Using a 100-point scale, 50 is an average game, 60 or more good, 70 or more very good, 80 or more excellent and if you can break 90 -- well, as you can see over some 800 minor league games play, only Arias and Dominican Pedro Noboa (92) reached that lofty height.
The top 10 minor league games pitched in 2007, after Arias' and Noboa's masterpieces, belonged to Clayton Kershaw (86), Cody White (83) pitching for Great Lakes.
William Juarez led Las Vegas with an 80 and Justin Orenduff topped the Jacksonville list with an identical total. Arias and Kershaw were the Inland Empire and Great Lakes leaders.
The top 15 full-season leaders:
95—Arias, InE 2-0 Bakersfield 86—Kershaw, GLakes 3-1 Dayton 83—CWhite, GLakes 4-0 Beloit 80—Juarez, LV 7-4 Portland 80—Orenduff, Jx 5-1 Mississippi 80—McDonald, InE 5-0 Stockton 78—Megrew 6-10 at Carolina 78—Pinango, InE 2-1 Rch Cucamonga 77—Kershaw, Jx 3-4 at Mobile 77—Megrew, Jx 1-0 Tenn 77—Wall, GLk 10-1 Cedar Rapids 76—Bastardo, InE 6-2 Lake Elsinore 76—Castillo, InE 4-7 Rch Cucamonga 76—Kershaw, GLk 3-0 at Kane Co 76—McDonald, Jx 3-1 at Carolina Las Vegas 80—Juarez 7-4 Portland 74—GMiller 9-5 Colo Springs 74—Cyr 0-9 Albuquerque 72—Pinango 3-2 Tucson 70—Pinango 2-0 at Omaha 66—May 5-1 Salt Lake 66—Stults 6-1 at Portland 66—Houlton 3-5 at Tacoma 66—Lindberg 3-4 Albuquerque 65—Pinango 3-2 Albuquerque Jacksonville 80—Orenduff 5-1 Mississippi 78—Megrew 6-10 at Carolina 77—Megrew 1-0 Tenn 77—Kershaw 3-4 at Mobile 76—McDonald 3-1 at Carolina 75—Juarez 1-2 Birmingham 74—Elbert 1-3 WTennessee 74—Kershaw 3-0 Mississippi 72—Juarez 7-0 WTennessee 72—Cyr 5-3 at Birmingham 72—McDonald 9-4 Birmingham Inland Empire 95—Arias 2-0 Bakersfield 80—McDonald 5-0 Stockton 78—Pinango 2-1 Rch Cucamonga 76—Castillo 4-7 Rch Cucamonga 76—Bastardo 6-2 Lake Elsinore 75—Pinango 1-0 Lancaster 74—McDonald 6-1 at Visalia 74—Castillo 7-0 at Visalia 74—Schmidt 2-1 Rch Cucamonga 73—McDonald 4-2 at Stockton 73—McDonald 3-2 Rch Cucamonga Great Lakes 86—Kershaw 3-1 Dayton 83—CWhite 4-0 Beloit 77—Wall 10-1 Cedar Rapids 76—Kershaw 3-0 at Kane Co 75—Kershaw 2-1 Cedar Rapids 75—Kershaw 7-3 Lansing 74—Felix 2-4 Quad Cities 74—CWhite 2-1 South Bend 74—Johnson 3-2 at Cedar Rapids 71—Melgarejo 0-3 Quad CitiesShort Season Leaders
Paul Coleman led Ogden (80), Jonathan Dutton (78) and Noboa (92) topped the Gulf Coast League and DSL lists.
Coleman earned spots on both the full season leader-board (with Great Lakes) and the short season charts (Ogden).
