June 10, 2007 June 10, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Headlines: WHIP It Good…More Fun in the World of WHIP…Catching Up…Photo Gallery…York Quietly Signs Players…
WHIP It Good?: Somerset Patriots manager Sparky Lyle recently stated that he wanted to get the team’s roster down from 26 to 24 after Jose Morban returns on Tuesday.
A lot of Patriots insiders are speculating that at least one of the cuts may come from the bullpen. So here’s a look at some statistics from the current eight members of the relief crew.
It is worth pointing out that Urban has appeared in one game, and Knight has pitched in four.
WHIP (Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched)
Jeff Urban – 0.43
Saul Solveson – 1.04
R.D. Spiehs – 1.12
Tony Peralta – 1.31
Brandon Knight – 1.33
Jason Richardson – 1.44
Casey Cahill – 1.68
Sam Marsonek – 2.05
ERA (Earned Run Average)
Jeff Urban – 0.00
R.D. Spiehs – 2.65
Saul Solveson – 2.76
Jason Richardson – 3.63
Casey Cahill – 5.68
Brandon Knight – 6.00
Sam Marsonek – 6.75
Tony Peralta – 6.92
(Batting Average Against)
Jeff Urban – .125
Saul Solveson – .224
R.D. Spiehs – .234
Jason Richardson – .242
Brandon Knight – .261
Tony Peralta – .271
Casey Cahill – .296
Sam Marsonek – .333
Who should Somerset cut? What’s your take? Put it in the comments section…
More Fun In The World Of WHIP: Bridgeport’s Franklin Perez, who has other ridiculous statistics as an 0.52 ERA and .105 batting average against in 16 games, also has a WHIP of 0.98
Camden’s WHIP leader is Ramon Linares, who has allowed a filthy 0.79 walks and hits per inning pitched. He also averages more than a strikeout per inning.
Derrick DePriest has an ungodly 0.61 WHIP for Lancaster, having allowed just eight hits and three walks in 18 innings of work.
Travis Wade is Long Island’s surprise WHIP leader, with an 0.85 mark. What makes that more surprising is the former Bear is dead last on the team with six strikeouts.
The Bears, Road Warriors, Patriots and Revolution do not have active players with a WHIP under one.
Catching Up?: Well, not exactly. The league average is .274, while the league’s catchers are hitting at a .254 clip. The numbers only include active catchers, so players like Jeremy Deitrick and Michel Hernandez are not included.
Bridgeport: .208; Fleming Baez, John Nathans, Tommy Rojas (32/154)
Camden: .320; Ben Davis, Randy McGarvey (39/122)
Lancaster: .321; Lance Burkhart, Russ Cleveland (43/145)
Long Island: .229; Jamie Pogue, Jared Price (24/105)
Newark: .192; John Pachot, Jason Torres (24/125)
Road Warriors: .283; Sandy Aracena, Manny Mejia (47/166)
Somerset: .182; Travis Anderson, Manny Santana (14/77)
York: .295; Greg Brown, Luis Taveras (31/105)
However, you can’t look at batting average when it comes to determining who’s good behind the plate.
For example, Newark’s John Pachot is more comfortable behind the dish as compared to standing beside it, leading the league with a 55% success rate (11/20) of throwing out attempted base stealers.
On the other hand, Ben Davis is probably the best offensive catcher in the Atlantic League — with Sandy Aracena not far behind. But both are among the most run on backstops in the league, with a league high 28 runners attempting to steal on Davis, and Aracena not far behind with 26.
Davis has thrown out just six of those 28 runners, while Aracena has been more successful by stopping 12 of the 26 who’ve tried his arm.
So why isn’t the catching better?
In speaking with one person in charge of a team’s player procurement, he said that “there really isn’t a lot out there” in terms of backstops.
Patriots manager Sparky Lyle also recently said that “we probably still wouldn’t have anybody” backing up Travis Anderson had Lancaster not dealt them Manny Santana.
With Hernandez gone, Davis is the only catcher in the league with big league experience.
Tommy Rojas has one game of Triple-A experience, Lance Burkhart has 32 AAA games to his name, Jared Price has 66 and Pachot leads the group with 299.
The remaining 13 have not reached the highest level of the minors.
So who’s the best catcher in the Atlantic League?
Is it Aracena? Davis? Does Burkhart get considered? How about Luis Taveras?
Nobody thought he’d be included in this conversation when Opening Day was around the corner.
Does Pachot’s arm get him the nod?
Well, who is it? Leave your thoughts in the comments section…
Sunday Photo Gallery:
Brandon Knight, one of the newest Patriots
Greg Powell, my preseason pick for Pitcher of the Year
Craig Paquette, hitting just .179 so far in his return to baseball
Camden backup backstop Randy McGarvey, a surprise part of the bench today
AL veteran outfielder Dwight Maness
Got Milko? Camden does…
Matt DeMarco, hitting ninth and playing second.
Matt DeMarco and NASCAR’s Kurt Busch…separated at birth?
Denny Abreu, back for another year…
York Signs Two Big Leaguers: As tempting as it is to not publicize the signings of these two players, since the Revolution obviously have no interest in doing so, I can’t just let them go by unnoticed.
Anyway, the team has signed former Major League pitchers Frank Castillo and Steve Smyth.
Castillo may be a name you know. The 38-year-old is a veteran of 13 big league seasons, and has pitched for the Cubs, Rockies, Tigers, Blue Jays, Red Sox and Marlins. He also was fairly close to signing with the Patriots several years back, and Adam Gladstone clearly didn’t delete his number from his cell phone.
Smyth appeared in eight games for the 2002 Cubs, going 1-3 with a 9.35 ERA. He spent the past two seasons with San Diego of the independent Golden Baseball League.
For a team trying to attract a core fan base, they sure could be doing a lot more to promote their signings. – Mike Ashmore