Johnson City Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 10

Cody Stanley (.325) is third in the Appalachian League in batting average. Stanley was 12-for-27 (.444) with a team leading four doubles, a home run, seven runs, three stolen bases, and seven RBIs in six games this week.

The Johnson City Cardinals were 6-1 this week (42-21 overall).  They moved into first place in the five-team Western Division of the Appalachian League for the first time since July 29.  They clinched a playoff spot on Sunday Aug 22.  Johnson City has a three-game lead over the Elizabethton Twins with three games to play.  The Twins hold the tiebreaker over the Cardinals since the head-to-head record for the Twins vs. the Cardinals is 6-4.  The Cardinals currently have the best record in the Appalachian League.  Johnson City is on pace to finish 44-22.  If they did, it would be their best finish since 1986 (44-22).   


I was able to attend all seven of the games this week.  I attended the three road games against the Bristol White Sox in Bristol, VA.  I also attended the four home games this week.  Three of those were against the Princeton Rays and one was against the Bluefield Orioles.  Those observations provide the basis for this report. 


Roster Changes


The roster has increased from 30 to 33 active players (max of 35).  Three players were promoted to Johnson City from the Gulf Coast League Cardinals late this week for their good performance and to add depth.


Anthony Garcia, pictured left, is listed as a catcher on the Johnson City roster.  The Cardinals have struggled a little with bullpen duty with just two catchers and had enlisted a local catcher to help out.  With the addition of Garcia, that shouldn't be a problem any longer. 


Starlin Rodriguez, pictured right, adds some middle infield depth to the roster that really has none when Greg Garcia, Cesar Valera, and Packy Elkins are all starting (real possibility during the playoffs). 


Roberto De La Cruz, pictured left, adds a pinch hitter with power off the bench.  This could be much needed with Medina and Cerreto on the mend (see below).  




Hector Corpas felt a little "tenderness" (per Manager Mike Shildt) in his pitching arm earlier this week.  He was not undergoing any specific treatment for any ailment.  The Cardinals rested him for four days between appearances in an abundance of caution for his health.


RF/1B Phil Cerreto fractured his hand when he was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning on Friday August 6.  His cast (pictured below) was removed on Tuesday August 24.  Cerreto began rehab immediately and although his rehab is ahead of schedule, he will likely be out for the remainder of the regular season (ends Tuesday).  Post-season play is still a possibility. 


1B/DH David Medina, pictured, continues to struggle with his hamstring.  He is "day-to-day" per Shildt.  Medina last played on Aug 21 and has missed seven games in a row. 


Iden Nazario didn't pitch this week.  There wasn't a good spot to try to fit him in.  If Johnson City clinches before the end of the season, look for him to be used for at least one inning. 


2010 Appalachian League All-Star Team


The Johnson City Cardinals led the league in All-Star selections (announced Thursday) by winning six of the seventeen positions (shown below).  Cody Stanley won for catcher.  His closest competition (Chris Wallace of the Greeneville Astros) won for designated hitter.  Oscar Taveras won for outfielder.  Taveras was clearly one of the top three outfielders in the league.  Ryan Copeland won for left handed pitcher and Pitcher of the Year.  Copeland led the league (both lefties and righties) in ERA and WHIP.  Hector Corpas won for relief pitcher.  Corpas led the league in saves.  Mike Shildt won Manager of the Year.  The five players (pictured below) were honored with plaques from the Johnson City Sports Foundation (JCSF) before the game on Saturday August 28. 


Pulaski, the East Division regular season champions, took the second most positions with four.  Perhaps emphasizing the strength of the Division, all five teams in the West were represented and 12-of the-17 positions (70 percent) were won by the West.  To further emphasize the strength of the West, they held an 18 game lead over the East as of Sunday morning with just a few regular season games left.  Three teams in the East, the Princeton Rays, the Bluefield Orioles, and the Burlington Royals, were shut out by the voters.  I voted for 8-of the-11 All-Stars spots that were not filled by Cardinals.  The other three were in my top three at their positions. 


