Minor League Stats Breakdown

Minor Leagues

I’m going to try and make this a weekly or semi-weekly post with the intention of letting you know where members of each of the state’s three minor league teams rank statistically in both their respective league and organizations.  Stats are current as of July 7, 2009.

Louisville Bats (AAA Cincinnati Reds)

Baseball America’s mid-season all-star Chris Heisy paces the Bats’ offense by ranking first in batting average in the Reds’ farm system.  Heisy has posted a .341 average between Louisville and Carolina.  He also is tied for farm system lead in home runs (14) and is second in RBI (47).  Louisville outfielder Norris Hopper ranks ninth in batting average (.280) in the farm system and Kevin Barker is part of the four-way tie for the farm system lead in home runs (14).  Outfielder Drew Stubbs ranks tenth in batting average (.279) and first in stolen bases (32).  The Bats rank second in team batting average (.257), runs scored (361), hits (710) and stolen bases (79) in the organization.

Pitcher Zachary Stewart ranks fourth in the Reds’ farm system in ERA (1.17), Matt Moloney ranks fifth (2.28) and Homer Bailey ranks seventh (2.71).  The Bats have the market cornered on wins in the organization:  Bailey leads the farm system with eight wins, and Sam LeCure and Justin Lehr rank third and fourth with seven and six wins respectively.  Louisville closer Josh Roenicke leads the farm system with 11 saves.  Bailey (82), LeCure (79) and Moloney (71) rank third, fourth and fifth in strikeouts.

Barker’s 14 home runs rank second in the International League, and Stubbs is tied for the league lead in stolen bases with 32.  Despite a big-league promotion Matt Moloney ranks fourth in the IL in ERA (2.28); Homer Bailey ranks eighth (2.71).  Justin Lehr leads the IL in wins (11) and Bailey ranks second (8).  Bailey is tied for fourth in the league in strikeouts (82).

Hit the jump to see the stats update for Bowling Green and Lexington.

Bowling Green Hot Rods (Low A Tampa Bay Rays)

2008 number-one draft pick Tim Beckham is the only Bowling Green batter represented in the organizational leaders.  He leads Bowling Green batters with a .286 batting average, good for fifth in the Tampa farm system.  Beckham also ranks fourth in RBI with 44.  Bowling Green ranks third in team batting average (.237).

The Hot Rods’ pitchers fare slightly better in the organizational standing with two pitchers cracking the top 10 in ERA.  Chris Andujar (2.48) and Matthew Moore (2.80) rank seventh and eighth in ERA.  Andujar ranks second in the organization in wins (8) and Josh Satow ranks fifth in saves (9).  Moore leads the Tampa Bay farm system with 102 strikeouts.  The Hot Rods’ pitching staff ranks fourth in team ERA (3.73) in the Rays’ system.

Only two Bowling Green players check in on the South Atlantic League leaderboard.  Andjuar ranks seventh in ERA (2.48) and Moore ranks fourth in strikeouts (102).  The Bowling Green offense ranks last in the SAL in team batting average (.237), and the pitching staff ranks tenth in ERA (3.73).

Lexington Legends (Low A Houston Astros)

The Legends have performed better on the field this season that in recent years, but their offensive numbers are still below average in both their organization and league.  Brian Pellegrini ranks second in the Astros’ system with 19 home runs between High A Lancaster and Lexington and is tied for third with 51 RBI.  Jay Shuck is the only other batter among the organization leaders; he leads Houston farm hands with 16 stolen bases.  The Lexington offense is last among Astros’ full-season farm teams in batting average (.239).

Robert Bono (2.45) and Ross Seaton (2.64) rank fifth and seventh in the organization in ERA.  Bono’s eight wins lead the Astros’ farm system, and Kyle Greenwalts’ seven wins rank second.  Patrick Urckfitz ranks third in the system with 10 saves.  Jordan Lyles (108) and Henry Villar (64) rank first and third in the system in strikeouts.  The Legends’ pitching staff leads full-season Astros’ farm teams with a 3.31 ERA.

No Legends’ batter cracks the South Atlantic Leaderboard in any offensive category, but the pitchers are represented well.  Bono (2.45) and Seaton (2.64) rank sixth and tenth in ERA in the league.  Bono is tied for fourth in the league with eight wins, and Lyles ranks second in the league with 108 strikeouts.  Bono is one of four pitchers in the league to throw two complete games, and Greenwalt ranks third with 92.2 innings pitched.

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