Batavia Muckdogs Notebook: 2010 Week 1 (Pt 2)

More details on the Cardinals' New York-Penn League's roster and results this past week.

Current Record:  4-4 (Through 06/25/10)

Current Standing:  Tied for second/third with Jamestown (Florida), one game behind Auburn (Toronto) and Williamsport (Philadelphia)


Who's Hot (minimum 20 at bats for period): 


Centerfielder Nick Longmire is living up to his fifth round draft pick status so far.  Longmire went .379/.424/.828/1.252, 11-for-29, 7 G, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS, .381 BABIP, .414 ISO, 20.0 LD%


Both second baseman Joey Bergman (33rd round) and outfielder Rainel Rosario (ND out of the Dominican Republic) posted OPS's of nearly 1.000.  Bergman:  .350/.435/.550/.985, 7-for-20, 3 BB, 2 SO, .389 BABIP, 10.5 LD%.  Rosario:  .429/.455/.524/.978, 9-for-21, 1 BB, 7 SO, .643 BABIP, 7.1 LD%


Pitching tandems make the Hot and Not very difficult as each pitcher's total innings for each report are both fairly evenly divided and fairly low.  The co-Hots are Justin Edwards and Anthony Ferrara.  Their pitching lines follow.  Edwards – 2 G, 1-0, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0.00 ERA, 2.41 FIP, 0.63 WHIP, .130 BAA, .150 BABIP, 15.0 LD%

Ferrara – 1 G, 1-0, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, 1.60 FIP, .158 BAA, .200 BABIP, 0.00 LD%


Who's Not (minimum 30 at bats for period):  


Third baseman Alan Ahmady.  The 14th round 2009 draft pick went .077/.242/.077/.319, 2-for-26, 7 G, 4 R, 1 RBI, 5 BB, 6 SO, .100 BABIP, 19.0 LD%


Matt North's first start at in over a year was not pretty.  He gets the Not call because he actually began a game and could have lasted longer than what he did.  His line:  1 G, 0-0, 1.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, O HR, 3 BB, 1 SO, 40.50 ERA, 8.46 FIP, 6.00 WHIP, .625 BAA, .500 BABIP, 25.0 LD%



Of Interest:


And now to break down each team's roster according to draft round.


Auburn Doubledays

Roster = 30

Drafted = 19


Auburn Doubledays (Toronto)
  Draft Round
Year 1 - 10 11 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 50
2010 2 2 1   1
2009 1 3 4 3  
2008   2      


Auburn's roster has something that is unique among the six teams:  the professional debut of a high school pitcher. Right-hander Andrew Hutchinson was a 15th round draft pick in 2009 that did not sign until the August deadline so he missed the 2009 season.  His pro debut came against Batavia in on June 19th.  Check the game summary for details.  Auburn had another right-handed pitcher that was drafted in 2009 but is making his pro debut this season:  18th round selection Daniel Webb.  Webb also did not sign until the August deadline so did not pitch in 2009.  


Four of Toronto's six 2010 draftees at this level are pitchers with the balance being outfielders.  They have two top five round picks:  pitcher Randall Wojciechowski (1s) and outfielder Marcus Knecht (4).  Their lowest round 2010 pick is pitcher Drew Permison who was drafted in the 42nd round.  In addition to Hutchinson and Webb the 2009 draft class includes pitcher Egan Smith, a seventh rounder who spent some time in A ball earlier this season.


Batavia Muckdogs (St. Louis)
  Draft Round
Year 1 - 10 11 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 50
2010 1 1 2 4 1
2009 1 3 3 3  
2008 1       1
2007         1
2006 1 1 1    


Batavia Muckdogs

Roster = 31 (roster max is 30 but this is what is listed as active)

Drafted = 25


Batavia's roster has the highest percentage of draftees of the six teams, a whopping 80.6% of their total roster.  The other squads range from 57.1% (Jamestown) to 67.9% (Williamsport).  Batavia's 2010 draft class is led by center fielder Nick Longmire, a fifth round pick.  He is Batavia's sole top ten draft pick.  The only top 20 pick is catcher Geoff Klein and the sole pitcher from the 2010 draft is 39th round selection Chase Reid.  Batavia's latest round selection is outfielder Adam Melker (44th round). 


