This Week in the Minors – 7/7 - A-Advanced/A

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 Cardinals A-Advanced affiliate in Palm Beach and the A-ball squad in the Quad Cities.

This Week in the Minors - A-Advanced and A

July 7, 2006

Palm Beach's Hittin' Not in last week's report led off as follows: ‘Danielson seems to be doing his part to convince the Cardinals' brass to promote Colby Rasmus from Quad Cities.' Well, Rasmus is now a Palm Beach Cardinal although Danielson had little to do with it. Another promotion is Palm Beach's Eric Haberer going up to Springfield. He is expected to start on Saturday for the Cardinals. Now, when will it be Randy Roth's turn?

Now to the change in the standings: Palm Beach dropped another two and one-half games off St. Lucie's pace and is now in third. Quad Cities is also in third but dropped to only two games out, behind both Kane County and Peoria.

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High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division
Second-Half Record – 5 - 5
Overall Record – 46 - 38
Weekly Record – 3 - 3
Current Standing – Third, three and one-half games behind the St. Lucie Mets

The Roster

Transactions - 06/30/06 - INF Rayner Laya re-assigned to A-Advanced Palm Beach, SS Tyler Greene re-assigned to class A Quad Cities

On the DL front – OF Matt Lemanczyk (swelling in arm)

Current Week Team Batting – .229/.345/.351/.696
Cumulative Team Batting – .250/.328/.384/.712

Current Rotation*Mitch Boggs, Jaime Garcia, Eric Haberer, Mark Michael, Nick Webber
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.25 ERA and 1.25 WHIP: thirteen earned runs, thirty-seven hits and eight walks in thirty-six innings pitched

Current Bullpen*Tyler Adamczyk, Troy Cate, Dennis Dove, Jose Garcia, Matt Scherer, Mike Sillman, Zack Zuercher
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 2.12 ERA and 0.94 WHIP: four earned runs, eleven hits and five walks in seventeen innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 3.60 ERA and 1.28 WHIP
*Those pitchers contributing to the current stats. Pitcher may appear in both rotation and bullpen.

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHS Eric Haberer
When you get past the weekly ERA, Haberer had among the best peripherals of any starter and pitched more innings than the others due to him making two starts. As mentioned in last week's report Haberer's June is much improved. Looks like it was good enough to get him sent to Springfield.

Who's Pitchin' Not – RHS Nick Webber
Webber wears the horns for the third time in the last four reports. Webber and Mark Michael are in a tight race for the starter with the worst peripherals on the staff and right now Webber ‘wins'. He has a cumulative 1.69 WHIP, .302 BAA and has walked more (35) than he has struck out (33) for a 0.94:1 K/BB ratio. With pitchers like Cory Meacham and Adam Ottavino putting pressure on from below, how much longer will Webber remain in the rotation?

Who's Hittin' Hot – LF Amaury Marti
Marti was the only Palm Beach player with more than fifteen plate appearances to hit over .300 this week but with the OPS he posted (1.082) he would have won anyway. After a slow start, Marti has hit .314/.364/.490/.854, 16-for-51 with three doubles and two home runs the past two weeks. On the down side, Marti is striking out once every three at bats, on average, so far.

Who's Hittin' Not – 3B Matt Dryer
A week after winning ‘Hot' honors Dryer is now hitting like he wants replaced by Randy Roth. This week he went .150/.190/.150/.340, 3-for-20 in five games with one run scored, one walk, nine strikeouts and no errors.

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Although the pitching staff performed well enough to win this week, the same cannot be said for the offense. Ryan Bathelemy, Matt Dryer, Mike Ferris and Joe Mather all hit below the Mendoza line and had twenty or more plate appearances. Matt Shepherd barely escaped that list by hitting .200
Tyler Greene's offense came in only three games prior to his demotion to Quad Cities but I cannot remember the last three-game period in which Greene hit this well. Going to Quad Cities will undoubtedly help Greene establish a more solid offensive foundation but hopefully he went down there feeling a little better about himself.
Matt Pagnozzi and Wes Swackhamer both made less than ten plate appearances this week. Pagnozzi's limited at bats is understandable as he is the back-up catcher to a very good young prospect. Swackhamer has seen his playing time dwindle since coming off the disabled list on June 10th. That situation is not likely to change with the arrival of uber-prospect Colby Rasmus.

