This Week in the Cards Minors– 8/18– Pitchers

Every other week, in our stats-based report, Leonda Markee analyzes pitching performances across the St. Louis Cardinals' minor league system.

This week saw the coming and going of August 15th.  The 15th was not just the deadline for signing most of the June 2007 draftees, it was also the deadline for re-assigning players from a higher to a lower level in the minor leagues.  This deadline was instituted to prevent play-off bound teams from stacking their roster at season's end with more advanced players from higher levels. 

 

It may well have had a direct impact on two recent assignments.  On July 31st, Springfield closer Chris Perez was promoted to Memphis while, in a bit of a surprise, Mike Sillman was activated from the disabled list and re-assigned from Memphis to Springfield.  Since Perez cannot be sent back to Springfield for the play-offs, Sillman's presence on the Springfield roster provides manager Pop Warner with another reliever with closing experience along with Jason Motte. 

 

The other move which was likely at least partially a result of the aforementioned deadline is third baseman Rico Washington's re-assignment from Memphis to Springfield on August 15th.  Washington had been rehabbing from knee surgery and was hitting quite well in Memphis when he was injured.  St. Louis' acquisition of third baseman Brian Barden on August 13th, off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks, fills the third base slot at Memphis and provides St. Louis with a third base back-up with a small bit of Major League experience.  Washington, who is the elder by three years, has never gotten ‘The Call'.  It also allowed St. Louis to send Washington to Springfield, when he was activated from the disabled list on the 15th.  Washington gives Springfield both another veteran bat in their line-up and better defense at third than Juan Richardson. 

 

From the ‘Things I did not know' file:  St. Louis has a policy that any minor league reliever that is used in three consecutive games must be rested for two days.

 

 

How Are They Doing?  (Standings as of August 17, 2007)

Team W L GB 1st Place Team
Memphis 50 76 25.5 Nashville Sounds (MIL)
Springfield 26 24 -- 0.5 up on Arkansas (LAA)
Palm Beach 24 28 4 Brevard County (MIL)
Quad Cities 33 18 -- 3.5 up on Peoria (ChC)
Batavia 20 32 10 Auburn (BAL)
Johnson City 24 31 17 Elizabethton (MIN)
GCL Cards 22 23 10 Dodgers

 

Up, Down and Out

Here are the transactions since the last report (through August 16th):

 

08/10/07 - Memphis - 3B Travis Hanson activated from the 7-day Disabled List

08/11/07 - Springfield - OF Reid Gorecki activated from the 7-day Disabled List;  OF Sean Danielson placed on the 7-day Disabled List (broken bone in left thumb)

08/12/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - 2B Adam Kennedy placed on the 15-day Disabled List (torn medial meniscus in right knee);  SS Brendan Ryan recalled from Triple-A Memphis

08/12/07 - Memphis - 2B Edgar Gonzalez activated from the 7-day Disabled List

08/13/07 - St. Louis - RHP Brett Zawacki (12th round) came to terms with, terms undisclosed.  Contract signing to be on Tuesday, August 14th

08/13/07 - St. Louis (Arizona) - 3B Brian Barden claimed off waivers and assigned to Triple-A Memphis

08/14/07 - Palm Beach - OF Jon Jay placed on the 7-day Disabled List (right wrist)

08/14/07 - Springfield (Palm Beach) - OF Mark Shorey re-assigned to A-Advanced Palm Beach

08/14/07 - GCL Cardinals - 1B/C Scott Thomas began a rehab assignment (from a lower back injury) with the rookie level GCL Cardinals

08/14/07 - GCL Cardinals - OF Charles Kingrey (22nd Rd) made his professional debut after being sidelined since the season's start with a wrist injury

08/14/07 - St. Lous (Memphis) - LHP Mike Venafro signed to a minor league contract and assigned to Triple-A Memphis

08/14/07 - Memphis - INF Jolbert Cabrera given his unconditional release

 

08/15/07 - Memphis (Springfield) - 3B Rico Washington activated from the disabled list and re-assigned to Double-A Springfield

08/15/07 - GCL Cardinals - RHP Mark McCormick began a rehab assignment (shoulder surgery)

