This Week in the Cards Minors– 09/08– Hitters

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

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

 

This is the final report for the offensive side of baseball and includes all regular season stats.  Memphis, Springfield and Quad Cities' regular seasons ended on September 3rd and Palm Beach's ended on September 2nd.  The final few games for Johnson City and the GCL club are also included.

 

With the minor league season winding down, most of the moves were at the Major League level with the expanded roster call-ups.  A couple of noteworthy items to mention in the minors are Mike Sillman's most recent trip to the disabled list and the subsequent promotion of Palm Beach closer Luke Gregerson to act as Springfield's closer for the post-season.  Talk about getting thrown straight into the fire!  Jason Motte goes back into the eighth-inning set-up role.  Motte has been less effective of late and it may be due to fatigue.  2007 is Motte's first full season as a pitcher and he set a career high in innings pitched (59).  Last season he pitched a total of 39 innings. 

 

Something else of note was Mark McCormick's activation from the disabled list where he spent practically the entire season.  McCormick started Palm Beach's final game of the season on September 2nd and pitched three uneventful innings with two hits, no runs or walks and two strikeouts.  Hope he can build on it next season.

 

Finally, Daniel Descalso was promoted from Batavia to Quad Cities on September 3rd.  Descalso was part of Quad Cities' short-lived post-season where he went 3-for-10 with a double and a strikeout.

 

 

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?  (Final Regular Season Standings)

Memphis 56 88 33 Nashville Sounds (MIL)
Springfield 37 32 -- 2.5 games up
Palm Beach 35 35 2.5 St. Lucie (NYM)
Quad Cities 40 30 -- 3-way tie
Batavia 31 43 15 Auburn (TOR)
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 September 6th):

 

08/31/07 - Batavia (Johnson City) - INF Mike Folli called up from Rookie level Johnson City

08/31/07 - St. Louis - 3B Scott Rolen placed on the 15-day Disabled List (left shoulder soreness)

08/31/07 - St. Louis (Philadelphia) - 3B Russell Branyan acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies for a Player To Be Named Later

09/01/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - INF Miguel Cairo contract purchased from Triple-A Memphis and added to the 40-man roster;  RHP Andy Cavazos, RHP Kelvin Jimenez, OF Skip Schumaker:  recalled from Triple-A Memphis;  LHP Mike Maroth activated from the 15-day Disabled List;  C Brian Esposito designated for assignment

09/01/07 - Springfield - RHP Mike Sillman placed on the 7-day Disabled List (right forearm tightness)

09/01/07 - Springfield (Palm Beach) - RHP Luke Gregerson called up from A-Advanced Palm Beach

09/01/07 - Memphis - C Brian Esposito, 1B Mike Ferris: activated from the 7-day Disabled List

09/01/07 - Palm Beach - RHP Mark McCormick activated from the 7-day Disabled List

09/02/07 - Springfield (Palm Beach) - 3B Rico Washington placed on the 7-day Disabled List (left cheek fracture);  OF Mark Shorey called up from A-Advanced Palm Beach

09/03/07 - Quad Cities - OF Antone DeJesus placed on the 7-day Disabled List (wrist)

09/03/07 - Quad Cities/Batavia - 2B/3B Daniel Descalso called up from short-season A Batavia

09/04/07 - St. Louis - LHP Randy Keisler designated for assignment;  OF Juan Encarnacion placed on the 60-day Disabled List (fractured eye socket)

09/04/07 - St. Louis (Memphis) - 3B Brian Barden, RHP Brad Thompson: called up from Triple-A Memphis;  RHP Brian Falkenborg, C Kelly Stinnett:  contract purchased and added to the 40-man roster

09/05/07 - St. Louis - C Scott Rolen transferred to the 60-day Disabled List (recurring left shoulder soreness);  LHP Mark Mulder recalled from his rehab assignment and activated from the 60-day Disabled List

 

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Triple-A – Memphis Redbirds

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

Final Record – 56-88 

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 Hitting - .272/.365/.383/.747, .330 BABIP, 48 RC

Final Hitting* – .261/.329/.416/.745, .293 BABIP, 626.75 RC

*Note:  Pitchers' offensive statistics excluded

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Skip Schumaker went .353/.421/.529/.950, 12-for-34 in eight games with three doubles and one home run.  He drove in seven and scored six runs while walking (four) as often as he struck out (four).  Schumaker had a .379 BABIP.  

