Johnson City Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 3
The Johnson City Cardinals were 7-0 this week (13-6 overall). They are now in first place in the five-team Western Division of the Appalachian League, one game ahead of the Elizabethton Twins. The Cardinals have the best record and the longest win streak in the league. I was able to attend four of the seven games in person this week. I missed the three game sweep in Bluefield, WV. Those observations provide the basis for this report. Roster Changes There were no roster changes this week. As of last week's report, Steven Ramos had not yet appeared in a game in the Gulf Coast League. I am happy to report that he got off to a good start in Florida. Ramos was 6-for-18 with three stolen bases in his first six games. The roster remains at 31 active players (max of 35). Injuries 1B David Medina suffered a right hamstring injury in the eighth inning Monday night (July 5). Medina had to stretch, almost doing the splits, to catch a ball from 3B Romulo Ruiz that was thrown a little wide of first base after a groundball. It was estimated on Tuesday evening that Medina would miss at least ten days. P Bob Revesz, who suffered some stiffness and soreness in his pitching arm, has missed at least 12 games but was expected to be available to pitch Saturday night. OF Chris Edmondson missed his third consecutive game Saturday night. Team Statistical Review The offense woke up in a big way this week. After posting an uninspiring line of .239/.295/.354 last week, they produced a .329/.412/.574 line this week. They hit 39 extra base hits in seven games while striking out only 44 times. They averaged 8.4 runs scored per game. This week's offensive explosion propelled the team into first place in the league in batting average (.282), slugging (.451), on-base plus slugging (.806), hits, doubles, triples, and total bases. They are second in the league in runs, RBIs, walks, and on-base percentage (.355). The defense committed 17 errors last week that contributed to 11 unearned runs. This week, they added just 10 errors and five unearned runs. No single pitcher allowed more than one unearned run during the week. The Cardinals pitching staff's ERA increased from 3.00 to 3.29 this week but improved from fourth best to third best in the league. The pitchers have the most wins (13), the fewest losses (6), the most holds (11), the most saves (9), and the fewest walks (36) through their first 19 games. Their walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) of 1.23 is fourth in the ten-team league. The relievers have inherited 34 runners while allowing just six to score. Twenty eight percent of the batters all pitchers have faced have grounded out while twenty three percent have struck out. Game-By-Game The Cardinals decided to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks both during and after the game Sunday night. Johnson City had a season high sixteen hits in an 11-5 win over the first place (Eastern Division) Danville Braves. CF Oscar Taveras hit a grand slam home run, 1B David Medina was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, and C Juan Castillo was 4-for-4 with a home run. P Francisco Guzman picked up the win in relief. Johnson City moved into a tie for 1st place Monday night after Trevor Rosenthal recorded his first professional win and Cody Stanley hit his first professional home run. Hector Corpas gave up his first hit to the 16th batter he faced this year but rebounded to record his league leading fifth save. David Medina (.395) extended his hit streak to a team best eight games before he was lost for at least ten days with a right hamstring injury. Medina is 13-for-30 (.433) with four doubles, a triple, three home runs, and 11 RBIs during his hit streak. Tuesday saw Johnson City win its third straight for the second Tuesday in-a-row. Cody Stanley's pinch-hit two-RBI triple in the seventh ended the scoring at 6-5 and gave the Cardinals their first series sweep of the year. Though it took him 13 pitches in the bottom of the eighth inning in a one-run game, Chris Patterson recorded two swinging strikeouts with the bases loaded to record his third hold and help get Boone Whiting his first professional win. Whiting allowed his first walk to the 55th batter he faced this year. Hector Corpas recorded his league leading sixth save by striking out the side swinging in the ninth. Corpas maintains a firm grip on closer duties for the team. Wednesday's win over the Bluefield Orioles extended the Cardinals win streak to a season high four games. Romulo Ruiz, who extended his hit streak to six games, was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three two-out RBIs in a 5-4 win. Three different pitchers recorded firsts in the game. Iden Nazario got his first professional win. Ryan Copeland allowed just two hits over four shutout innings to record his first professional