Batavia Muckdogs Notebook: 2010 Week 8

Lefty John Gast, with an 0.50 ERA, is among this week's hot players for the Cardinals' New York-Penn League club.

Current Record:  30–23 (Pythagorean 31–22)

Current Standing:  Third, two games behind Williamsport (Philadelphia) and one and one-half games behind Jamestown (Florida)

 

 

Roster Moves:

Tuesday, 08/10/10 – Catcher Luis De La Cruz re-called to A-Advanced Palm Beach

 

De La Cruz caught Sunday's game before being sent back to Palm Beach.  Juan Castillo caught two games with Roberto Espinoza doing the backstop honors for the other three.

 

 

Thursday, 08/12/10 – Left-handed pitcher Justin Wright (47th round) came to terms and assigned to Short-season A Batavia

 

Wright just finished his junior year at Virginia Tech where he was a week-end starter.  Wright notched 100 strikeouts in 98 innings over 16 game starts, including two complete games.  He walked 33 for a 3:1 K/BB ratio.  He will reportedly work out of the Batavia bullpen for the balance of the season to minimize the possibility of over-working his arm.

 

 

Of Interest:

Batavia had five players named to the 2010 NY-Penn League All-Star squad:  left-handed starter Justin Edwards, right-handed reliever Chase Reid, catcher Audry Perez, outfielder Nick Longmire and second baseman Joey Bergman.  Bergman was named as the National League squad's designated hitter.  Brian Walton's write-up.   It was subsequently learned that Jose Rada, Batavia's former closer, was also named to the All-Star squad but could not participate due to his promotion to class A Quad Cities.

 

Left-handed starter John Gast has been superb since his professional debut on July 14th, albeit in limited innings.   He has allowed just one earned run on 13 hits in 18 innings.  More impressively Gast has struck out 21 batters against just two walks.  That K rate was certainly boosted by Friday evening's 11 strikeout performance in his six-inning stint against Hudson Valley.  He has an 0.50 ERA, 1.20 FIP, .310 BABIP, 10.5 SO/9 IP, 1.00 BB/9 IP, 10.5:1 K/BB ratio, 2.63:1 GO/AO ratio and is holding the opposition to a .213 batting average.  Gast is this week's ‘Hot' pitcher.

 

To go along with this week's pitching theme, below is a chart of Batavia's active pitchers and some of their key stats. 

Pitcher IP H BB SO ERA FIP K/BB
Keith Butler 21.7 21 11 36 2.91 2.42 3.27
Chris Corrigan 37.3 34 14 22 3.62 3.82 1.57
Justin Edwards 56 48 15 47 2.57 2.61 3.13
John Gast 12 11 2 10 0.75 2.03 5.00
David Kington 19.7 18 10 20 5.95 4.17 2.00
Travis Lawler 25 30 10 24 5.76 4.92 2.40
LaCurtis Mayes 26 26 9 22 3.81 3.55 2.44
Nick McCully 45 36 11 28 3.40 3.40 2.55
Andrew Moss 55.7 57 17 49 3.72 3.63 2.88
Matt North 20.7 32 12 17 8.71 4.51 1.42
Chase Reid 19 8 2 30 1.89 1.20 15.00
Zack Russell 40.3 22 20 40 2.90 2.93 2.00
Houston Summers 26 29 16 15 4.50 4.12 0.94

 

Keith Butler, David Kington, Travis Lawler, LaCurtis Mayes, Andrew Moss, Matt North, Chase Reid and Houston Summers all have a better FIP than ERA.  Nick McCully's ERA matches his FIP while Zack Russell's FIP is within 0.03 points of his ERA and Justin Edwards' numbers are within 0.04 of each other.  Chris Corrigan and John Gast both have a higher FIP than ERA.

 

 

Williamsport's rotation took an unexpected hit on August 5th when they released southpaw Kevin Angelle for ‘disciplinary reasons', according to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.  The 22-year-old was among the league leaders in ERA and WHIP.  He had given up only 30 hits while striking out 43 in 46.1 innings.  With Angelle's release the Williamsport rotation has only one remaining member from the original five pitchers that started the season in the rotation.

 

 

Who's Hot:  Second/Third baseman Joey Bergman and Leftfielder Chris Edmondson // Southpaw starter John Gast

 

Bergman and Edmondson posted OPS's above .900 and both were driven mainly by a high batting average.  Bergman went .391/.500/.435/.935, 9-for-23 in six games with only a double to count in the extra-base hit column.  He worked five free passes to go with five strikeouts, four runs scored and five driven in.  Bergman was 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts and had a .500 BABIP.

 

Chris Edmondson hit .444/.448/.556/1.004, 12-for-27 in six games, with three doubles, two runs scored, five driven in and two strikeouts.  He was also hit by a pitch which accounts for the difference between his batting average and on-base percentage since he did not walk.  Edmondson had a .480 BABIP.

