This Week in the Cards Minors– 9/01– Pitchers

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

This is the final pitching report to include a full two weeks' stats for all seven teams.  Both Johnson City and the GCL Cardinals' seasons ended this week.  The regular season ends for Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach and Quad Cities this coming week although Springfield is guaranteed to appear in the post-season.  Quad Cities is in first and Palm Beach's next loss will eliminate them from the post-season hunt.

 

How Are They Doing?  (Standings as of August 31, 2007)

Team W L GB 1st Place Team
Memphis 55 85 31 Nashville Sounds (MIL)
Springfield 35 30 -- 3.5 up on Arkansas (LAA) & Tulsa (COL)
Palm Beach 34 33 2.5 St. Lucie (NYM)
Quad Cities 40 25 -- 2.5 up on Cedar Rapids (LAA)
Batavia 27 39 14 Auburn (BAL)
Johnson City 28 40 22 Elizabethton (MIN)*
GCL Cards 24 30 15.5 Dodgers*
*Final Standings

 

Up, Down and Out

Here are the transactions since the last report:

 

08/24/07 - Springfield - 3B Juan Richardson placed on the 7-day Disabled List (left leg stress fracture)

08/24/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - RHP Brad Thompson sent to Triple-A Memphis;  RHP Todd Wellemeyer activated from the 15-day Disabled List

08/25/07 - Batavia - LHP Josh Fritsche, RHP Pete Parise: placed on the 7-day Disabled List (arm)

08/25/07 - Batavia (Johnson City) - OF Jon Edwards, OF Travis Mitchell:  called up from Rookie level Johnson City

08/25/07 - Palm Beach - RHP Robert Ransom placed on the 7-day Disabled List (undisclosed)

08/25/07 - Palm Beach (GCL Cardinals) - RHP Julio Sanchez called up from Rookie level GCL Cardinals

08/27/07 - St. Louis/MLB - RHP Mitchell Boggs, 2B Jarrett Hoffpauir, OF Joe Mather, RHP Jason Motte, RHP Chris Perez, RHP Stuart Pomeranz, OF Colby Rasmus:  named as the Cardinals' representatives to Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League

08/27/07 - Springfield - C Bryan Anderson, RHR Chris Perez, OF Colby Rasmus:  named to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star squad

08/27/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - 3B Travis Hanson outrighted to Triple-A Memphis, thereby removing him from the 40-man roster

08/27/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - LHP Mike Maroth began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis

08/27/07 - Memphis - RHP Blake Hawksworth placed on the 7-day Disabled List (shoulder)

08/27/07 - Palm Beach - 1B Brandon Buckman placed on the 7-day Disabled List (broken finger);  OF Shane Robinson activated from the 7-day Disabled List

08/28/07 - Quad Cities - RHP Armando Carrasco placed on the Suspended List

08/28/07 - Quad Cities (Johnson City) - LHP Matt Spade called up from Rookie League Johnson City

08/28/07 - Springfield (Palm Beach) - INF Allen Craig called up from A-Advanced Palm Beach

08/29/07 - Palm Beach - 3B Allen Craig, RHR Luke Gregerson, RHP Adam Ottavino:  named to the Florida State League Post-Season All-Star squad

08/29/07 - Batavia (Johnson City) - LHP Nick Additon called up from Rookie level Johnson City

08/29/07 - Memphis - OF Rick Ankiel named to the 2007 All-Pacific Coast League All-Star squad

08/30/07 - St. Louis (Detroit) - RHP Chris Lambert sent to the Detroit Tigers as the Player To Be Named Later in the June 22nd acquisition of LHP Mike Maroth

08/30/07 - Batavia - RHP Phillip Andersen, LHP Ryan Riddle:  placed on the 7-day Disabled List.  Exact transaction date and nature of the injury is unknown

08/30/07 - Quad Cities - RHP Elvis Hernandez placed on the 7-day Disabled List with a right shoulder strain;  RHP Marco Gonzalez activated from the Disabled List

08/30/07 - Batavia (Johnson City) - SS Pete Kozma called up from Rookie level Johnson City

08/30/07 - Memphis - RHP Hugo Castellanos activated from the 7-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 – 55-85 

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 RotationKelvin Jimenez, Randy Keisler, Mike Maroth (rehab), Mike Parisi, Mike Smith

Current Bullpen Troy Cate, Andy Cavazos, Brian Falkenborg, Chris Perez, Brad Thompson, Mike Venafro, Mark Worrell

 

Current Period Pitching – 6.36 ERA, 5.37 dERA, 1.74 WHIP, .316 BAA, .378 BABIP

Pitching Year-to-Date – 4.84 ERA, 4.54 dERA, 1.47 WHIP, .282 BAA, .325 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

Brian Falkenborg has the safe port in Memphis' proverbial pitching storm this past two weeks.  Falkenborg was one of the Redbirds' few effective pitchers.  He allowed five hits and two walks in six and one-third innings with eight strikeouts.  Falkenborg had a 1.11 WHIP, .208 BAA, 1.74 dERA and .313 BABIP. 

