This Week in the Cards Minors- 6/30- Hitters

In this installment of our weekly stats-based report, Leonda Markee analyzes position player performances across the St. Louis Cardinals' minor league system.

This is the first report to include all seven of the Cardinals' North American minor league teams.  The season is just underway for the short-season squads and there have already been moves made.  If you read the report carefully you will see some of the moves that were transacted on the 29th.

 

But the biggest news may be the end of the tandem rotation system at Quad Cities.  The eight-man rotation went to seven with P.J. Walters' June 20th promotion to Palm Beach.  Now Eddie Degerman joins Walters in Palm Beach (he was promoted on the 29th) which takes the rotation down to six.  Blake King is being sent to Batavia which leaves a five-man rotation of Brandon Dickson, Brad Furnish, Shaun Garceau, Elvis Hernandez and Tyler Herron.  Those are five happy pitchers.

 

 

None of the sabermetric statistics have been adjusted to include park factors due to extreme time constraints.  However, each team's 2004-2006 Weighted Park Factors are listed for those that want to adjust the figures.  There is a section at the end of the report that tries to explain some of these statistics a bit better.

 

 

How Are They Doing?  (Standings as of June 29, 2007)

Memphis Redbirds – 34-47, Last place, thirteen and one-half games behind the Nashville Sounds (MIL)

Springfield Cardinals – 5-3, Second place, one-half game behind the Tulsa Drillers (COL)

Palm Beach Cardinals – 5-3, First place, one game ahead of the Brevard County Manatees (MIL)

Swing of the Quad Cities – 3-4, Sixth place, two and one-half games behind the Burlington Bees (KC)

Batavia Muckdogs – 3-7, Sixth and last place, three games behind the Auburn Doubledays (TOR), Mahoning Valley Scrappers (CLE) and Williamsport Crosscutters (PHI)

Johnson City Cardinals – 3-6, Third place, four and one-half games behind the Elizabethton Twins

GCL Cardinals – 2-5, Third place, five games behind the GCL Dodgers

 

 

 

 

Up, Down and Out

Here are the transactions since the last report (through June 28th):

 

06/15/07 - St. Louis - OF Charles Kingrey (22nd Rd) came to terms with but not assigned while rehabbing a wrist injury

06/15/07 - St. Louis - RHP Pete Parise's contract purchased from the Slippery Rock Sliders (Frontier League)

06/16/07 - St. Louis - RHP David Kopp (2nd), 1B Charlie Pelt (29th):  previously came to terms with these 2007 June Draft players as their names appeared on St. Louis' short-season rosters

06/16/07 - St. Louis - LHP Matthew Spade signed as an undrafted free agent out of Richland (Junior) College in Dallas

06/16/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - SS David Eckstein placed on the 15-day Disabled List retroactive to June 14th (back spasms);  RHP Kelvin Jimenez optioned to Triple-A Memphis;  RHP Anthony Reyes, SS Brendan Ryan: recalled from Triple-A Memphis 

06/16/07 - Memphis - RHP Matt Ginter activated from the 7-day Disabled List

06/18/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - CF Jim Edmonds (pinched nerve in lower back) (left leg tendinitis), RHP Braden Looper (shoulder): placed on the 15-Day Disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, June 16th.  LHP Troy Cate, CF Skip Schumaker: recalled from Triple-A Memphis

06/18/07 - Palm Beach - OF Shane Robinson placed on the 7-day Disabled List (broken foot)

06/18/07 - Memphis (Springfield) - OF/1B Joe Mather called up from Double-A Springfield

06/19/07 - Springfield - SS Tyler Greene (knee) placed on the 7-day Disabled List

06/19/07 - Springfield (Palm Beach) - LHP Adam Daniels, 1B/DH Mark Hamilton: called up from A-Advanced Palm Beach

06/19/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - RHP Tomo Ohka signed to a minor league contract and assigned to Triple-A Memphis.  Contract may be voided if Ohka not called up to the majors within ten days

06/20/07 - Palm Beach (Quad Cities) - 1B Brandon Buckman, RHP P. J. Walters: called up from class A Quad Cities