Unfortunately, injuries derailed the All-Star hopes of two Cardinals.  1B/DH David Medina and 1B/RF Phil Cerreto both dropped off the minimum plate appearances needed to appear among the league leaders.  Both were leading the league in several offensive categories for short times during the year.  A hamstring injury for Medina and a fractured wrist for Cerreto kept them from receiving votes from the media covering many teams. 


Position                            Player                             Team

Catcher                       Cody Stanley               Johnson City

First Baseman               Marcus Nidiffer             Greeneville

Second Baseman           Drew Lee                    Bristol

Third Baseman              Ramon Morla                Pulaski

Shortstop                     Andrelton Simmons       Danville

Utility Infielder              Jorge Agudelo              Pulaski

Outfielder                     Oswaldo Arcia              Elizabethton

Outfielder                     Oscar Taveras             Johnson City

Outfielder                     Javier Rodriguez           Kingsport

Utility Outfielder            Jose Rivero                  Pulaski

Designated Hitter           Chris Wallace               Greeneville

Right-handed Pitcher      Tim Boyce                   Pulaski

Left-handed Pitcher       Ryan Copeland             Johnson City

Relief Pitcher                Hector Corpas              Johnson City

Player of the Year          Oswaldo Arcia              Elizabethton

Pitcher of the Year        Ryan Copeland             Johnson City

Manager of the Year      Mike Shildt                  Johnson City


Team Statistical Review


The first-place offense hit just below their season average for the second week in a row.  After posting a line of .282/.324/.405 last week, they recorded a line of .285/.346/.426 this week.  They hit 20 extra base hits in seven games while striking out 60 times.  They averaged 4.6 runs and 9.8 hits per game.  They stole eight bases this week while being caught five times.  They hit seven home runs this week to maintain fourth in that category.  They hit no triples this week and fell to second in the league.  The offense is in first place in the league in ten different categories:  batting average (.290), on-base percentage (.357), slugging (.443), on-base plus slugging (.801), hits, runs, doubles, RBIs, walks, and total bases.  The Cardinal hitters have the fourth fewest strikeouts in the league. 


The defense committed six errors this week (three by pitchers) that led to five unearned runs.  The season total stands at 92 errors (81 by batters and 11 by pitchers) for an average of 1.5 errors per game.  On a side note, Packy Elkins was absolutely outstanding at third base this week.  You could make a video of the Cardinals' top ten web gems this week that had at least five plays from Elkins.  Look for Elkins to be a starter in the playoffs at third base. 


The Cardinals pitching staff's ERA improved for the fourth week in a row after getting worse for four consecutive weeks prior to that.  A 1.77 ERA this week gave them a 3.74 season ERA (fifth in league).  The pitchers allowed four home runs this week in seven games.  They stayed out of the basement in the league in home runs allowed (47, 8th).  The pitchers allowed 13 walks this week in 66 innings pitched.  They have the fewest walks (116) through 63 games.  Their walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) was just 0.91 this week.  Their season WHIP of 1.22 is now third best in the ten-team league, up one spot from last week.  As a team for the season, the pitchers have grounded out 26.9 percent of the batters they have faced, struck out 22.1 percent, and walked 4.9%.  The relievers inherited four runners this week and allowed one to score (25 percent scored for the week and 34 percent scored for season). 




Johnson City opened a three-game series Sunday night in Bristol, VA against the White Sox.  Minor League Pitching Coordinator Dyar Miller (pictured with Manager Mike Shildt and Appalachian League President Lee Landers) was in town to see some good pitching from tandem starters Hector Hernandez/Ryan Copeland and from closer Hector Corpas.  The threesome delivered a one run, four hit gem with just one walk and eight strikeouts.  In fact, the three pitched so well that the nine-inning game took just two hours and two minutes (109 Cardinal pitches) to complete.  Eighth inning heroics from Packy Elkins (leadoff walk), Oscar Taveras (single), Cody Stanley (two-out RBI double), and Kleininger Teran (two-out RBI single) led a ten hit offensive attack that finally put three runs across.  The 3-1 come-from-behind victory clinched a playoff spot for Johnson City.  Copeland ran his record to 7-0, Corpas collected his 15th save, and both Teran and Virgil Hill extended their hit streaks to six games. 