Of Note – Pitching
The Palm Beach bullpen has four relievers with year-to-date WHIP's at about 1.00: lefty Troy Cate (0.90), Dennis Dove (1.05), Matt Scherer (1.01) and Mike Sillman (0.96). Cate (.170) and Sillman (.174) are holding opponents to a sub-.200 batting average while batters are hitting below .240 against Dove (.235) and Scherer (.226).
Each of these relievers strikes out at least a batter an inning. Matt Scherer is tops at 12.20 K/9 IP with Mike Sillman is just behind him (12.15 K/9 IP). Troy Cate is not far off their pace with 10.87 K/9 IP. Dennis Dove is striking out 9.64 batters for every nine innings pitched.
Speaking of Dove, he and Matt Scherer have the best control in the bullpen. Both are walking less than two batters every nine innings. Cate is walking less than three batters every nine innings ( 2.8) with Sillman walking just over three batters a game.
Since an important part of the reliever's role is to limited the previous pitcher's damage, let us look at how each does with inherited runners. Troy Cate is perfect with eight inherited runners and none scored but he also has the fewest chances. Dennis Dove has inherited thirteen runners with five scoring and Matt Scherer has inherited eighteen runners with six scoring. Sillman brings up the rear by allowing four of his nine inherited runners to score.

Prospect Watch - Hitters
Mike Ferris – .188/.350/.250/.600, 3-for-16 in five games with one double, two runs scored, one run batted in, four walks, eight strikeouts and one error
Tyler Greene - .300/.462/.700/1.162, 3-for-10 in three games with one double, one home run, two runs, two runs batted in, two walks, four strikeouts, one stolen base in one attempt, one hit-by-pitch and two errors
Juan Lucena - .278/.364/.333/.697, 5-for-18 in five games with one double, three runs batted in, three walks, two strikeouts and one error
Amaury Marti - .318/.400/.682/1.082, 7-for-22 in six games with two doubles, two home runs, three runs scored, four runs batted in, three walks, nine strikeouts, one stolen base in one attempt and no errors
Brandon Yarbrough - .294/.333/.471/.804, 5-for-17 in five games with one double, one triple, two runs scored, two runs batted in, one walk, four strikeouts and no errors

Prospect Watch - Pitchers
Mitch Boggs – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 2 BB, 4 SO, 0.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 2:1 K/BB, .217 BAA
Jaime Garcia – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 7 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0.00 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .345 BAA
Eric Haberer – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-2, 12 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 3 HB, 2 BB, 8 SO, 5.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 4:1 K/BB, .233 BAA
Mark Michael – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 1 BB, 4 SO, 3.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 4:1 K/BB, .286 BAA
Mike Sillman – 2 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 2 SV, 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 1.50:1 K/BB, .000 BAA
Nick Webber – 1G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 3 BB, 2 SO, 7.20 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 0.67:1 K/BB, .273 BAA

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Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities
League Affiliation - fourteen-team Midwest League, eight-team West division
Second-Half Record – 4 - 7
Overall Record – 40 - 43
Weekly Record – 2 - 5
Current Standing – Third, two games behind the Kane County Cougars (Oakland) and Peoria Chiefs (ChC)

The Roster

Transactions – 06/27/06 - RHS Donnie Smith activated from the disabled list and assigned to State College for rehabilitation; 06/30/06 - OF Jon Jay (2nd Rd), RHP Chris Perez (1S Rd): came to terms with and assigned to class A Quad Cities, RHP Kyle Sadlowski re-assigned to short-season A State College, OF John Jay activated, INF Luis Cotto placed on the 7-day disabled list-retroactive to June 24th; 07/01/06 - RHP Chris Perez activated, OF Simon Williams given his unconditional release

On the DL front – RHP Phillip Andersen (May 2006 Tommy John surgery), INF Luis Cotto (right chest muscle strain), RHP Kyle McClellan (July 2005 Tommy John surgery), RHS Mark McCormick (right shoulder tendonitis)

Current Week Team Batting – .262/.307/.395/.701
Cumulative Team Batting – .264/.325/.384/.710

Current Rotation*Adam Daniels, Trey Hearne, Cory Meacham, Tyler Norrick, Kyle Sadlowski
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 4.28 ERA and 1.70 WHIP: eighteen earned runs, forty-seven hits and sixteen walks in thirty-seven innings pitched

Current Bullpen* – Danny Borne, Jason Cairns, Ashley Hooks, Jon Mikrut, Victor Moreno, Chris Perez, Brian Stitt, Matt Trent, Scott Vander Weg
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 4.44 ERA and 1.64 WHIP: twelve earned runs, thirty-one hits and nine walks in twenty-four and one-third innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 3.53 ERA and 1.28 WHIP
*Those pitchers contributing to the current stats. Pitcher may appear in both rotation and bullpen.

