Batavia Muckdogs Notebook: 2010 Week 6

Justin Edwards, Jon Edwards, Nick Longmire and Colin Walsh are among hot players on the Cardinals' New York-Penn League club.

Current Record:  23–16 (Pythagorean 23-16)

Current Standing:  Tied for second with Jamestown (Florida), one game behind Williamsport (Philadelphia)


Roster Moves:

Sunday, July 25th – Catcher Roberto Espinoza recalled to Class A Quad Cities; Left-handed pitcher Anthony Ferrara placed on the 60-day Disabled List (groin); Left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons (ninth round) signed and assigned to Short-season A Batavia


Friday, July 30th – Right-handed pitcher Seth Blair, supplemental first round, agreed to terms and assigned to Short-season A Batavia


Espinoza took the Batavia-to-Quad Cities shuttle again in anticipation of Ivan Castro, the Bandits' back-up catcher, going on the disabled list.  That move came on the 29th, retroactive to the 24th. 


Promising lefty Anthony Ferrara will miss the rest of the season with a groin injury that has effectively kept him out of action since July 1st.  Ferrara did take the mound on the 21st but did not pitch to a batter.  He was originally drafted in the seventh round in 2008 out of Riverview High School in Florida. 


The Muckdogs received an influx of pitching talent when two pitchers signed that the Cardinals drafted in the top ten rounds. Brian Walton's detailed article on Lyons is here.  St. Louis (finally) signed one of their top four picks on Friday with they came to terms with Seth Blair, a junior right-hander out of Arizona State.   The Post-Dispatch reports that Blair received a bonus just north of $750,000 and the balance of Mr. Blair's college expenses will be paid by the Cardinals.  Their press release.


Batavia's roster now stands at 29 with a 30-man maximum. 



Of Interest:

Batavia was a perfect 5-0 with a rainout this past week and gained one and one-half games on league-leading Williamsport and one game on Jamestown.  That includes winning both games of a head-to-head matchup with Williamsport.  The coming week sees the Muckdogs facing Jamestown, Brooklyn and Mahoning Valley.  Brooklyn six games up on Staten Island in the McNamara division while Mahoning Valley is tied for last with Auburn, 10 games back in Batavia's own Pinckney division.


Speaking of the unsigned draft picks, it is worth noting that any agreements involving bonuses that are significantly over slot are almost assuredly not going to be announced until the August 16th signing deadline.  It has been the powers-that-be in Major League Baseball's practice in the past and there is no reason to think that it will not be the case this year as well.


Catcher Geoff Klein started the July 30th game but was replaced by Audry Perez in the fifth inning.


Sixth-rounder John Gast did not appear in a game this week.  Neither did Zack Russell who reportedly is dealing with a blister issue. 


Several noteworthy newspaper articles appeared in The Daily News this week.  First is an article that did a mid-season breakdown on five of Batavia's position players:  Nick Longmire, Adam Melker, Pat Biserta, Joey Bergman and Geoff Klein. 


Then Alanna Stage interviewed John Vuch, St. Louis' director of minor league operations, who was in town for a couple of days. 


Finally, an article appeared discussing Batavia's attendance issues and noting that St. Louis is in the final year of their contract with Batavia. 




Who's Hot:  Hitters Jon Edwards, Nick Longmire and Colin Walsh; Pitcher Justin Edwards


Jon Edwards, Nick Longmire and Colin Walsh all posted an OPS north of 1.100 for the week.  Edwards hit .429/.529/.929/1.458, 6-for-14 in four games, with a double, two home runs, three walks, four runs scored and four batted in.  He struck out five times and had a .571 BABIP.


Longmire went .500/.609/.833/1.442, 9-for-18 in five games, with two home runs, three walks, two stolen bases, seven runs scored and seven batted in.  He struck out five times and had a .636 BABIP.


Walsh hit .417/.611/.500/1.111, 5-for-12 in four games, with a double, six walks, a stolen base, five runs scored and four driven in.  He struck out only once and had a .455 BABIP. 


