AZL Padres season in review

The Arizona Rookie League Champion Padres did not lose a single game in which they led after eight innings and were 7-2 with the score tied after seven.

They were the only team in the league to have won more than they lost when scoring last, going 14-10 and were perfect in extra innings, going 4-0. After going 3-4 in June, the AZL Padres went 33-15 the rest of the way.

The squad boasted the top four hitting streaks in the league. Cedric Hunter led the way with a 23-game streak from July 20 through August 19, hitting .447 with a .508 on base percentage. Felix Carrasco opened up the year with a 15-gamer from June 22 through July 14, hitting .358 over that stretch. Luis Durango matched the feat from July 20 through August 16, hitting .475 with a .569 on base percentage. And Rayner Contreras brought up the rear with a 13-game streak from July 25 through August 10, hitting eight extra base hits and scoring 14 runs.

Hunter, incidentally, reached base in 48 straight games from opening day through August 25 and would reach base in all but one game for the AZL Padres. He boasted a .473 on base percentage during his streak. Carrasco's 22-game on base streak was the third best mark in the league. Part of Hunter's streak included a 23-game home on base mark and 27-game road mark.

Durango led the AZL in hitting with a .378 mark, one of four Padres to sit inside the top seven. His .470 on base percentage also topped the league.

Hunter was close behind, hitting .371 with an on base percentage of .467, both coming in second. He led the league in hits with 79, 18 more than the next closest player. His 46 runs scored tied for the league lead while his 13 doubles placed third. He also sat third on the leaderboard with 44 RBI's.

Jeremy Hunt placed sixth with a .323 average and his five homers tied for fifth best in the league. His .500 slugging percentage was the fourth best mark in the league.

Contreras was the last member of the team to appear on the leaderboard at number seven with a .316 average. But he topped the AZL with 52 RBI's in 44 games.

John Hussey's 2.44 ERA ranked fifth in the league while Pablo Menchaca, the winning pitcher in the Championship game, placed ninth with a 3.35 ERA.

Matt Huff led the league in appearances at 23, while Matt Handley collected 20 to place third.

Yesid Salazar was one of just two pitchers in the league to register a complete game, taking the loss in an eight-inning game where he allowed five runs, three earned, on 12 hits. He would go six innings or more just one other time on the season.

The AZL Padres led the league in hitting with a .290 average and paced the league in runs scored (382), hits (569) and walks (305). They also placed third in homers and the 432 strikeouts amassed was the tied for the second fewest.

With a 4.14 ERA, the AZL Padres placed third in a nine team league. They did allow 509 hits, tied for the third most. While they won the most games in the league, they had the fewest saves with seven as 22 of their wins came by three runs or more. They issued the third fewest walks with 183.

Twelve different players who appeared in Peoria hit .300 or better while 15 players recorded an on base percentage of .400 or better. Five players scored 30 runs or more and seven drew 20 or more walks.

Five pitchers who made three or more starts posted an ERA under 3.50. Just two relievers posted a 3.15 ERA or better among those with more than five appearances. Seven pitchers struck out more hitters than innings pitched.

Who did you want up with the bases loaded?

While Justin Pickett went 3-for-4, Contreras hit .438 in 16 at bats with the bases loaded, the only player in the lineup to have more than ten at bats in such a situation. He drove in 19 as no player hit a grand slam for the squad. Contreras also hit .427 with RISP in 75 at bats, collecting 51 RBI's. Durango hit .405 in 37 at bats and Hunter swatted .383 in 81 at bats.

Who should be on the bump with runners on base?

Handley allowed six hits in 41 at bats with runners on base and John Hussey held the opposition to a .191 average, the only two pitchers who faced more than ten batters in those situations to post a sub-.200 average against. Handley was also the player you wanted on the hill with RISP, giving up three hits in 24 at bats, a .125 average. Hussey had a .152 average against in 46 at bats and Huff posted a .189 mark in 37 at bats.

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