 

Who's Hittin' Not

First baseman Tagg Bozied went .167/.244/.194/.438, 6-for-36 in 10 games with one double.  He scored four runs and drove in six.  Bozied struck out 12 times and walked four times.  He had a .250 BABIP.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

H

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Hanson, Travis

0.263

0.300

0.263

0.563

5

19

0

6

0.385

1.3

0.000

Hoffpauir, Jarrett

0.258

0.400

0.290

0.690

8

31

7

5

0.308

3.3

0.032

Mather, Joe

0.158

0.319

0.421

0.740

6

38

6

11

0.125

4.5

0.263

Stavinoha, Nick

0.235

0.316

0.235

0.551

8

34

3

7

0.296

2.5

0.000

 

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AA – Springfield Cardinals

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

Final Second-Half Record – 37-32

Season Record – 73-63

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 Hitting - .300/.375/.511/.885, .316 BABIP, 79 RC

Final Hitting* – .272/.346/.434/.780, .308 BABIP, 663 RC

*Note:  Pitchers' offensive statistics excluded

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Colby Rasmus finished the season on a tear by going .350/.447/.825/1.272, 14-for-40 in 10 games, with two doubles, one triple and five home runs.  He had seven walks and 10 strikeouts and a .450 ISO. 

 

Who's Hittin' Not

Outfielder Mark Shorey's combined stats between Palm Beach and Springfield were not so wonderful.  Shorey hit .262/.279/.405/.684, 11-for-42 in 10 games, with three doubles and one home run.  Shorey did not draw a single walk but was hit once. 

 

Of Note –

Honorable Mentions for Hittin' Hot go to Rico Washington and Allen Craig.  Washington went .333/.432/.733/1.166, 10-for-30 in nine games, with four home runs and twelve runs batted in.  He had four walks against two strikeouts and a .400 ISO.  Washington's season ended September 1st when he suffered a broken left cheek bone as a result of his collision with left fielder Amaury Marti. Allen Craig's combined stats may be found in the Prospect Watch.

 

Reid Gorecki hit for good average in limited at bats.  Gorecki went .440/.517/.480/.997, 11-for-25 in eight games.  He scored four runs and drove in three but displayed little power with only one double in his 11 hits.  Gorecki had a .579 BABIP.

 

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

H

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Anderson, B.

0.267

0.343

0.400

0.743

8

30

4

6

0.304

4.24

0.133

Craig, Allen*

0.302

0.340

0.651

0.992

13

43

3

7

0.281

9.74

0.349

Haerther, Cody

0.273

0.415

0.485

0.899

9

33

4

9

0.318

5.62

0.212

Hamilton, Mark

0.282

0.333

0.487

0.821

11

39

3

7

0.300

6.3

0.205

Martinez, Jose

0.300

0.391

0.450

0.841

12

40

5

1

0.289

6.8

0.150

Rasmus, Colby

0.350

0.447

0.825

1.272

14

40

7

10

0.360

14.7

0.450

Shorey, Mark*

0.262

0.279

0.405

0.684

11

42

0

7

0.294

4.5

0.143

*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

Final Second-Half Record – 35-35

Season Record – 71-69

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 Hitting - .291/.333/.412/.745, .348 BABIP, 39.5 RC

Final Hitting – .265/.325/.382/.707, .307 BABIP, 577 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Utility player Dan Nelson hit .429/.556/.643/1.198, 12-for-28 in eight games, with three doubles and one home run.  Nelson walked more (eight) than he struck out (seven).  He drove in six and scored eight runs.  Nelson had a .550 BABIP. 

 

Who's Hittin' Not

Catcher Brandon Yarbrough went .212/.229/.303/.532, 7-for-33 in eight games, with a double and a home run.  Yarbrough did have eight runs batted in but walked only once against nine strikeouts.  Yarbrough had been putting up some nice numbers in recent weeks.

 

Of Note –

Honorable Mention in Hittin' Hot goes to outfielder Luke Gorsett.  In addition to the numbers posted in the Prospect Watch, Gorsett had three doubles, one triple, two home runs and 10 runs batted in.  He also stole a base.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

H

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Gorsett, Luke

0.353

0.389

0.676

1.065

12

34

2

7

0.400

9.2

0.294

Robinson, S.*

0.263

0.286

0.316

0.602

5

19

1

2

0.294

1.8

0.053

Solano, D.