08/15/07 - St. Louis - RHP Jameson Maj (45th Rd) came to terms with and expected to be assigned to short-season A Batavia

08/16/07 - Johnson City (GCL Cardinals) - RHP Reynier Gonzalez called up from GCL Cardinals

08/16/07 - St. Louis (Colorado) - RHP Matt Trent (Palm Beach) traded to Colorado in return for future considerations

08/16/07 - Palm Beach - LHP Mark Mulder began a rehab assignment

 

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Triple-A – Memphis Redbirds

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

Overall Record – 50-76 

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

 

Roster link

 

Current RotationBlake Hawksworth, Randy Keisler, Mike Parisi, Mike Smith

Current Bullpen Hugo Castellanos, Troy Cate, Andy Cavazos, Brian Falkenborg, Kelvin Jimenez, Chris Perez, Mike Venafro, Mark Worrell

 

Current Period Pitching – 4.35 ERA, 4.78 dERA, 1.44 WHIP, .272 BAA, .309 BABIP

Pitching Year-to-Date – 4.70 ERA, 4.45 dERA, 1.44 WHIP, .278 BAA, .320 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

Reliever Mark Worrell is ‘Hot'.  Worrell threw 14 innings over nine games and gave up 13 hits and four walks for a 1.21 WHIP and .245 BAA.  Better yet, he struck out fifteen and joins the ‘Prospect Watch'. 

 

Who's Pitchin' Not 

Mike Parisi gave up more than a hit an inning (38 hits in 35.2 innings).  He walked 14 and struck out just 26.  That works out to a 1.46 WHIP, .281 BAA, 6.69 dERA and .290 BABIP.  That only looks alright when compared to what the Springfield and Palm Beach rotations are currently coughing up.

 

Of Note –    

Matt Ginter's release on August 17th leaves a spot in the Memphis rotation open.  Ginter had swung between the rotation and the bullpen.  The most likely candidate to replace him is none other than Chris Lambert, who replaced Ginter on the Memphis roster when he was activated from the disabled list.  Lambert actually had his best Memphis outing on August 2nd when he allowed just one run on five hits and no walks in four innings.  That was his last appearance before going on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.  Another pitcher that has previously started is Troy Cate, but Cate has been pretty ineffective since his return from St. Louis.

 

Prospect Watch 

Player 

IP

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

Hawksworth, B.

5

22.1

29

7

21

1.61

0.330

6.05

0.377

8.46

2.82

Perez, Chris*

11

10

3

6

8

0.90

0.103

5.24

0.100

7.19

5.39

Worrell, Mark

9

14

13

4

15

1.21

0.245

2.04

0.342

9.64

2.57

*combined stats - Memphis/Springfield

 

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AA – Springfield Cardinals

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

Overall Record – 26-24

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 RotationMitchell Boggs, Adam Daniels, Eric Haberer, Cory Rauschenberger, P.J. Walters

Current BullpenKyle McClellan, Jason Motte, Chris Russ, Matt Scherer, Mike Sillman, Nick Webber, Zack Zuercher

 

Current Period Pitching – 5.08 ERA, 4.75 dERA, 1.59 WHIP, .289 BAA, .329 BABIP

Pitching Year-to-Date – 4.21 ERA, 4.42 dERA, 1.46 WHIP, .273 BAA, .318 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

Springfield's new closer, Jason Motte, has been their best pitcher as well.  Motte threw nine and one-third innings, allowed eight hits and four walks for a 1.29 WHIP and .229 BAA.  Motte struck out 13 which averaged out to 12.5 strikeouts for every nine innings pitched.  Motte had a .300 BABIP.

