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Season Ending Report: Salem Red Sox


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#1 Cuzittt


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Posted 19 October 2011 - 06:57 AM

Salem Red Sox - Carolina League Southern Division
Record: 1st Half - 31-38, 2nd Half - 33-73, Overall - 64-75
Placement - 4th, 3rd, 4th (of 4)

The Salem Red Sox fell upon hard times record wise this season, missing the playoffs for the second year in succession. Of course, every year is a transition year in the minors, and the team should be much better with the collection of talent it will begin with next season.

The team was actually among the leaders in team offense, ranking 3rd in the 8 team league in OPS at .714. The team actually led the league in On Base Percentage (.328) and was third in Slugging at .387. Salem ranked 2nd in doubles (264), 5th in triples (30), and third in HRs (93). They were also third in walks with 449 and was tied with Wilmington for 3rd most strikeouts with 1017. The team stole 136 bases while being caught 60 times.

But, the name of the game in this league was pitching, and the Sox were not blessed with great pitching. The team ranked dead last in ERA with a 4.16 and was also ranked last in team shutouts with 6. The failure of the staff was primarily in letting free runners get on, as the team walked 474 (3rd, but only 3 fewer than 1st) and hit 102 (19 more than any other team). The staff gave up 1126 hits and 92 HRs, both of which ranked 4th in the league. One bright spot... while their 549 earned runs allowed led the league, Potomac bested them with 627 total runs allowed (Sox with 621).

Player of the Year:

Bryce Brentz - With Reynaldo Rodriguez failing to play in half the teams games, I go with Bryce Brentz who started the year in Greenville, but played his final 75 games for the Salem Sox. And he continued to hit for power, batting .274/.336/.531 with 15 doubles and 19 HRs. Bryce walked 26 times while striking out 80 times... certainly something he will need to work on in the upcoming seasons.

Pitcher of the Year:

Chris Hernandez - The Red Sox drafted 3 college pitchers in the top portion of the 2010 draft, and only Hernandez (7th round) started in Salem at the beginning of the 2011 season. In 25 starts, Hernandez went 10-7 with a 3.18 ERA. In 127 1/3 innings, Hernandez gave up 112 hits (8 HRs), walked 51 and struck out 80. He was easily the best of a mediocre crew of starters for the Sox this season.

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 11:03 AM

I apologize for the lack of progress on this and the other Season Ending Reports. I hope to be able to get through these this week. By starting to finish this one now.

OFFENSE

Derrik Gibson - Gibson played a team high 128 games, batting .240/.321/.306 with 20 doubles, 3 triples, a team high 48 walks and 86 strikeouts. Gibson stole 24 bases (while being caught 9 times) and committed 19 errors.

Kolbrin Vitek - Vitek played the full season in Salem, batting .281/.350/.372 in 123 games. Vitek led the team with 6 triples and 102 strikeouts, while garnering 22 doubles, 3 HRs and 45 walks. Kolbrin stole 12 bases in 15 attempts. Kolbrin also led the team with 28 errors from his 3rd base position. Kolbrin started off the season hot in April (896 OPS) before falling offensively in May and June. Kolbrin saw his offense turn for the better in July and August which might be a good thing for the future.

Shannon Wilkerson - Wilkerson played 102 games for the Sox, batting .251/.322/.404 with 18 doubles and 10 HRs. Shannon walked 34 times and 70 strikeout, stealing 13 bases in 16 attempts.

Peter Hissey - Hissey appeared in 97 games, batting .241/.297/.339 with a team high 25 doubles, 3 triples and 2 HRs. Hissey walked 25 times and struck out 93 times. Hissey stole a team high 27 bases while being caught a team high 11 times.

Dan Butler - Butler played in 91 games for Salem, batting .247/.350/.417 with 20 doubles and 11 HRs. Butler also walked 45 times while striking out only 56 times.

