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2006 Season Ending Report: Lowell Spinners (NYPL)

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#1 Cuzittt

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 03:32 PM

Final Record: 39-36

How did we do?

By record, fairly well. The Spinners were in playoff contention throughout the year, finishing third in their conference and just 2 wins out of the playoffs.

But, the season was really made of two parts. The dividing line is the Futures at Fenway Game which saw the promotions of multiple players from the GCL Champions. From that point onward, the Spinners went 9-3 to finish the season. Prior to those promotions, the team had gone 30-33.

But, while team records are all nice and good, the real point of the development machine is about the players...

First, a note of caution...

I haven't seen these players too much. I have no idea how they look in more than a single game. So, I will base my opinions solely on the stats provided.

Offensive Player of the Year:
Zach Daeges

Zach was the best of the full year players, earning a trip to the NYPL All-Star Game. Zach went .288/.402/.409 with 15 extra base hits and 35 walks in 55 games. Oddly, Zach did not play in any games down the final stretch, last playing on August 24th.

Pitcher of the Year:
Justin Masterson

Masterson was simply masterful in a Spinners uniform, going 3-1 with a 0.85 ERA in 14 appearances (all out of the pen - 31 2/3 innings). Justin struck out 33, walked only 2 (hitting 3) and ending the season with a WHIP of 0.69. Justin was promoted to Wilmington for the Carolina League Playoffs.

OK... those are the stars. What about the rest?

Offensive Players:
Bubba Bell: Bubba had some tough times early in the season in Greenville and Wilmington, but regained his stroke in a 23 game run in Lowell. Bubba put up a line of .429/.495/.637 with 13 extra base hits, 13 walks and only 13 Ks in his 23 games.
Kris Negron: Kris was one of the GCL promotees at the end of the season, playing in 9 games, going .393/.485/.536 with 4 walks, 5 SBs and only 2 Ks.
Aaron Bates: Aaron had a tremendous 27 game run to begin his professional career in Lowell, going .360/.436/.530 with 11 extra base hits before being promoted to Greenville.
Chih-Hsien Chiang: Another of the Year End GCL promotees, Chiang went .278/.308/.528 with 3 triples and a HR in 9 games.
Zak Farkes: The Harvard graduate spent his second season in Lowell, playing in 41 games, going .297/.382/.406 with 9 doubles.
Manny Arambarris: Manny had two seperate stints in Lowell, going .282/.375/.398 with 6 doubles, 13 walks and only 19 Ks (in 29 games).
Paul Smyth: The outfielder played in 50 games, going .266/.333/.404 with 10 doubles and a team high 4 HRs, stealing a team high 6 bases.
Michael Chambers: The second baseman out of Franklin Pierce played in 47 games, going .250/.349/.335 with 22 walks.
Michael Jones: Another of the GCL Promotees, Mike played in 11 games, going .255/.280/.404 with 4 extra base hits and 9 Ks.
Jorge Jimenez: Jorge played in 41 games, going .257/.365/.279 with 18 walks and 17 Ks.
Reid Engel: Engel played in 56 games after his early promotion from the GCL, going .251/.280/.355 with 8 doubles and 4 HRs, striking out a team high 48 times.
Jeff Vincent: Jeff played in 41 games for the Spinners, going .254/.336/.298 with 41 Ks.
Luis Exposito: The second of the NYPL All-Stars, the catcher had an up and down year, ending with a line of .250/.301/.327 with 13 doubles and 44 Ks.
Ryan Khoury: The Shortstop played in 40 games, going .236/.324/.297 with 7 doubles and 16 walks.
Jon Still: The NC State Catcher had a rough start to professional ball, going .220/.299/.293 with 9 doubles and 26 walks.
Luis Segovia: The Venezuelan middle infielder played in a team high 64 games, going .195/.299/.236 with 23 walks and 47 Ks.
Ryan Kalish: Another late season GCL promotee, Ryan went .200/.275/.257 with a triple and 14 Ks in 11 games.
Moises Santa: Santa only played in 7 games before injuries struck and put him out for the season. Moises went 6/27 with 6 Ks (no Extra Base Hits, No walks which made for a very redundant .222/.222/.222 line)
Jon Egan: The final Offensive promotee from the GCL, Egan played in 4 games for the Spinners, going 1/12 with a HR, walk and 5 Ks. (.083/.214/.167)
Junior Moreno: Moreno, another catcher, played in 17 games for Lowell, going .117/.209/.150 with 24 Ks.
Jason Twomley: Jason played in 7 games for the Spinners before being released, going .095/.136/.143.
Wily Mo Pena: Wily Mo went 1/6 with a K in his 2 game rehab assignment in Lowell.