 

Who's Pitchin' Not

Like the Palm Beach counterparts, the Springfield rotation has not been very good recently.  However, Adam Daniels has been in a category of futility all his own.  Daniels gave up 32 hits in 21.1 innings and walked 14 against just nine strikeouts.  A 2.16 WHIP and .356 is nausea-inducing bad.  Daniels had a 6.18 dERA and .372 BABIP.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

G

IP

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

Boggs, Mitchell

5

28.1

35

12

28

1.66

0.297

5.76

0.337

8.90

3.81

Daniels, Adam

5

21.1

32

14

9

2.16

0.356

6.18

0.372

3.80

5.90

Haberer, Eric

5

29.2

34

14

18

1.62

0.301

5.47

0.330

5.46

4.25

Walters, P.J*

5

30

30

9

23

1.30

0.252

4.00

0.290

6.90

2.70

*combined stats - Springfield/Palm Beach

 

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A-Advanced – Palm Beach Cardinals

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

Overall Record – 24–28

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 RotationEddie Degerman, Brad Furnish, Trey Hearne, Tyler Norrick, Adam Ottavino,

Current BullpenMichael Cooper, Luke Gregerson, Jon Mikrut, Robert Ransom, Donnie Smith, Scott Vander Weg

 

Current Period Pitching – 5.40 ERA, 4.41 dERA, 1.55 WHIP, .279 BAA, .327 BABIP

Pitching Year-to-Date – 4.03 ERA, 3.77 dERA, 1.35 WHIP, .256 BAA, .306 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

Reliever Scott Vander Weg had been pitching exceptionally well recently and earns his first ‘Hot' nod.  Vander Weg, who has been battling a bone spur in his right ankle, tossed 14 innings over seven games and gave up nine hits and only three walks.  He had a miniscule 0.86 WHIP and held opposing batters to a .176 batting average against.  Vander Weg's dERA (4.69) was hurt by his lack of strikeouts (just three).

 

Who's Pitchin' Not 

Unfortunately, there was a lot of competition for the worst performance on the Palm Beach staff.  But Eddie Degerman gets the nod.  Degerman compiled a 10.13 ERA (4.97 dERA) in 21.1 innings over five game starts.  He gave up 31 hits and 20 walks for a 2.39 WHIP.  Batters hit .356 against him.  The good news is that he struck out 23 but merciful heavens, he has to get that walk rate down.  Degerman's complete stats appear in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

 

Of Note –

Stuart Pomeranz' activation from the disabled list and assignment to Palm Beach is likely to knock Trey Hearne back out of the rotation and into the bullpen.  Over the past month, Hearne has given up 38 hits in 27.2 innings and walked 10.  That is a 1.73 WHIP.  Hearne struck out 26 and had a 3.89 dERA.  The opposition teed off on him for a .328 BAA but he was pretty unlucky (.402 BABIP).

 

If you read the message board this week you saw no less than two eye-witness reports on Mark Mulder's first rehab start.  Good stuff.

 

Prospect Watch 

Player 

G

IP

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

Degerman, Eddie

5

21.1

31

20

23

2.39

0.356

4.97

0.468

9.70

8.44

Furnish, Brad

6

31

31

17

18

1.55

0.256

5.12

0.280

5.23

4.94

Hearne, Trey

7

27.2

38

10

26

1.73

0.328

3.89

0.402

8.46

3.25

Norrick, Tyler

5

28.1

29

11

25

1.41

0.269

4.67

0.316

7.94

3.49

Ottavino, Adam

5

29.2

27

12

20

1.31

0.241

5.08

0.261

6.07

3.64

 

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Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities

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

Overall Record – 33–18

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 RotationBrandon Dickson, Shaun Garceau, Elvis Hernandez, Tyler Herron and Clayton Mortensen

 

Current Bullpen – Jason Cairns, Armando Carrasco, Chuckie Fick, Kyle Mura, Kyle Sadlowski and Mike Shellinger

 

Current Period Pitching – 3.62 ERA, 4.00 dERA, 1.37 WHIP, .258 BAA, .309 BABIP

Pitching Year-to-Date – 3.28 ERA, 3.40 dERA, 1.25 WHIP, .242 BAA, .304 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

When you set a franchise record you must be doing something right.  On August 13th Kenny Maiques set a new Quad Cities franchise record by recording his 27th save.  For that achievement, plus his current stats, Maiques is ‘Hot'.  The ‘Prospect Watch' has his numbers.

 

Who's Pitchin' Not 

Shaun Garceau had a rough month, compiling a 6.38 ERA and 6.04 dERA in 24 innings.  However, his most recent start was a very strong one, giving hope for better things in the future.  Check out the ‘Prospect Watch' for his stats.