 

Who's Pitchin' Not 

Too many choices to single out just one.  Let's just say that you could place ‘Almost Everyone but Falkenborg' in this category.

 

Of Note –    

Chris Lambert's departure for the Detroit organization is lamented by only a few.  Lambert has the talent but has failed to put it all together, whatever the reasons.  He has been generally dreadful at Triple-A until his most recent start.  Lambert's final numbers as a Redbird appear in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

 

Prospect Watch 

Player 

G

IP

H

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9IP

BB/9IP

Hawksworth, B.

2

10

9

5

14

1.40

0.231

7.56

0.238

12.60

4.50

Lambert, Chris

3

12

20

5

8

2.08

0.377

6.35

0.405

6.00

3.75

Perez, Chris

6

5.1

2

6

9

1.50

0.118

6.02

0.143

15.20

10.13

Worrell, Mark

6

7

10

0

8

1.43

0.370

2.98

0.500

10.29

0.00

Note:  Hawksworth went on the DL on August 27th.

 

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AA – Springfield Cardinals

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

Overall Record – 35-30

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 Rotation – Mitchell 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 – 3.45 ERA, 4.63 dERA, 1.30 WHIP, .228 BAA, .255 BABIP

Pitching Year-to-Date – 4.12 ERA, 4.45 dERA, 1.44 WHIP, .268 BAA, .311 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

P.J. Walters appears to be settling into Double-A quite nicely after an adjustment period.  Over his most recent three starts, Walters has allowed 14 hits in 19 innings with just three walks for a 0.89 WHIP.  He struck out 17 and hit two.  The rest of his stats are below.

 

Who's Pitchin' Not

Adam Daniels is getting hammered right now.  He lasted just eight innings total over three starts and coughed up ten hits and eight walks.  Daniels hit a batter and struck out just five.  Ouch.  His stats are in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

 

Of Note –

It looks like Mike Sillman has taken over the closer role from Jason Motte.  Over the past week Motte has not been held in reserve as closers are and Sillman closed out Springfield's victory on August 28th.  (Sillman did allow two runs, though). 

 

Honorable Mention for pitching ‘Hot' goes to Cory Rauschenberger who is pitching well when it is crunch time.  Rauschenberger gave up 11 hits in 18.1 innings pitched over three games for a .169 BAA.  Control remains an issue as he walked eight against just 10 strikeouts.  Even with those walks that works out to a 1.04 WHIP.  Rauschenberger has a 1.50 GO/AO ratio so far this season.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

G

IP

H

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9IP

BB/9IP

Boggs, Mitchell

3

19

18

7

11

1.32

0.247

5.47

0.254

5.21

3.32

Daniels, Adam

3

8

10

8

5

2.25

0.333

5.03

0.400

5.63

9.00

Haberer, Eric

3

17.2

18

11

4

1.64

0.281

5.80

0.288

2.04

5.60

Walters, P.J.

3

19

14

3

17

0.89

0.203

1.93

0.269

8.05

1.42

 

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A-Advanced – Palm Beach Cardinals

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

Overall Record – 34–33

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 Rotation – Eddie Degerman, Brad Furnish, Tyler Norrick, Adam Ottavino, Stuart Pomeranz

Current BullpenMichael Cooper, Luke Gregerson, Trey Hearne, Jon Mikrut, Julio Sanchez, Donnie Smith, Scott Vander Weg

 

Current Period Pitching – 3.09 ERA, 4.16 dERA, 1.20 WHIP, .210 BAA, .245 BABIP

Pitching Year-to-Date – 3.93 ERA, 3.80 dERA, 1.33 WHIP, .251 BAA, .300 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

We have co-Hot pitchers this report in Eddie Degerman and Tyler Norrick.  Their stats were close enough that to choose one over the other would not be right.  Their numbers are in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

 

Who's Pitchin' Not 

Pitcher that walk more than their strikeout get the ‘Not' hat.  Adam Ottavino walked ten and struck out only seven in ten innings pitched over two games.  ‘Prospect Watch' has the rest of the stats.

 

Of Note –

Donnie Smith pitched very well over the past two weeks.  Smith appeared in seven games and threw nine and two-thirds innings.  He gave up just four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts.  He had a 0.52 WHIP, .121 BAA, 1.79 dERA and .160 BABIP.  Smith did not give up a run either.