Batavia has three top ten draft round pitchers, two from the high school ranks.  Southpaw Anthony Ferrara was drafted in the seventh round in 2008 and returns to Batavia after spending the 2009 campaign here.  Righty Matt North came out of the ninth round way back in 2006 but has had his career curtailed due to injuries, including missing the entire 2009 season.  The collegiate top ten round selection is Nick McCully, a ninth rounder that spent his 2009 season a class A Quad Cities as a reliever.



Jamestown Jammers

Roster = 28

Drafted = 16


Jamestown Jammers (Florida)
  Draft Round
Year 1 - 10 11 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 50
2010 1 4 2    
2009 1 2 3 3  


One of Jamestown's interesting little factoids is that they are now the home of former Quad City River Bandit pitcher Adam Veres.  St. Louis released Veres this spring and he moved right across the hall to the Marlins' organization.  Another factoid is that the Jammers have the player with the coolest name in their division:  outfielder Sequoyah Trueblood Stonecipher.  Stonecipher (14th round) was drafted in 2009.  Their earliest pick from 2009 is high school pitcher Josh Hodges (7th round) who finished the 2009 season at Jamestown.  Their 2010 draftees include 10th round pick Aaron Senne, a first baseman, their highest pick at this level.  Six of the seven 2010 picks are position players with the sole pitcher being 21st rounder Kenneth Toves.



Mahoning Valley Scrappers

Roster = 28

Drafted = 18


Mahoning Valley  (Cleveland)
  Draft Round
Year 1 - 10 11 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 50
2010 1 3 1 1 2
2009   5      
2008   1 2    
2007         1
2004     1    


Mahoning Valley's roster has the oldest player in the division, catcher Wyatt Toregas, who turns 28 in December.  Toregas (24th round) was drafted out of college in 2004 and has appeared in The Show.  Their 2007 draftee is left fielder Kevin Rucker (47th round).  Rucker was drafted out of high school and spent the last three seasons in Rookie ball.  The Scrappers' earliest 2010 draftee is pitcher Jordan Cooper (9th round) while their latest is 42nd round selection Aaron Fields, an infielder.  Their 2009 draft class is all pitchers:  Kirk Wetmore (11), Mike Rayle (15), Dale Dickerson (16), Nick Kirk (19) and Kyle C. Smith (20).  All were drafted out of the college ranks.


State College Spikes

Roster = 28

Drafted = 17


State College Spikes  (Pittsburgh)
  Draft Round
Year 1 - 10 11 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 50
2010 1 1 2 4  
2009 3 2   1 1
2008     1   1


The Spikes' roster is just brimming with interesting stuff with one of the most interesting being the Cole White story.  Pittsburgh drafted White in the 42nd round back in 2008 out of the United States Military Academy at West Point.  The army allowed White to play in 2008 where he appeared on the State College roster.  That permission was rescinded during the off-season so White reported for duty at a tank commander.  White missed the 2009 season and asked to be released from his military commitment.  That release was granted this spring so Mr. White is back in baseball. 


The Spikes are led by a trio of pitchers that were all drafted out of high school in the first 10 rounds in 2009:  Brooks Pounders (2nd round),  lefty Zack Dodson (4th round) and Zack Von Rosenberg (6th round).  They join third baseman Walker Gourley (13) and pitcher Ryan Beckman (18) to round out the 2009 group.  Beckman is the only one that was drafted out of college and all five make their short A debut this season.  The 2010 draftees are headed by pitcher Tyler Waldron, a fifth round selection.  The only other top 20 pick is outfielder Justin Bencsko with their lowest pick being pitcher Kevin Decker (39).


State College has two Aussies on their roster, both pitchers.  Mitchell Fienemann pitched last season at the rookie level while Jarryd Sullivan debuts at State College.  They also have a player from South Africa, second baseman Gift Ngoepe who spent 2009 at Pittsburg's rookie club.  Finally, first baseman Gerlis Rodriguez' listed middle name is Abigail.