Zach Gentile - The utility man played in 80 games, batting .273/.366/.320 with 10 doubles, 31 walks and 42 strikeouts.

David Mailman - Mailman played in 79 games, batting .212/.297/.365 with 20 doubles, 6 HRs, 31 walks and 70 strikeouts.

Miles Head - Miles played in 63 games for Salem after his promotion from the Drive, batting .254/.328/.405 with 12 doubles and 7 HRs. Head walked 20 times while striking out 56 times.

Michael Almanzar - Almanzar played in 61 games before finally being demoted to Greenville. Almanzar was completely overmatched, batting .182/.223/.245 with 8 doubles and 2 HRs. Almanzar walked only 9 times while striking out 55 times. The good news... he hasn't yet turned 22.

Jorge Padron - The Cuban started the season in Portland before being demoted to Salem where he batted .248/.317/.354 in 60 games. Padron hit 12 doubles, 3 triples and 2 HRs; walking 21 times while striking out 25 times.

Reynaldo Rodriguez - Rodriguez played in 56 games before being promoted to Portland, batting .317/.397/.579 with 24 doubles and 9 HRs. Rodriguez walked 27 times and struck out 43 times.

Alex Valdez - Valdez signed on with the Sox after being released by the Nationals organization, and played 39 games for Salem. Valdez batted .243/.303/.371 with 11 doubles, 13 walks and 40 strikeouts.

Josue Peley - The catcher batted .276/.311/.325 with 6 doubles, 7 walks and 27 strikeouts in 36 games.

Jeremy Hazelbaker - Hazelbaker played in 34 games for Salem before being promoted to Portland. Hazelbaker batted .279/.389/.475 with 9 doubles, 5 HRs, 12 SBs (in 18 attempts), 20 walks and 34 strikeouts.

Heiker Meneses - Heiker also played everywhere this season, batting .356/.416/.574 with 9 doubles, 5 triples and 6 SBs in 26 games in Salem.

Mark Wagner - Wagner played in 26 games for Salem between injuries, batting .264/.365/.448 with 4 doubles, 4 HRs, 14 walks and 16 strikeouts.

Matt Spring - The powerful backup catcher played in 24 games for Salem, batting .250/.298/.568 with 7 doubles and 7 HRs. Spring walked 6 times while striking out 32 times.

Vladimir Frias - The infielder played in 24 games for Salem, batting .197/.313/.380 with 4 doubles and 3 HRs.

Wilfred Pichardo - The OF batted .244/.272/.314 with 4 doubles in 23 games.

James Kang - In 14 games for Salem, Kang batted .189/.268/.216 with a double.

Ronald Bermudez - Bermudez played in 9 games before his promotions to Portland and Pawtucket, batting .194/.265/.290 with 3 doubles.

Leonel Escobar - The catcher played in 4 games, batting .200/.273/.200 with a walk.

Joantoni Garcia - Garcia played in 2 games, going 2/6.

Drew Dominguez - Dominguez played in 2 games, going 1/5 with a walk and a HBP.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 03:31 AM

PITCHING

Ryan Pressly - Led the team with 26 starts and 130 Innings pitched, going 6-11 with a 4.50 ERA. Gave up 125 hits (9 HRs), but walked 53 and hit 13. Struck out only 72.

Pete Ruiz - Pitched 115 1/3 inning while splitting time in the rotation and in the pen (28 appearances, 15 starts). Pete went 6-5 with a 5.31 ERA, allowing 126 hits (5 HRs) while hitting 12 and walking a team high 55. Struck out a team high 94.

Drake Britton - Drake had a horrible year, going 1-13 with a 6.91 ERA in 26 starts (97 2/3 innings). Britton allowed 111 hits (team high 12 HRs), walked a team high 55 and hit 6. He did strike out 89 batters.

Jeremiah Bayer - Bayer was quite good in 36 appearances out of the pen, going 7-4 with 4 saves and a 3.26 ERA for Salem. Bayer pitched 91 innings, allowing 86 hits (4 HRs), hit 8, walked 32 and struck out 69.

