Scout.com's Cards Starters of the Month- June

Our first of three sets of monthly awards recognizing the top performances across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. First up: June's best starting pitchers, with bullpen and hitters to follow.

The Birdhouse Starters of the Month Awards

June 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. All State College and Johnson City qualify for ‘team leader' only due to the limited innings pitched. 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".

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 June there were thirteen qualifying starters that placed in the top five in at least one category. Although no starter placed in the top five in all seven categories, there was one that ranked in the top five in six of seven. He was the clear winner.

Starter of the Month for June 2006 –
RHP Mitchell Boggs, Palm Beach Cardinals

6 G, 6 GS, 1 CG, 3-0, 35 IP, 27 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 6 BB, 27 SO, 1.03 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 4.5:1 K/BB, 6.94 K/9 IP, 1.54 BB/9 IP, .209 BAA,

Boggs had a simply dominant June. He placed first in Strikeout-to-Walk ratio and Walks-Per-Nine-Innings-Pitched, second in Earned Run Average, Walks-Hits-Innings-Pitched and Innings Pitched, and fourth in batting average against. Boggs did not rank in the Strikeouts-Per-Nine-Innings-Pitched category.

Earned Run Average
The Best
RHP Trey Hearne, Swing of the Quad Cities
5 G, 5, GS, 2-1, 0.87 ERA, three earned runs in thirty-one innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Mitchell Boggs, Palm Beach Cardinals – 6 G, 6 GS, 3-0, 1.03 ERA, four earned runs in thirty-five (Team Leader)
3. LHP Adam Daniels, Swing of the Quad Cities – 5 G, 5 GS, 1.82 ERA, six earned runs in twenty-nine and two-thirds innings pitched
4. RHP Cory Meacham, Swing of the Quad Cities – 6 G, 6 GS, 1.83 ERA, eight earned runs in thirty-nine and one-third innings pitched
5. RHP Dennis Tankersley, Memphis Redbirds – 5 G, 5 GS, 2.20 ERA, eight earned runs in thirty-two and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
RHP Blake Hawksworth – 5 G, 5 GS, 3-0, 2.61 ERA, nine earned runs in thirty-one innings pitched (stats combined with Palm Beach)

State College Spikes
RHP Adam Ottavino – 2 G, 2 GS, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, no earned runs in seven and one-third innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Blake King – 2 G, 2 GS, 2-0, 0.90 ERA, one earned run in ten innings pitched

WHIP
The Best
LHP Eric Haberer, Palm Beach Cardinals
5 G, 5 GS, 2-1, 33 IP, 23 H, 6 BB, 0.88 WHIP, 2.73 ERA

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Mitchell Boggs, Palm Beach Cardinals – 0.94 WHIP, twenty-seven hits, six walks in thirty-five innings pitched
3. - tie RHP Trey Hearne, Swing of the Quad Cities – 0.97 WHIP, twenty-one hits, nine walks in thirty- one innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. – tie LHP Chris Narveson, Memphis Redbirds – 0.97 WHIP, twenty-four hits, nine walks in thirty- four innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined with Palm Beach)
5. RHP Cory Meacham, Swing of the Quad Cities – 1.09 WHIP, thirty-three hits, ten walks in thirty- nine and one-third innings pitched

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
RHP Blake Hawksworth – 1.26 WHIP, thirty hits, nine walks in thirty-one innings pitched (combined with Palm Beach)

State College Spikes
RHP Adam Ottavino – 0.82 WHIP, two hits, four walks in seven and one-third innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Blake King – 0.80 WHIP, four hits, four walks in ten innings pitched

Strike-Outs-to-Walks Ratio
The Best
RHP Mitchell Boggs, Palm Beach Cardinals
4.5:1 ratio, twenty-seven strikeouts to six walks in thirty-five innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. LHP Eric Haberer, Palm Beach Cardinals – 4.33:1 ratio, twenty-six strikeouts to six walks in thirty-three innings pitched
3. LHP Jaime Garcia, Palm Beach Cardinals – 4:1 ratio, twenty-four strikeouts to six walks in twenty-nine and two-thirds innings pitched (combined with Quad Cities)
4. RHP Trey Hearne, Swing of the Quad Cities – 3.67:1 ratio, thirty-three strikeouts to nine walks in thirty-one innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Dennis Tankersley, Memphis Redbirds – 3.56:1 ratio, thirty-two strikeouts to nine walks in thirty-two and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
LHP Rich Rundles – 2.33:1 ratio, fourteen strikeouts to six walks in twenty-seven innings pitched (traded to the New York Mets)

State College Spikes
RHP Rhett Parrott – 5:1 ratio, five strikeouts to one walk in seven innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Tyler Herron – 4:1 ratio, four strikeouts to one walk in eight innings pitched

The Flamethrowers
Note: With the understanding that there are more ways that just throwing heat to strike a batter out, here are the ‘Flamethrowers' –

