Fort Myers Miracle 2007 Recap: The Pitchers

Here are the pitchers who were on one of the better staffs in the Florida State League in 2007. With the offense struggling for most of the season, these arms are the ones who kept the Miracle in the FSL playoff race. Take a look at who could be in New Britain next season.

Kyle Aselton
Aselton had a tremendous year for the Fort Myers pitching staff, appearing in 39 games for the team in 2007. He made four starts, and was used in nearly every situation. He did not disappoint, posting an earned run average under 4.00, and holding the opposition to a .225 batting average. He is turning into a very good left-handed pitching prospect.

Robert Delaney
Delaney got the call to Fort Myers in the middle of the season, and after being the most dominant reliever in the Midwest League, he really turned it on in the Florida State League. Delaney appeared in 17 games for the Miracle, and had an earned run average under 2.00. He struck out better than a batter per inning, and was perfect in seven save opportunities.

Armando Gabino
Gabino was a guy who was hard to figure out in 2007, as he really was able to handcuff opposing batters. Overall, batters hit barely over .200 against him, though he did walk 15 batters in 37 innings of relief. He picked up two wins, and if he can work on his command, he will be one of the better relief pitchers in the organization.

Angel Garcia
Working the middle to late innings, Garcia was a very good reliever for the Fort Myers Miracle in 2007. He had an earned run average under 4.00, and actually picked up four saves in his seven opportunities. In 45.1 innings of work, Garcia struck out nearly a batter per inning, and showed that he can get the strikeout in the pressure situations of being a relief pitcher.

Adam Hawes
Of all the pitchers who threw well for the Miracle in 2007, Hawes was one who really struggled throughout the 2007 season. A former starter, Hawes was used in relief for the Miracle, and had an earned run average over 6.00 for the season. Hawes is a starter, and I believe would have had better numbers if he was able to get a few starts under his belt.

Joshua Hill
Hill was very good for the Miracle this season, working from both the rotation and the bullpen. In his 17 appearances, Hill made four starts, and had a very good 3.00 earned run average. He was hit hard in some appearances though, as batters hit close to .300 against him this season. In 39.0 innings of work, Hill struck out 36 batters.

Jeff Manship
Manship was arguably the best starter in the Midwest League during his time with the Beloit Snappers, and was very good once he was promoted to the Fort Myers Miracle. He really had a breakout season in 2007, and will either be the ace of the Miracle staff to start the 2008 season, or will be in the middle of the New Britain rotation. For the Miracle, Manship had a 3.15 earned run average in 13 starts, and won eight games.

Frank Mata
Mata made 13 appearances out of the Miracle bullpen in 2007, and pitched well enough to pitch at the Double-A level in 2007. Mata posted a 1.33 earned run average during his time in the Florida State League, and had two wins and a save. He is a very interesting prospect, who could be a great late innings guy for New Britain in 2008.

Eduardo Morlan
Morlan is one of the better pitching prospects in the Twins organization, and in 2007, he was the closer for the Fort Myers Miracle. He had an up-and-down season, looking unhittable at some points. He has one of the better arsenals of any pitcher in the organization, and led the team with 18 saves this past season. In total, batters hit only .213 against him, and he struck out an incredible 92 batters in 65.2 innings of work.

Ryan Mullins
To say Mullins was impressive during his time in the Florida State League would be an understatement. The young left-hander had an earned run average under 2.00 in his ten appearances for the Miracle, making nine starts. Mullins won three games, and struck out better than a batter per inning. He also held the opposition to a batting average under .250.

Yohan Pino
Pino had a great season for the Miracle in 2007, and had the best individual pitching performance of any Twins minor leaguer. He tossed the Twins only no-hitter of the 2007 season, and had a 1.73 earned run average overall for the team. He appeared in 19 games, making nine starts, and struck out nearly a batter per inning. His most impressive stat was a .192 batting average against.

Jay Rainville
During Spring Training, TwinCitiesDugout.com said that the 2007 season would be a turnaround season for the young right-hander, and Rainville made us look very smart. Coming off a season where an injury ruined his 2006 campaign, Rainville was an innings eater for the Miracle, leading the team with 26 starts. In total, he appeared in 27 games, tossed 142.1 innings of work, and had a very nice 3.29 earned run average.

David Shinskie
Shinskie was very good for the Miracle in 2007, as he was one of their main arms out of the bullpen. He appeared in 37 games, good for third on the team, and was tied for third on the team with seven games won. The young right-hander had a 3.36 earned run average.

Oswaldo Sosa
Sosa was promoted to New Britain during the 2007 season, joining fellow Miracle right-hander Yohan Pino when he was promoted. Sosa was an absolute beast during his time with the Miracle, appearing in 19 games, all starts. Sosa had an earned run average of 2.23, and notched over 100 innings of work. He totally deserved the promotion to New Britain, and held opponents to a .238 batting average.

Kyle Waldrop
Though he struggled when he was promoted to New Britain, during his time in the Florida State League, Waldrop was one of the better starting pitchers in the league. The young right-hander made 16 starts for the Miracle in 2007, and won seven of his 12 decisions. He is one of the better starting pitching prospects in the Twins organization, and he showed why during the 2007 season.

Zach Ward
The statistics do not show the real story of Ward's 2007 season, as the young lefty was very good for the Miracle. When you look down at a guy's stat line and see he lost 17 games, you would think it was a horrible season. However, Ward was more than solid in 2007, and was the victim of a very anemic Miracle lineup. His 17 losses do not remove him from being a top prospect in the Twins organization.


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