06/20/07 - Quad Cities (Johnson City) - OF Jose Ramirez called up from Rookie League Johnson City

06/20/07 - Quad Cities (Batavia) - OF Tommy Pham transferred to short-season A Batavia

06/21/07 - Springfield (Palm Beach) - RHP Michael Cooper sent to class A-Advanced Palm Beach;  INF Jose Martinez, RHP Kyle McClellan: called up from class A-Advanced Palm Beach

06/21/07 - Springfield - RHP Jose Garcia placed on the 7-day Disabled List (lower back); C Bryan Anderson, OF Colby Rasmus: named to the 2007 MLB Futures Game

06/21/07 - Springfield (GCL Cardinals) - OF Jon Jay sent to the rookie league GCL Cardinals on a rehabilitation assignment

06/22/07 - Springfield - RHP Mitch Boggs added to the 2007 Texas League All-Star roster, replacing injured pitcher Nick Adenhart (Arkansas-LAA)

06/22/07 - St. Louis (Detroit) - LHP Mike Maroth acquired from the Detroit Tigers for a player to be named later.  Maroth not activated

06/23/07 - Memphis - OF John Rodriguez placed on the 7-day Disabled List; 3B Travis Hanson activated from the 7-day Disabled List

06/24/07 - Springfield (Palm Beach) - OF Jon Jay activated from the 7-day Disabled List and transferred to A-Advanced Palm Beach

06/24/07 - Memphis (Palm Beach) - UTL Jolbert Cabrera sent to A-Advanced Palm Beach on a rehabilitation assignment

06/24/07 - St. Louis (Quad Cities) - 1B Tim Dorn signed from the Southern Illinois Minors (Frontier League) and assigned to class A Quad Cities

06/25/07 - Memphis - 3B/INF Rico Washington placed on the 7-day Disabled List (knee)


06/25/07 - St. Louis - LHP Tyler Johnson placed on the 15-day Disabled List, retroactive to 6/19/07 (left bicep tendinitis);  
OF Preston Wilson transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day Disabled List;  LHP Mike Maroth activated

06/25/07 - Memphis (Palm Beach) - INF Rico Washington placed on the disabled list (knee);  INF Jolbert Cabrera recalled from A-Advanced Palm Beach and activated

6/26/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - RHP Troy Percival called up from Triple-A Memphis;  RHP Andy Cavazos sent down to Triple-A Memphis

06/27/07 - GCL Cardinals - RHP Joel Pichardo activated from the disabled list

6/27/07 - St. Louis (Johnson City) - RHP Ray Silva signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Texas-Pan American and assigned to Johnson City

6/28/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - C Kelly Stinnett outrighted to Triple-A Memphis;  C Yadier Molina activated from the 15-day Disabled List

 

 

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Triple-A – Memphis Redbirds

League Affiliation - sixteen-team Pacific Coast League, four-team America North division

Overall Record – 34-47 

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – R=0.91, H=0.94, 2B=0.93, HR=1.08, BB=1.01, SO=1.04

 

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Current Three-Week Hitting - .268/.325/.456/.781, .304 BABIP, 99.26 RC

Hitting Year-to-Date* – .263/.324/.429/.753, .297 BABIP, 360 RC

*Note:  Pitchers' offensive statistics excluded

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Second baseman Edgar Gonzalez went from ‘Not' to ‘Hot' in one report.  Gonzalez batted .320/.346/.480/.826, 24-for-75, with three doubles and three home runs.  Gonzalez was one of three Redbirds to drive in double-digit runs for the period with 10.  (Rick Ankiel drove in 12 and Rico Washington drove in 11.)  However, Gonzalez walked only three times against 16 strikeouts and had a .375 BABIP.

 

Who's Hittin' Not

Outfielder Nick Stavinoha switched places with Gonzalez by going from ‘Hot' to ‘Not' in one report.  Stavinoha went .268/.316/.394/.710, 19-for-71, with three doubles and two home runs.  Stavinoha drove in seven runs and stole a base.