Before I met the players at the "Meet the Cardinals" at the beginning of the year, I made a point to look up how each player performed in college (if they went to college).  One thing that I noticed about Cody Stanley was his performance in "close and late" (C&L) situations (results in the 7th inning or later with the batting team either ahead by one run, tied, or with the potential tying run at least on deck).  Stanley posted a .469/.574/.857 C&L line at UNC-Wilmington in 49 at bats.  When I asked him about it, he said he takes pride in his ability to perform well in those situations.  Although I haven't found the "C&L" stat for minor league baseball, I suspect Stanley is still performing very well.  Especially after watching him in the first two games in Bristol.


On Monday night, Cody Stanley was the "star" for the second night in a row as he singled home Greg Garcia in the top of the 12th inning to give the Cardinals a 3-2 come from behind victory over the White Sox.  Stanley lined an 0-1 pitch through the second base hole to right field and Garcia slid home after a high throw from the right fielder and a late tag from the catcher.  Garcia had walked on his seventh pitch to lead off the 12th and had advanced to second on a weak grounder to second by Oscar Taveras.  It was the Cardinals' league leading fifth win in a row as they kept pace with Elizabethton at the top of the West Division.  Every starter had at least one hit.  Kleininger Teran and Virgil Hill (ninth inning lead off single and tying run) each extended their hit streaks to seven games and Romulo Ruiz (double and run) extended his to five games.  Reggie Williams had a key one-out RBI single in the ninth inning to tie the score at 2-2. 


Starter Pat Daugherty struggled with his control Monday night through his three innings and 59 pitches.  Daugherty walked two, hit a batter, threw a wild pitch, and totaled more balls (30) than strikes (29).  Daugherty was on the hook for the loss until the ninth inning.  Reliever Drew Benes, pictured, and second tandem starter Angel De Jesus held Johnson City close by combining for five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits on three walks and five strikeouts.  The Cardinals almost always try, unsuccessfully, to pick off a runner in an obvious bunt situation (to see if the batter shows bunt on the pitchers first move).  To my amazement, they got the pickoff to work in the fourth inning as Benes caught a runner on second base leaving early with nobody out and runners on first and second in a 2-1 game. 


Bob Revesz looked really good in the ninth and tenth innings as he retired six straight hitters on 19 pitches (15 strikes, 6-for-6 first pitch strikes).  Revesz grounded out four and struck out one.  Aidan Lucas got the win after a shaky 11th inning and Hector Corpas got his 16th save despite two wild pitches and grooving an 0-2 fast ball with a runner on second and two outs in the bottom of the 12th.  Clean-up hitter Dan Black (6' 5", 240 pounds) hammered a mistake pitch from Corpas to centerfield that Reggie Williams, while backpedalling and "circling the wagons", reached up and snared while falling backwards.  It was a nervous ending to a good game and another Johnson City come from behind victory.


Tuesday night, the Cardinals went for the sweep over the White Sox in their last regular season road game of the year.  It was a pitcher's duel with lefty Spencer Arroyo of the White Sox matching righty Cale Johnson with two-hit, no-walk, shutouts through seven innings pitched.  It looked like Johnson's great pitching would go unrewarded until Reggie Williams stepped to the plate with one out in the eighth inning.  Williams hit a 2-2 pitch high and deep to right centerfield that barely cleared the fence for his first professional home run.  The blast gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead that would hold up for their sixth road win in a row and their second series sweep in a row.  Trevor Rosenthal got his first professional save.  It was one of (if not the) shortest games of the year; one hour and fifty-seven minutes.  Johnson City found out later that evening that they were alone in first place by one game after Elizabethton lost to the Bluefield Orioles following a rain delay (over two and half hours) that took longer than the game.  The top four batters in the Cardinal lineup combined to go 0-for-16 with seven strikeouts.  All three hitters (Hill, Teran, and Ruiz) that brought hit streaks of more than five games into the game saw them end. 