Justin Edwards' line for the week:  1-0, 2 G, 2 GS, 10 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, 1.80 ERA, 1.80 FIP, 1.30 WHIP, .262 BAA, .324 BABIP, 5:1 K/BB ratio.


Who's Not:  Designated hitter Pat Biserta

Biserta went .059/.059/.235/.294, 1-for-17 in five games, with two runs scored, three batted in, no walks and three strikeouts.



How They Stack Up:

Batavia's offensive numbers improved this week, compared both to their own cumulative performance through last week and against the rest of the league.  What are particularly impressive are the Muckdogs' raw numbers which rank higher than their at bats ranking.  Batavia is tenth in team at bats but rank from second to ninth in their raw numbers categories.  Brooklyn, the New York Mets' farm team who ranks first in the vast majority of categories, is second in the league in at bats with 1388. 


Team  AB  AVG  OBP  SLG  OPS  R  H 
Batavia 1315 0.268 0.350 0.386 0.737 214 353
Lg Standing - 10th 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd
week change - D U U U U U U
League Lead 1407 0.297 0.361 0.474 0.835 240 412
  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB 
Batavia 71 12 20 189 152 274 34
Lg Standing - T-4th 8th T-5th 3rd T-5th 3rd 9th
week change - U D U U - - -
League Lead 87 24 37 215 175 263 59



The Muckdogs' pitching staff made big strides this week when compared to the rest of the league.  This week they are in the top 30% in FIP, WHIP, H/9 IP and BB/9 IP are not in the bottom 30% in any charted category.  Last week's top 30% category was H/9 IP and the bottom 30% category was BB/9 IP where the team ranked eleventh.  Part of the improvement is possibly attributed to their overall ranking drop in innings pitched, from seventh to tenth, due to the postponement of last Saturday's game.  The innings pitched difference between the seventh-ranking and tenth-ranked teams this week is eight and two-thirds innings. 


Batavia 3.72 3.27 -0.45 350.2 1.29
Lg Standing - 5th T-4th   10th 3rd
week change - U U   D U
League Lead 3.05 3.13   365 1.19
Team - Philly NYM   Tor Philly
  H/9 IP HR/H BB/9 SO/9 K/BB
Batavia 8.03 1:19.6 3.57 8.21 2.3:1
Lg Standing - 3rd 5th 9th T-4th 5th
week change - U - U U U
League Lead 7.17 1:25.7 2.95 8.46 2.66:1
Team - Philly Tor NYM Tor Hou



The Games:

Final game of a three-game road series against Jamestown (Florida)

Saturday, July 24th – postponed


Two-game home series against Williamsport (Philadelphia)

Sunday, July 25th and Monday, July 26th – won both games

  • Justin Edwards had his best start of the season and Nick Longmire went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four runs batted, including a two-out solo shot in the fifth, to lead Batavia over Williamsport 8-1.  Edwards (W, 3-1) scattered seven hits over six innings while allowing only an unearned run.  The southpaw struck out seven and did not walk a batter.  Chris Corrigan and Keith Butler combined to toss three innings of one hit ball.  Neither of the pair issued a free pass and they each struck out two.  Longmire drove in the game's first run on a groundout in the bottom of the first.  He singled and scored Batavia's second run on an Audry Perez double in the third and hit a solo shot in the fifth that was Batavia's third run.  Williamsport pitching loaded the bases on free passes in the seventh and Longmire's grounder up the middle scored shortstop Matt Valaika and left fielder Mike O'Neill for runs five and six.  Longmire then scored Batavia's seventh run on a double by first baseman Victor Sanchez that also scored Audry Perez.  Box score


