A great deal has happened in the past week which
has been dominated by the passing of
On a happier note the Memphis Redbirds have put on
their hitting shoes and gained three full games on the
They Doing? (Standings as of
Swing of the Quad Cities – 15-12, Tied for third place with the Beloit Snappers (MIN), one game behind the Clinton LumberKings (TEX)
Up, Down and Out
Here are the transactions since the last report:
04/27/07 - Memphis - INF John Nelson
activated from the 7-day Disabled List, UT Jolbert Cabrera placed on the
7-Day Disabled List due to an emergency appendectomy
04/30/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - RHP Dennis Dove called up to take the bullpen slot previously held by RHP Josh Hancock
04/30/07 - Memphis (Springfield) - RHP Hugo Castellanos and RHP Chris Lambert: called up from Double-A Springfield. Both will work out of the bullpen.
04/30/07 - Springfield (Palm Beach) - RHP Jason Motte called up from A-Advanced Palm Beach
04/30/07 - Springfield - LHP Kevin Ool will move into the Springfield rotation, taking Chris Lambert's slot after Lambert's call up to Memphis
04/30/07 - Memphis - RHP Mike Sillman placed on the 7-day DL with right shoulder tenderness (Note: Action may be retro-active to 04/24/07, the date of Sillman's last appearance.)
05/01/07 - Palm Beach - RHP Kyle McClellan activated from the Disabled List
05/03/07 - Quad Cities - RHP Matt Lane given his unconditional release; RHP Kyle Sadlowski activated from the 7-day Disabled List
05/03/07 - St. Louis (Springfield) - LHP Ryan Meaux signed to a minor league contract and assigned to Double-A Springfield
This week saw a very sad chain reaction of moves
set off by the death of Josh Hancock on April 29th. Reliever Dennis Dove went into the
Kevin Ool moved from the
The other move of note was the surprise release of
League Affiliation - sixteen-team Pacific Coast League, four-team America North division
Overall Record – 15-13
Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – R=0.91, H=0.94, 2B=0.93, HR=1.08, BB=1.01, SO=1.04
Current Two-Week Pitching – 4.15 ERA, 4.12 dERA, 1.46 WHIP, .284 BAA, .326 BABIP
Pitching Year-to-Date – 4.08 ERA, 4.12 dERA, 1.37 WHIP, .266 BAA, .310 BABIP
Who's Pitchin' Hot – LHP Chris Narveson who posted a 1.07 WHIP and .246 BAA in 15 innings over two game starts. Narveson struck out ten and walked only two for a 5:1 K/BB ratio. His dERA of 3.32 was better than his 3.60 ERA and he gave up less than a hit an inning (14 H).
Who's Pitchin' Not – RHP Blake Hawksworth made three starts over the past two weeks and some of his peripherals suggest that his three-game ERA of 3.64 does not accurately reflect his performance. Hawksworth tossed 17.1 innings and gave up over a hit an inning while walking five. That gave him a 1.50 WHIP to go with his .313 BAA. Yet is dERA was 3.13 while his BABIP was .362 which suggests that he was a bit unlucky. It should also be said that his most recent start on May 1st was a seven-inning, no-walk gem. Here is hoping that is the start of good things for him.
Of Note –
As mentioned above, Randy Keisler appears to have
replaced Mike Smith in the
Brian Falkenborg picked up four more saves by allowing only one earned run in six innings over five games. Batters hit a measly .217 against him. He did walk two and struck out only three so his K/BB ratio was 1.50.
Prospect Watch –
Dove – his stay in
Chris Narveson – 2 G, 2 GS, 1 CG, 2-0, 3.60 ERA, 15 IP, 14 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 2 BB, 10 SO, 1.07 WHIP, .246 BAA, 3.32 dERA, .280 BABIP
Blake Hawksworth – 3 G, 3 GS, 1-2, 3.64 ERA, 17.1 IP, 21 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 2 HB, 5 BB, 9 SO, 1.50 WHIP, .313 BAA, 3.13 dERA, .362 BABIP
Mike Sillman – had limited appearances due to a ‘tender' right shoulder that landed him on the DL on April 30th
League Affiliation - eight-team Texas League, four-team East division
Overall Record – 10-13
Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – R=1.03, H=1.02, 2B=0.98, HR=1.16, BB=1.02, SO=1.10
Current Two-Week Pitching – 4.40 ERA, 4.37 dERA, 1.48 WHIP, .281 BAA, .325 BABIP
Pitching Year-to-Date – 4.90 ERA, 4.99 dERA, 1.54 WHIP, .290 BAA, .326 BABIP
Who's Pitchin' Hot – LHP Jaime Garcia. Although he did not pick up a decision in two starts comprising 11 total innings, Garcia held opposing batters to a .171 average. He struck out 15 and walked only two for a miniscule 0.82 WHIP. Cross your fingers and pray for continued health for this young pitcher.
Who's Pitchin' Not – RHP Cory Rauschenberger is improving as he did pick up his first Double-A win on May 3rd. Overall, however, he still has a ways to go. Rauschenberger posted a 1.60 WHIP and .311 BAA in 10 innings pitched over three game starts. His dERA was 4.59 for the period with a .317 BABIP. Since this pitcher is one of my favorites, it is painful to follow him right now.
Of Note –
One of the most interesting things to happen within
the past two weeks was lefty Kevin Ool's move from the bullpen to the
rotation. He took Chris Lambert's
slot after Lambert's promotion to
But more interesting is that Ool's move seems to
signal that a promotion from
A side note here is the continued presence of Cory
As Kary Booher of the Springfield News-Leader reported recently, Stuart Pomeranz has been shut down indefinitely due to shoulder issues. Not good. Not good at all. Thankfully for the Cardinals the past two drafts have reaped some competitive starters so this should not be a huge hit for the system. But on a personal level this is sad news.
