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Championship Numbers

It’s been just over a week and it’s still not old. (Photo Credit: Brad Hand)

Time to get back to a bit more regular posting schedule.

First, here is the new Mehring Monday with some memories of moments from the Championship run.

Second, here is the document of the Timber Rattlers 2012 Playoff stats.
Wisconsin hit .214 as a team in their nine playoff games
Opponents hit .191 against Wisconsin pitchers.
Nick Ramirez had nine hits in the playoffs – a single, four doubles, and four home runs.  He led the team in average (.310), homers (4), RBI (10), walks (8), and HBP (2).  That all leads to a OBP of 487, and an OPS of 1.349.  Small sample size or not, that is pretty impressive.

Third, here is the document with a breakdown of runs by inning, the pitching, and the defense: Timber Rattlers 2012 Playoff Breakdowns

Highlights from the last document:
Rafael Neda was .500 (4-for-8) in throwing out base stealers
Wisconsin outscored opponents 14-0 in the fourth inning during the playoffs
Starting pitchers had a K:BB ratio of 51:11 in 64 innings

Last:  I just received an email from Rob Zerjav, the Midwest League Executive of the Year.  Sports32 will rebroadcast the Fort Wayne telecast of Game Four of the Midwest League Championship Series.

The first three rebroadcasts are scheduled for:
Wednesday, 9/26 at 1:30pm
Sunday, 9/30 at 11am
Monday, 10/1 at 7pm

Get those DVR’s set.

MWL Championship Series Preview

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Fort Wayne Wizards TinCaps meet in Game One of the 2012 Midwest League Championship Series on Wednesday, September 12.  The series is a best-of-five

The schedule:
Wednesday, September 12 @ Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium at 6:35pm CDT
Thursday, September 13 @ Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium at 12:05pm CDT
Friday, September, 14 – TRAVEL DAY
Saturday, September 15 @ Parkview Field at 6:05pm CDT
Sunday, September 16 @ Parkview Field at 4:05pm CDT
Monday, September 17 @ Parkview Field at 6:05pm CDT

ROAD TO THE FINALS:
Fort Wayne – Qualified as the Second Half Eastern Division Wild Card
First Round:
September 5: @Fort Wayne 5, Lansing 2
September 6: Fort Wayne 9, @Lansing 6

Eastern Finals:
September 8: @Fort Wayne 4, Lake County 3
September 9: @Lake County 7, Fort Wayne 4
September 10: Fort Wayne 13 @Lake County 6

Wisconsin – Qualified as First Half Western Division Champion
First Round:
September 5: @Burlington 4, Wisconsin 0
September 6: @Wisconsin 4, Burlington 0
September 7: @Wisconsin 3, Burlington 0

Western Finals:
September 8: Wisconsin 9 @Clinton 1
September 9: @Wisconsin 4, Clinton 2

The teams met just three times during the regular season.  So, instead of the head-to-head numbers, this post will give the overall season numbers for each team.  There will also be a link to the three games played at Fort Wayne in July, a few other notes about the teams, and the probable pitchers.

And that seems like a good place to start.
Game One: RHP Jacob Barnes v. RHP Joe Ross
Game Two: RHP Chad Pierce v.RHP Colin Rea
Game Three: RHP David Goforth v. LHP Frank Garces
Game Four: RHP Chad Thompson v. RHP James Needy
Game Five: RHP Mark Williams v. RHP Matt Wisler

All stats below are Regular Season and current players only unless otherwise noted:
Overall Record:
Fort Wayne:  69-71
Wisconsin: 78-61