 

Prospect Watch 

Player 

G

IP

H

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9IP

BB/9IP

Degerman, Eddie

3

19.1

8

9

21

0.88

0.119

3.18

0.156

9.77

4.19

Furnish, Brad

2

5.2

2

5

6

1.23

0.111

3.80

0.167

9.52

7.94

Norrick, Tyler

3

20

12

6

17

0.90

0.169

3.19

0.208

7.65

2.70

Ottavino, Adam

2

10

8

10

7

1.80

0.229

4.96

0.286

6.30

9.00

Pomeranz, Stuart

3

9.2

12

2

5

1.45

0.300

8.70

0.258

4.65

1.86

 

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Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities

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

Overall Record – 40–25

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, Tyler Herron, Clayton Mortensen

Current BullpenJason Cairns, Chuckie Fick, Marco Gonzalez, Kenny Maiques, Kyle Mura, Kyle Sadlowski, Mike Schellinger, Matt Spade

 

Current Period Pitching – 2.62 ERA, 3.53 dERA, 1.14 WHIP, .223 BAA, .270 BABIP

Pitching Year-to-Date – 3.22 ERA, 3.41 dERA, 1.24 WHIP, .240 BAA, .301 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

Most of the Swing rotation.  Brandon Dickson, Shaun Garceau, Tyler Herron and Clayton Mortensen have kept the recently light-hitting Swing in the play-off hunt.  Check out their stats in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

 

Who's Pitchin' Not 

Jason Cairns is struggling.  Cairns has pitched seven and one-third innings over five games and allowed 11 hits and two walks with only three strikeouts.  He has a 1.77 WHIP, .367 BAA, 9.33 dERA and .333 BABIP. 

 

Of Note –  

The rotation has an open slot with Elvis Hernandez' recent DL'ing.  Hernandez left his start on August 29th.  Since the Swing have a September 1st double-header at Beloit, they will either need a fifth pitcher for one of the games of the double-header or on September 2nd.  (With the Swing's last game of the regular season coming on September 3rd, they will only have to have a fifth starter once more.)  The only internal candidate that has started for the Swing this season is Mike Schellinger but he has not been pitching well of late.  The best candidate from Batavia is Jess Todd but he just returned to pitching on August 27th from a muscle strain in his forearm.  As reported by Brian Walton during his recent interview with Todd, the Cardinals are being very careful with Todd.  Who makes that start likely depends on whether the Swing have clinched a post-season roster slot or not by then.    

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

G

IP

H

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9IP

BB/9IP

Dickson, B.

3

17

14

5

11

1.12

0.219

2.85

0.264

5.82

2.65

Garceau, Shaun

2

11.1

7

5

5

1.06

0.189

3.79

0.219

3.97

3.97

Hernandez, Elvis

3

12

12

5

10

1.42

0.245

5.09

0.270

7.50

3.75

Herron, Tyler

2

12

6

0

13

0.50

0.150

0.90

0.222

9.75

0.00

Maiques, Kenny

6

5.2

3

1

5

0.71

0.167

1.82

0.231

7.94

1.59

Mortensen, C.

3

15

10

3

13

0.87

0.185

3.04

0.225

7.80

1.80

 

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Short-season A – Batavia Muckdogs

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

Overall Record – 27–39

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 Rotation – Brian Broderick/Jess Todd, Thomas Eager/Clayton Long, Nick Additon/Logan Collier/Blake King, Brandon Garner/J.D. Stambaugh  

 

Current BullpenDavis Bilardello, Wayne Daman, Josh Dew, Justin Fiske

 

Current Period Pitching – 3.62 ERA, 3.10 dERA, 1.18 WHIP, .244 BAA, .308 BABIP

Pitching Year-to-Date – 4.17 ERA, 3.46 dERA, 1.42 WHIP, .271 BAA, .339 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

Converted infielder Brandon Garner garners his first ‘Hot' award.  (I have been waiting quite a while to be able to say that one.)  Garner allowed 13 hits in 15 innings pitched and did not walk a batter.  That gave him a 0.87 WHIP and .228 BAA.  Garner is not a strikeout pitcher with only eight K's in the past two weeks.  He has a 1.55 GO/AO ratio.  Garner had a 2.23 dERA and .265 BABIP.