hold. Aidan Lucas, who is relatively new to pitching and has a good up-side to his future, recorded his first professional save. Johnson City extended its win streak to five games and remained tied with the Elizabethton Twins for the best record (11-6) in the Appalachian League after Thursday's games. Travis Tartamella, who has at least one RBI in six of his first seven games, hit his first home run and extended his hit streak to seven games. Romulo Ruiz extended his hit streak to seven games. Cody Stanley, who has hit safely in ten of his first eleven games, extended his hit streak to six games. Three different pitchers again recorded firsts in the game. Drew Benes got his first professional win. Angel De Jesus allowed two hits and one unearned run over three innings to record his first professional hold. Chris Patterson recorded his first professional save. The Cardinals moved into sole possession of first place with a 7-1 rain-shortened win and a sweep of the Bluefield Orioles in WV on Friday night. Virgil Hill and Reggie Williams each collected their first RBIs of the year on extra base hits while Cale Johnson went the distance (five innings) for a complete game four hitter. Romulo Ruiz and Travis Tartamella each extended their hit streaks to eight games. Johnson City took its perfect week to Kingsport to face the Mets on Saturday night. The Cardinals scored two runs in the first and never looked back as they cruised to a 14-4 victory. Johnson City had a season high 18 hits, including two triples and seven doubles. They were 10-for-22 (.455) with runners in scoring position. 3B Romulo Ruiz extended his hit streak to a team high nine games. C/DH Cody Stanley extended his hit streak to seven games. Danville 5 @ Johnson City 11, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/05/10 Danville 5 @ Johnson City 7, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/06/10 Danville 5 @ Johnson City 6, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/07/10 Johnson City 5 @ Bluefield 4, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/08/10 Johnson City 9 @ Bluefield 6, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/09/10 Johnson City 7 @ Bluefield 1, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/10/10 Johnson City 14 @ Kingsport 4, Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/11/10 Tandem Starting Pitchers Listed below are the pairings. The five primary starters (which usually switches between the two every six days) are limited to around 75 pitches (Johnson appears to be allowed closer to 80) and the secondary starters are limited to 50-65 pitches (varies from pitcher to pitcher). Five of the pitchers spent time in the Cardinals organization last year (Hernandez, De Jesus, Daugherty, Johnson, and Jimenez). The other four pitchers were drafted during the June 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Tandem Starting Pitchers (9): LHP Hector Hernandez and LHP Ryan Copeland RHP Angel De Jesus and LHP Pat Daugherty RHP Cale Johnson and Bullpen RHP Trevor Rosenthal and RHP Charllan Jimenez RHP Boone Whiting and LHP Jeff Nadeau Tandem Starter Pitch Counts 7/4: Cale Johnson: 73 pitches, 50 strikes, 13-for-22 first-pitch strikes. 7/5: Trevor Rosenthal: 68 pitches, 48 strikes, 9-for-19 first-pitch strikes. 7/5: Charllan Jimenez: 32 pitches, 21 strikes, 5-for-10 first-pitch strikes. 7/6: Jeff Nadeau: 63 pitches, 43 strikes, 11-for-18 first-pitch strikes. 7/6: Boone Whiting: 52 pitches, 30 strikes, 6-for-15 first-pitch strikes. 7/10: Charllan Jimenez: 73 pitches, 46 strikes, 11-for-18 first-pitch strikes. 7/10: Trevor Rosenthal: 65 pitches, 41 strikes, 8-for-15 first-pitch strikes. Who's Hot (Hitters) Eight different hitters hit .320 or better AND had on-base percentages of .417 or better this week. Seven of those slugged .630 or better. Those eight are featured below in decreasing order of batting average for the week. 1B/DH David Medina (.395) led the team in all four "line" hitting categories this week in two games before his injury. Medina was 5-for-8 (.625) with a double, a triple, and a home run. Medina missed the league leader board by just a few plate appearances. This picture is of Medina's RBI single to LF on a 2-2 pitch in the bottom of the first of his injury game. You can see the ball at the moment of contact with the bat. C Cody Stanley (.429) has a seven game hit streak and is leading the league in batting average and on-base percentage (.472). Stanley is tied for second in the league in triples (2), is fourth in on-base plus slugging (1.084), is sixth in slugging (.612), and is tied for ninth in RBIs (13). Stanley posted a .500/.538/.833 line in six games this week. Stanley is 1-for-4 (25%) in catching base stealers. C Juan Castillo (.321) posted a .500/.529/.813 line in four games this week. Castillo is 3-for-5 (60%) in catching base stealers. He leads the team with four groundouts into double plays. OF