  • Designated hitter Pat Biserta's three-run shot in the fourth was the difference in the game as the Muckdogs downed the Crosscutters 3-2.  Biserta's smash scored catcher Geoff Klein (lead-off walk) and right fielder Adam Melker (hit-by-pitch).  Williamsport outhit Batavia nine to five but Batavia had the big hit.  Andrew Moss allowed one run, earned, on six hits and a walk in five and two-thirds innings.  Moss (W, 4-1) struck out four.  Matt North stranded both of the runners he inherited from Moss but did give a run on a double and single in his next inning of work.  Chase Reid pitched a perfect eighth and Jose Rada (S, 9) picked up his ninth save.  Box score


Three-game series against Auburn (Toronto)

Wednesday, July 28th and Thursday, July 29th at Auburn; Friday, July 30th at Batavia - sweep

  • Batavia downed Auburn 10-3 on Wednesday behind the bats of Colin Walsh, Nick Longmire and Jon Edwards.  Walsh accounted for the game's first two runs when he singled in left fielder Mike O'Neill (lead-off double) and then scored on sac fly by Jonathan Rodriguez in the first inning.  The Muckdogs added five more runs in the fourth and the inning's scoring began when O'Neill coaxed a bases-loaded free pass that forced in Pat Biserta (reached on throwing error).  Walsh then sac'ed in Edwards (single) and Nick Longmire's seventh home run of the season put Batavia up 7-0.  Batavia's final three runs came in the sixth after Auburn had scored two in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to 7-2.  Jon Edwards hit a lead-off home run and shortstop Matt Valaika got an infield single to third.  Walsh came to the plate with one out and Valaika on third due to a wild pitch and hit a line drive single to right that scored Valaika.  Audry Perez' double to right scored Walsh for Batavia's final run.  Nick McCully was the beneficiary of this offensive barrage.  McCully (W, 1-1) gave up two unearned runs on four hits and two walks in six innings.  He struck out three.  Box score


  • The Muckdogs won again on Thursday, defeating the Doubledays 8-3.  Chris Corrigan went four and two-thirds innings in relief of starter Matt North for the win.  Corrigan (W, 2-1) allowed just two hits and two walks to hold Auburn scoreless while striking out two.  Batavia trailed 1-0 going into the fourth when Audry Perez doubled home Colin Walsh (lead-off single) and Nick Longmire (single) to put the Muckdogs up 2-1.  They added to their lead with three more in the fifth.  Perez came to the with the bases loaded and reached base on what must have been a doozy of a fielding error by Yeico Aponte, Auburn's left fielder, that scored Yunier Castillo (single), Walsh (walk) and Longmire (walk).  Batavia tacked on their final three runs in the ninth on an Audry Perez sac fly that scored Matt Valaika (lead-off single) and a double by Joey Bergman that scored Walsh (walk) and Longmire (hit-by-pitch).  Box score


  • Batavia came back from a 5-0 deficit to take the final game of the series 8-7 in 10 innings.  The Muckdogs trailed 5-0 right from the start when Justin Edwards gave up all five of the runs he allowed during his four-inning stint in the first inning.  Edwards gave up two singles, issued two free passes and was the unfortunate recipient of two fielding errors by shortstop Yunier Castillo that resulted in only two of the five runs being earned.  Batavia chipped away at the deficit with a run in the second and two more in the fourth with third baseman Joey Bergman driving in two of the three runs with a second-inning single and fourth-inning double.  Jon Edwards singled in the other run.  After Auburn added a run in the fifth off of Travis Lawler, the Muckdogs came back with two in the sixth on a two-run home run by Edwards for his second home run of the season and second one in the last three games.  Edwards scored the tying run in the eighth when he was driven home on a Mike O'Neill double after reaching base with a one-out walk.  Auburn took a temporary 7-6 lead in the top of the tenth on Yunier Castillo's third error of the game but tied the game when Jonathan Rodriguez doubled in first baseman Victor Sanchez (single).  Joey Bergman scored the game-winner on a wild pitch.  Jose Rada, who relieved Houston Summers in the ninth with a runner on second and one out, did not allow an earned run in his one and two-thirds innings of work.  Rada (W, 4-1) struck out four, gave up a lead-off double in the 10th and did not walk a batter.  Box score



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