 

Who's Pitchin' Not   

Blake King may be showing signs of wearing down.  King has pitched 103.2 innings so far this season.  While that figure is below the combined innings he pitched in 2006 (86 for Eastern Oklahoma State Community College and 62.2 for Johnson City), there was about a month's gap between the end of his college career and the start of his professional one.  2007 marks the highest number of consecutive innings King has pitched professionally.  His numbers are in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

  

Of Note –  

Nick Additon, just promoted from Johnson City was put into the game in which the Blake King/Logan Collier tandem pitched.  King started the game and Additon followed him.  Collier appeared later in the game.  It will be interesting to see what happens the next time this tandem is scheduled to pitch.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

G

IP

H

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9IP

BB/9IP

Additon, Nick*

3

10.2

9

2

12

1.03

0.237

2.89

0.320

10.12

1.69

Dew, Josh

6

6

2

2

9

0.67

0.105

1.14

0.200

13.50

3.00

Eager, Thomas

3

11

10

3

14

1.18

0.238

2.82

0.333

11.45

2.45

King, Blake

4

14.2

19

5

17

1.64

0.306

2.94

0.409

10.43

3.07

Todd, Jess

1

1.1

0

2

2

1.50

0.000

4.90

0.000

13.53

13.53

*combined stats, Batavia/Johnson City

 

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Rookie – Johnson City Cardinals

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

Final Record – 28–40

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – not available

 

Roster link

 

Current Rotation – Nick Additon/Jose Mateo, Mark Diapoules/Jose Arredondo, Omar Javier/Andres Rosales, Reynier Gonzalez/Senger Peralta,

 

Current BullpenDylan Gonzalez, Steve Hill, Ryan Hodinka, Joel Pichardo, Eduardo Sanchez, Ray Silva

 

Current Period Pitching – 4.61 ERA, 3.71 dERA, 1.46 WHIP, .276 BAA, .336 BABIP

Final Team Pitching – 4.18 ERA, 3.87 dERA, 1.41 WHIP, .251 BAA, .305 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

Senger Peralta finished his season on a good note by posting a 1.00 WHIP and .195 BAA in 11 innings.  Peralta gave up eight hits and three walks while striking out 14.  He average 11.5 K/9 IP and 2.5 BB/9 IP.  He had a 1.61 dERA and .296 BABIP.

 

Who's Pitchin' Not   

There was way too much competition in this category to pick just one.

 

Of Note –

Also pitching ‘Hot' was Jose Mateo who pitched a team-high 14.1 innings over three games.  Mateo allowed 11 hits and just one walk for an 0.84 WHIP and .224 BAA.  Mateo struck out just seven which led to a 2.43 dERA.  He had a .262 BABIP.

 

Tyler Leach's last game appearance came on August 17th when he pitched 1.2 innings.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

G

IP

H

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9IP

BB/9IP

Arredondo, Jose

3

12

11

2

6

1.08

0.244

6.44

0.222

4.50

1.50

Diapoules, Mark

2

5.2

5

5

7

1.76

0.227

3.37

0.333

11.11

7.94

Gonzalez, Reynier

2

6.2

7

4

8

1.65

0.250

4.58

0.316

10.79

5.40

Rosales, Andres

2

7

12

0

12

1.71

0.375

0.59

0.600

15.43

0.00

 

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Rookie – GCL Cardinals

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

Final Record – 24–30

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 BullpenGustavo Martinez, Wladimir Mendoza, Jose Rada, Ronald Russell, Brett Zawacki

 

Current Period Pitching – 4.61 ERA, 2.90 dERA, 1.66 WHIP, .281 BAA, .384 BABIP

Final Team Pitching – 4.134ERA, 3.59 dERA, 1.56 WHIP, .254 BAA, .337 BABIP

 

Who's Pitchin' Hot 

Carlos Gonzalez probably was the best of those with measurable innings this period.  He allowed less than a hit an inning but control was an issue.  He walked four and hit another batter.  Gonzalez' stats are in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

 

Who's Pitchin' Not 

Francisco Samuel gets the last ‘Not' of the season for the GCL club.  Samuel walked twice as many (12) as he struck out (six).  He also hit a batter.  His stats appear in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

 

Of Note –

The GCL Cardinals' season finished on August 27th. 

 

Derek Hooker's last game appearance came on August 17th.  Reliever Ramon Delgado did not pitch at all during this two-week period.

 

Here is Mark McCormick's line over the two weeks:  2 G, 3.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 3 SO, 2.45 ERA, 3.24 dERA, 0.82 WHIP, .083 BAA, .111 BABIP

 

Matt North had some mixed numbers from his last two game appearances.  North pitched five innings in total and did not walk a batter while striking out seven.  He also was not scored upon.  On the other side of the ledger he gave up nine hits and had a .474 BABIP.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

G

IP

H

BB

SO

WHIP

BAA

dERA

BABIP

K/9IP

BB/9IP

Cardenas, Hector

2

6

6

1

4

1.17

0.286

2.45

0.353

6.00

1.50

Gonzalez, Carlos

2

7

5

4

7

1.29

0.200

2.94

0.278

9.00

5.14

Hooker, Deryk

1

4

2

1

11

0.75

0.133

-0.65

0.500

24.75

2.25

Samuel, Francisco

3

6.2

10

12

6

3.30

0.357

6.42

0.455

8.10

16.19

Zawacki, Brett

2

3

3

2

3

1.67

0.250

3.24

0.333

9.00

6.00

 

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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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