 

Of Note –   

Travis Hanson is 7-for-20 since coming off the disabled list.  That works out to a .350/.350/.500/.850 line which is bound to go down but one can always hope.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Ankiel, Rick

0.274

0.299

0.644

0.943

20

73

3

18

0.255

14.22

0.370

Hanson, Travis

0.350

0.350

0.500

0.850

7

20

0

6

0.462

3.50

0.150

Mather, Joe*

0.260

0.316

0.466

0.782

19

73

4

13

0.281

10.65

0.205

Ryan, Brendan

0.405

0.405

0.514

0.919

15

37

0

7

0.500

7.61

0.081

Stavinoha, Nick

0.268

0.316

0.394

0.710

19

71

4

10

0.288

8.37

0.127

*combined stats, Springfield/Memphis

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AA – Springfield Cardinals

League Affiliation - eight-team Texas League, four-team East division

Final First-Half Record/Standing – 36-31, First place (guaranteed play-off berth)

Second-Half Record – 5-3

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – R=1.03, H=1.02, 2B=0.98, HR=1.16, BB=1.02, SO=1.10

 

Roster link

 

Current Three-Week Hitting - .268/.344/.427/.771, .300 BABIP, 101 RC

Hitting Year-to-Date* – .265/.342/.424/.766, .297 BABIP, 356 RC

*Note:  Pitchers' offensive statistics excluded

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir continues some torrid hitting by going .400/.471/.617/1.088, 24-for-60, with seven doubles and two home runs.  He drove in 13 runs and continued to display his trademark excellent batting eye by walking (eight) more than he struck out (four).  Since May 24th, Hoffpauir has hit .416/.480/.596/1.076 with 11 walks to eight strikeouts.  He has a .443 BABIP for that period but who would not if they were hitting like that?

 

Who's Hittin' Not

Colby Rasmus' early June illness took a real toll on him.  In addition to losing about 10 pounds or so, Rasmus struggled at the plate.  He went .164/.282/.384/.666, 12-for-73, with a double and five home runs.  His .140 BABIP shows that he was unlucky as well.

 

Of Note –

First baseman Mike Ferris' recent performance deserves a mention.  Ferris hit .370/.482/.587/1.069, 17-for-46, with four doubles and two home runs while averaging 2.8 plate appearances per game over the past three weeks.  He needs to work on his strikeouts as he K'd an average of once every three at bats. 

 

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Anderson, Bryan

0.418

0.433

0.509

0.942

23

55

3

8

0.478

12.55

0.091

Greene, Tyler*

0.286

0.306

0.571

0.877

10

35

0

12

0.381

6.03

0.257

Hamilton, Mark**

0.167

0.275

0.367

0.642

10

60

8

13

0.159

5.82

0.200

Rasmus, Colby

0.164

0.282

0.384

0.666

12

73

11

18

0.140

8.27

0.219

Shorey, Mark

0.300

0.357

0.500

0.857

15

50

5

10

0.324

9.09

0.200

*currently on the disabled list
**combined stats, Palm Beach/Springfield

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A-Advanced – Palm Beach Cardinals

League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division

Overall Record – 5–3

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – R=0.89, H=0.96, 2B=1.06, HR=0.71, BB=0.97, SO=1.07

 

Roster link

 

Current Three-Week Hitting - .279/.338/.398/.737, .326 BABIP, 82 RC 

Hitting Year-to-Date – .262/.326/.379/.705, .305 BABIP, 325 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Ho hum, guess who?  Allen Craig went .324/.390/.529/.919, 22-for-68, with fourteen runs batted in and two stolen bases.  Check out the rest of his numbers below in the ‘Prospect Watch'. 

 

Who's Hittin' Not

Nathan Southard hit .250/.283/.321/.605 to get the ‘Not' nod. 

 

Of Note –

Centerfielder Jim Rapoport is hitting better at Palm Beach than he did at Quad Cities.  Much better.  Rapoport hit .219/.267/.288/.555, 35-for-160 in 43 games for the Swing.  Pressed into service at Palm Beach when centerfielder Shane Robinson went on the disabled list, Rapoport is hitting .274/.364/.311/.675, 29-for-106 in 28 games so far.  He is doing even better than that over the past rhee weeks:  .292/.378/.306/.684, 21-for-72 in 19 games.  Go figure.