Prospect Watch –
Mitch Boggs – 3 G, 3 GS, 1-0, 16.1 IP, 4.41 ERA, 20 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 8 BB, 14 SO, 1.71 WHIP, .299 BAA, 3.81 dERA, .365 BABIP (But a hammering on May 2nd obscures two excellent outings)
Jaime Garcia – 2 G, 2 GS, 0-0, 2.45 ERA, 11 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 1 HB, 2 BB, 15 SO, 0.82 WHIP, .171 BAA, 3.65 dERA, .208 BABIP
Chris Perez – 6 G, 0 GS, 4 SV, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 3 BB, 10 SO, 0.47 WHIP, .000 BAA, 1.31 dERA, 0.000 BABIP. Perhaps the most impressive pitcher in the system so far this season.
League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division
Overall Record – 16–10Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – R=0.89, H=0.96, 2B=1.06, HR=0.71, BB=0.97, SO=1.07
Current Two-Week Pitching – 3.87 ERA, 3.17 dERA, 1.23 WHIP, .227 BAA, .288 BABIP
Pitching Year-to-Date – 3.01 ERA, 2.95 dERA, 1.12 WHIP, .224 BAA, .280 BABIP
Who's Pitchin' Hot
– RHP Luke Gregerson has been hotter than hot recently. In the past two weeks he appeared in
seven games, 10 total innings, and gave up one skimpy little hit. Just one. Better yet, he walked just two. Even better, he struck out 12. That works out to a 0.30 WHIP, 0.32 BAA
and a dERA of 1.19. Oh yes, he also
picked up two saves for the
Who's Pitchin' Not – RHP Adam Ottavino is averaging under five innings a start so far this season. During the past two weeks he made three starts but pitched only 14 innings while giving up 15 hits and a whopping 11 walks. That gives him a 1.86 WHIP and .268 BAA. On the positive side, he struck out 21.
Of Note –
Who is Luke Gregerson and where did he come from? Gregerson's 2007 performance is
beginning to get him noticed and that should continue as he steps into the
Prospect Watch –
Gary Daley Jr. – 3 G, 3 GS, 2-0, 4.00 ERA, 18 IP, 17 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 HR, 3 HB, 5 BB, 14 SO, 1.22 WHIP, .250 BAA, 4.11 dERA, .288 BABIP
Adam Daniels – 2 G, 2 GS, 0-2, 3.27 ERA, 11 IP, 13 H, 10 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 2 HB, 3 BB, 7 SO, 1.45 WHIP, .283 BAA, 2.93 dERA, .333 BABIP
Tyler Norrick – 3 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 5.40 ERA, 16.2 IP, 14 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 7 BB, 13 SO, 1.26 WIHP, .226 BAA, 3.85 dERA, .271 BABIP
Adam Ottavino – 3 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 1-1, 4.50 ERA, 14 IP, 15 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 11 BB, 21 SO, 1.86 WHIP, .268 BAA, 3.54 dERA, .412 BABIP
Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities
League Affiliation - fourteen-team Midwest League, eight-team West division
Overall Record – 15–12
Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – R=0.97, H=0.99, 2B=1.09, HR=0.93, BB=0.93, SO=0.98
Current Two-Week Pitching – 3.43 ERA, 3.60 dERA, 1.23 WHIP, .227 BAA, .282 BABIP
Pitching Year-to-Date – 3.19 ERA, 3.35 dERA, 1.27 WHIP, .240 BAA, .303 BABIP
Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHP Brandon "Cotton" Dickson continues to impress. In three games he went 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA, allowing just nine hits in 14 innings with only one walk. Dickson struck out eight and hit two batters. Opponents batted just .176 against him.
Pitchin' Not – no one, other than
Of Note –
RHP Shaun Garceau is coming along nicely after missing the 2006 season due to a leg problem. In 11 innings over three games, Garceau gave up seven hits and four walks against 11 strikeouts for a 1.00 WHIP and a .175 BAA. He has a 1.64 ERA and 3.61 dERA with a .214 BABIP.
RHP Kenny Maiques, the Swing's closer, picked up another four saves in five game appearances. He tossed five innings, allowing three hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Maiques was unscored upon.
Prospect Watch –
Brad Furnish – 3 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-2, 4.66 ERA, 9.2 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 7 BB, 11 SO, 1.00 WHIP, .175 BAA, 3.61 dERA, .280 BABIP
Tyler Herron – 3 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 4.63 ERA, 11.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 HR, 2 HBk, 5 BB, 7 SO, 1.20 WHIP, .214 BAA, 3.36 dERA, .257 BABIP
Blake King – 3 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 8.22 ERA, 7.2 IP, 5H, 8 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 7 BB, 6 SO, 1.57 WHIP, .167 BAA, 4.37 dERA, .208 BABIP
P.J. Walters – 4 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 4.02 ERA, 15.2 IP, 15 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 3 HB, 3 BB, 18 SO, 1.15 WHIP, .250 BAA, 2.44 dERA, .341 BABIP
NOTE: The two sabermetric statistics being used in this report, as of now, are BABIP and dERA.
BABIP – Batting Average on Balls In Play. It is used mainly to measure the luckiness or unluckiness of a pitcher on those balls put into play that involve fielders. Hence, home runs are excluded. The standard BABIP range is .280-.310 so pitchers with a BABIP above .310 are unlucky while those below .280 are lucky.
dERA – the small ‘d' stands for the acronym DIPS (Defense Independent Pitching Statistics). DIPS is used in many areas. With regards to a pitcher's Earned Run Average, it tries to measure his effectiveness in those areas in which the pitcher has the most control: walks and strikeouts. This stat is not perfect but it does help gauge a pitcher's performance.
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