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

Second of three sets of monthly awards recognizing the top performances across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. Today: June's best relievers, with starters yesterday and hitters to follow.

The Birdhouse Relievers of the Month Awards

June 2006

Today we recognize those relievers leading the entire St. Louis Cardinals minor league system in various categories. As mentioned previously the bullpen gets its own exclusive category, the "Best Firefighters". As with the starters, the "Relief Pitcher of the Month" award will be based on their overall performance in all of the given categories instead of just their earned run average.

We let you know which reliever led each team in any given category plus a top five. To qualify for consideration a reliever must have spent the majority of the month pitching out of the bullpen and appeared in at least five games in a relief role, except for State College and Johnson City who only qualify for ‘team leader'. 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 sixteen relievers that either placed in the top five in at least one category or was a team leader in at least one category. However, no reliever placed in the top five in all seven categories. The month's best became clear after that as there was only one pitcher that placed in the top five in five of the seven categories.

Reliever of the Month for May 2006 –
RHP Matt Scherer, Palm Beach Cardinals

11 G, 3-0, 0 SV, 1 GF, 17.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 19 SO, 0.52 ERA, 0.35 WHIP, 19:1 K/BB, 9.9 K/9 IP, 0.52 BB/9 IP, .089 BAA, Outs: 26.42% ground, 37.74% fly, 35.84% SO in 53 total outs, 7 Inherited Runners, 3 Inherited Runner Scored, 3 game appearances

Matt Scherer, like his Palm Beach teammate Mitchell Boggs, dominated the reliever categories this month. Scherer placed first in Earned Run Average, Walks-Hits-Innings-Pitched, Strikeouts-to-Walk ratio and Batting Average Against. He was third in Walks-Per-Nine-Innings Pitched. Although he averaged over a strikeout an inning, Scherer did not rank in the Strikeouts-Per-Nine-Innings-Pitched category. He also did not rank in the Firefighters category.

Earned Run Average
The Best
RHP Matt Scherer, Palm Beach Cardinals
11 G, 3-0, 0 SV, 0.52 ERA, one run, one earned run in seventeen and one-third innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Jon Mikrut, Swing of the Quad Cities – 0.87 ERA, three runs, one earned run in nine innings pitched over nine game appearances (Team Leader)
3. LHP Matt Perisho, Memphis Redbirds – 1.13 ERA, two runs, one earned run in eight innings pitched over ten game appearances (Team Leader)
4. LHP Kevin Ool, Springfield Cardinals – 1.17 ERA, three runs, two earned runs in fifteen and one-third innings pitched over nine game appearances (Team Leader)
5. RHP Mike Sillman, Springfield Cardinals – 1.29 ERA, two runs, two earned runs in fourteen innings pitched over thirteen game appearances

Additional Team Leaders
State College Spikes
RHP Lance Marcum – 0.00 ERA, no runs, no earned runs in four and two-thirds innings pitched over four game appearances

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Brandon Garner – 0.00 ERA, no runs, no earned runs in two and one-third innings pitched over three game appearances

WHIP
The Best
RHP Matt Scherer, Palm Beach Cardinals
11 G, 0 GS, 3-0, 0 SV, 17.1 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 0.35 WHIP, 0.52 ERA

Balance of the Top Five
2. LHP Kevin Ool, Springfield Cardinals - 0.65 WHIP, seven hits, three walks in fifteen and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Brian Falkenborg, Memphis Redbirds – 0.86 WHIP, seven hits, three walks in eleven and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Brian Stitt, Swing of the Quad Cities – 0.92 WHIP, seven hits, one walk in eight and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Rich Scalamandre, Memphis Redbirds – 0.94 WHIP, eleven hits, no walks in eleven and two-thirds innings pitched (combined with Springfield)

Additional Team Leaders
State College Spikes
RHP Lance Marcum – 0.43 WHIP, two hits, no walks in four and two-thirds innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Henderson Lugo – .58 WHIP, five hits, one walk in ten and one-third innings pitched

Strike-Outs-to-Walks Ratio
The Best
RHP Matt Scherer, Palm Beach Cardinals*
19:1 ratio, nineteen strikeouts to one walk in seventeen and one-third innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2.-tie RHP Andy Cavazos, Memphis Redbirds – ratio not calculable, twelve strikeouts, no walks in fifteen and one-third innings pitched (co-Team Leader)
2.-tie RHP Rich Scalamandre, Memphis Redbirds – ratio not calculable, twelve strikeouts, no walks in eleven and two-thirds innings pitched (co-Team Leader) (combined with Springfield)
4. RHP Brian Stitt, Swing of the Quad Cities – 8:1 ratio, eighteen strikeouts, one walk in eight and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Dennis Dove, Palm Beach Cardinals – 5.7:1 ratio, seventeen strikeouts, three walks in fourteen and one-third innings pitched

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
LHP Kevin Ool – 3.67:1, eleven strikeouts, three walks in fifteen and one-third innings pitched

State College Spikes
RHP Lance Marcum – ratio not calculable, three strikeouts, no walks in four and two-thirds innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Henderson Lugo – 10:1, ten strikeouts, one walk in ten and one-third innings pitched

*Comment
This is the only category in which a subjective decision was made about ranking. Neither Andy Cavazos nor Rich Sclamanadre walked a batter during May so their K/BB ratios were not calculable. However, each would have to strike out seven more batters while walking only one to match Matt Scherer's May numbers. With their May K/9 IP rates, they would have to pitch another nine and seven innings, respectively, to reach nineteen strikeouts while walking no one. While that is possible, it is not likely. Therefore, Scherer was moved to the top with Cavazos and Scalamandre sharing the two slot.