 

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Buckman, B*

0.270

0.329

0.392

0.721

20

74

6

15

0.316

9.60

0.108

Craig, Allen

0.324

0.390

0.529

0.919

22

68

5

9

0.327

13.72

0.206

Garcia, Isa

0.286

0.308

0.314

0.622

10

35

2

3

0.313

3.27

0.029

Jay, Jonathan**

0.364

0.364

0.500

0.864

8

22

0

5

0.438

4.20

0.136

Southard, Nathan

0.250

0.283

0.321

0.605

14

56

3

11

0.311

5.34

0.071

*combined stats, Quad Cities/Palm Beach
""combined stats, GCL/Palm Beach

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Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities

League Affiliation - fourteen-team Midwest League, eight-team West division

Overall Record – 3–4

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – R=0.97, H=0.99, 2B=1.09, HR=0.93, BB=0.93, SO=0.98

 

Roster link

 

Current Three-Week Hitting - .216/.271/.318/.589, .267 BABIP, 42 RC

Hitting Year-to-Date – .254/.315/.369/.684, .300 BABIP, 284 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Where have you gone, Brandon Buckman?  A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.  Whoo, hoo hoo.  What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?  Blastin' Brandon has left and gone away.  Hey, hey, hey.  Hey, hey, he. (Those of you in a certain age range will think that is witty.  Those younger will think I am old.)

 

Boy, do the Swing miss Buckman.  The best OPS of the six players with three or more plate appearances a game for the past three weeks was Chris Grossman's .751.  That was the best.  Heck, Grossman's .751 OPS was the best on the team, no matter how many plate appearances they averaged.  No award given this time and we will hope for better things in the future.

 

Who's Hittin' Not

The team.  The entire team.  Please re-check the team's three-week hitting averages above.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Gorsett, Luke

0.250

0.297

0.433

0.730

15

60

4

13

0.304

7.88

0.183

Jones, Daryl

0.232

0.306

0.304

0.610

13

56

6

10

0.283

5.41

0.054

Solano, Donovan

0.269

0.309

0.269

0.578

14

52

2

4

0.292

4.15

0.000

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Short-season A – Batavia Muckdogs

League Affiliation - fourteen-team New York-Penn League, six-team Pinckney division

Overall Record – 3–7

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – R=0.98, H=1.11, 2B=1.29, HR=0.77, BB=1.06, SO=1.16

 

Roster link

 

Hitting Year-to-Date – .238/.354/.323/.677, .286 BABIP, 37 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Promoted-before-this-report-even-comes-out Steve Hill who went .436/.511/.692/1.203 with 11 runs batted in.  Hill is 22 which is the age of the majority of Batavia's position players. He was a 13th-round pick earlier this month and will try to fill the void left by Brandon Buckman.

 

Who's Hittin' Not

The newbies get a pass this time around.

 

Of Note –

(Look for me to refer to this team as ‘Batavia' a great deal since the name ‘Muckdogs' makes me shudder.)

 

Roster rules (New York-Penn League):  30 active, but only 25 may be in uniform and eligible to play in any given game.  No more than four players 23 or older, as of July 1st.  No more than three players on the active list may have four or more years of prior service

 

Seven of the 13 position players on Batavia's roster, including the recently departed Mr. Hill, are 22 as of July 1st.  The youngest player on the roster is Tommy Pham.  The highest draft pick is third rounder Daniel Descalso.  Descalso has appeared in seven games at second and three at third, so far.  Oliver Marmol, sixth-round selection, is the next highest pick.  Marmol is a shortstop.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

DeJesus, A.

0.241

0.476

0.241

0.718

7

29

6

5

0.292

2.40

0.000

Descalso, D.

0.257

0.366

0.257

0.623

9

35

5

3

0.281

3.92

0.000

Hill, Steve

0.436

0.511

0.692

1.203

17

39

5

5

0.485

13.50

0.231

Marmol, O.