Short-Season top 10 92—Noboa, DSL 2-0 at Royals 80—Coleman, Og 7-1 Casper 79—Krise, Og 3-1 at Orem 78—Dutton 6-1 at Cardinals 78—Gardner, Og 2-0 Idaho Falls 76—Coleman, Og 9-3 at Casper 75—Blevins, Og 7-0 at Missoula 75—Smit, GCL 4-0 at Nationals 72—Gardner, Og8-1 Orem 72—Noboa, DSL6-3 Rays 72—Tavarez, DSL1-0 at Rays Ogden 80—Coleman 7-1 Casper 79—Krise 3-1 at Orem 78—Gardner 2-0 Idaho Falls 76—Coleman 9-3 at Casper 75—Blevins 7-0 at Missoula 72—Gardner 8-1 Orem 69—Diaz 5-2 at Casper 68—Coleman-3 at Orem 64—Blevins 8-2 Great Falls 62—Blevins 6-8 at Billings 62—Bradley 4-3 at Casper Gulf Coast Dodgers 78—Dutton 6-1 at Cardinals 75—Smit 4-0 at Nationals 70—Smit 5-1 at Marlins 69—Rondon 10-5 Nationals 66—Dutton 4-3 Nationals 65—Gardner 12-5 Casper 63—Thompson 0-1 at Marlins 62—Rondon 5-1 Nationals 62—Smit 7-9 Nationals 62—Smit 0-5 Nationals Dominican Dodgers 92—Noboa 2-0 at Royals 72—Noboa 6-3 Rays 72—Tavarez 1-0 at Rays 68—Frias 5-0 Giants 68—Aguasviva 2-1 Red Sox 68—Tavarez 3-0 Yankees 2 67—Aguasviva 7-0 at Marlins 66—Tavarez 6-2 at Blue Jays 2 66—Tavarez 7-4 at Rays 64—Noboa 2-5 Red Sox 64—Santana 1-4 RoyalsAverage Leaders
Two of the hottest pitching commodities in the Dodgers system, James McDonald and Clayton Kershaw) recorded the highest average per start, both approaching the 60 level. Miguel Pinango muscled right in with the two leaders to take over third place, just a touch behind.
It is interesting to see how Game Scores shows both single-season excellence and season-long consistency.
Steven Johnson, who finished with a 48.1 season mark, just a bit under the average total, came off an early injury and on with a rush, putting up a sparkling 58.2 average over his final six starts.
Average Game Scores per start (10 starts or more) 59.6—James McDonald, Jx/IE 58.6—Clayton Kershaw, GL/Jx 58.3—Miguel Pinango, IE/LVegas 56.5—Paul Coleman, Og/GR Lakes 56.4—Gari Tavarez, Dominican 56.0—Robert Blevins, Ogden 54.6—Cody White, GL/IE 53.8—James Adkins, Great Lakes 53.8—Kyle Smit, GC/GLakes 53.7—D.J. Houlton, Las Vegas 52.0—Eric Cyr, Jx/LV 51.7—Josh Wall, Great Lakes 51.5—Zach Hammes, Jacksonville 51.0—Joey Norrito, Jacksonville 50.8—Chris Malone, GCL/GLakes 50.8—William Juarez, Jx/LV 50.7—Jesus Castillo, Inland Empire 50.5—Arismendy Castillo, Great Lakes 50.3—Alberto Bastardo, Inland Empire 50.3—Marlon Arias, Inland Empire 50.2—Greg Miller, LV/Jx 49.7—Mario Alvarez, Inland Empire 49.6—Mike Megrew, Jacksonville 48.6—Mike Gardner, Og/G Lakes 48.2—Justin Orenduff, Jacksonville 48.1—Steven Johnson, Great Lakes 46.8—Spike Lundberg, Las Vegas 46.6—Eric Stults, Las Vegas 46.4—Kris Krise, Ogden 46.3—Thomas Melgarejo. Great Lakes 45.9—Alvis Ojeda, Jacksonville 44.7—Javy Guerra, Inland Empire Honorable mention (less than 10 starts) 59.7—Geison Aguasviva, DSL 58.0—Daigoro Rondon, GCL 56.7—Francisco Felix, GCL, IE 63.7—Carlos Frias, DSL 53.3—Wilfredo Diaz, DSL 53.0—Dan Danielson, GCL