Williamsport Crosscutters

Roster = 28

Drafted = 18


Williamsport  (Philadelphia)
  Draft Round
Year 1 - 10 11 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 50
2010 2 3   3  
2009 2 1 2 3  
2008 1   1    
2007   1      


The highest 2010 draft pick on Williamsport's roster is pitcher Percival Garner, a second round selection.  The other top ten rounds choice is southpaw Mario Hollands who came out of the 10th round.  The lowest 2010 selection is pitcher Eric Pettis (39th round).  Half of the eight-man 2010 draft class are pitchers and the other half are comprised of a catcher and three third basemen.  Center fielders Kelly Dugan (2nd round) and Kyrell Hudson (3rd round) head the 2009 draft group.  Both were drafted out of high school and are making their short A debut this year.  The other six 2009 draftees came out of the college ranks with three of them being pitchers.  Williamsport's 2007 draftee is pitcher Julian Sampson.  Sampson was drafted in the 12th round out of high school.


Williamsport also has a player, catcher Jeff Lanning, who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round of the 2008 draft.  The Twins released him after the 2009 season and he subsequently signed with Philadelphia.  Most players that were selected in the top 10 rounds are given longer than two seasons in an organization unless there is some type of career impacting injury.  What may be pertinent, or not, is that Mr. Lanning had been suspended by the University of Nebraska for trying to sell his bats for cash.  He transferred to the University of New Orleans.  There is no definitive connection between his suspension and his transfer.  It will be interesting to see how he does in the Phillies' organization.   



Game Summaries:

Friday, 06/18/10 (A) – vs. Auburn (Toronto)   Lost 12-0

Batavia's season got off to a rousing start as they absorbed a 12-0 shellacking at the hands of the Auburn Doubledays.  But at least it happened in Auburn so Batavia's home folks did not have to witness it.  Justin Edwards started the game as part of a tandem with Chris Corrigan.  Edwards lasted one and one-third innings, allowing just one hit.  Justin Lawler (L, 0-1) took the loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on five hits and one walk in one inning.  He did not allow a home run.  Corrigan pitched three and one-third innings, allowing five runs, earned on six hits and three walks.


The Muckdogs mustered only four hits the entire game, all singles.  None of the players had a multi-hit game. 

Saturday, 06/19/10 (H) – vs. Auburn   Won 7-5

Batavia had their home opener on Saturday which they won 7-5.  The game featured the pitching tandem of Andrew Moss and Kevin Siegrist and the pro debut of Auburn starter Chad Hutchinson, a 2009 draft pick signed out of high school.  (Hutchinson gave a run, earned, on three hits and a walk in three and two-thirds innings and did not figure in the decision.)  Moss (W, 1-0) went the first five innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  Siegrist pitched the next two and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs, earned, on four hits and a walk.  Two of the three runs given up came in his third inning of work.  Jose Rada relieved Siegrist with runners at first and second and got out of the inning without allowing an inherited runner to score, although he did walk a batter.  Rada (S, 1) pitched a perfect ninth, striking out the side.


Nick Longmire was the star of the game, offensively, as he was part of every run scored by Batavia.  The Muckdogs tied the game at one all in the third when Longmire doubled in Luis De La Cruz who had grounded into a force out. He doubled again in the fifth, driving De La Cruz (reach on fielding error) and Yunier Castillo (hit by pitch), that gave Batavia a 3-2 lead they never relinquished.  Geoff Klein doubled in Longmire for Batavia's fourth run.  Longmire hit a two-run home run in the sixth that scored Castillo (walk) as well.  Longmire's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning scored De La Cruz who doubled to open the inning.  Yunier Castillo sac bunted De La Cruz and third and Longmire did the rest. 


Sunday, 06/20/10 (A) – vs. Auburn   Won 10-8

Batavia overcame a very shaky start by Matt North to down Auburn 10-8.  North gave up six runs, earned, on five hits and three walks in one and one-third innings.  Anthony Ferrara (W, 1-0) held the Doubledays scoreless in his five innings of work, allowing just three hits while striking out four.  Keith Butler (S, 1) pitched around two walks and a wild pitch to strike out the side in the ninth.


Batavia scored three in the second, two in the third, three fourth and two in the seventh.  The Muckdogs were opportunistic since only four of the ten runs scored by them were earned.  Jon Edwards went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and another driven in.  First baseman Victor Sanchez was 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and two driven in.  Second baseman Joey Bergman went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and a run scored.  Nick Longmire reached base a hit-by-pitch and a free pass and scored a run.