0.208

0.387

0.250

0.637

5

24

5

4

0.250

1.66

0.042

Pham, T*

0.205

0.255

0.273

0.528

9

44

3

12

0.281

3.49

0.045

*combined stats, Quad Cities/Batavia

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Rookie – Johnson City Cardinals

League Affiliation - nine-team Appalachian League, five-team West division

Overall Record – 3–6

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – not available

 

Roster link

 

Hitting Year-to-Date – .251/.321/.371/.692, .329 BABIP, 36 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Hot-off-the-press promoted Charlie Pelt went .406/.500/.594/1.094 with nine runs batted in.  Pelt moves up to Batavia and takes Steve Hill's roster slot there.

 

Who's Hittin' Not

Next report is soon enough.

 

Of Note –

Roster rules (Appalachian League):  35 active, no more than two years of prior minor league service,

 

First baseman/designated hitter Charlie Pelt, who turns 23 in December, was the oldest of the 14 position players on Johnson City's roster.  Now that ‘honor' goes to non-drafted free agent signee Paul Vazquez who is a catcher.  Vazquez turned 22 last March.  The two youngest players on the roster are outfielder Beau Riportella who turns 19 in August and Venezuelan shortstop Domnit Bolivar who turned 18 in May.

 

The highest draft pick is Beau Riportella who was drafted in the 10th round.  The Johnson City roster has two foreign-signed players:  second baseman Jose Garcia and the aforementioned Bolivar.  Both are from Venezuela.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Bolivar, Domnit

0.240

0.240

0.400

0.640

6

25

0

7

0.294

2.00

0.160

Edwards, Jon

0.212

0.278

0.424

0.702

7

33

2

14

0.294

3.60

0.212

Pelt, Charlie

0.406

0.500

0.594

1.094

13

32

6

10

0.571

9.50

0.188

Riportella, Beau

0.333

0.407

0.375

0.782

8

24

3

6

0.444

4.34

0.042

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Rookie – GCL Cardinals

League Affiliation - sixteen-team Gulf Coast League, five-team East division

Overall Record – 2–5

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – not available

 

Roster link

 

Hitting Year-to-Date – .262/.346/.397/.743, .309 BABIP, 34 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Outfielder Joey Hage got off to a great start by going .393/.452/.714/1.166, with six runs batted in and eight runs scored.  Hage is a 23rd-round selection earlier this month and turned 18 in February.  Check out more of his stats in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

 

Who's Hittin' Not

These newbies get a pass as well.

 

Of Note –

Roster rules (Gulf Coast League):  35 active, only 30 of whom may be in uniform and eligible to play in any given game. At least 10 must be pitchers as of July 1.

 

As is to be expected at the GCL level, the roster is dominated by foreign-signed players.  13 of the 16 position players are foreign-signed.  The ages range from 16-year-old Venezuelan Frederick Parejo (a centerfielder) to 20-year-old Carlos Schoenberg, who is from El Salvador. 

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Cruz, Tony

0.375

0.382

0.531

0.914

12

32

1

7

0.480

6.91

0.156

Hage, Joey

0.393

0.452

0.714

1.166

11

28

2

1

0.360

8.67

0.286

Ruiz, Romulo

0.261

0.308

0.391

0.699

6

23

2

5

0.333

2.67

0.087

Toribio, G.

0.300

0.391

0.300

0.691

6

20

3

3

0.353

2.56

0.000

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NOTE:  The three sabermetric statistics being used in this report as of now are BABIP, Isolated Power and Runs Created.

 

Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP) - is used mainly to measure the luckiness or unluckiness of either a pitcher or batter on those balls put into play that involve fielders.  Hence, home runs are excluded.  The standard BABIP range is .280-.310 for either pitchers or hitters so hitters with a BABIP above .310 are getting lucky while those below .280 are unlucky. 

 

Isolated Power (ISO) – is one of five primary production metrics used in identifying a hitter or pitcher's comparables. PECOTA uses a slightly modified version of Isolated Power that assigns the same value to triples as to doubles (extending a double into a triple is generally an indicator of speed, rather than additional power).'

 

Runs Created (RC) - is a statistic created by Bill James to measure a player's total offensive production. Bill James describes it by saying that scoring runs consists of two actions: first - getting on base or creating base runners and second - the advancing of those runners around the bases. The formula we used to ascertain each player's RC incorporates the stolen base element of offense.

 

 

Leonda Markee may be reached via email at uconncard@yahoo.com.

 

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