Cards Minors Relievers of the Month - May

The Birdhouse recognizes the top relief pitching performances in ten categories across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. Luke Gregerson is the overall relief pitcher of the month of May, 2007.

It is time to recognize those relievers leading the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system during the month of May in ten categories. As with the starters, the "Relief Pitcher of the Month" award is based on their overall performance in all of the given categories.

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. 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 nine qualifying categories were ranked numerically one through five with the team leader being noted only if that team did not have a representative in the top five. For May, there were 26 qualifying relievers that placed in the top five in at least one category. (Heck, the only relievers not to qualify spent meaningful time on the disabled list.) Although no reliever placed in the top five in all nine categories, there were two that ranked in the top five in six of nine and those were the two finalists. However, once their respective rankings, roles and performance levels were compared, there was a clear winner.

Reliever of the Month for May 2007 –
RHP Luke Gregerson, Palm Beach Cardinals

13 G, 11 SV, 0-0, 14 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 4 BB, 17 SO, 0.64 ERA, 1.58 dERA, 0.50 WHIP, 4.25:1 K/BB, 10.9 K/9 IP, 2.6 BB/9 IP, .067 BAA, .107 BABIP, 1.17 GO/FO

For the second consecutive month, the Reliever of the Month award goes to the closer for the Palm Beach Cardinals. That, however, is not the same pitcher. Luke Gregerson moved into the closer role upon Jason Motte's April 30th promotion to Springfield and proceeded to compile extremely impressive numbers in May.

Gregerson placed first in three of the six categories in which he was ranked: DIPS ERA, WHIP and Saves. He placed no lower than third in the remaining three categories. Although his control worked against him in two of the three categories in which he was not ranked, he did improve on his April walks average. Gregerson is a 28th-round selection from the June 2006 draft out of Saint Xavier and turned 23 in mid-May.

Honorable Mention
RHP Kyle Mura, Swing of the Quad Cities
9 G, 1-0, 0 SV, 9.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0.96 ERA, 1.79 dERA, 0.54 WHIP, 8:1 K/BB, 7.7 K/9 IP, 0.96 BB/9 IP, .121 BAA, .160 BABIP, 1.22 GO/FO
Like Luke Gregerson, Kyle Mura ranked in six of the nine qualifying categories. Mura placed second in two categories, third in two categories and fourth in two categories. As a member of the Quad Cities' bullpen, Mura does not see much playing time because of the eight-man rotation structure. Yet he is doing a very good job at getting the game from any given game's starter to the starter-reliever. His May performance deserves a mention.

Earned Run Average
The Best - Tie
LHP Zack Zuercher, Springfield Cardinals
9 G, 0.00 ERA, no earned runs in 10.2 innings pitched (combined)

RHP Armando Carrasco, Swing of the Quad Cities
8 G, 0.00 ERA, no earned runs in seven innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
3. RHP Luke Gregerson, Palm Beach Cardinals – 13 G, 0.64 ERA, one earned run in 14 innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Kyle Mura, Swing of the Quad Cities – 9 G, 0.96 ERA, one earned run in nine and one-third innings pitched
5. RHP Matt Trent, Palm Beach Cardinals – 6 G, 1.29 ERA, one earned run in seven innings pitched

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
RHP Brian Falkenborg – 7 G, 2.35 ERA, two earned runs in seven and two-thirds innings pitched

DIPS Earned Run Average
The Best
RHP Luke Gregerson, Palm Beach Cardinals
13 G, 1.58 dERA, 2.25 dearned runs in 12.9 dIP (Gregerson won this category in April as well)

Balance of the Top Five
2. - tie RHP Armando Carrasco, Swing of the Quad Cities – 8 G, 1.71 dERA, 1.33 dearned runs in 7.03 dIP (Team Leader)
2. - tie RHP Brian Falkenborg, Memphis Redbirds – 7 G, 1.71 dERA, 1.45 dearned runs in 7.67 dIP (Team Leader)
4. RHP Kyle Mura, Swing of the Quad Cities – 9 G, 1.79 dERA, 1.76 dearned runs in 8.85 dIP
5. RHP Matt Trent, Palm Beach Cardinals – 6 G, 2.26 dERA, 1.79 dearned runs in 7.14 dIP

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
RHP Chris Perez – 10 G, 2.86 dERA, 3.82 dearned runs in 12 dIP

WHIP
The Best
RHP Luke Gregerson, Palm Beach Cardinals
13 G, 14 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 0.50 WHIP, 0.64 ERA

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Kyle Mura, Swing of the Quad Cities – .54 WHIP, 4 H, 1 BB, 9.1 IP (Team Leader)
3. LHP Zack Zuercher, Springfield Cardinals – 0.75 WHIP, 2 H, 6 BB, 10.2 IP (Team Leader) (combined)
4. RHP Brian Falkenborg, Memphis Redbirds – 0.78 WHIP, 6 H, 0 BB, 7.2 IP (Team Leader)
5. RHP Fernando Salas, Palm Beach Cardinals – 0.91 WHIP, 11 H, 2 BB, 14.1 IP