Keith Foulke: Foulke pitched an inning with a K in a rehab start for the Spinners.
Kris Johnson: Johnson pitched in 14 games (13 starts), going 0-2 with a 0.88 ERA in 30 2/3 innings. Kris walked 7, struck out 27 and gave up only 25 hits (1.04 WHIP).
Jordan Craft: Craft pitched in 7 games for the Spinners, going 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 12 2/3 innings. Jordan gave up 11 hits, 4 walks and struck out 14.
Bryce Cox: Cox pitched in 3 games for Lowell prior to getting a promotion, going 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 5 2/3 innings.
Yulkin German: German pitched in 24 games in relief, going 6-1 with a 1.81 ERA over 49 2/3 innings. Yulkin gave up 38 hits, 22 walks and struck out 52. He was also finished off the first No-Hitter in Spinners history.
Josh Papelbon: The younger Papelbon went 0-2 with a team high 13 saves with a 1.86 ERA over 29 innings. The side-armer walked 6 and struck out 36.
TJ Large: TJ pitched 39 1/3 innings in relief, going 1-1 with a 2.06 ERA and 10 saves. TJ walked 10 and struck out 45.
Mario Pena: Mario pitched in 39 innings over 7 starts for Lowell, going 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA before earning a promotion to the full season leagues. Mario walked only 2 and struck out 18.
Travis Beazley: Travis started 13 of the 14 games he participated in, going 3-2 with a 2.39 ERA. Over 67 2/3 innings, Beazley walked 19 and struck out 59.
Dustin Richardson: Over 16 games and 39 2/3 innings, Dustin went 4-1 with a 3.18 ERA. Dustin walked 13 and struck out 44.
Jean Guillen: The Dominican pitched in 28 games in relief, going 5-1 with a 3.62 ERA over 37 1/3 innings. Jean walked 16 and struck out 37.
Brian Steinocher: Steinocher pitched in 10 games (29 2/3 innings), going 0-2 with a 3.64 ERA.
JT Zink: Zink started all 15 games he participated in, going 2-4 with a 4.67 ERA over 79 innings. JT walked 21 and struck out a measly 33.
Felix Ventura: Ventura pitched in 23 games in relief, going 3-7 with a 4.74 ERA over 38 innings. Felix walked 19 and struck out 49.
Felix Doubrant: Felix was the only GCL pitcher promoted at the end of the season, and picked up 2 starts for the Spinners. Doubrant went 2-0 with a 4.91 ERA. Over 11 innings, Doubrant gave up 7 hits, walked 3 and struck out 7.
Ryne Lawson: Lawson pitched in 13 games, going 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA over 56 2/3 innings.
Jeff Farrell: Jeff Farrell started 13 games for the Spinners, going 2-8 with a 6.75 ERA over 53 1/3 innings. Farrell gave up 58 hits, 30 walks and struck out 28... but was the starting pitcher for Lowell's first no-hitter.
Ting-Jen Yeh: Yeh pitched in only 11 1/3 innings in relief, going 1-0 with a 9.53 ERA. Yeh gave up 22 hits and 7 walks, striking out 10.
David Timm: Timm pitched in 2 games for the Spinners, giving up 4 runs in 3 innings.


#2 Hairps

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 02:29 PM

Justin Masterson's 2006 Stats, Splits & Balls-in-Play

#3 amarshal2

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 04:19 PM

OK... those are the stars. What about the rest?


Not to be picky but it seems like you're implying that Johnson and Cox weren't "stars" on the team. Kris Johnson is probably the best prospect to play for Lowell all year...I assume you know this so this is for anyone who doesn't.

Edited by amarshal2, 05 October 2006 - 04:19 PM.

#4 Cuzittt

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 07:43 AM

Not to be picky but it seems like you're implying that Johnson and Cox weren't "stars" on the team.  Kris Johnson is probably the best prospect to play for Lowell all year...I assume you know this so this is for anyone who doesn't.


Did not mean to imply that at all. But, I can see where you are coming from.