Beloit Snappers June Report

Here is the June Report for the Beloit Snappers. In this article, we take a look at the month that was for the Snappers, as well as Who's Hot and Who's Not.

The Beloit Snappers have been one of the better teams in the Midwest League throughout the 2007 season, and the month of June was a good month for the team. After winning 16 of their 28 June games, the Snappers will be forced to deal with some challenges in July. In the past couple of weeks, the team has lost Danny Valencia, Brian Dinkelman, Jeff Manship, and Robert Delaney, all keys to their great first half.

Who's Hot

The offense was led by Brian Dinkelman and Danny Valencia, both of whom have been promoted to High-A Fort Myers. Both players batted over .300 before being promoted, and were pretty much the most consistent bats in the Snappers' lineup all season. The loss of these two hitters will definitely be something that should hurt the Beloit lineup. Former first round draft choice Chris Parmelee batted only .255 in 28 games, but the slugger showed why he has some of the better pop in the organization. Parmelee smacked a team-high five home runs, and drove in 22. Wilson Ramos hit four home runs for the Snappers, and was second on the team with 18 ribbies. Johnny Woodard, who also was promoted to Fort Myers, also had four home runs.

Matthew Fox, also a former first round draft choice, appeared in eight games for Beloit, making two starts. He posted a 3-0 record, had a 1.33 earned run average, striking out nearly a batter per inning. Current Fort Myers Miracle Robert Delaney was stellar as well, posting a 0.68 earned run average in 12 appearances. He saved eight of nine opportunities, and held batters to a .163 average. Jeff Manship, who has been too good for the Midwest League for a couple months now, was finally promoted, after posting a 1.56 ERA in his final three Midwest League starts. He has been great for the Miracle so far since the promotion, and could be in New Britain next year.

Who's Not

Two batters that were so important to the Snappers getting off to their fast start were Yancarlos Ortiz and Garrett Olson, though both struggled through a rough patch during the month of June. Olson, who has been an extremely good hitter since being drafted, batted only .205 in 24 games, and struck out 16 times. Ortiz, who is one of the better utility prospects on the Snappers roster, hit only .211 in 25 games, well below his career average. Greg Yersich, who was the Snappers everyday catcher for a while this season, batted only .161 in nine games before being demoted to Elizabethton.

Cole Devries had his worst month as a member of the Twins organization, posting a 6.44 earned run average in his five starts. He did win two of three decisions, but was touched up to the tune of a .306 batting average against. Adam Hawes lost two of his three starts, posting a 6.43 earned run average. He struggled with his command, walking seven batters in 14 innings of work, and allowed 12 earned runs. Jose Lugo really struggled coming out of the Snappers bullpen, as he had a 6.30 earned run average, losing two of his three decisions.

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