The ‘Flamethrowers'
The Best
RHP Mike Sillman, Palm Beach Cardinals
14.8 per nine innings pitched, twenty-three strikeouts in fourteen innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Josh Kinney, Memphis Redbirds – 13.2 per nine innings pitched, twenty-five strikeouts in seventeen innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Cory Doyne, Springfield Cardinals – 12.1 per nine innings pitched, thirteen strikeouts in nine and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. LHP Danny Borne, Swing of the Quad Cities – 11.8 per nine innings pitched, seventeen strikeouts in thirteen innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Jose Garcia, Palm Beach Cardinals – 11 per nine innings pitched, fifteen strikeouts in twelve and one-third innings pitched

State College Spikes
LHP Ryan Hodinka – 11.6 per nine innings pitched, six strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Luke Gregerson – 19.3 per nine innings pitched, five strikeouts in two and one-third innings pitched

Best Control
The Best - tie
RHP Andy Cavazos, Memphis Redbirds
0.00 per nine innings pitched, no walks in fifteen and one-third innings pitched

RHP Rich Scalamandre, Memphis Redbirds
0.00 per nine innings pitched, no walks in eleven and two-thirds innings pitched (combined)

Balance of the Top Five
3. RHP Matt Scherer, Palm Beach Cardinals – 0.52 per nine innings pitched, one walk in seventeen and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Brian Stitt, Swing of the Quad Cities – 1.04 per nine innings pitched, one walk in eight and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Tyler Adamczyk, Palm Beach Cardinals – 1.29 per nine innings pitched, one walk in seven innings pitched

Additional Team Leader
State College Spikes
LHP Kevin Ool – 1.76 per nine innings pitched, three walks in fifteen and one-third innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
No Team Leader

Lowest Batting Average Against
The Best
RHP Matt Scherer, Palm Beach Cardinals
Opponents hit just .089 against him, fifty-nine batters faced Scherer and only eleven got hits along with one sacrifice bunt and one sacrifice fly in seventeen and one-third innings over eleven game appearances

Balance of the Top Five
2. LHP Kevin Ool, Springfield Cardinals – held opponents to a .135 batting average, fifty-eight batters faced with seven getting hits in fifteen and one-third innings pitched over nine game appearances (Team Leader)
3. RHP Josh Kinney, Memphis Redbirds – held opponents to a .143 batting average, sixty-nine batters faced with eight getting hits along with one sacrifice bunt in seventeen innings pitched over twelve game appearances (Team Leader)
4. RHP Rich Scalamandre, Memphis Redbirds – held opponents to a .157 batting average, seventy-two batters faced with eleven getting hits in eleven and two-thirds innings pitched over ten game appearances
5. RHP Mike Sillman, Palm Beach Cardinals – held opponents to a .167 batting average, sixty batters faced with eight getting hits in fourteen innings pitched over thirteen game appearances

Additional Team Leader
Swing of the Quad Cities
RHP Brian Stitt – held opponents to a .212 batting average, thirty-five batters faced with seven getting hits in eight and two-thirds innings pitched over nine game appearances

State College Spikes - tie
RHP Lance Marcum – held opponents to a .125 batting average, sixteen batters faced with two getting hits in four and two-thirds innings pitched over four game appearances

RHP P.J. Walters – held opponents to a .125 batting average, nineteen batters faced with two getting hits in six and one-third innings pitched over four game appearances

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Brandon Garner – held opponents to a .125 batting average, eleven batters faced with one getting a hit in two and one-third innings pitched over three game appearances

Best Firefighters
The Best
RHP Josh Kinney, Memphis Redbirds
Kinney inherited eight baserunners in five game appearances but none scored off him during June. That gives him a 100% success rate

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Rich Scalamandre, Memphis Redbirds – seven inherited runners in five game appearances with none scoring for a 100% success rate (combined with Springfield)
3. RHP Andy Cavazos, Memphis Redbirds - five inherited runners in three game appearances with none scoring for a 100% success rate
4. RHP Justin Garza, Springfield Cardinals - four inherited runners in three game appearances with none scoring for a 100% success rate 5. LHP Matt Perisho, Memphis Redbirds - four inherited runners in three game appearances with none scoring for a 100% success rate

Qualifiers: RHP Tyler Adamczyk, LHP Danny Borne, RHP Jason Cairns, LHP Carmen Cali, LHP Troy Cate, RHP Andy Cavazos, RHP Dennis Dove, RHP Cory Doyne, RHP Brian Falkenborg, RHP Jose Garcia, RHP Justin Garza, RHP Ashley Hooks, RHP Josh Kinney, RHP Jon Mikrut, LHP Kevin Ool, LHP Matt Perisho, RHP Chris Russ, RHP Rich Scalamandre, RHP Matt Scherer, RHP Mike Sillman, RHP Brian Stitt, RHP Matt Trent, RHP Scott Vander Weg, RHP Mark Worrell, LHP Zack Zuercher

Non-Qualifiers: RHP Alan Benes, RHP Orber Moreno, RHP Victor Moreno


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