This Week in the Cards Minors– 8/25 –Hitters

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

There was a decent amount of movement within the minor league system this past week but none was particularly significant.  Stuart Pomeranz was activated and sent to Palm Beach which should make him eligible for both Springfield and Palm Beach's post-season runs, if the latter qualifies.  Pomeranz is still showing his lack of game action by getting hit fairly hard during his first starts for Palm Beach.  Another slightly encouraging note is that Mark McCormick has made two rehab appearances with the GCL club and should be ready for a third either today or tomorrow.  Another positive note is that outfielder Shane Robinson made his first rehab appearance this week.   

 

On the down side pitcher Phillip Andersen left his August 23rd start in the third inning with yet another injury as did catcher Steve Gonzalez.  The exact nature and severity of their injuries is not known.  Quad Cities lost Jared Schweitzer and his bat for the season.  Schweitzer was one of the Swing's steadier bats.  The biggest blow was dealt to Springfield.  Check out their ‘Of Note' section.

 

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 August 24, 2007)

Team W L GB 1st Place Team
Memphis 53 80 28.5 Nashville Sounds (MIL)
Springfield 30 28 -- tie with Arkansas (LAA)
Palm Beach 29 31 4.5 St. Lucie (NYM)
Quad Cities 37 21 -- 4.5 up on Cedar Rapids (LAA)
Batavia 25 34 10.5 Auburn (BAL)
Johnson City 27 35 18 Elizabethton (MIN)
GCL Cards 24 28 13.5 Dodgers

 

 

Up, Down and Out

Here are the transactions for the week (through August 23rd):

 

08/17/07 - Springfield (Palm Beach) - RHP Stuart Pomeranz activated from the disabled list and re-assigned to A-Advanced Palm Beach

08/17/07 - Memphis - RHP Matt Ginter given his unconditional release;  RHP Chris Lambert activated from the disabled list

08/18/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - C Kelly Stinnett activated from the restricted list and assigned to Triple-A Memphis

08/18/07 - Memphis - C Brian Esposito placed on the 7-day Disabled List (arm)

08/19/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - INF Miguel Cairo signed to a minor league contract and assigned to Triple-A Memphis.  Cairo will report on Wednesday, August 22nd

08/19/07 - Quad Cities (Batavia) - RHP Phillip Andersen activated from the disabled list and re-assigned to short-season A Batavia

08/20/07 - GCL Cardinals - OF Shane Robinson began a rehabilitation assignment

08/21/07 - Johnson City - RHP LaCurtis Mayes' season is done due to an elbow injury.  Mayes is traveling to St. Louis for an MRI to determine whether surgery is necessary

08/21/07 - Memphis - C Kelly Stinnett placed on the Restricted List due to a MLB rule that does not permit activations from the Restricted List after August 1st;  C Ryan Christianson activated from the 7-day Disabled List

08/21/07 - St. Louis (Springfield) - RHP Todd Wellemeyer to begin a rehab assignment with the Double-A Springfield Cardinals on Wednesday, August 22nd

08/22/07 - Quad Cities - INF Jared Schweitzer placed on the 7-day Disabled List (partial tear of ulnar collateral ligament in right elbow)

08/22/07 - Quad Cities (Batavia) - OF Tyler Henley called up from short-season A Batavia

08/22/07 - Memphis - C Ryan Christianson (shoulder), INF Mike Ferris (undisclosed):  placed on the 7-day Disabled List;  INF Miguel Cairo activated

08/22/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - C Danny Ardoin signed to a minor league contract and assigned to Triple-A Memphis

 

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Triple-A – Memphis Redbirds

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

Overall Record – 53-80 

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 Two-Week Hitting - .254/.336/.386/.722, .292 BABIP, 60 RC

Hitting Year-to-Date* – .260/.326/.419/.745, .290 BABIP, 578 RC

*Note:  Pitchers' offensive statistics excluded

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Edgar Gonzalez went .343/.465/.457/.922, 12-for-35, with eight walks and eight strikeouts.  He had four doubles and two stolen bases.  Gonzalez had a .444 BABIP.  