First Half Record:
Fort Wayne: 31-39
Wisconsin: 44-25

Second Half Record:
Fort Wayne: 38-32
Wisconsin: 34-36

Home Record:
Fort Wayne: 37-33
Wisconsin: 42-28

Road Record:
Fort Wayne: 32-38
Wisconsin: 36-33

Longest Winning Streak:
Fort Wayne: Six
Wisconsin: Eight

Longest Losing Streak:
Fort Wayne: Five (Twice)
Wisconsin: Six

OFFENSE:
AVG:
Fort Wayne: .252
Wisconsin: .257

OBP:
Fort Wayne: .325
Wisconsin: .323

SLG:
Fort Wayne: .368
Wisconsin: .395

HOME RUNS:
Fort Wayne: 64
Wisconsin: 107

STRIKEOUTS:
Fort Wayne: 1031
Wisconsin: 1187

WALKS:
Fort Wayne: 461
Wisconsin: 415

SB/SBA:
Fort Wayne: 206/286
Wisconsin: 118/194

RUNS/GAME:
Fort Wayne: 4.33
Wisconsin:  4.63

SAC:
Fort Wayne: 46
Wisconsin: 49

PITCHING:
STRIKEOUTS:
Fort Wayne: 1101
Wisconsin: 1019

WALKS:
Fort Wayne: 499
Wisconsin: 487

ERA:
Fort Wayne: 3.59
Wisconsin: 3.83

RUNS ALLOWED/GAME:
Fort Wayne:  4.23
Wisconsin: 4.30

SAVES/SAVE OPPORTUNITIES:
Fort Wayne: 28/49
Wisconsin: 47/67

WHIP:
Fort Wayne: 1.31
Wisconsin: 1.32

DEFENSE:
ERRORS:
Fort Wayne: 173
Wisconsin: 125

FIELDING PERCENTAGE:
Fort Wayne: .966
Wisconsin: .976

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS:
OFFENSE:
AVG:
Fort Wayne: Yeison Asencio – .323
Wisconsin: Brandon Macias – .288

OBP:
Fort Wayne: Jace Peterseon – .378
Wisconsin: Brandon Macias – .388

SLG:
Fort Wayne: Yeison Asencio – .474
Wisconsin: Ben McMahan – .500

HOME RUNS:
Fort Wayne: Lee Orr – 11
Wisconsin: Nick Ramirez – 16

DOUBLES:
Fort Wayne: Kyle Gaedele & Austin Hedges – 28
Wisconsin: Brandon Macias – 35

TRIPLES:
Fort Wayne: Jace Peterson – 9
Wisconsin: Ben McMahan – 11

RBI:
Fort Wayne: Yeison Asencio – 61
Wisconsin: Nick Ramirez – 70

WALKS:
Fort Wayne: Jace Peterson – 62
Wisconsin: Brandon Macias – 58

STOLEN BASES:
Fort Wayne: Jace Peterson – 51
Wisconsin: Chadwin Stang – 26

RUNS:
Fort Wayne: Jace Peterson – 78
Wisconsin: Chadwin Stang – 85

PITCHING:
STRIKEOUTS:
Fort Wayne: Matt Wisler – 113
Wisconsin: Chad Pierce – 115

WINS:
Fort Wayne: Frank Garces – 9
Wisconsin: David Goforth – 10

INNINGS PITCHED:
Fort Wayne: Frank Garces – 121.2
Wisconsin: David Goforth – 150.2

ERA:
Fort Wayne: Matt Wisler – 2.53
Wisconsin: Chad Pierce – 3.47

SAVES:
Fort Wayne: Matt Stites – 13
Wisconsin:  Kevin Shackelford – 5

WHIP:
Fort Wayne: Matt Wisler – 1.08
Wisconsin: Chad Pierce – 1.23

The meetings in 2012 – all three games at Parkview Field:
July 14: @Fort Wayne 4, Wisconsin 3 WP: Cropper LP: Shackelford

Quick Recap: Chad Pierce allowed two runs on five hits in eighth innings and the Rattlers led 3-2 heading to the bottom of the ninth inning.  But, Fort Wayne scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth off Kevin Shackelford.  Click here for the full game story.

July 15: Wisconsin 8 @Fort Wayne 2 WP: Goforth LP: Hebner

Quick Recap: Mike Garza drove in four runs, Ben McMahan drove in two, and Nick Ramirez homered to provide all the offense David Goforth would need.  Goforth allowed two runs and allowed eight hits over eight innings for the win.  Click here for the full  game story.

July 16: @Fort Wayne 7, Wisconsin 4 WP: Garces LP: M. Williams SV: Stites

Quick Recap: Tyler Stubblefield and Felix Cabrera both homered as part of a three run third inning off Mark Williams.  Frank Garces allowed two runs on four hits in five innings.  Fort Wayne was up 7-2 into the top of the ninth inning, the Rattlers scored twice in the ninth, but Matt Stites came on to get the final two outs for the save.  Click here for the full game story.

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES HISTORY:
Fort Wayne has made one appearance in the Midwest League Championship Series prior to 2012. 
2009: Defeated the Burlington Bees in three games.

Wisconsin has made three appearances in the Midwest League Championship Series prior to 2012.
1996: Lost to the West Michigan Whitecaps in four games
1999: Lost to the Burlington Bees in five games
2005: Lost to the South Bend Silver Hawks in five games.

The TinCaps were known as the Fort Wayne Wizards through the 2008 season.  From 1995 through the 2012 regular season.  Wisconsin and Fort Wayne have played 99 game in the overall series.  The series is even at 64-64-1.

The teams played to a 1-1 tie on June 6, 2003 in a game shortened to six innings by rain at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Wisconsin is 29-31-1 against the TinCaps at home.  They are 35-33 at Fort Wayne, including a 3-6 record at Parkview Field since 2009.

