the K/9 IP or Innings Pitched category, both of which need to show improvement.

Earned Run Average
The Best
RHP Blake Hawksworth, Palm Beach Cardinals
5 G, 5, GS, 1-1, 2.48 ERA, nine earned runs in thirty-two and two-thirds innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. LHP Jaime Garcia, Swing of the Quad Cities – 6 G, 6 GS, 2-2, 2.55 ERA, ten earned runs in thirty-five and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Kyle Sadlowski, Swing of the Quad Cities – 6 G, 6 GS, 2.76 ERA, nine earned runs in twenty-nine and one-third innings pitched
4. RHP Stuart Pomeranz, Springfield Cardinals – 5 G, 5 GS, 2.94 ERA, eleven earned runs in thirty-three and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Dennis Tankersley, Memphis Redbirds – 7G, 7 GS, 3.80 ERA, eighteen earned runs in forty-two and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)

WHIP
The Best – Three-Way Tie
RHP Blake Hawksworth, Palm Beach Cardinals
5 G, 5 GS, 1-1, 32.2 IP, 25 H, 6 BB, 0.95 WHIP, 2.48 ERA

RHP Stuart Pomeranz, Springfield Cardinals
5 G, 5 GS, 4-1, 33.2 IP, 25 H, 7 BB, 0.95 WHIP, 2.94 ERA

RHP Kyle Sadlowski, Swing of the Quad Cities
6 G, 6 GS, 3-1, 29.1 IP, 18 H, 10 BB, 0.95 WHIP, 2.76 ERA

Balance of the Top Five
4. RHP Mark Michael, Palm Beach Cardinals – 1.03 WHIP, twenty-four hits, two walks in twenty-five and one-third innings pitched
5. LHP Jaime Garcia, Swing of the Quad Cities – 1.19 WHIP, thirty-five hits, seven walks in thirty-five and one-third innings pitched

Additional Team Leader
Memphis Redbirds
RHP Dennis Tankersley – 1.20 WHIP, forty-two hits, nine walks in forty-two and two-thirds innings

Strike-Outs-to-Walks Ratio
The Best
LHP Jaime Garcia, Swing of the Quad Cities
5.6:1 ratio, thirty-nine strikeouts to seven walks in thirty-five and one-third innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Blake Hawksworth, Palm Beach Cardinals – 3.33:1 ratio, twenty strikeouts to six walks in thirty-two and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Stuart Pomeranz, Springfield Cardinals – 3.29:1 ratio, twenty-three strikeouts to seven walks in thirty-three and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Dennis Tankersley, Memphis Redbirds – 3.11:1 ratio, twenty-eight strikeouts to nine walks in forty-two and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Mark Michael, Palm Beach Cardinals – 3:1 ratio, twenty-four strikeouts to eight walks in thirty-six and one-third innings pitched

The Flamethrowers
Note: Except for the winner, this is a pretty pitiful top five in K/9 IP but here it is –

The Best
LHP Jaime Garcia, Swing of the Quad Cities
9.93 per nine innings pitched, thirty-nine strikeouts in thirty-five and one-third innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Chris Lambert, Springfield Cardinals – 7.22 per nine innings pitched, twenty-seven strikeouts in thirty-three and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Stuart Pomeranz – 6.15 per nine innings pitched, twenty-three strikeouts in thirty-three and two-thirds innings pitched
4. RHP Mark Michael, Palm Beach Cardinals – 5.95 per nine innings pitched, twenty-four strikeouts in thirty-six and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Dennis Tankersley, Memphis Redbirds – 5.91 per nine innings pitched, twenty-eight strikeouts in forty-two and two-thirds innings pitched

Best Control
The Best
RHP Blake Hawksworth, Palm Beach Cardinals
1.65 per nine innings pitched, six walks in thirty-two and two-thirds innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. LHP Randy Leek, Memphis Redbirds – 1.73 per nine innings pitched, seven walks in thirty-five and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. LHP Jaime Garcia, Swing of the Quad Cities – 1.72 per nine innings pitched, seven walks in thirty-five and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Stuart Pomeranz, Springfield Cardinals – 1.87 per nine innings pitched, seven walks in thirty-three and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Dennis Tankersley, Memphis Redbirds – 1.90 per nine innings pitched, nine walks in forty-two and two-thirds innings pitched

Lowest Batting Average Against
The Best
RHP Kyle Sadlowski, Swing of the Quad Cities
Opponents hit just .171 against him, one hundred seventeen batters faced Sadlowski and only eighteen got hits with no sacrifice bunts or sacrifice flies in twenty-nine and one-third innings. Sadlowski hit two batters

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Stuart Pomeranz, Springfield Cardinals – held opponents to a .205 batting average, one hundred thirty batters faced with twenty-five getting hits along with one sacrifice bunt in thirty-three and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Blake Hawksworth, Palm Beach Cardinals – held opponents to a .219 batting average, one hundred twenty-five batters faced with twenty-five getting hits along with one sacrifice bunt and two sacrifice flies in thirty-two and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Mark Michael, Palm Beach Cardinals – held opponents to a .248 batting average, one hundred fifty-one batters faced with thirty-five getting hits along with one sacrifice fly in thirty-six and one-third innings pitched
5. RHP Dennis Tankersley, Memphis Redbirds – held opponents to a .256 batting average, one hundred seventy-five batters faced with forty-two getting hits along with one sacrifice bunt and one sacrifice fly in forty-two and two-thirds innings pitched

The Innings Eaters
The Best
RHP Dennis Tankersley, Memphis Redbirds
Forty-two and two-thirds innings pitched in seven games, all starts

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP John Webb, Memphis Redbirds – thirty-six and one-third innings pitched in six games, all starts
3. - tie LHP Eric Haberer, Palm Beach Cardinals – thirty-six and one-third innings pitched in six games, all starts (co-Team Leader)
3. - tie RHP Mark Michael, Palm Beach Cardinals – thirty-six and one-third innings pitched in six games, all starts (co-Team Leader)
3. - tie LHP Randy Leek, Memphis Redbirds – thirty-six and one-third innings pitched in six games, all starts

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
LHP Rich Rundles – thirty-six innings pitched in six games, all starts

Swing of the Quad Cities
LHP Jaime Garcia – thirty-five and one-third innings pitched in six games, all starts

Qualifiers (12): LHP Jaime Garcia, LHP Eric Haberer, RHP Blake Hawksworth, RHP Chris Lambert, LHP Randy Leek, RHP Mark Michael, RHP Jordan Pals, RHP Stuart Pomeranz, LHP Rich Rundles, RHP Kyle Sadlowski, RHP Dennis Tankersley, RHP John Webb

Non-Qualifiers (11): RHP Mitch Boggs, RHP Will Cunnane, LHP Adam Daniels, RHP Mark McCormick, RHP Cory Meacham, LHP Chris Narveson, RHP Mike Parisi, RHP Anthony Reyes, RHP Travis Smith, RHP Nick Webber, RHP Josh Wilson ================================================ ================================================

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