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHS Trey Hearne
The Hearne Express rolls along for another week as he is again ‘Hot' this week. Hearne gave up only three hits in six innings but his walks were up and equaled his strikeouts, four. Check out the ‘Prospect Watch' for his weekly stats.

Who's Pitchin' Not – RHS Kyle Sadlowski
Sadlowski's last start before his re-assignment to State College was dreadful. He did not get out of the fourth inning, coughed up six runs on ten hits and a walk. Batters teed off on him to the tune of a .526 average. Here is hoping he gets things straightened out.

Who's Hittin' Hot – 1B/3B Randy Roth
Randy Roth is ‘Hot' for the fourth report this season. Roth hit over .400 for the week with an OPS over 1.000 In fact he was the only Swing batter with twenty-five or more plate appearances that hit over .300 this week, although Bryan Anderson came very close. Why Roth remains in Quad Cities instead of heading for Florida is a mystery. His weekly stats appear in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

Who's Hittin' Not – INF Dan Nelson
Nelson went .192/.192/.231/.423, 5-for-26 in six games with one double, three runs scored, no walks, six strikeouts, one caught stealing and three errors. He mainly played second and short early in the season but moved mainly to third as the season wore on. He also leads the team with 21 errors. With infielders like Jose Salazar and Jared Schweitzer off to good starts at State College, Nelson, a thirteenth round pick back in 2004, needs to get going.

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Under the ‘Not Getting Much Playing Time' category you will find the following names: Henry Guerrero, A.J. Van Slyke and Simon Williams. Guerrero is the back-up catcher so his limited playing time is understandable. Williams was released this week. Van Slyke is sporting a .228/.276/.272/.547 set of numbers so far this season. The competition is not going to get any easier.

Of Note – Pitching
Newly arrived lefty starter Tyler Norrick pitches exclusively out of the stretch. Norrick hails from Southern Illinois University and spent most of his collegiate career as a reliever. The Salukis did convert him to starting for 2006. His Swing debut on June 26th was slightly mixed as he allowed eight hits and two walks in four innings but did limit the damage by giving up only one run. Norrick also struck out seven. He retired the first 12 batters he faced in his second start before giving up four runs in the fifth, an inning he did not finish.

Prospect Watch - Hitters
Bryan Anderson – .292/.370/.458/.829, 7-for-24 in seven games, with one double, one home run, four runs scored, five runs batted in, three walks, three strikeouts and no errors
Tyler Greene - .500/.600/.500/1.100, 2-for-4 in one game, with one run scored, no walks, one strikeout, two stolen bases in two attempts and no errors
Jon Jay – .333/.429/.583/.1.012, 4-for-12 in three games, with one double, one triple, one run scored, one run batted in, two walks, three strikeouts, one caught stealing and no errors
Jose Martinez - .269/.345/.346/.691, 7-for-26 in seven games with two doubles, three runs batted in, one walk, no strikeouts, one stolen base in two attempts, two hit-by-pitches and one error
Colby Rasmus - .286/.355/.643/.998, 8-for-32 in seven games, with two doubles, one triple, two home runs, six runs scored, five runs batted in, three walks, four strikeouts, one stolen base in one attempt and one error. Palm Beach here I come!
Shane Robinson - .250/.273/.313/.585, 8-for-32 in seven games with two doubles, two runs scored, one walk, two strikeouts, one stolen base in two attempts and no errors
Randy Roth - .414/.433/.724/1.157, 12-for-29 in seven games, with three doubles, two home runs, four runs scored, two runs batted in, one walk, three strikeouts, one caught stealing and one error

Prospect Watch - Pitchers
Adam Daniels – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 11.2 IP, 14 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 5 BB, 6 SO, 3.08 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 1.2:1 K/BB, .318 BAA
Jason Cairns – 2 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 0 SV, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, .222 BAA
Trey Hearne – 1 G, 1 GS< 0 CG, 0-0, 0 SV, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 1:1 K/BB, .143 BAA
Mark McCormick – on the disabled list
Cory Meacham – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 2 BB, 3 SO, 2.57 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 1.5:1 K/BB, .240 BAA
Tyler Norrick – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 8.2 IP, 14 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 4 BB, 8 SO, 5.19 ERA, 2.08 WHIP, 2:1 K/BB, .378 BAA

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