Batavia Muckdogs Player of the Year: 2008

Colt Sedbrook proved to be a late-round steal on draft day for the St. Louis Cardinals as he led the Batavia offense to the New York-Penn League title.

A late-round pick in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Colt Sedbrook was the top offensive performer on the New York-Penn League champions.  Drafted in the 22nd round out of the University of Arizona, the middle infielder led the team with a .305 average, 84 hits, five triples, and 109 total bases. He would finish among the team leaders in almost every other offensive category as well. 

 

The 23-year-old posted a respectable strikeout to walk ratio of 44 to 24.  Sedbrook was very productive down the stretch, hitting .343/.424/.422 in 102 at bats in August.  For his outstanding professional debut, he was recognized as a New York-Penn League Mid-Season All-Star. 

 

Not only was Sedbrook one of the top performers on the Muckdogs, but also he was one of the top performers in the whole league.  He would finish eighth in hitting, fifth in on base percentage, tied for third in hits, and tied for fourth most triples.  For his effort, Baseball America named him a Class-A Short-Season All-Star. 

 

Honorable Mentions 

 

2008 second-round pick Shane Peterson overcame a terrible August to finish with a line of .291/.400/.409.  His on base percentage not only topped Batavia but it was the third-best in the league.  The former Long Beach State Dirtbag also led his team in doubles with 20 which was the fourth-highest mark in the league and his 39 walks were the third-best in the league.  During the playoffs, Peterson hit .409 with five RBIs in five games for Batavia. 

 

Frederick Parejo was solid during the regular season but was superb during the post-season.  Parejo, who did not turn 18 until July 5, hit .350 during the Muckdogs' playoff run including collecting four hits in the championship clincher against Jamestown.  Not only did he do it at the plate but Parejo played a phenomenal centerfield as well.  The Venezuelan was named a New York-Penn League Mid-season All-Star. 

 

Charles Cutler and Christian Rosa proved to be a fantastic backstop tandem.  Cutler hit .303/.365/.408 in 40 games after being drafted out of the University of California.  The 22-year-old also logged a superb 17 to 10 strikeout to walk ratio.  For his efforts, he was named a Mid-Season All-Star.  Rosa posted a line of .286/.364/.400 in 32 games behind the plate.  The fireplug also showed he is adept on the base paths, stealing four bases in five attempts. 

 

Jermaine Curtis lost an extended amount of time due to a ankle injury but he did make his presence felt when he was in the lineup.  The former UCLA Bruin hit .305 on the season but was especially productive when he returned to the lineup after his injury.  Post-injury, Curtis hit .355/.421/.516 in 31 at-bats.  Down a run in game one of the league championship, the 22-year-old hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth that proved to be the game winner for Batavia. 

 

Before being promoted to the Quad Cities, Jon Edwards was leading the team in slugging percentage, on base percentage, and home runs.   

 

Chris Swauger led the team with seven home runs and a .469 slugging percentage. 

 

Jose Garcia hit only .240/.311/.306 but finished second in the league with 26 steals and fourth in the league with 48 runs. 

 

 

Note: Master article with all 2008 Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Players of the Year and the schedule for daily announcements: link. (This link is also permanently located at the lower left of The Birdhouse home page.)

 

Dustin Mattison can be reached via email at dustin@whiteyball.net.

 

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