Johnson City returned home Wednesday night to open an eight game season ending home stand.  The Cardinals stretched their lead in the West Division to two games over the Elizabethton Twins after a 6-3 win over the Princeton Rays.  Oscar Taveras and Cody Stanley, pictured, appeared to be well rested after taking Tuesday night off.  The pair combined to go 6-for-9 with a double, a run, and five RBIs.  The big blow was a two-out second inning bases loaded double on a 1-1 pitch from Taveras.  The hard liner that was just a few feet over the head of the shortstop ended up rolling to the left centerfield wall and clearing the bases.  Johnson City looked to be going down quickly to start the inning when Roberto Reyes and Reggie Williams each struck out to lead off the inning.  However, Packy Elkins walked, Cesar Valera singled, and Greg Garcia reached on catcher's interference (bat hit the catcher's glove on a swing) to set the stage for Taveras' heroics.  Stanley followed Taveras with an RBI single that gave the Cardinals a lead (4-1) that they would never relinquish. 


Kevin Siegrist allowed a solo home run in the second inning, hit two batters, and committed two errors (one throwing and one on a pickoff attempt) but otherwise pitched well through five innings.  He appeared to tire a bit in the sixth when his pitch count passed 70 however, reliever Francisco Guzman came to his rescue.  With runners on first and second and one out in a 4-2 game in the sixth, Guzman threw four pitches (all strikes) and induced an inning ending double play with the last one that turned the momentum back to the Cardinals.  Guzman took the team lead from Bob Revesz in percentage of groundouts per batter faced by a reliever with the effort.  Guzman's 34 percent barely eclipses Revesz's 32 percent.  The victory was Johnson City's seventh in a row.  Siegrist picked up his fourth win, Guzman and Charllan Jimenez (allowed solo home run) picked up holds, and Aidan Lucas collected his third save.


Thursday night brought the professional debut of the Cardinals' supplemental first round pick (50th overall pick) in the 2010 draft.  Tyrell Jenkins (pictured warming up with Cody Stanley before the game), under the watchful eyes of Dyar Miller and Doug White, made a short six pitch debut.  All the pitches were strikes.  There were two scouts with radar guns in attendance (besides the Cardinals' and Rays' team radar guns).  Velocities were recorded off one of the scout's guns.  Jenkins first pitch was a 92 MPH fastball that was pulled to third base for a one-hop groundout (5-3).  It was hit pretty hard.  His second pitch was taken for a strike (93 MPH).  His third pitch was pulled foul (93 MPH).  His fourth pitch was perhaps the most impressive.  It was an 84 MPH changeup that was spotted perfectly down in the zone.  The batter was way out in front and swung and missed.  His fifth pitch, to his third batter, was taken for a strike (92 MPH).  His sixth and final pitch (89 MPH) was pulled by the left handed batter to first baseman Kleininger Teran.  Teran corralled the two-hopper after a momentary bobble and tossed it to Jenkins who was covering nicely for the groundout (3-1).  Jenkins was supposed to throw a maximum of 25 pitches but Johnson City had a long and productive bottom of the first inning that left Jenkins sitting in an unseasonably breezy and cool dugout for a long time.  That most likely prevented Jenkins from coming out for his second inning.  His first pro outing was very productive; six pitches (all strikes), three up and three down, one strikeout, two groundouts, kept the ball down, threw a great changeup.


Leadoff hitter Greg Garcia, in the bottom of the first inning on a 0-2 pitch, put the Cardinals ahead with the third pitch from the Rays.  Garcia started what ended up being a four solo-home-run night for Johnson City. Garcia's blast over the right field fence was his fourth of the year.  The Cardinals never trailed in the game that saw Roberto Reyes (first in United States), Cody Stanley (fifth on the season), and Virgil Hill (with his mom in attendance) go deep.  The Cardinals used scoreless pitching from Boone Whiting (fifth win, seven innings pitched, no walks, and eight strikeouts) to an eight game win streak.  A loss by the second place Twins gave Johnson City a three game lead with five games to play. 