The Best
RHP Trey Hearne, Swing of the Quad Cities
9.58 per nine innings pitched, thirty-three strikeouts in thirty-one innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. LHP Adam Daniels, Swing of the Quad Cities – 9.41 per nine innings pitched, thirty-one strikeouts in twenty-nine and two-thirds innings pitched
3. RHP Dennis Tankersley, Memphis Redbirds – 8.82 per nine innings pitched, thirty-two strikeouts in thirty-two and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Chris Lambert, Springfield Cardinals – 7.28 per nine innings pitched, twenty-four strikeouts in twenty-nine and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. LHP Jaime Garcia, Palm Beach Cardinals – 7.28 per nine innings pitched, twenty-four strikeouts in twenty-nine and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined with Quad Cities)

Additional Team Leaders
State College Spikes
RHP Adam Ottavino – 9.82 per nine innings pitched, eight strikeouts in seven and one-third innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Matt North – 10.8 per nine innings pitched, six strikeouts in five innings pitched

Best Control
The Best
RHP Mitchell Boggs, Palm Beach Cardinals
1.54 per nine innings pitched, six walks in thirty-five innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2.-tie LHP Eric Haberer, Palm Beach Cardinals – 1.64 per nine innings pitched, six walks in thirty- three innings pitched
2.-tie RHP Kyle Sadlowski, Swing of the Quad Cities – 1.64 per nine innings pitched, six walks in thirty-three innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. LHP Randy Leek, Memphis Redbirds – 1.71 per nine innings pitched, six walks in thirty-one and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. LHP Jaime Garcia, Palm Beach Cardinals – 1.82 per nine innings pitched, six walks in twenty-nine and two-thirds innings pitched (combined with Quad Cities)

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
LHP Rich Rundles – 2.00 per nine innings pitched, six walks in twenty-seven innings pitched

State College Spikes
RHP Rhett Parrott – 1.29 per nine innings pitched, one walk in seven innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Tyler Herron – 1.13 per nine innings pitched, one walk in eight innings pitched

Lowest Batting Average Against
The Best
RHP Trey Hearne, Swing of the Quad Cities
Opponents hit just .189 against him, one hundred twenty batters faced Hearne and only twenty-one got hits with no sacrifice bunts or sacrifice flies in thirty-one innings.

Balance of the Top Five
2. LHP Eric Haberer, Palm Beach Cardinals – held opponents to a .192 batting average, one hundred thirty-one batters faced with twenty-three getting hits along with one sacrifice bunt and three sacrifice flies in thirty-three innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. LHP Chris Narveson, Memphis Redbirds – held opponents to a .202 batting average, one hundred thirty-two batters faced with twenty-four getting hits along with two sacrifice bunts and one sacrifice fly in thirty-four innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined with Palm Beach)
4. RHP Mitchell Boggs, Palm Beach Cardinals – held opponents to a .209 batting average, one hundred thirty-five batters faced with twenty-seven getting hits in thirty-five innings pitched
5. LHP Adam Daniels, Swing of the Quad Cities – held opponents to a .217 batting average, one hundred twenty-two batters faced with twenty-three getting hits along with one sacrifice fly in twenty-nine and two-thirds innings pitched

Additional Team Leader
Springfield Cardinals
RHP Blake Hawksworth - .256 batting average against, one hundred twenty-eight batters faced, thirty hits, two sacrifice bunts, thirty-one innings pitched (combined with Palm Beach)

State College Spikes
RHP Adam Ottavino - .080 batting average against, thirty batters faced, two hits, seven and one-third innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
LHP Senger Peralta - .120 batting average against, twenty-nine batters faced, three hits, one sacrifice fly, seven and one-third innings pitched

The Innings Eaters
The Best
RHP Cory Meacham, Swing of the Quad Cities
Thirty-nine and one-third innings pitched in six games, all starts

Balance of the Top Five
2.-tie RHP Mitchell Boggs, Palm Beach Cardinals – thirty-five innings pitched in six games, all starts (Team Leader)
2.-tie RHP Stuart Pomeranz, Springfield Cardinals – thirty-five innings pitched in six games, all starts (Team Leader)
4. RHP Travis Smith, Memphis Redbirds – thirty-four and one-third innings pitched in five games, all starts (Team Leader)
5. LHP Chris Narveson, Memphis Redbirds – thirty-four innings pitched in six games, all starts (combined with Palm Beach)

Qualifiers (17): RHP Mitchell Boggs, LHP Adam Daniels, LHP Jaime Garcia, LHP Eric Haberer, RHP Blake Hawksworth, RHP Trey Hearne, RHP Chris Lambert, LHP Randy Leek, RHP Cory Meacham, LHP Chris Narveson, RHP Mike Parisi, RHP Stuart Pomeranz, LHP Rich Rundles, RHP Kyle Sadlowski, RHP Travis Smith, RHP Dennis Tankersley, RHP John Webb

Non-Qualifiers (5): RHP Mark McCormick, RHP Mark Michael, LHP Tyler Norrick, RHP Jordan Pals, RHP Nick Webber


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