Virgil Hill (.290) posted a .467/.500/.800 line in five games this week. OF/1B Phil Cerreto (.278) posted a .417/.462/.750 line in three games this week. 3B Romulo Ruiz (pictured after his first home run, .297) is tied for third in the league in doubles (7) and is fifth in walks (10). Ruiz posted a .370/.452/.630 line in team-high seven games and a 27 at bats this week. Ruiz led the team with four doubles and eight RBIs this week. Ruiz committed three errors this week in one game. Ruiz leads the team with six two-out RBIs and has the team's longest hit streak, which is currently active, at nine games. His name is pronounced ROW-moo-low. 1B Kleininger Teran (.262) posted a .333/.417/.429 line this week in six games. CF Oscar Taveras (.314) posted a .320/.433/.760 line this week in six games. Taveras led the team with ten runs, two triples, two home runs, eight RBIs, four walks, and one stolen base this week. Taveras committed his first two errors, both fielding, this week. Who's Not Hot (Hitters) OF Chris Edmondson (.257) was 1-for-7 (.143) with two strikeouts this week. RF Roberto Reyes (.191) was 2-for-12 (.167) with five strikeouts this week. IF Packy Elkins (.258) was 2-for-12 (.167) in five games this week. 2B/SS Greg Garcia (.297) was 4-for-22 (.182) in six games this week. SS Cesar Valera (.161) was 5-for-22 (.227) this week with three errors and seven strikeouts in six games. Valera is tied for seventh in the league in walks (9). Who's Hot (Pitchers) Note: The box score for Saturday night was incorrect. P Trevor Rosenthal (not P Charllan Jimenez) pitched the 1-2-3 with two strikeouts fifth inning. The result is that Rosenthal should get the win instead of Jimenez and that Rosenthal's ERA, Ks, and WHIP are a little better. The statistics posted in this article have been updated and I will inform team officials of the scoring error. Several pitchers just barely missed being ranked with the league leaders due to having just under the minimum of 15.1 innings pitched (IP). Ryan Copeland (14.2 IP) and Boone Whiting (13.1 IP) are the two who missed out. Pitchers with walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) of 1 or less after 19 games include Hector Corpas (0.30), Ryan Copeland (0.61), and Boone Whiting (0.90). P Hector Corpas (pictured, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.30 WHIP) leads the league with six saves. Corpas has yet to walk anyone and has averaged 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (K/9). He is tied for seventh in the league in games (6). P Ryan Copeland (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.61 WHIP) would lead the league in WHIP with just two more outs recorded. Copeland walked none this week while recording an 11.3 K/9 rate. P Boone Whiting (1-0, 3.38 ERA, 0.90 WHIP) is sixth in the league in strikeouts (22). Whiting leads the team, as a tandem starter, with a strikeout per nine innings (K/9) rate of 14.9. P Cale Johnson (gallery below, 3-0, 2.70 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) is tied for third in the league in wins and is tied for first in games started (4) and complete games (1). SHARE P Trevor Rosenthal (pictured up close and with his circle change grip, 2-0, 2.16 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) is eighth in the league in ERA. SHARE P Angel De Jesus (1-0, 2.87 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) allowed no runs or walks this week over three innings pitched. He posted a 0.67 WHIP and 9.0 K/9 this week. P Chris Patterson (0-0, 3.52 ERA, 1.70 WHIP) leads the league in holds (3) and is tied for seventh in the league in games (6). P Francisco Guzman (1-0, 4.91 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) is tied for the league lead in games (7). Who's Not Hot (Pitchers) Five pitchers posted ERAs of six or greater this week: Francisco Guzman (6.00), Hector Hernandez (7.36), Pat Daugherty (7.36), Charllan Jimenez (7.95), and Jeff Nadeau (9.00). P Hector Hernandez (0-1, 5.14 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) has allowed four home runs in 14 IP and is tied for second in the league in home runs allowed. P Iden Nazario (1-0, 4.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP) and P Bob Revesz (0-0, 6.00 ERA, 2.33 WHIP) are the only pitchers with WHIPs of 2 or greater. Nazario's pitching delivery is still undergoing some pretty significant mechanical modifications. Week Three Schedule Game 20 (Sun): Whiting/Nadeau @ Kingsport Mets Game 21 (Mon): Copeland/Hernandez vs. Kingsport Mets Tuesday July 13: Appy League Scheduled Off Day Game 22 (Wed): De Jesus/Daugherty @ Pulaski Mariners Game 23 (Thu): Johnson/Bullpen @ Pulaski Mariners Game 24 (Fri): Rosenthal/Jimenez @ Pulaski Mariners Game 25 (Sat): Nadeau/Whiting vs. Kingsport Mets © 2010 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com and stlcardinals.scout.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.