 

Of Note –  

Mike Schellinger has been nails over the last month, tossing 21 innings in eight game appearances with only 13 hits and two runs (both earned).  Shellinger walked six for a 0.90 WHIP and .188 BAA.  He struck out 16 and had a 2.52 dERA and .245 BABIP.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

IP

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

Garceau, Shaun

6

24

28

15

23

1.79

0.292

6.04

0.338

8.63

5.63

Hernandez, Elvis

5

21

19

14

21

1.57

0.250

4.58

0.321

9.00

6.00

Herron, Tyler

6

30.1

33

11

29

1.45

0.277

4.23

0.337

8.61

3.26

Maiques, Kenny

10

12

7

5

17

1.00

0.175

2.84

0.273

12.75

3.75

Mortensen, Clay

6

22.1

25

5

31

1.34

0.284

1.89

0.429

12.49

2.02

 

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Short-season A – Batavia Muckdogs

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

Overall Record – 20–32

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

 

Current RotationThomas Eager/Clay Long, Brandon Garner/J.D. Stambaugh, Blake King/Jess Todd, Pete Parise

 

Current BullpenDavis Bilardello, Logan Collier, Wayne Daman, Josh Dew, Justin Fiske, Josh Fritsche, Ryan Riddle

 

Current Period Pitching – 3.74 ERA, 3.67 dERA, 1.36 WHIP, .271 BAA, .333 BABIP

Pitching Year-to-Date – 4.31 ERA, 3.55 dERA, 1.48 WHIP, .278 BAA, .347 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

Closer Josh Dew was a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities for the month which won him ‘Hot' honors.  Additionally, he was named to the New York-Penn League All-Star squad.  As reported by Brian Walton, Dew missed some time due to ‘elbow discomfort' but is now back in action.  His stats can be found in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

 

Who's Pitchin' Not   

Brandon Garner's conversion from position player to pitcher is still not going very well.  Garner pitched only 14 innings over five game appearances while giving up 17 hits and seven free passes.  He compiled a 1.71 WHIP and .309 BAA.  Garner struck out 10 and had a 7.32 dERA and .317 BABIP.

 

Of Note –  

You might catch that there are only seven pitchers listed in the ‘Current Rotation' section above.  Three of the four sets of tandem starters are set with the fourth being in a bit of flux.  Pete Parise's tandem partner should likely be recent arrival Brian Broderick.  Parise and Broderick teamed for the August 4th start but Broderick has not pitched since then.  Parise has been paired with Justin Fiske (The Birdhouse's ‘Reliever of the Month' for July) his last two times out. 

 

Lefty reliever Ryan Riddle had an excellent month, with seven hits and two walks allowed in eight innings.  That is a 1.13 WHIP and .233 BAA.  Riddle did not allow an earned run and just two runs overall.  Ryan had a 2.30 dERA and .304 BABIP.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

IP

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

Dew, Josh

7

5.2

4

0

9

0.71

0.200

0.27

0.364

14.29

0.00

Eager, Thomas

7

26

28

12

21

1.54

0.286

3.56

0.355

7.27

4.15

King, Blake

6

21

17

9

28

1.24

0.218

3.19

0.313

12.00

3.86

Todd, Jess

6

22.1

23

3

29

1.16

0.264

2.37

0.375

11.69

1.21

 

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Rookie – Johnson City Cardinals

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

Overall Record – 24–31

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – not available

 

Roster link

 

Current RotationNick Additon/Jose Arredondo, Mark Diapoules/Andres Rosales, Omar Javier/Reynier Gonzalez, Tyler Leach/Senger Peralta

 

Current BullpenDylan Gonzalez, Ryan Hodinka, Jose Mateo, LaCurtis Mayes, Joel Pichardo, Eduardo Sanchez, Ray Silva, Matt Spade

 

Current Period Pitching – 3.61 ERA, 3.47 dERA, 1.32 WHIP, .237 BAA, .300 BABIP

Pitching Year-to-Date – 4.15 ERA, 3.93 dERA, 1.41 WHIP, .247 BAA, .300 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

Andres Rosales has pitched his way from Palm Beach to Johnson City with nearly identical stats at the two places.  Rosales pitched a combined 29 innings and gave up 14 hits and seven walks.  Rosales struck out 36 batters and hit five more.  He held the opposition to a .147 batting average (perhaps they were too busy ducking and dodging to swing the bat).  Rosales just turned 19 in June and you will find his stats in the ‘Prospect Watch'. 