 

Lefty John Gast is the hottest of the Muckdogs' starters, as outlined in the ‘Of Interest' section above. 

 

 

Who's Not:  Middle Infielder Matt Valaika

 

Valaika had two hits in 21 at bats with a double and two walks to post a line of .095/.174/.143/.317.  He struck out twice and scored three runs in a week that saw him with a career high of 24 plate appearances.

 

Like last week, no ‘Not' notice is being made for the pitchers due to mixed results.

 

 

How They Stack Up:

Joey Bergman's hot week has vaulted him into second place in league batting average at .333.  Brooklyn's Darrell Ceciliani's .372 batting average remains tops in the league.  Centerfielder Ceciliani turned 20 in late June.

 

Bergman is now third in the league with a .418 on-base percentage, behind Ceciliani's .426 and State College's Matthew Curry at .429.  Bergman and Curry are both 22.  No other Muckdog places in the top ten in the league in any offensive category.

 

Nick McCully's 1.04 WHIP is ninth in the league behind Williamsport righty Eric Pettis' 0.78.  Pettis has a perfect 7-0 record in 10 starts this season. 

 

Batavia did not hit a home run this week and saw their league ranking in that category plummet from fourth to seventh.  On the positive side, the Muckdogs' batters decreased their whiffs and rose from sixth to third in the league in fewest strikeouts.  They remain in the top 30% (top four teams) in nine offensive categories but fell into the bottom 30% in at bats and stolen bases.

Team  AB  AVG  OBP  SLG  OPS  R  H 
Batavia 1780 0.267 0.348 0.381 0.730 278 475
Lg Standing - 11 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th
week change - D - - - - - D
League Lead 1857 0.292 0.353 0.461 0.824 304 542
Team - NYM NYM NYM NYM NYM NYM NYM
           
  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB 
Batavia 96 15 26 246 204 375 38
Lg Standing - 5th 8th 7th 3rd 2nd 3rd T-11th
week change - U - D - U U D
League Lead 114 31 48 272 228 359 69
Team - NYM FL NYM NYM Wash Phil Phil/TB

 

 

Team pitching stats continue to improve both when compared to their prior performance and against the rest of the league.  Furthermore, they are closing the gap between the first place team and themselves in every category except strikeouts-per-nine-innings pitched and strikeout-to-walk ratio.  Batavia remains in the top 30% in five categories and is not in the bottom 30% in any category.

Team  AB  AVG  OBP  SLG  OPS  R  H 
Batavia 1780 0.267 0.348 0.381 0.730 278 475
Lg Standing - 11 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th
week change - D - - - - - D
League Lead 1857 0.292 0.353 0.461 0.824 304 542
Team - NYM NYM NYM NYM NYM NYM NYM
           
  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB 
Batavia 96 15 26 246 204 375 38
Lg Standing - 5th 8th 7th 3rd 2nd 3rd T-11th
week change - U - D - U U D
League Lead 114 31 48 272 228 359 69
Team - NYM FL NYM NYM Wash Phil Phil/TB

  

 

 

The Games: 

Batavia went 3-3 for the week with one cancellation.  They began it by losing the final game of a three-game road set against first-place Brooklyn (36-19) (McNamara division)  5-4 in 11 innings (box)

 

The Muckdogs traveled to first-place Vermont (29-24) (Stedler division) for a three-game series.  Batavia won the opening game 8-1 (box) and dropped the second contest 6-1 (box).  The rubber game was cancelled due to rain.

 

Tuesday saw Batavia back at home against third-place Aberdeen (27-28) (four-team McNamara division) for three games of which they lost two of three.  They lost the first game 4-2 (box), won the second game 10-1 (box) but lost the final game 7-3 (box)

 

The week ended with Batavia hosting second-place Hudson Valley (27-26) (McNamara) for the first of a three-game series.  The Muckdogs won the game 9-3 behind an absolutely stellar pitching performance by John Gast.  Gast shut out Hudson Valley on just two hits while striking out 11 in six innings.  (box)

 

 

Batavia starts the coming week by finishing the final two games against Hudson Valley.  If the rotation holds true to form, those games will be started by Nick McCully and Justin Edwards.  A two-day break for the New York-Penn League All-Star game follows.  The All-Star game is hosted by the New York Yankees' affiliate, the Staten Island Yankees.  The Muckdogs finish the week by traveling to fifth-place Mahoning Valley (23-32) (Pinckney division) for three games. 

 

Jamestown hosts Vermont for the last two of their three-game series then has a three-game road series at fourth-place State College (26-29) (Pinckney).  Williamsport is at home against Brooklyn for two games and goes to last-place Auburn (21-32) (Pinckney) for three.

 

 

Note:  Individual stats through Thursday, August 12th.  Team/League stats and write-ups through Friday, August 13th.

 

 

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