Batavia Muckdogs Notebook: 2010 Weeks 2-4

Second baseman Colin Walsh and reliever Jose Rada are hot for the 14-13 New York-Penn League club.

Current Record:  14-13  (Pythagorean 15-12)

Current Standing:  Third, three games behind Jamestown (Florida);  one and one-half games behind second-place Williamsport (Philadelphia)



Roster Moves:

July 3rd – Third baseman Alan Ahmady up to Quad Cities to take Niko Vasquez' slot after the latter was promoted to Palm Beach

-          Catcher Roberto Espinoza re-assigned from Quad Cities but he never actually left because Quad Cities' catcher, Robert Stock, went on the disabled list on July 4th and Espinoza was called back to Quad Cities

-          Second baseman Colin Walsh promoted from Johnson City

July 7th - Outfielder Ross Smith up to Quad Cities to take Michael Swinson's slot when Swinson was placed on the disabled list

July 8th - Sixth round draft pick LHP John Gast assigned to Batavia

            - Catcher Luis De La Cruz up to Palm Beach

July 13th – Roberto Espinoza comes to Batavia from Quad Cities for real when Robert Stock is activated from the Quad Cities' disabled list


Of Interest:

Lefty starter Anthony Ferrara has been MIA since July 1st.  On Monday, Batavia manager Dann Bilardello told Brian Walton that Ferrara suffered a leg injury and is expected back about two weeks from the time of the interview.  That interview is available here -


Batavia's tandem starter arrangement has been eliminated as of Wednesday, July 14th.  Based on what we have been told and usage patterns, the projected five-man rotation is:  LHP John Gast, LHP Justin Edwards, RHP Andrew Moss, RHP Nick McCully and RHP Zack Russell.  One of the latter two starters is likely to be bumped to the bullpen when Anthony Ferrara is ready to go.


Andrew Moss was named NY-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for period 06/28 – 07/04.


Just one of the many great nuggets in the Dann Bilardello interview was when he said Jose Rada, Keith Butler and Chase Reid can all be used as closers.


Left fielder Mike O'Neill has made the most of his limited at bats.  In the three-week period since the last report, O'Neill has hit .379/.486/.552/1.038, 11-for-29, with one double, two triples, 11 runs scored, seven walks, five strikeouts and two stolen bases.


While neither was named Hottie of the Week, both reliever Keith Butler's and starter Zack Russell's performances were worthy of mention.  Butler has a 2.08 FIP, .225 BAA, .295 BABIP in 10.2 IP over eight game appearances.  He struck out 15 while walking five and gave up nine hits.  Russell had a 2.70 FIP, .132 BAA, .152 BABIP in 16 IP over four games.  He struck out 19 while allowing only seven hits.  The 10 free passes indicate his control needs some work.


An important point needs to be made about the Hot and Not mentions that follow.  Playing time is at a higher premium at this level due both to expanded rosters and the organization's need for accurate player assessment, particularly of the new draftees.  Only three of the 18 position players that garnered at bats during this period had more than 10% of the total at bats.  Therefore, the cumulative data used to determine Hot and Not is, of necessity, less than at the 25-man, full-season levels. 


Who's Hot:  Second baseman Colin Walsh and reliever Jose Rada

Walsh's line:  .375/.444/.550/.994, 15-for-40, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 R, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 7 SO, .219 BABIP, 1:5.71 K/AB, 14.7 LD %


Primary closer Jose Rada's line:  2-0, 8 G, 4 SV, 11 IP, 5 H, 0 R/ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 2 BB, 16 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.84 FIP, 0.64 WHIP, .135 BAA, .217 BABIP, 8:1 K/BB (14.7 LD% ytd)



Who's Not:  Outfielder Jon Edwards and reliever LaCurtis Mayes

Edwards' line:  .135/.238/.162/.400, 5-for-37, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 17 SO, .050 BABIP, 1:2.18 K/AB, (14.3 LD % ytd)


Mayes' line:  2-1, 6 G, 0 SV, 9.1 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 2 HR, 0 HB, 5 BB, 7 SO, 3.86 ERA, 6.09 FIP, 1.71 WHIP, .282 BAA, .257 BABIP, 1.40:1 K/BB (4.0 LD% ytd)



How They Stack Up:

Batavia is part of the 14-team Appalachian League.  The chart below lists each team and their affiliation.


