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2006 Season Ending Report: Wilmington Blue Rocks


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#1 Cuzittt


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Posted 20 October 2006 - 10:23 AM

Final Record: 1st Half: 36-36, 2nd Half: 32-36, Playoffs: 1-2; Overall: 69-74

The Wilmington Blue Rocks had an interesting season, winning the First Half Northern division title despite a .500 record, finishing second in the second half and then losing their first round playoff series 2 games to 1, losing the second game in painful fashion as the pitching combined for a one hitter, but losing anyway. The final indignaty came as the season closed, as the team decided not to renew their player development contract with the Red Sox despite a playoff season, instead moving back to the Kansas City Royals who the team was associated with before the Red Sox moved in two seasons ago. The Red Sox will bring their Advanced A team to Lancaster, California next season.

So, let's take a look at the players.

Offensive Player of the Year:
Jeff Natale

Although he only came up to the Blue Rocks at the beginning of June, and despite a horrific July (.223/.369/.234), Jeff ended up with the best OPS of any of the regular players for the Rocks. Jeff hit .278/.419/.403 with 62 walks, 13 doubles and 7 HRs in 82 games. He was one of the few offensive bright spots in the playoff series, going 7/13 with 2 doubles. Jeff is a player who makes his living getting on base, as he showed in July where he got on base 37% of the time despite his trouble hitting. In his other two full months, he got on base at an over .420 pace. He should move to Portland next season, despite his defensive issues.

Pitcher of the Year:
Tommy Hottovy

Tommy started 21 games for the Rocks, going 8-6 with a 2.80 ERA in 122 innings (2 Complete Games). Tommy did give up 11 unearned runs, and only struck out 91 in 122 innings... but he was able to control runs scored by being extremely stingy on the long ball, giving up only 3 in the season. He was promoted to Portland in August, where he helped the Sea Dogs win the Eastern League championship.

Other Offensive Players:

Zak Farkes: Zak played in 2 games for Wilmington, going 2/3 with a walk.
Jeff Corsaletti: Jeff was the team leader in games played for the Rocks, playing in 125 games, and going .264/.400/.414. Jeff led the team in walks with 97 while striking out 85 times. Jeff had a team leading 32 doubles and 11 HRs.
Bubba Bell: Bubba played everywhere this season, and in 19 games for the Blue Rocks, Bubba went .283/.368/.433 with 8 walks and 6 Extra Base hits (out of 17 total hits).
Jacoby Ellsbury: Jacoby spent the first 61 games of his season in Wilmington, prior to getting the promotion to AA Portland. Ellsbury hit .299/.379/.418 with 25 walks, 7 doubles, 5 triples, 4 HRs and a team high 25 stolen bases.
Jay Johnson: In 37 games, Jay hit .262/.327/.436 with 7 doubles and 5 HRs.
Ian Bladergroen: In 98 games, the 1st baseman hit .242/.353/.408 with 20 doubles and 9 HRs.
Andrew Pinckney: In 112 games, Andrew hit .255/.313/.420 with 31 doubles, 10 HRs and a team high 92 strikeouts.
Jed Lowrie: Jed had a difficult year, possibly due to injuries. Jed was able to salvage his season average with an excellent August (.327/.380/.529 with 9 doubles and 3 triples)... finishing the season with a line of .262/.352/.374 with 21 doubles and 6 triples.
Claudio Arias: In 70 games, Claudio went .252/.293/.427 with 22 doubles, 8 HRs and 79 strikeouts.
John Otness: The catcher played in 105 games, going .281/.339/.373 with 24 doubles and 3 HRs.
Chuck Jeroloman: In 49 games, the middle infielder went .241/.350/.350 with 9 doubles and 24 walks.
Iggy Suarez: In 95 games, Iggy went .265/.322/.372 with 17 doubles and 4 HRs.
Bryan Pritz: In 98 games, the OFer went .254/.315/.347 with 17 doubles, 30 walks and 10 SBs.
Scott White: In 78 games, Scott went .220/.275/.360 with 16 doubles and 5 HRs.
Mickey Hall: In 68 games, Mickey batted .206/.278/.329 with 11 doubles and a team high 7 triples.
Jon DeVries: Jon played in 15 games before injuries hit, causing his eventual retirement. Jon batted .204/.306./.296.
Mark Wagner: Mark got promoted to the Blue Rocks late in the season, getting into 17 games and batting .169/.243/.277 with 4 doubles.
Dominic Ramos: The utility infielder batted .163/.270/.233 in 31 games.
Matt Kent: In 35 games, the Australian catcher batted .136/.176/.200.

