One final Saturday Stats Pack for the minor league Bravos. We’ll mix things up a little by not focusing too much on the team, but the end-of-season stats. If you want some more observations, but this time of the major league club, click here.
Homeruns – 15
That’s how many Carolina (and briefly Gwinnett) 1B/DH Jake Schrader hit in 2015. What might surprise you about that number is that it led all Braves minor leaguers. In fact, only six players reached double digits in homeruns all year – though two of them (Austin Riley and Isranel Wilson) spent the season in short-season rookie ball.
One of the odd little nuggets that makes nerds like me excited to see ended up not happening. For a large portion of the year, Rome outfielder Joseph Daris had more triples than doubles, but a three double binge over four games changed that in sad fashion. Daris finished the year as one of just two Braves with at least 10 triples – fellow outfielder Keith Curcio also did it.
Stolen Base Crown – 57 steals
Playing full season ball helps. Mallex Smith added seven steals in September to finish his year with 57 overall split between Mississippi and Gwinnett. It gave him two more than Randy Ventura, who paced the Dominican Summer League. Of course, Ventura’s number is probably even more impressive considering it came in just 58 games. Neither player competed for the top mark in the minors (which was 82) and the Braves joined the Yankees and White Sox has teams with two 50-steal guys in the minors.
27 year-old Cedric Hunter got a small look in spring training, but the former prospect headed to Gwinnett to play 2015 and nearly did something no other Braves minor leaguer was able to do – reach 200 total bases on the year. He finished just one base short. How unusual is it for the Braves to not have someone reach 200 TB or more? The last time it happened was when Francisco Cabrera led all Braves farmhands with 198 total bases in 1989. Or to put that in another way…a year after Hunter was born.
Modified ERA Title
Who had the best ERA of a guy with at least 100 innings pitched? That would be Greg Smith, the former LSU lefty, who has logged time with the A’s and Rockies over his career. He finished this year with a 2.71 ERA in 31 games, including 19 starts. Kind of surprised he didn’t get look since the Braves have employed the likes of Donnie Veal.
A Trio of Workhorses
Only three pitchers in the Braves system completed multiple games. Tyrell Jenkins finished three games for Mississippi before his promotion to Gwinnett while lefty Yean Carlos Gill had three, including a shutout, between two stops at A-ball. Of course, Gil also had a 4.69 ERA overall so that’s not a year anyone will write glowingly about. Leading the way for the Braves was Sean Furney, who the Braves quietly acquired for “cash considerations” shortly before the season from the D’Backs. Furney provided depth and was pretty ancient at Rome (24 years old), but when he was called onto to start, he was productive with a 3.03 ERA and FOUR complete games.
The Generic Rip-Off Rolaids Relief Award Goes to…
For Tyler Jones, it wasn’t about stuff. He had plenty of stuff. But could he consistently spot it? Cast off by the Twins as spring training came to a close, the Braves added Jones and after breezing through a month with Carolina, he finished the year with 39 games in Mississippi. Overall, he led the system with 22 saves and could be a guy that might surprise some people next spring.
Strikeouts? What’s that?
While the Braves have developed a lot of power arms to come out of the pen – Bradley Roney led them with 70 K’s in 48.1 ING – getting K’s from the starter was not something Atlanta saw much of this year. Only four pitchers reached 100 K’s, led by 22 year-old Brandon Barker and his 109. Lucas Sims needed a strong finish with Mississippi to make it four as he reached 100 even K’s in his final game when he K’d 7 Jacksonville Suns in as many innings.
Everyone Hold Onto Your Butts
I’ve talked about how disappointing this season was for Alec Grosser before, but really, this year was so terribly bad, it deserves another mention. In 85.1 ING, Grosser walked 65 batters. That’s a sophomorically funny rate of 6.9 BB/9. But where Grosser’s numbers get exceedingly awful is with these two nuggets. He hit 16 players during the year and uncorked 26 wild pitches. I wonder if the PA system had to make an announcement to get those gloves up because Grosser has absolutely no idea where it’s going. The odd thing is that Grosser was fairly good with Danville in 2014 (3.1 BB/9, 6 HBP, 4 WP in 63.1 ING). I’ll say this – if you are going to suck, spectacularly suck.
What Jersey Do I Wear Today?
This is not really stats-related, but just to shine light on poor Joey Terdoslavich this year. Due to rehab assignments and demotions, Terdo logged time with five different teams this season. He began the year with Rome, went to Carolina next, then Mississippi, and onto the majors before a few demotions to Gwinnett. His stop in Mississippi included just one game. Well, at least he got to see the southeast.