Team  Affiliation
Aberdeen Baltimore
Auburn Toronto
Batavia St. Louis
Brooklyn NY Mets
Connecticut Detroit
Hudson Valley Tampa Bay
Jamestown Florida
Lowell Boston
Mahoning Valley Cleveland
State College Pittsburgh
Staten Island NY Yankees
Tri-City Houston
Vermont Washington
Williamsport Philadelphia


Here is how Batavia's offense compares to the other teams.  The league leader is also listed in each category along with the leader's affiliation since the affiliation provides a better frame of reference than does the actual team name.  While park factors do come into play with stats, time constraints do not permit their use in this report.


Team  AB  AVG  OBP  SLG  OPS  R  H 
Batavia 923 0.267 0.350 0.387 0.736 154 246
Lg Standing - 8th 4th 2nd 4th T-3rd 3rd 3rd
League Lead 962 0.285 0.358 0.462 0.809 159 269
  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB 
Batavia 47 11 14 134 111 189 26
Lg Standing - 7th 5th T-4th 3rd 4th 2nd T-7th
League Lead 59 15 26 145 133 170 42


Looking at the chart, Batavia is very good at getting on base, second in the league in on-base percentage and fourth in the league in walks.  They are second in the league in fewest strikeouts as well.  They are in the top four teams in every category listed except for at bats, doubles and stolen bases.  In general they stand in the top 30% of the league offensively.


Now to look at the pitching.  An interesting point for the FIP Gap (the difference between a team's Fielding Independent Pitching and their ERA) is that all but two teams had a FIP that was lower than their ERA.  The two teams with a positive FIP Gap were Vermont (Washington) with a 3.02 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 0.27 FIP Gap and Jamestown (Florida) with a 3.51 ERA, 3.94 FIP and a 0.43 FIP Gap.


Batavia 4.21 3.77 -0.44 243.1 1.41
Lg Standing - 10th 10th   8th 12th
League Lead 3.02 2.94   256.2 1.19
Team - Wash NYM   Wash Philly
  H/9 IP HR/H BB/9 SO/9 K/BB
Batavia 8.57 0.065 4.14 7.87 1.90
Lg Standing - 9th 10th 12th 7th 12th
League Lead 7.18 0.025 2.83 8.72 2.63
Team - Philly Tor Pitt Hou Hou


Unlike the offense, the pitching does not compare favorably with the rest of the league.  Batavia's pitching staff falls in the bottom 30% of the league in six of the nine categories that are compared. 



Game Summary:

Five-game home stand – Saturday, June 26th through Wednesday, June 30th

 - two games against State College (Pittsburgh) – Batavia lost the first game 9-8. Matt North (BS, 1)(L, 0-1), was the reliever part of a tandem with Anthony Ferrara. 

Box score   


Batavia lost the second game 4-2 in 10 innings.  Keith Butler (L, 0-1) entered the game in the ninth inning in relief of Nick McCully.  McCully was the reliever part of a tandem with Zack Russell.  Box score  


 - three games against Mahoning Valley (Cleveland) – won two of three games.  Won the opener 11-3 with David Kington (W, 1-1) picking up the win in relief of the Justin Edwards/LaCurtis Mayes tandem.  Box score


Lost the second game 5-4.  Kevin Siegrist (L, 0-1) lost as the tandem reliever with Chris Corrigan.  Box score


Won the final game of the series 3-0.  Andrew Moss (W, 2-1) and Jose Rada (S, 2) combined to shut out the Scrappers.  Box score


Six games comprised of a home/road split – Thursday, July 1st through Tuesday, July 6th