 

Who's Hittin' Not

With an abundance of outfield possibilities in the upper levels, Nick Stavinoha is not doing much to separate himself from the pack.  Stavinoha went .222/.288/.389/.677, 12-for-54, with three doubles and two home runs and got his second consecutive ‘Not'.  Stavinoha did score nine runs which are second on the team to Skip Schumaker's 10 runs scored.  He drove in five.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Hanson, Travis

0.150

0.190

0.150

0.340

3

20

1

4

0.188

0.6

0.000

Hoffpauir, Jarrett

0.255

0.333

0.333

0.667

13

51

6

5

0.267

5.5

0.078

Mather, Joe

0.288

0.362

0.519

0.881

15

52

4

9

0.300

9.3

0.231

Stavinoha, Nick

0.222

0.288

0.389

0.677

12

54

4

12

0.250

5.9

0.167

 

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AA – Springfield Cardinals

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

Second-Half Record – 30-28

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

 

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Current Two-Week Hitting - .288/.348/.447/.795, .326 BABIP, 65 RC

Hitting Year-to-Date* – .269/.342/.426/.769, .307 BABIP, 593 RC

*Note:  Pitchers' offensive statistics excluded

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

It looks like Colby Rasmus is back and raking!  Rasmus put up an astounding 1.261 OPS (.383/.431/.830/1.261) with an eye-popping .830 slugging percentage.  Rasmus went 18-for-47 with three doubles and six home runs.  He scored fourteen times and drove in eight.  He was a perfect two-for-two in stolen base attempts.  An ‘Honorable Mention' goes to shortstop Jose Martinez who joins the ‘Prospect Watch' this report.  Check out his numbers there.

 

Who's Hittin' Not

Catcher Bryan Anderson went .256/.256/.256/.512, 11-for-43, with no walks and 13 strikeouts.  He did not score a run and drove in just one.

 

Of Note –

Springfield's offense suffered an enormous blow with the news came on August 24th that veteran Juan Richardson will miss the rest of the year due to a stress fracture in his left leg.  Richardson had overall numbers of .291/.369/.472/.841 with a team-high 78 runs batted in.  His loss, combined with the injury to Sean Danielson, leaves the Cardinals without two of their offensive weapons for the post-season.  (Danielson might return but it is considered unlikely.)

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Anderson, Bryan

0.256

0.256

0.256

0.512

11

43

0

13

0.367

2.6

0.000

Haerther, Cody

0.243

0.391

0.459

0.851

9

37

9

6

0.267

6.7

0.216

Hamilton, Mark

0.286

0.375

0.405

0.780

12

42

6

9

0.344

6.4

0.119

Martinez, Jose

0.393

0.407

0.571

0.978

22

56

1

6

0.404

12.9

0.179

Rasmus, Colby

0.383

0.431

0.830

1.261

18

47

3

8

0.364

16.8

0.447

 

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A-Advanced – Palm Beach Cardinals

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

Second-Half Record – 29–31

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

 

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Current Two-Week Hitting - .258/.333/.361/.694, .292 BABIP, 47 RC

Hitting Year-to-Date – .263/.324/.379/.702, .304 BABIP, 529 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

No one player really stuck out over the rest of the eight qualifiers.  See ‘Of Note'. 

 

Who's Hittin' Not

Jim Rapoport is ‘NOT' for the second consecutive report.  Rapoport went .216/.333/.235/.569, 11-for-51, with a double and a run batted in.  He struck out 12 times and got eight free passes.  Rapoport had a .282 BABIP.

 

Of Note –

There were numbers to like in several different players.  Luke Gorsett posted a .796 OPS which was best on the team.  Allen Craig's .791 OPS was just behind him although he hit .345.  Dan Nelson's .383 on-base percentage was a team best due to his 11 walks against just six strikeouts.  A.J. Van Slyke posted a .317 batting average and .370 on-base percentage but his slugging was only .390 for a .760 OPS.  Mark Shorey's .462 slugging, combined, was a team best. 

 

Catcher Brandon Yarbrough would have received the ‘Hot' award with just a few more plate appearances.  Yarbrough went .406/.472/.563/1.035, 13-for-32, with a triple and a home run.  Yarbrough drove in six and scored six runs.  He walked just twice and struck out seven times.  Yarbrough averaged 2.64 plate appearances per game and had a .500 BABIP.

 

Although he has not been placed on the Disabled List, we have learned that Brandon Buckman has injured a finger.  The injury has required his finger to be placed in a brace and there is the possibility that it is broken and may require surgery.  Buckman has not appeared in a game in over a week.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Buckman, B.