Monday, 06/21/10 (A) – vs. State College (Pittsburgh)    Lost 8-7

Leading 7-5 going into the bottom of the eighth, Batavia gave up three runs to fall to the Spikes 8-7.  The pair of Nick McCully and Houston Summers pitched for Batavia.  McCully began the game and pitched well, going five innings and allowing two runs, earned on three hits while striking out six.  Summers (BS, 1) was not as effective:  three runs, earned, on three hits and a walk in two innings.  David Kington's pitching was the final nail in Batavia's proverbial coffin.  Kington (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) gave up three runs, earned, on four hits and a walk in one inning.


Batavia scored a run in the first, fifth and sixth innings but the big blow came in the four-run eighth.  Nick Longmire homered to start the game while a ground out by first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez in the fifth scored Yunier Castillo who walked at the inning's start.  Catcher Audry Perez reached base on a sixth-inning fielding error and came home on Nick Longmire's single to left.  In the eighth Yunier Castillo's single drove in Alan Ahmady (walk) and Raniel Rosario (single) while Nick Longmire's triple scored Ross Smith (walk) and Castillo. 


Tuesday, 06/22/10 (A) – vs. State College  Lost 5-4

Batavia once again blew an early to lead to fall late, allowing three runs over the seventh and eighth innings to lose 5-4.  Zach Russell and Travis Lawler were the tandem.  Russell pitched the first four innings, giving up two runs, earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out three.  Lawler gave up just a run, earned, on two hits and a walk in three innings and struck out one.  Jose Rada (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) allowed two runs, earned, on two hits and a walk in his only inning of work.


Joey Bergman's single to right in the third scored Audry Perez (lead off single) while Victor Sanchez' ground out latter that inning scored Nick Longmire who reached on a force out.  Perez ‘s fourth inning single up the middle scored Adam Melker (HBP) and Mike O'Neill (fielder's choice).  Perez, 3-for-4, and Melker, 2-for-3, had Batavia's only multi-hit games.


Wednesday, 06/23/10 (A) – vs. State College  Won 12-3

Batavia took the final game of the series, pounding the Spikes 12-3.  Justin Edwards (W, 1-0) pitched very well, shutting out State College in his five innings on two hits and a walk while K'ing four.  LaCurtis Mayes followed him, pitching and three was his big number:  three innings, three runs, three earned runs, three strikeouts, one walk.


State College committed seven errors that resulted in seven unearned runs being scored by Batavia.  The Muckdogs scored single runs in the second through fifth innings and the seventh.  They scored four in the sixth and three in the eighth.  Catcher Audry Perez went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and three driven in.  Center fielder Mike O'Neill (2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI), designated hitter Rainel Rosario (2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 R) and left fielder Pat Biserta (2-for-4) 2 RBIs) had also had multi-hit games.



Thursday, 06/24/10 (A) – vs. Mahoning Valley (Cleveland)     Won 6-3

Batavia scored four runs in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and defeat the Scrappers 6-3.  They took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on a lead-off double by DH Victor Sanchez, a run-scoring triple by right fielder Jon Edwards and a sacrifice fly by Audry Perez.  The big blow in the seventh was Nick Longmire's grand slam that scored Rainel Rosario (single), Audry Perez (single) and Yunier Castillo (bunt). 

Kevin Siegrist started the game and held Mahoning Valley to two runs, earned, on three hits and a walk in five innings.  Jose Rada (W, 1-0) followed Siegrist and retired all nine batters he faced. 



Friday, 06/25/10 (A) – vs. Mahoning Valley  Lost 12-4

Batavia got clobbered 12-4.  Andrew Moss (L, 1-1) took the loss although he pitched better than either tandem mate, Chris Corrigan, or Houston Summers.  Moss gave up two runs, earned, on five hits in four innings.  He struck out six and did not walk a batter.  Corrigan pitched two innings, giving up six runs, three earned, on four hits (including a two-run home run) and a walk.  Summers' control was seriously off as he walked four in his only inning of work.  He gave up three runs, two earned, and did give up a hit.  David Kington's only hit allowed in the eighth was a solo shot.


Batavia had ten hits which was one less than Mahoning Valley but were unable to coordinate their hitting attack.  Their first run of the game came in the sixth when Adam Melker tripled in Rainel Rosario (two-out single).  They added two more in the seventh when Geoff Klein's double to left scored Joey Bergman (two-out walk).  A wild pitch allowed Alan Ahmady (walk) to score.  Jon Edwards' two-out single in the ninth scored Geoff Klein (one-out double) for Batavia's final run of the game.


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