Oneonta Tigers Season Wrap Up

The Oneonta Tigers couldn't stretch their way to a .500 season or the Stedler division crown, but they still ended up second in the division after putting together a strong season, especially from the pitching staff.

Oneonta finished with a record of 33-41, well out of the division race and the playoffs, but good enough for second place in the Stedler. That can be attributed in large part to the O-Tigers pitchers.

The New York-Penn League was clearly strong on the pitching side this year, with a league ERA of 3.77 – that was highlighted by Brooklyn and Staten Island, who both posted team ERA's under three of the season. Oneonta meanwhile found themselves in the middle of the pack, with a team ERA just a tad under the league average at 3.75.

The staff was led on the mound by Matt Hoffman, Trevor Feeney and Mark Sorensen. The trio of starters all sported ERA's under four, strikeout-to-walk ratios of almost two to one, or better. The only place the trio struggled was an area that was largely out of their control – wins. Despite their strong pitching, each starter recorded just three wins for the season.

The team leader in wins was Darwin De Leon, who walked away from a game the victor six times. De Leon battled his control for much of the season, leading the team with 30 walks while posting a 4.20 ERA, but still was an effective starter for the club.

Beyond the rotation, the bullpen was solid as well. Lester Oliveros and Anthony Shawler led the middle relief and setup crews, both sporting ERA's under two. Shawler, who was drafted this past June, sported a 10.5 K/9 IP ratio, leading the team. Oliveros wasn't as strong with strikeouts, but had impeccable control, walking just six batters all season long.

Tyler Stohr was also effective as the club's closer – converting 12 saves with a 3.98 ERA for the season. Stohr, another June draftee, was also a New York-Penn League mid-season All-Star, representing Oneonta in the NYPL's version of the Midsummer Classic.

With the league being pitching heavy, you couldn't expect a real strong offense – but Oneonta's offense fell short even given that. Oneonta managed just 297 runs over the season, barely four runs per game, and good for second to last in the league. The team's OPS was also second to last in the league, while batting average left them third from the bottom.

Arguably the lone player that had no struggles was Brent Wyatt, who found himself moving all over the diamond. Wyatt carried a .305/.403/.391 line, which also ended up being the top OPS on the team. Wyatt was mostly a gap and contact hitter, with 11 doubles and no home runs, using good patience at the plate to post his strong stat line.

One player whose OPS didn't end up well, but whose raw numbers were stronger was Ben Guez. Guez led the team in both walks and extra base hits, with 33 and 23, respectively. Guez struggled though to make contact, sporting just a .223 average.

Another player that excelled (before finding himself earning a quick promotion up the ranks) was Brandon Douglas, who worked as the team's shortstop. Douglas hit for a good average, didn't strike out much, and quickly found himself being recognized as a prospect to be reckoned with.

Ultimately though, the O-Tigers just didn't have enough of those guys like Wyatt and Douglas that stepped up for them – which can at least in part be attributed to the Tigers heavy dependency on pitching in the draft. You get what you pay for, and in this case, you get what you invest in – and with the Tigers investing almost all of their draft picks (eight of their top ten in June) in pitching, the result is exactly what we saw – a strong staff without much help in the lineup.


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