 - three-game home/road split with Auburn (Toronto) – lost two of three games.  Lost a home game 1-0 as Houston Summers (L, 0-1) took the loss in relief of the Matt North/Anthony Ferrara tandem.  Box score


Won the first of two road games 6-3 with LaCurtis Mayes (W, 1-0) being the pitcher of record when Batavia broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth.  Jose Rada (S, 3) got the save.  Box score


Lost the second road game 4-0.  Starter Justin Edwards (L, 1-1) took the loss but allowed only one run, earned, five and one-third innings.  Box score


 - three-game road series with Tri-City (Houston) – won two of three.  Lost the opener 8-6.  LaCurtis Mayes (L, 1-1) pitched the bottom of the eighth with the game tied at six all.  He gave up two runs which was the difference in the game.  Box score


Won the second game 9-6.  Starter Andrew Moss (W, 3-1) gave up three runs, earned, on three hits, six walks and three strikeouts in five and one-third innings for the win.  Jose Rada (S, 4) picked up the save.  Box score


Won the series tie-breaker 5-4 in 11 innings.  Starter Zack Russell shut out Tri-City on four hits and two walks in five innings with five strikeouts.  Jose Rada (W, 2-1) picked up the win with two scoreless frames.  Box score


Three-game home series – Thursday, July 8th through Saturday, July 10th

 - against Connecticut (Detroit) – lost two of three games.  Lost the first game 4-2 in 10 innings.  Nick McCully started and gave up two runs, earned, on seven hits and two walks in five innings.  Houston Summers and David Kington then combined to shut out the Tigers through the next four innings.  Keith Butler (L, 0-2) took the loss.  Box score


The July 9th game was postponed so Batavia had a double-header on the 10th.  Batavia won the opener 5-3.  Chase Reid (W, 1-0) picked up the win in relief of Justin Edwards by pitching a scoreless fifth and sixth in the seven-inning contest.  Jose Rada (S, 5) allowed a hit but struck out the side in the seventh.  Box score -    Batavia dropped the nightcap 8-1 as starter Chris Corrigan (L, 01) took the loss.  Box score


Three-game road series – Sunday, July 11th through Tuesday, July 13th

 - against Staten Island (New York Yankees) – split the first two games with the third game cancelled after two and one-half innings due to rain.  Lost the first game 4-3 in 10 innings.  Starter Andrew Moss went six and two-thirds innings with all three runs allowed coming via two home runs.  Travis Lawler (L, 0-2) took the loss in his second inning of work.  Box score


Won the second game 6-5 in a 15-inning marathon.  Box score


Nick McCully started the third game of the series and went two innings before the game was cancelled.


Six-game home stand, Wednesday, July 14th through Monday, July 19th

 - three-games series against Lowell (Boston) -      swept the series.  Won the first game 12-2 as Batavia scored six runs in the third innings to take a 6-2 lead.  They scored four more in the sixth and another two in the eighth.  Batavia had nine hits and took advantage of four errors, four wild pitches (all by the same pitcher) and eight free passes issued by Lowell pitchers.  Chris Corrigan (W, 1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for his first professional win.  Box score


Won the second game 16-2.  In a repeat of their previous game, Batavia had more runs (16) than hits (15) and came back from an early 2-0 deficit by scoring six runs in the third inning to take a lead they never relinquished.  Second baseman Colin Walsh and center fielder Nick Longmire each went 2-for-4 with three runs driven in.  Designated hitter Rainel Rosario went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs driven in.  Pat Biserta went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Starter Justin Edwards (W, 2-1) gave up two runs, earned, on six hits and no walks in seven innings.  Edwards struck out eight Spinners.  Box score


Won the final game 5-4 when left fielder Mike O'Neill coaxed a two-out walk off of righty Wilson Matos (L, 0-3).  Second baseman Colin Walsh's third hit of the game was a triple that plated O'Neill.  O'Neill went 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks and three runs scored out of the lead-off spot.  Right fielder Adam Melker was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two driven in from the five hole.  Jose Rada allowed one hit during a scoreless ninth to pick up his third win against one loss.  Box score




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