Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Some Final Numbers

I seemed to have more favorites playing in the minor leagues this year than in the majors.  Now that their seasons have ended, it is probably a good time to see how a couple of them did.

Let's start with the one guy that spent the entire season in AA.  Kai Gronauer finished the season with a .253 batting average, four home runs, 20 RBI, and one stolen base.  He finished the year on a roll, hitting .345 with two home runs in his final ten games.  As for the catching, he only made two errors in 51 games behind the plate.  He caught 29% of runners trying to steal.  Overall he has been excellent at throwing out runners, with a 38% career average.  An injury interrupted his season so he only played in 52 games this season.  His strong finish was nice to see and hopefully he'll be back at big league camp next spring.

Now to AAA.  Zach Lutz had quite the injury filled season.  Despite all those injuries he still managed to have a nice year.  His final batting average was .295 but it didn't slip under .300 until the end of his season when he was clearly dealing with the concussion symptoms that end his year.  He hit 11 home runs and had 31 RBI in 61 games with the Bisons.  I would love to see what he can do in a full season.  In previous seasons he has been injury prone and this year he had more than his fair share of injuries, but most of them were completely out of his control.  All I want is for him to get healthy and be in camp next spring.

My other minor league favorites, Mike Nickeas and Josh Satin, are finishing the year in the Major Leagues.  Congrats to them both!

Let's Go Mets!

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