PBN Awards: SWB Pitcher and Player of the Year

At one point this season, the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons led the division and things looked promising. By the time the season was over, they were mired in a tie for last in the division. Yoel Hernandez and Shane Victorino were high points in the otherwise dismal season.

SWB Red Barons Pitcher of the Year

Yoel Hernandez missed the last month of the 2004 season with right elbow inflammation and the Phillies really weren't sure what they would get from the 25 year old right hander coming into the 2005 season. An early rehab assignment to Clearwater didn't go especially well, but Hernandez was at least throwing pain free, so the Phillies bumped him to AA Reading to see what he could do there. Hernandez quickly started to put it all together and after nine appearances, was moved to AAA where the Phillies had hoped to have him all season long.

Between his three stops, Hernandez went 9-5 with a 3.62 ERA. At Scranton, Hernandez pitched in 40 games, posting a 3.40 ERA. With Franklin Perez serving as the Red Barons' closer, Hernandez worked primarily in setup roles, but did save three games at Scranton. Only Erick Burke had a lower ERA (2.97) among Scranton relievers with 30 or more innings.

The Phillies should give Hernandez a look for a spot in their bullpen in 2006, but he can become a minor league free agent, so there is the chance that he'll look for an opportunity elsewhere. Granted, Hernandez isn't as dominating as he was early in his career when his walk / strikeout ratios were downright amazing, but he still appears to be a quality pitcher who might be able to help at the big league level. The Phillies insist that he can be more help out of the bullpen than he can as a starter, which is why they moved him out of the rotation a couple seasons ago and he seems to have adjusted pretty well.

Yoel Hernandez' career stats

Year / Team W L ERA SV G GS IP H R ER BB KO
2000 GCL 4 1 1.35 0 10 9 60.0 39 10 9 2 46
2001 Lakewood 6 9 3.47 0 25 25 160.2 153 94 62 7 111
2002 Clearwater 7 16 3.54 0 28 28 170.1 176 76 67 6 116
2003 Reading 6 3 4.26 2 43 1 74.0 100 43 35 31 46
2003 Scranton 0 0 6.00 0 2 0 3.0 5 2 2 0 3
2004 Reading 1 2 2.01 6 20 0 31.1 24 12 7 15 33
2004 Scranton 0 0 6.46 0 14 2 30.2 38 26 22 7 18
2005 Clearwater 1 1 11.81 0 4 0 5.1 8 10 7 3 7
2005 Reading 2 0 1.32 0 9 0 13.2 12 2 2 6 15
2005 Scranton 6 4 3.40 3 40 0 55.2 53 21 21 24 52
Career Total 35 38 3.47 12 196 76 664.1 656 323 256 228 504

 

SWB Red Barons Player of the Year

Shane Victorino had a breakout season and caught a lot of people by surprise. After all, this is a kid who the Phillies grabbed in the Rule 5 Draft and then decided they didn't want to keep on the roster after he had a horrid spring. The Dodgers could have taken him back, but they passed and any other team could have taken a shot on him, but didn't. Instead, he returned to the Phillies organization and played at AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre where he put up huge numbers. Victorino fell one homerun short of his career minor league high of 19 in 2004, but he also increased his RBI, doubles, triples, walks, on-base percentage and average, while cutting down on his strikeouts.

The numbers not only got Victorino a promotion to the majors when the rosters expanded, but have him in the thick of things to possibly take over as the Phillies' every day center fielder in 2006. There is stiff competition for the center field job coming along through the minors, in fact, it may be the deepest position in the organization, but Victorino could become the center fielder and leadoff hitter that the Phillies have been looking for.

The Dodger castoff turns 25 late in November and the Phillies will be interested in seeing what he can provide them with when spring training comes around.

Shane Victorino's career stats

Year / Team HR RBI AVG G AB R H 2B 3B SB BB KO OBP
1999 Great Falls (R) 2 25 .280 55 225 53 63 7 6 20 20 31 .343
2000 Yakima (A) 2 20 .246 61 236 32 58 7 2 21 20 44 .310
2001 Wilmington (A) 4 32 .283 112 435 71 123 21 9 47 36 61 .342
2001 Vero Beach (A) 0 0 .167 2 6 2 1 0 0 0 3 1 .446
2002 Jacksonville (AA) 4 34 .258 122 481 61 124 15 1 45 47 49 .328
2003 Jacksonville (AA) 2 15 .282 66 266 37 75 9 4 16 21 41 .340
2003 Las Vegas (AAA) 1 9 .390 11 41 6 16 1 2 0 1 5 .395
2003 San Diego 0 4 .151 36 73 8 11 2 0 7 7 17 .232
2004 Las Vegas (AAA) 3 20 .235 55 200 28 47 9 1 7 11 37 .278
2004 Jacksonville (AA) 16 43 .328 75 293 70 96 13 7 9 20 64 .375
2005 Scranton (AAA) 18 70 .310 126 494 93 153 25 16 17 51 74 .377
2005 Philadelphia 0 1 .333 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333
Minor League Career 52 268 .282 685 2677 453 756 107 48 182 230 407 .339
Major League Career 0 5 .158 39 76 9 12 2 0 7 7 18 .235

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