Tom Ebert - Ebert pitched in 31 games (4 starts), going 5-6 with a 4.09 ERA. In 83 2/3 innings, Ebert allowed 67 hits (7 HRs), hit a team high 16 batters and walked 37. Ebert stuck out 71.

Anthony Ranaudo - In 16 starts after his promotion from the Drive, Anthony went 5-5 with a 4.33 ERA. In 81 innings, Ranaudo allowed 80 hits (6 HRs), hit 9 and walked 30 while striking out 67.

Will Latimer - Went 1-0 with 8 saves and a 2.93 ERA in 36 relief appearances. In 76 2/3 innings, Latimer allowed 64 hits, struck out 61, walked 20 and hit 2.

Kendal Volz - Traded to Kansas City as part of the Mike Aviles trade, Volz went 3-3 with 3 saves and a 3.03 ERA in 37 relief appearances for the Salem Sox. In 62 1/3 innings, Volz allowed 53 hits (6 HRs), walked 13, hit 2 and struck out 63.

Anatanear Batista - In 27 relief appearances, Batista went 4-3 with 2 saves and a 4.44 ERA. In 52 2/3 innings, Batista allowed 54 hits (5 HRs), walked 26, hit 2 and struck out 46.

Stolmy Pimentel - Pitched in 11 games (10 starts) after being demoted from Portland. Went 6-4 with a 4.53 ERA over 51 2/3 innings for Salem. Allowed 50 hits (8 HRs), hit 8, walked 16 and struck out 35.

Mitch Herold - In 22 relief appearances, Mitch went 1-2 with 2 saves and a 3.35 ERA. Over 40 1/3 innings, Mitch allowed 31 hits (1 HR), walked 13 and struck out 32.

Chris Martin - In 13 relief appearances, Martin went 2-1 with 4 saves and a 0.92 ERA. Over 39 1/3 innings, Chris allowed 29 hits (ZERO HRs), walked 6 and struck out 24.

Chris Balcom-Miller - Started 7 games before a promotion to Portland, going 3-1 with a 2.34 ERA. In 34 2/3 innings, CBM allowed 24 hits (2 HRs), walked 11 and struck out 37.

Michael Gleason - In 13 relief appearances, Gleason went 0-2 with a 6.86 ERA. In 19 2/3 innings, Gleason allowed 27 hits (2 HRs), walked 9 and struck out 16.

Junichi Tazawa - In 6 rehab starts (19 1/3 innings), Tazawa struggled, allowing 20 hits (4 HRs), 6 walks, and 3 HBPs. He did strike out 13 and was much better in his next stints.

Manuel Rivera - In 5 games (2 starts) with Salem, went 0-2 with 2 saves and a 5.59 ERA. In 19 1/3 innings, allowed 18 hits (3 HRs), walked 10 and struck out 8.

Cesar Cabral - In 12 games for Salem (16 2/3 innings), went 1-0 with 8 saves and a 1.62 ERA. Allowed 15 hits, 5 walks and struck out 24.

Jordan Flasher - In 5 relief appearances, went 3-0 with a 2.92 ERA. Allowed 13 hits, 5 walks and struck out 5 in 12 1/3 innings.

Dennis Neuman - Neuman went 0-3 in 7 relief appearances (11 2/3 innings), allowing 15 hits (2 HRs), 12 walks and struck out 8.

TJ Hose - Went 1-1 with 1 save and a 4.22 ERA in 6 relief appearances. Over 10 2/3 innings, allowed 11 hits (2 HRs), walked 9 and struck out 7.

Miguel Gonzalez - Pitched 5 innings in 2 starts, allowing a run on 5 hits, a HBP, 2 walks and struck out 4.

Zach Gentile - The Utility infielder threw one inning, allowing 2 runs on a walk and a HR.