Friday night, the Cardinals went for their third consecutive series sweep, their ninth win in a row, and a six game season sweep of the Princeton Rays.  The Cardinal pitching staff brought a 0.88 ERA into the game during their eight game win streak.  Of course, all that went out the window as Johnson City lost an offensive back-and-forth game by a score of 9-8.  The game was tied or the lead changed hands an amazing eight times during the three hour and twenty-five minute series ender. 


Offensively, the Cardinals were led by Cody Stanley, who extended his hit streak to five games.  Stanley, pictured below in mid-swing on his first RBI double in the first inning, was 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs, and two RBIs.  Pitcher of the Year Ryan Copeland didn't have his normal good outing despite pitching five innings.  Copeland hit two batters, gave up eight hits and three earned runs, and walked one while striking out just two.  Hector Hernandez and Bob Revesz also struggled.  Drew Benes had some bad luck.  Benes appeared to be out of his inning with an easy groundout to third when 3B Packy Elkins' low throw popped out of the glove of 1B Kleininger Teran's glove for a missed catch error.  The Rays then scored two runs with two outs in the eighth against Revesz to regain the lead.  Closer Hector Corpas was left in the bullpen (see injuries above) watching Revesz come back out for the ninth with a one run lead and proceeded to watch him blow the save (his first) and the lead for a tough loss (his first).  An Elizabethton win closed the margin for the Cardinals lead over the Twins in the West to two games with four games to play. 


Saturday night brought the Bluefield Orioles to Johnson City for what will be the last time as the Orioles announced earlier in the day that they were pulling out of Bluefield.  Courtesy of some shaky/inattentive defense and a solo home run, the Orioles jumped out to a 2-0 lead after four innings against starter Angel De Jesus.  The Cardinals scored three in the fourth to take the lead for good and then cruised to a 5-2 win.  Oscar Taveras (his eighth) and Travis Tartamella (his third) each hit solo home runs to left field between the scoreboard and the Dr. Enuf sign.  Roberto Reyes, pictured, was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.  De Jesus, after throwing 32 pitches through two innings, settled down nicely and retired his final eleven batters in a row after allowing the solo home run.  De Jesus struck out nine and recorded his third win.  If what was perhaps the first indication of playoff changes, Pat Dougherty's scheduled start on the back half of the tandem was skipped.  Aidan Lucas pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for his league leading seventh hold.  Hector Corpas, recovered from his tender arm, recorded his league leading 17th save on 19 pitches (14 strikes).  As a bonus, the Twins lost to push the Cardinals up three games with three to play.  


Johnson City 3 @ Bristol 1, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/23/10

Johnson City 3 @ Bristol 2, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/24/10

Johnson City 1 @ Bristol 0, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/25/10

Princeton 3 @ Johnson City 6, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/26/10

Princeton 1 @ Johnson City 6, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/27/10

Princeton 9 @ Johnson City 8, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/28/10

Bluefield 2 @ Johnson City 5, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/29/10


Tandem Starting Pitchers


Listed below were the pairings at the end of the regular season. 


Tandem Starting Pitchers (11): 

LHP Ryan Copeland and LHP Hector Hernandez

RHP Angel De Jesus and LHP Pat Daugherty

RHP Trevor Rosenthal and RHP Cale Johnson

LHP Kevin Siegrist and RHP Charllan Jimenez

RHP Boone Whiting/RHP Tyrell Jenkins and LHP Jeff Nadeau


The Cardinals will be making changes to the rotations for the upcoming playoffs.  They will not be formally announcing who will be starting in advance.  Excluding newcomer Tyrell Jenkins, who will remain on low pitch counts, Johnson City has six pitchers that have consistently performed better than the other four.  Those six (two lefties and four righties) would be Siegrist, Whiting, Copeland, De Jesus, Johnson, and Rosenthal.  Johnson doesn't strike out very many batters but has thrown more innings than anyone else.  Rosenthal is recovering from injury.  Jenkins' use will also be interesting to see.