0.250

0.235

0.313

0.548

4

16

0

2

0.286

1.25

0.063

Craig, Allen

0.245

0.362

0.429

0.791

12

49

7

14

0.303

6.16

0.184

Gorsett, Luke

0.314

0.345

0.451

0.796

16

51

2

5

0.333

6.18

0.137

Shorey, Mark*

0.256

0.326

0.462

0.787

10

39

4

7

0.267

5.86

0.205

Solano, D.

0.225

0.289

0.225

0.514

9

40

4

9

0.290

2.66

0.000

*combined stats, Springfield/Palm Beach

 

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Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities

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

Second-Half Record – 37–21

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 Two-Week Hitting - .218/.291/.328/.619, .248 BABIP, 34 RC

Hitting Year-to-Date – .263/.329/.381/.710, .311 BABIP, 519 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Steven Hill posted an excellent .571 slugging percentage for the period with two doubles and four home runs out of 14 hits.  That brought his OPS up to .885 but his on-base percentage was .314 due to only one walk.  Hill struck out 10 times and drove in 12.  He was borderline for a ‘HOT' nod due to the sub-.300 batting average and mediocre on-base percentage but the combination of his power numbers and double-digit runs batted in tipped it in his favor.   

 

Who's Hittin' Not

Stiff competition, but the ‘Not' nod goes to designated hitter Christian Reyes who went .119/.178/.286/.463, 5-for-42, with a double and two home runs.  Reyes struck out nine times against three walks and had a .097 BABIP.

 

Of Note –

How did Quad Cities win any games with this offense the past two weeks?  Six of the Swing met the minimum plate appearances requirement and half of them had on OPS of .520 or less.  The six are:  third baseman Tony Cruz (3.46, .408 OPS), centerfielder Antone DeJesus (3.23, .518 OPS), catcher Nick Derba (3.54, .585 OPS), first baseman/left fielder Steven Hill (3.92, .885 OPS), right fielder Daryl Jones (3.92, .764 OPS) and Christian Reyes (3.46, .463 OPS).

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Cruz, Tony

0.186

0.222

0.186

0.408

8

43

2

9

0.235

1.6

0.000

Henley, Paul*

0.208

0.364

0.417

0.780

5

24

5

7

0.250

3.4

0.167

Hill, Steven

0.286

0.314

0.571

0.885

14

49

1

10

0.286

7.8

0.286

Jones, Daryl

0.289

0.320

0.444

0.764

13

45

3

8

0.333

1.7

0.156

*combined stats, Batavia/Quad Cities

 

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Short-season A – Batavia Muckdogs

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

Overall Record – 25–34

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 Two-Week Hitting - .241/.311/.332/.642, .312 BABIP, 27 RC

Hitting Year-to-Date – .237/.322/.334/.656, .298 BABIP, 198 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Daniel Descalso is swinging the hottest bat in Batavia's line-up these days.  Descalso went .341/.383/.455/.838, 15-for-44 with one double and two triples.  He needs to work on taking walks since he only walked three times against eight strikeouts.  It would also be nice to see him hit the long ball as he was homerless.  He was one-for-four in stolen base attempts.  Descalso drove in a team-high seven runs batted in which says something about the Batavia offense.

 

Who's Hittin' Not

Andrew Brown wears the ‘Not' horns by going .161/.278/.226/.504, 5-for-31, with only two doubles to show for his extra power numbers.  He drove in only two and scored only three runs.  Brown did walk more (five) and he struck out (three) and his .179 BABIP says that he was dreadfully unlucky. 

 

Of Note –

There were only two players averaging three or more plate appearances per game:  first baseman Andrew Brown and third baseman Daniel Descalso.  So the minimum requirement for ‘Hot' and ‘Not' was lowered to two and one-half which brought the total number of qualifiers up to five:  shortstop Domnit Bolivar,  Andrew Brown, Daniel Descalso, second baseman/designated hitter Will Groff and second baseman/shortstop Ross Oeder.

 

Will Groff had a good two weeks in fairly limited plate appearances.  Groff went .346/.393/.385/.777, 9-for-26, with a double and a walk.  He was 2-for-4 in stolen base attempts.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Bolivar, D.

0.160

0.250

0.240

0.490

4

25

3

13

0.333

1.3

0.040

Brown, A.

0.161

0.278

0.226

0.504

5

31

5

3

0.179

1.6

0.065

Descalso, D.

