2008 Cards Minors Rookie Starter of the Year

Scott Gorgen

The St. Louis Cardinals fourth-round pick, Scott Gorgen, proved to be the most consistent of a very strong group and is named our 2008 Scout.com St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Rookie Starting Pitcher of the Year.

After a fantastic career at the University of California-Irvine, Scott Gorgen did not miss a beat in his first professional assignment in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Playing with the Batavia Muckdogs, Gorgen finished with a 5-2 record and a 2.32 ERA. The opposition managed only a .186 batting average against him.

Gorgen allowed less than one base runner per inning, finishing with a WHIP of 0.99. The 5-foot-10 right-hander posted a FIP of 2.70, second best among those who qualified. The native Californian finished with the third best ERA amongst starters, 2.32. He also finished second in DIPS and innings pitched. With 60 strikeouts in 54.1 innings, it was the fourth best mark in K/9 innings.

In game one of the New York-Penn League championship, Gorgen threw six shutout innings but did not factor in the decision.

Honorable Mention

Scott McGregor made a brief stop in the Gulf Coast League before heading to Johnson City, where he shined. In seven games, he was a perfect 4-0 with a 0.33 ERA. While at JC, Appalachian hitters managed only a .172 batting average against McGregor.

The former Memphis Tiger was superb, finishing with a system-best 1.45 ERA. McGregor made hitters earn their way on, allowing only 1.2 walks per nine innings. He finished second best mark in WHIP, fourth in batting average against, FIP, and strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Sixth-round pick Eric Fornataro quietly put up a solid season between the Gulf Coast League and Johnson City. The right-hander allowed only a .216 batting average against and was second in ERA with a mark of 1.89. His WHIP of 1.08 rated as the third best among those who qualified.

Adam Veres averaged 12 strikeouts per nine innings pitched while Anthony Ferrara averaged 10.8.

By the numbers

As with all system-wide awards, there was significant competition. Our own Leonda Markee assembled 2008 system-wide stats, both traditional and sabermetric, for Cardinals rookie minor league starting pitchers.

Earned Run Average
Rk Player  Team ERA  GS  IP  ER 
1 Scott McGregor QC/JC/GCL 1.45 12 3 37.1 6
2 Eric Fornataro JC/GCL 1.89 11 4 38 8
3 Scott Gorgen Bat 2.32 14 6 54.1 14
4 Richard Castillo QC/PB 2.37 19 15 95 25
5 Kevin Thomas JC 2.65 10 4 34 10
DIPS Earned Run Average
Rk Player  Team GS  dERA dIP dER
1 Jonny Bravo JC 10 3 2.29 38.4 9.8
2 George Brown Bat 17 6 2.73 50.0 15.2
3 Scott Gorgen Bat 14 6 2.75 54.3 16.6
4 Josh Hester Bat 14 7 2.81 54.7 17.1
5 Kevin Thomas JC 10 4 2.83 36.6 11.5
FIP
Rk Player  Team FIP HR  BB  HB  SO 
1 Jonny Bravo JC 2.66 2 10 7 48
2 Scott Gorgen Bat 2.70 3 17 1 60
3 Josh Hester Bat 2.74 3 9 2 47
4 Scott McGregor QC/JC/GCL 2.88 1 5 2 23
5 George Brown Bat 2.93 3 8 6 47
WHIP
Rk Player  Team ERA  IP  BB  WHIP 
1 Scott Gorgen Bat 2.32 54.1 37 17 0.99
2 Scott McGregor QC/JC/GCL 1.45 37.1 33 5 1.02
3 Eric Fornataro JC/GCL 1.89 38 32 9 1.08
4 Richard Castillo QC/PB 2.37 95 76 28 1.09
5 Miguel Flores JC/GCL 2.66 44 41 10 1.16
Strikeouts-to-Walks Ratio
Rk Player  Team IP  BB  SO  K/BB
1 George Brown Bat 47.1 8 47 5.9
2 Josh Hester Bat 48 9 47 5.2
3 Jonny Bravo JC 35 10 48 4.8
4 Scott McGregor QC/JC/GCL 37.1 5 23 4.6
5 Ryan Kulik QC/Bat 63 10 43 4.3
The Flamethrowers
Rk Player  Team IP  SO  K/9 IP
1 Jonny Bravo JC 35 48 12.3
2 Adam Veres Bat/JC 43.1 58 12.0
3 Anthony Ferrara GCL 30 36 10.8
T4 Scott Gorgen Bat 54.1 60 9.9
T4 Randy Santos JC 46.1 51 9.9
The Control Artists
Rk Player  Team IP  BB  BB/9 IP
1 Scott McGregor QC/JC/GCL 37.1 5 1.2
2 Ryan Kulik QC/Bat 63 10 1.4
3 George Brown Bat 47.1 8 1.5
4 Josh Hester Bat 48 9 1.7
5 Miguel Flores JC/GCL 44 10 2.0
Batting Average Against
Rk Player  Team IP  TBF BAA
1 Scott Gorgen Bat 54.1 37 219 0.186
2 Randy Santos JC 46.1 35 198 0.211
3 Eric Fornataro JC/GCL 38 32 162 0.216
4 Scott McGregor QC/JC/GCL 37.1 33 155 0.224
5 Richard Castillo QC/PB 95 76 378 0.226
Innings Eaters
Rk Player  Team GS  IP 
1 Richard Castillo QC/PB 19 15 95
2 Ryan Kulik QC/Bat 14 12 63
3 Scott Gorgen Bat 14 6 54.1
4 Miguel Tapia Bat 15 9 53.2
5 Zach Pitts Bat 14 7 51.2

 

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