Tandem Starter Pitch Counts


8/22:  Hector Hernandez:  60 pitches, 41 strikes, and 13-for-20 first pitch strikes.

8/22:  Ryan Copeland:  35 pitches, 27 strikes, and 9-for-10 first pitch strikes.

8/23:  Pat Daugherty:  59 pitches, 29 strikes, and 7-for-15 first pitch strikes.

8/23:  Angel De Jesus:  40 pitches, 27 strikes, and 9-for-11 first pitch strikes.

8/24:  Cale Johnson:  72 pitches, 50 strikes, and 13-for-22 first pitch strikes.

8/24:  Trevor Rosenthal:  33 pitches, 24 strikes, and 7-for-8 first pitch strikes.

8/25:  Kevin Siegrist:  82 pitches, 50 strikes, and 12-for-21 first pitch strikes.

8/25:  Charllan Jimenez:  23 pitches, 15 strikes, and 4-for-8 first pitch strikes.

8/26:  Tyrell Jenkins:  6 pitches, 6 strikes, and 3-for-3 first pitch strikes.

8/26:  Boone Whiting:  80 pitches, 54 strikes, and 15-for-23 first pitch strikes.

8/26:  Jeff Nadeau:  21 pitches, 15 strikes, and 7-for-9 first pitch strikes.

8/27:  Ryan Copeland:  77 pitches, 53 strikes, and 15-for-24 first pitch strikes.

8/27:  Hector Hernandez:  32 pitches, 20 strikes, and 5-for-8 first pitch strikes.

8/28:  Angel De Jesus:  82 pitches, 55 strikes, and 18-for-27 first pitch strikes.


Who's Hot (Hitters)


Four different hitters hit .308 or better this week.  Those hitters are listed below in decreasing order of this week's batting average.  Hill, Williams, and Cerreto are listed at the end due to their top ten in the league performances.  All other batters not listed below hit between .200 and .280 for the week. 


C Cody Stanley (.325) was 12-for-27 (.444) with a team leading four doubles, a home run, and seven RBIs in six games this week.  Stanley also led the team in runs (7), stolen bases (3), and all four slash categories (.444/.464/.704/1.168) this week.  Stanley is a league leader in eight different offensive categories:  batting average (.325, 3rd), OBP (.381, 5th), hits (66, 7th), triples (5, 7th), RBIs (39, 7th), OPS (.883, 7th), total bases (102, 8th), and slugging (.502). 


LF/CF Oscar Taveras (.327) was 10-for-27 (.370) with a double and a home run in six games this week.  Taveras is a league leader in nine different offensive categories:  batting average (.327, 2nd), RBIs (42, 4th), OPS (.906, 5th), total bases (110, 5th), slugging (.537, 5th), hits (67, 6th), OBP (.369, 7th), home runs (8, 7th), and runs (39, 8th).


2B/SS Greg Garcia (.290) was 8-for-24 (.333) with a home run, two doubles, and six runs in six games this week.  Garcia is second in the league in runs (48) and eighth in OBP (.367).


1B/DH/3B Kleininger Teran (.297) was 8-for-26 (.308) with a double and three RBIs in six games this week.   


OF Virgil Hill (.284) was 6-for-23 (.261) with a home run, no walks, and nine strikeouts this week in six games.  Hill is sixth in the league in OBP (.378). 


CF/LF Reggie Williams (.281) was 4-for-17 (.235) with a home run and two RBIs.  Williams is sixth in the league in triples (6).  The most amazing fact about Williams is that he has NO doubles and seven extra-base hits in his 121 at bats.


Phil Cerreto (.420) hasn't played since August 6 and has missed 19 games in a row (29 percent of the season) but he is still a league leader in two offensive categories.  Cerreto is eighth in RBIs (37) and ninth in doubles (15). 


