2004 Toledo Pitchers Review

The Toledo Mudhens pitching staff wasn't loaded with top pitching prospects, but that doesn't mean they didn't have anyone worth noticing. Take a look inside to see the peripheral stats and reviews from every pitcher that pitched at least 40 innings for the Mudhens in '04.

Pat Ahearne - Right-Handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AAA

Toledo

4.01

179.1

1.27

6.17

0.75

2.73

.265


The veteran Ahearne was brought on to bring a steady presence to the rotation – and he did just that. Ahearne put up solid but not spectacular numbers across the board, striking out a fair amount, while not allowing too many hits and keep the runs allowed down. Unfortunately, Ahearne is nothing more than a minor league vet, and has little future as far as the big leagues are concerned.


James Baldwin - Right-Handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AAA

Toledo

3.73

115.2

1.12

4.75

0.93

3.05

.259


Baldwin is another veteran of the game, although he's had his fair share of playing time in the big leagues. Baldwin joined the team in May, and like Ahearne, put good numbers across the board. His strikeouts were a bit down, but that has been a steady decline for Baldwin over the course of his career. Baldwin probably hopes to make it back to the big leagues soon, but that probably won't happen in Detroit, which is why he signed a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp with Baltimore.


Adrian Burnside - Left-Handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AAA

Toledo

6.13

76.1

1.66

7.31

1.30

1.55

.292


Burnside had a rough year in 2004, a year that was probably his last chance to make his mark with the Tigers after being acquired in the deal for Randall Simon. Burnside had solid strikeout numbers, but little else. Burnside allowed way too many hits, baserunners and runs, and even with high strikeouts, his high walk total somewhat cancelled that. Burnside was also torched deep quite a bit, giving up a good amount of Home Runs, virtually eliminating chances that he could make it as a reliever.


John Ennis - Right-Handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AAA

Toledo

3.59

102.2

1.32

6.75

0.88

2.14

.254


Ennis, who had emerged as the team's closer as the season wore on, also spent part of the season as a starter before being shifted to the closer's role. Regardless of where he pitched though, Ennis got results. With the exception of a few too many walks, Ennis had an excellent season, limiting his hits and runs. His strong performance was a large reason for his promotion to Detroit, and although short lived, Ennis will hope to work his way back up in 2005.


Franklyn German - Right-Handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AAA

Toledo

4.59

49.0

1.45

11.02

1.10

2.40

.240


The enigma that has become Franklyn German continues to struggle at points, and dominate at points. German's ERA and WHIP were certainly not impressive, but it's hard to argue with his strikeout rate – simply put, when he's on, he's on. German doesn't allow many hits, only struggles with his control at times have kept him from developing into the dominating closer many had hoped he'd become. He has the arm and puts up the numbers, he just has to make things happen on the mound.


Jason Karnuth - Right-Handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AAA

Toledo

3.74

55.1

1.10

5.53

0.65

2.13

.213


The reliever put up solid numbers across the board for Toledo, despite not getting much recognition for his performance. Karnuth, a control pitcher, allowed just over 1 baserunner per inning, while keeping his batting average against down. Karnuth won't blow many hitters away, which explains his lower strikeout numbers, but the rest of his stats are solid.


Rick Kirsten - Right-Handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AAA

Toledo

5.86

50.2

1.70

4.80

0.53

1.17

.323


Kirsten has been bouncing around the minors for quite a few years now, and certainly didn't put up impressive numbers in his stint with the Mudhens (his numbers however with Erie were much stronger). Kirsten was erratic, walking far too many batters and leaving too many balls over the middle of the plate. That hasn't stopped the Tigers from pushing Kirsten, including sending him to the Arizona Fall League. Kirsten started and relieved in '04, but he's expected to be a full time starter in 2005.


Shane Loux - Right-Handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AAA

Toledo

5.29

132.2

1.42

5.83

0.95

2.53

.297


Shane Loux had a solid first half of the season, but an arm injury that he tried to pitch through hurt his numbers across the board. Loux was eventually shut down, but as a –year free agent, he has the option to sign with a different organization, and probably will as both sides would probably benefit from a break, as Loux has stalled in AAA and could use a change of scenery.


Chris Mears - Right-Handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AAA

Toledo

3.82

40.0

1.42

6.52

0.22

1.45

.236


Mears was yet another reliever for Toledo that had a respectable season, although after spending a good part of 2003 with the Tigers, was probably hoping for more than just Toledo. Mears did a solid job of not allowing hits, especially from allowing the long ball. However, his walk numbers were still high, and because of it, he carried a higher WHIP.


Brian Schmack - Right-Handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AAA

Toledo

4.26

50.2

1.34

6.22

0.71

2.50

.269


Yet another minor league veteran, Schmack also provided solid relief for the Mudhens in 2004. Schmack's ERA and average were a bit higher than desired, but he was able to limit the guys he let on with solid control. Of course, as a minor league veteran, Schmack doesn't have much of a big league future, but should be a reliable middle reliever in the future.


Andy Van Hekken - Left-Handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AAA

Toledo

4.96

152.1

1.56

5.97

0.77

1.71

.304


Van Hekken also had an up-and-down 2004, as yet another former prospect tried to polish his former bright star. Unfortunately, Van Hekken just struggled, allowing a very high average against, as well as a weak K:BB ratio. Van Hekken didn't have much of a future with the team, and in turn has signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves, severing ties with his hometown team.



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