Strike-Outs-to-Walks Ratio
The Best
RHP Brian Falkenborg, Memphis Redbirds
8:0 ratio, eight strikeouts to no walks in seven and two-thirds innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Kyle Mura, Swing of the Quad Cities – 8:1 ratio, eight strikeouts to one walk in nine and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Armando Carrasco, Swing of the Quad Cities – 7:1 ratio, seven strikeouts to one walk in seven innings pitched
4. RHP Kyle McClellan, Palm Beach Cardinals – 6:1 ratio, 12 strikeouts to two walks in 19.1 innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. – tie LHP Ryan Meaux, Memphis Redbirds – 5:1 ratio, 10 strikeouts to two walks in nine innings pitched (co-Team Leader) (combined)
5. – tie RHP Matt Ginter, Memphis Redbirds – 5:1 ratio, 10 strikeouts to two walks in 16.1 innings (co-Team Leader)

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
RHP Matt Scherer – 2.8:1 ratio, 17 strikeouts to six walks in 15.1 innings pitched

The Flamethrowers
The Best
RHP Chris Perez, Springfield Cardinals
16.8 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, 23 strikeouts in 12.1 innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Luke Gregerson, Palm Beach Cardinals – 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, 17 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Kenny Maiques, Swing of the Quad Cities – 10.45 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, 12 strikeouts in 10.1 innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Matt Trent, Palm Beach Cardinals – 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, eight strikeouts in seven innings pitched
5. LHP Ryan Meaux, Memphis Redbirds – 10 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, 10 strikeouts in nine innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined)

The Control Artists
The Best
RHP Brian Falkenborg, Memphis Redbirds
0.00 walks per nine innings pitched, no walks in seven and two-thirds innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Kyle McClellan, Palm Beach Cardinals – 0.93 walks per nine innings pitched, two walks in 19.2 innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Kyle Mura, Swing of the Quad Cities – 0.96 walks per nine innings pitched, one walk in nine and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Matt Ginter, Memphis Redbirds – 1.10 walks per nine innings pitched, two walks in 16.1 innings pitched
5. RHP Fernando Salas, Palm Beach Cardinals – 1.26 walks per nine innings pitched, two walks in 14.1 innings pitched

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
RHP Jose Garcia – 3.45 walks per nine innings pitched, six walks in 15.2 innings pitched

Lowest Batting Average Against
The Best
LHP Zack Zuercher, Springfield Cardinals
Opponents hit just .065 against him - 39 batters faced Zuercher and only two got a hit with one sacrifice bunt and one sacrifice fly in 10.2 innings (combined)

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Luke Gregerson, Palm Beach Cardinals – held opponents to a .067 batting average, 51 batters faced with three getting hits with one sacrifice bunt in 14 innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Kyle Mura, Swing of the Quad Cities – held opponents to a .121 batting average, 35 batters faced with four getting hits in nine innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Chris Perez, Springfield Cardinals – held opponents to a .122 batting average, 51 batters faced with five getting hits in 12.1 innings pitched
5. RHP Matt Trent, Palm Beach Cardinals – held opponents to a .154 batting average, 30 batters faced with four getting hits in seven innings pitched

Additional Team Leader
Memphis Redbirds
Mark Worrell – held opponents to a .182 batting average, 52 batters faced with eight getting hits in 12.1 innings pitched

No ‘Flies' on Me (Best GO/FO Ratio)
The Best
RHP Kenny Maiques, Swing of the Quad Cities
3.5:1 GO/FO ratio, 14 groundouts to four fly outs

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Kyle Sadlowski, Swing of the Quad Cities – 3.4:1 GO/FO ratio, 17 groundouts to five fly outs
3. RHP Jose Garcia, Springfield Cardinals – 3.1:1 GO/FO ratio, 28 groundouts to nine fly outs (Team Leader)
4. RHP Jason Motte, Springfield Cardinals – 2.3:1 GO/FO ratio, 21 groundouts to nine fly outs
5. RHP Hugo Castellanos, Memphis Redbirds – 2.3:1 GO/FO ratio, 23 groundouts to ten fly outs (Team Leader)

Additional Team Leader
Palm Beach Cardinals
RHP Matt Trent – 2.25:1 GO/FO ratio, nine groundouts to four fly outs

Saves
The Best
RHP Luke Gregerson, Palm Beach Cardinals
13 game appearances, 11 saves, 14 innings pitched

Balance of the Top Four
2. RHP Chris Perez, Springfield Cardinals – 10 game appearances, eight saves, 12.1 innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Kenny Maiques, Swing of the Quad Cities – 12 game appearances, seven saves, 10.1 innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Brian Falkenborg, Memphis Redbirds – seven game appearances, five saves, seven and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Mark Worrell, Memphis Redbirds – 10 game appearances, three saves, 12.1 innings pitched

Qualifiers (25): RHP Armando Carrasco, RHP Hugo Castellanos, RHP Andy Cavazos, RHP Michael Cooper, RHP Brian Falkenborg, RHP Jose Garcia, RHP Matt Ginter, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Chris Lambert, RHP Kenny Maiques, RHP Kyle McClellan, LHP Ryan Meaux, RHP Jon Mikrut, RHP Jason Motte, RHP Kyle Mura, RHP Chris Perez, RHP Kyle Sadlowski, RHP Fernando Salas, RHP Mike Schellinger, RHP Matt Scherer, RHP Donnie Smith, RHP Matt Trent, RHP Scott Vander Weg, RHP Nick Webber, RHP Mark Worrell, LHP Zack Zuercher

Non-Qualifiers (1): RHP Dennis Dove, RHP Mike Sillman, RHP Brian Stitt



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