Who's Not Hot (Hitters)


It was another good team effort this week for Johnson City.  All twelve batters had at least two hits and one run.  Romulo Ruiz was the only one without an RBI.  


DH/3B/1B Romulo Ruiz (.256) was 3-for-17 (.176) with a double and a team-high five walks in five games this week.  Ruiz, pictured, now leads the league in walks (33) by three.  Ruiz has now gone more than two weeks without an RBI.  Ruiz committed no errors this week while playing two games at third (the first two games of the week), two games at DH, and one game at first. 


C Travis Tartamella (.257) was 2-for-18 (.111) with a home run, no walks, and seven strikeouts this week in five games. 


Who's Hot (Pitchers)


Dyar Miller, pictured, saw some really good pitching early in the week.  Three pitchers allowed no earned runs this week with walks plus hits per innings pitched (WHIPs) of less than 1 over at least three innings pitched.  Those three are listed below followed by the top ten league leaders in several pitching categories. 


Cale Johnson (5-4, 3.79 ERA) allowed two hits and no walks this week (0.29 WHIP) over seven scoreless innings pitched. 


Hector Corpas (0-1, 1.85 ERA) allowed one hit and no walks this week (0.33 WHIP) while striking out five over three scoreless innings pitched.  Corpas recorded three saves this week.  He leads the league in saves (17) and has eight more saves than second place.  He also leads the league in games finished (21) and games (23).  Corpas, pictured, led the team this week with 15 K/9. 


Aidan Lucas (2-1, 3.48 ERA) allowed one hit and one walk this week (0.67 WHIP) over three scoreless innings pitched.  Lucas leads the league in holds (7) and games (23). 


Boone Whiting (5-2, 3.57 ERA) allowed six hits and no walks this week (1.00 WHIP) over six scoreless innings pitched.  Whiting, pictured below, is fifth in the league in strikeouts (66).  Whiting leads the starters for the season in the percentage of strikeouts per batter faced (30.1) and the percentage of walks per batter faced (2.3).


Ryan Copeland (7-0, 1.86 ERA) allowed nine hits, one walk (1.25 WHIP), and three earned runs (3.38 ERA) over eight innings pitched this week.  He is first in the league in both WHIP (0.86) and ERA (1.86).  Copeland is second in the league in wins (7). 


Chris Patterson, Drew Benes, and Charllan Jimenez are among the league leaders in holds.


Tyrell Jenkins was pictured below in his pro debut:



Who's Not Hot (Pitchers)


Four pitchers had ERAs this week of four or more.


Bob Revesz (4-1, 4.22 ERA) allowed four hits, two walks (1.80 WHIP), and two earned runs (5.40 ERA) over three and one third innings pitched.  Revesz had the team's only loss and blown save this week. 


Jeff Nadeau (1-2, 2.92 ERA) allowed three hits, one walk (2.00 WHIP), and one earned run (4.50 ERA) over two innings pitched. 


Charllan Jimenez (1-1, 4.75 ERA) allowed two hits, no walks (1.00 WHIP), and one earned run (4.50 ERA) over two innings pitched. 


Hector Hernandez (0-2, 5.73 ERA) allowed six hits, one walk (1.05 WHIP), and three earned runs (4.05 ERA) over six and two thirds innings pitched. 


Week Eleven Schedule


These are my educated guesses.  The team has NOT announced the starters. 


Game 64 (Sun):     Rosenthal/Johnson vs. Bluefield Orioles

Game 65 (Mon):     Jenkins/Jimenez vs. Bluefield Orioles

Game 66 (Tue):     Nadeau/Daugherty vs. Elizabethton Twins


1st Round (Wed):   Siegrist @ Danville/Burlington

1st Round (Thu):    Whiting vs. Danville/Burlington

1st Round (Fri):     Copeland vs. Danville/Burlington (if necessary)


Champ. (Sat):       De Jesus @ Elizabethton/Pulaski

Champ. (Sun):       Johnson vs. Elizabethton/Pulaski

Champ. (Mon):       Rosenthal vs. Elizabethton/Pulaski (if necessary)


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