 

Who's Pitchin' Not   

Jose Mateo may have pitched his way out of Johnson City's tandem rotation (see ‘Of Note').  Mateo allowed more than a hit an inning (23 in nineteen and two-thirds innings) and walked more (16) than he struck out (12).  That works out to a 1.98 WHIP, 6.41 ERA, and 4.39 dERA.  Batters hit .288 against him and Mateo had a .338 BABIP.

 

Of Note –

With the recent promotion of starters Andres Rosales and Reynier Gonzalez from the GCL club, Jose Mateo may find himself pitching out of the bullpen.  Mateo had been paired with Omar Javier in the tandem rotation but last time around, Reynier Gonzalez was in that slot.

 

Tyler Leach was a strong candidate for ‘Hot' honors by compiling a 0.89 WHIP in twenty-three and two-thirds innings.  Leach gave up just thirteen hits which worked out to a .157 batting average against.  However, he also only struck out just 12 against eight walks.  Leach had a 3.93 dERA and a .171 BABIP.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

IP

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

Additon, Nick

7

28

26

5

35

1.11

0.234

2.39

0.324

11.25

1.61

Arredondo, J.

6

22.1

20

5

22

1.12

0.225

2.62

0.288

8.87

2.02

Diapoules, M.

5

14.1

15

4

17

1.33

0.259

3.63

0.333

10.68

2.51

Gonzalez, R.*

5

18

16

6

17

1.22

0.254

2.31

0.348

8.50

3.00

Rosales, A.*

7

29

14

7

36

0.72

0.147

1.37

0.237

11.17

2.17

*combined stats - Johnson City/GCL

 

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Rookie – GCL Cardinals

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

Overall Record – 22–23

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – not available

 

Roster link

 

Current Rotation – Mike Blazek, Hector Cardenas, Carlos Gonzalez, Deryk Hooker, Rigoberto Lugo, Fabian Marquez, Pablo Ortiz, Francisco Samuel

 

Current BullpenRamon Delgado, Gustavo Martinez, Wladimir Mendoza, Jose Rada, Ronald Russell, Julio Sanchez

 

Current Period Pitching – 5.12 ERA, 4.16 dERA, 1.58 WHIP, .253 BAA, .328 BABIP

Pitching Year-to-Date – 4.29 ERA, 3.69 dERA, 1.53 WHIP, .249 BAA, .329 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

18-year-old Mike Blazek was the best pitcher on the GCL staff for the past four weeks.  The righty compiled a 1.80 ERA (2.69 dERA) and 1.20 WHIP in 20 innings pitched.  He allowed 15 hits against nine walks and 19 strikeouts for a 2:1 K/BB ratio.  Batters hit .211 against him and he had a .288 BABIP.

 

Who's Pitchin' Not 

Starter Fabian Marquez pitched just thirteen and one-third innings over five game appearances and compiled a 6.75 ERA, 5.09 dERA and 1.88 WHIP.  He walked more (10) than he struck out (nine) and allowed more than a hit an inning (15).  The opposition hit .278 off him and Marquez had a .318 BABIP.

 

Of Note –

The GCL club has been ‘Rehab Central' in the past few weeks with practically every minor leaguer needing rehab work appearing in a GCL game.  Both Phillip Andersen and Matt North continue their rehabs and Gary Daley Jr. works on his extreme control issues.  The most recent rehab appearances are by Stuart Pomeranz and Mark McCormick.  Pomeranz was sent the Palm Beach rotation on the 17th.

 

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

IP

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

Cardenas, H.

7

16

11

10

11

1.31

0.196

5.80

0.209

6.19

5.63

Gonzalez, C.

5

18.1

22

6

15

1.53

0.297

3.36

0.362

7.36

2.95

Hooker, Deryk

5

18

16

8

23

1.33

0.235

2.81

0.341

11.50

4.00

Samuel, F.

5

9.2

12

8

12

2.07

0.279

5.71

0.345

11.18

7.45

 

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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.

 

 

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

 

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