0.341

0.383

0.455

0.838

15

44

3

8

0.417

6.6

0.068

Pelt. Charlie

0.250

0.318

0.400

0.718

5

20

2

5

0.286

2.2

0.150

Pham, Tommy

0.250

0.318

0.400

0.718

5

20

2

5

0.286

2.2

0.150

 

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Rookie – Johnson City Cardinals

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

Overall Record – 27–35

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – not available

 

Roster link

 

Current Two-Week Hitting - .264/.334/.400/.734, .319 BABIP, 57 RC

Hitting Year-to-Date – .263/.335/.381/.716, .323 BABIP, 260 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

First-rounder Pete Kozma appears to have shaken the rust off from his self-imposed baseball hiatus.  Kozma went .352/.453/.556/1.009, 19-for-54, with five doubles and two home runs.  Kozma scored 10 runs and drove in eight.  He was two-for-four in stolen base attempts.

 

Who's Hittin' Not

None awarded for the period.  Edwards' batting average would have tagged him with the ‘Not' but the combination of his power numbers and runs batted in saved him.  Each of the other qualifiers displayed significant strengths in certain areas as well.

 

Of Note –

There were five players averaging three or more plate appearances per game for the period:  Jon Edwards (3.71), second baseman Mike Folli (4.79), Pete Kozma (4.57), centerfielder Travis Mitchell (4.14) and corner infielder Nick Vera (4.29).

 

Right fielder Jon Edwards continues to struggle with his batting average.  He went .239/.327/.522/.849, 11-for-46 with six runs scored and fourteen runs batted in.  Edwards did show good power numbers with seven of his 11 hits being for extra bases, four doubles and three home runs.  While his on-base percentage was a rather sad .327, it was almost 90 points higher than his batting average.  He was 0-for-3 in stolen base attempts.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Edwards, Jon

0.239

0.327

0.522

0.849

11

46

6

19

0.333

6.5

0.283

Hage, Joey

0.226

0.250

0.258

0.508

7

31

1

6

0.280

1.6

0.032

Kozma, Pete

0.352

0.453

0.556

1.009

19

54

8

11

0.415

12.5

0.204

Riportella, B.

0.219

0.324

0.219

0.543

7

32

4

7

0.280

2.1

0.000

 

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Rookie – GCL Cardinals

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

Overall Record – 24–28

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – not available

 

Roster link

 

Current Two-Week Hitting - .242/.333/.295/.628, .343 BABIP, 34 RC

Hitting Year-to-Date – .245/.332/.348/.680, .322 BABIP, 192 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Centerfielder D'Marcus Ingram was the hottest bat on the GCL Cardinals with a .448/.484/.483/.967 average.  He went 13-for-29 with five runs scored, two walks, three strikeouts had a corresponding .500 BABIP.  Ingram had on his running shoes but apparently needs to work on his ‘form' since he attempted eight steals with only three successes.  The 19-year-old averaged 2.58 plate appearances per game.

 

Who's Hittin' Not

Braulio Hiraldo had only a .250 batting average and slugging percentage since all of his eight hits, in 32 at bats, being singles.  However, Hiraldo walked six times to push his on-base percentage to .368.  Hiraldo struck out 11 times and was a perfect two-for-two in stolen base attempts.  He turned 19 last month.

 

Of Note –

Only Braulio Hiraldo (3.17) and Guillermo Toribio (4.42) had the minimum average of three plate appearances per game played for the period needed for ‘Hot' and ‘Not' consideration.  Therefore, the average was dropped to two and one-half which brought the number of qualifying players up to five.  Seventeen players played in games over the past two weeks so there were multiple line-ups in play.  Hiraldo primarily plays second base and Toribio plays both second and short.

 

Guillermo Toribio walked 10 times in 53 plate appearances to push his on-base percentage .155 points above his batting average.  The 20-year-old went .268/.423/.341/.765 for the period.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Lara, Edgar

0.167

0.200

0.250

0.450

4

24

1

12

0.333

1.2

0.042

Martinez, Jairo

0.310

0.375

0.448

0.823

9

29

1

10

0.474

4.3

0.103

Parejo, F.

0.200

0.273

0.200

0.473

4

20

1

6

0.286

0.8

0.000

Robinson, S.*

0.222

0.364

0.222

0.586

2

9

2

1

0.250

0.7

0.000

Ruiz, Romolo

0.100

0.136

0.200

0.336

2

20

0

6

0.143

0.0

0.050

*currently rehabbing at this level

 

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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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