Other Pitchers:

Tim Cox: Tim pitched in one game, pitching 3 scoreless innings.
Bryce Cox: In 24 1/3 innings (13 games), Bryce went 2-0 with a 0.74 ERA and struck out 25.
Clay Buchholz: In 3 games in August, Clay pitched 16 innings and went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA. In those 16 innings, Clay struck out 23 and walked 4.
Kyle Jackson: Kyle pitched in 24 games in relief, going 6-0 with a save and a 1.59 ERA. In 45 1/3 games, Kyle stuck out 67.
Mike James: Mike James pitched in 48 games in relief, going 2-1 with a team high 25 saves and a 1.81 ERA. In 49 2/3 innings, Mike struck out 51.
Mario Pena: Mario piched in 5 games (2 starts), pitching 19 1/3 innings and putting up a 2.33 ERA.
Justin Sturge: Justin appeared in a team high 50 relief appearances, going 4-5 with 4 saves and a 2.92 ERA. Justin pitched 89 1/3 innings and struck out 79.
John Barnes: Barnes pitched in 8 games (7 starts), going 2-4 with a 3.13 ERA. John pitched 37 1/3 innings, walking 23 and striking out 28.
Luis Mendoza: Mendoza started 13 games for the Rocks, going 5-4 with a 3.14 ERA. Mendoza pitched 63 innings, striking out 46. Mendoza was traded to Texas later in the season.
Beau Vaughan: Beau pitched in 43 relief appearances, pitching 65 1/3 innings, and going 3-5 with a 3.72 ERA.
Matt Goodson: In 19 starts, Matt went 3-7 with a 3.92 ERA. In 96 1/3 innings, Matt struck out 67 and walked 42. Matt also gave up 13 HRs.
Randy Newsom: In 19 relief appearances, Randy went 1-1 with a 3.92 ERA.
Andrew Dobies: In 21 starts before earning his promotion to portland, Andrew went 8-6 with a 3.98 ERA. In 117 2/3 innings, Andrew struck out 77 and gave up 10 HRs.
Scott Shoemaker: Shoemaker started and relieved for the Blue Rocks, pitching in 23 games (8 starts), and picking up a team high 9 wins (vs. 2 losses). Scott had a 4.05 ERA in 73 1/3 innings.
Adam Blackley: Adam went 0-2 with a 4.64 ERA in 5 games for the Rocks.
Ryan Schroyer: In 31 relief appearances, Ryan went 1-5 with a 4.80 ERA. In 50 2/3 innings, Ryan struck out 49.
Jason Richardson: In 35 relief appearances (71 1/3 innings), Jason went 2-7 with a 4.92 ERA.
Jason Johnson: Jason had one start for the Blue Rocks, going 7 innings and giving up 10 hits and 4 runs.
Gary Galvez: The Cuban had a team high 25 starts and 122 1/3 innings, winning 6 games and losing a team high 10 games with a 5.44 ERA. Gary gave up a team high 16 HRs.
Kevin Guyette: Kevin pitched in 14 games for the Rocks (11 starts), going 2-6 with a 6.58 ERA. In 64 1/3 innings, Kevin gave up 12 HRs.
Jose Vaquedano: In one start, Jose went 4 innings and gave up 6 hits and 3 runs, walking 5.
Mike Rozier: In one start, Rozier threw 4 2/3 innings, giving up 6 hits and 4 runs.
Michael Bowden: In one start, Bowden pitched 5 innings, giving up 9 hits and 5 runs.
Will Mann: Mann pitched one inning in relief, giving up 2 runs.

-Brandon

#2 Mike F


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Posted 22 October 2006 - 11:38 AM

Thanks, Brandon