0.243

0.243

0.270

0.514

9

37

0

4

0.273

2.2

0.027

*combined stats, Palm Beach/GCL (rehab)

 

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Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities

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

Final Second-Half Record – 40-30

Season Record – 78-61

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

 

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Current Hitting - .176/.259/.237/.496, .218 BABIP, 22 RC

Final Hitting – .256/.323/.369/.692, .303 BABIP, 537 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

Tony Cruz put up the best numbers on the team as the Swing closed out their regular season, .300/.383/.450/.833, 12-for-40 in 12 games, with a double, triple and home run.  He drove in six and scored four times.  Unfortunately, Cruz was the only Swing player that appeared to recognize the correct actions to take while standing in the batter's box.

 

Who's Hittin' Not

None of the other six players that qualified for Hot and Not consideration posted a plus .700 OPS and five of the six did not crack .600.  But Steven Hill was the worst.  His numbers appear in the Prospect Watch.

 

Of Note –

Catcher Nick Derba received close consideration for Hittin' Not.  Derba went .083/.233/.083/.316, 3-for-36 in 12 games, with four runs scored and one sorry run batted in.  He did manage to walk seven times.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

H

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Cruz, Tony

0.300

0.383

0.450

0.833

12

40

6

2

0.297

7.5

0.125

Henley, Tyler

0.138

0.194

0.310

0.504

4

29

1

8

0.150

1.5

0.172

Hill, Steven

0.085

0.122

0.128

0.250

4

47

1

13

0.118

0.6

0.043

Jones, Daryl

0.128

0.227

0.154

0.381

5

39

2

10

0.172

1.1

0.026

 

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Short-season A – Batavia Muckdogs

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

Season Record – 31–43

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

 

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Current Hitting - .211/.267/.290/.557, .287 BABIP, 41 RC

Final Hitting – .232/.312/.325/.637, .297 BABIP, 238 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot

None of the four qualifiers was Hot.

 

Who's Hittin' Not

Shortstop Pete Kozma fell quite short of Jeff Luhnow's brash prediction for him.  On draft day Luhnow said Kozma would go .330 at Batavia.  The reality was much different.  Kozma ended the season by hitting a combined .146/.180/.229/.409, 7-for-48 in 14 games between Batavia and Johnson City.  His stats are in the Prospect Watch.

 

Of Note –

Jon Edwards hit well in limited at bats.  Check out his numbers in the Prospect Watch.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

H

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Brown, Andrew

0.208

0.321

0.333

0.655

10

48

8

10

0.243

5.3

0.125

Descalso, D.

0.289

0.357

0.342

0.699

11

38

2

6

0.344

4.4

0.053

Edwards, Jon

0.394

0.429

0.606

1.035

13

33

2

7

0.480

8.6

0.212

Kozma, Pete*

0.146

0.180

0.229

0.409

7

48

2

11

0.189

1.8

0.063

Pham, Tommy

0.103

0.239

0.103

0.342

4

39

6

14

0.160

1.0

0.000

*combined stats, Batavia/Johnson City

 

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Rookie – Johnson City Cardinals

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

Season Record – 27–35

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – not available

 

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Final Hitting – .256/.327/.373/.699, .316 BABIP, 268 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot and Not

Due to very limited games in their final period, no Hot and Not will be given out.

 

Prospect Watch

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

H

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Bolivar, Domnit

0.278

0.308

0.361

0.669

10

36

2

5

0.323

4.3

0.056

Edwards, Jon

0.250

0.351

0.313

0.664

8

32

5

10

0.364

3.5

0.063

Hage, Joey

0.234

0.265

0.298

0.563

11

47

2

3

0.250

3.4

0.064

Riportella, Beau

0.372

0.400

0.395

0.795

16

43

2

7

0.444

7.7

0.023

Hage, Joey

0.100

0.250

0.100

0.350

1

10

2

1

0.111

0.4

0.000

Morales, O.

0.273

0.429

0.727

1.156

3

11

3

5

0.400

3.4

0.455

Riportella, Beau

0.500

0.500

0.500

1.000

6

12

0

1

0.545

2.5

0.000

 

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Rookie – GCL Cardinals

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

Season Record – 24–28

Three-Year Weighted Park Factor – not available

 

Roster link

 

Final Hitting – .243/.329/.344/.672, .319 BABIP, 195 RC

 

Who's Hittin' Hot and Not

Due to very limited games in their final period, no Hot and Not will be given out.

 

Prospect Watch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player 

AVG 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

H

AB

BB

SO

BABIP

RC

ISO

Lara, Edgar

0.500

0.667

0.500

1.167

1

2

1

1

1.000

0.67

0.000

Martinez, Jairo

0.250

0.250

0.250

0.500

1

4

0

3

1.000

0.25

0.000

Parejo, F.

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

0

2

0

2

0.000

0.00

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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