This is the first time these teams will meet in the postseason.

Enough numbers. First pitch of the series is 6:35pm on Wednesday.  Let’s have some fun!

Arizona & Ratings & twitter

Down in the Arizona Fall League yesterday:

Nathan Adcock (’08) got the start for Surprise against Salt River.  Salt River won 6-2 and Adcock took the loss.

Adcock: 5IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HR

Peoria lost 7-6 in ten innings to Phoenix.

Ex-Rattlers in action for Peoria:
Adam Moore (’06): 1-for-4
Casey Medlen (’11): IP, H, R, 0BB, 2K, HR, Loss

Brewers minor leaguers in action for Peoria:
Logan Schafer: 2-for-4, 2 RUNS, 2B,
Zelous Wheeler: 1-for-4
Jed Bradley: IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR

This piece has been up over at Bernie’s Crew for the last couple of days, so it’s about time I put a link to it here.  I’ll put Jim’s introduction here, but you’ll need to click the link to see how pitchers in the Brewers Minor League system are lined up by certain categories.

Every year, members of the media and fans spend far too much time breaking down the ERA of minor league pitchers.

I have yet to talk to a scout who legitimately believes ERA illustrates much of anything in terms of talent in a young pitcher. It’s all about the projectability of the stuff, the skill set on the mound, and the relative age to his opponents.

Pinpointing the ultimate projectability of a pitcher’s repertoire is an artform that is often honed, but never mastered. It’s not as objective as simply standing in the scout’s section of the ballpark with a radar gun and logging velocity readings. It’s about understanding mechanics. It’s about understanding what could be there, rather than what already is.

One of the easiest ways to grab a snapshot of the Brewers’ minor league system is to categorize them according to the three main skills on the mound: ground-ball percentage, walk rate, and strikeout rate.

Last thing today: Look at the latest Rattlers Alumni on twitter

Nick Bucci  is @nickbooch
Cameron Garfield is @CAMgGARFIELD
Maverick Lasker is @LaskerMaverick

Updates

Nick Bucci as a pitcher for the Timber Rattlers in 2010. (Photo by Patrick S. Blood)

Pool play has concluded in the IBAF World Cup in Panama.  Seven former Rattlers participated in Pool play.  Only four are moving on to Round two.  Canada and the Netherlands are both through to the round that starts today.  Puerto Rico and Taiwan are heading home after round one.

Here are the stats for the ex-Rattlers who played in this international competition:

Canada:
Brock Kjeldgaard (’09): 6-for-24 (.250), 3 2Bs, HR, 3 RUNS, 6RBI, 10BB, 12K
Nick Bucci (’10): GS, 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K, 1-0, 0.00ERA
Jim Henderson (’09): 3Gs, 4IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 0-0, 0.00ERA, SAV

Puerto Rico:
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 5-for-21 (.238), 2 2Bs, 2 RUNS, 2RBI, BB, 2K
Efrain Nieves (’10): 2 GS, 9.2IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 6BB, 15K, 1-1, 3.72ERA

Netherlands:
Kalian Sams (’07): 2-for-11 (.182), 2 RUNS, 3 BB, 4K

Taiwan:
Kuo Hui Lo (’07): 7-for-23 (.304) 2 2Bs, RUN, 2RBI, 3K

Canada plays Australia today, South Korea tomorrow, & Venezuela on Thursday
The Dutch have South Korea today, Australia tomorrow, & Cuba on Thursday

The Netherlands and Canada both play at 2pm today.  Here is a link to the round two schedule and scoreboard.  To follow the play-by-play of a game, click on the GTK link next to the game.

In non-Rattler news at the World Cup, USA plays Cuba tonight at 7:30pm.  Click that link and check that one out to see how the US does in that big game.

The Arizona Fall League is in its second week.  The Peoria Javelinas are 2-4 in their first six games.  Ex-Rattlers for the Javs are:

Hitters:
Kentrail Davis (’10): 4-for-15 (.267) RUN, 2 BBs, 5K, 2 SB
Scooter Gennett (’10): 5-for-14 (.357) 3 RUNS, 2 HRs, 6 RBI, BB, 4K, SB
Adam Moore (’06): 1-for-7 (.143) RUN, RBI, 2 BB, 4K

Pitchers:
Santo Manzanillo (’10): 2 games, 1.2IP, 2H, 3R, ER, 2BB, K, 0-1, 4.50ERA
Daniel Meadows (’09): 2 games, 3IP, 2H, R, 0ER, BB, 2K, 0-0, 5.40ERA
Cody Scarpetta (’09): GS, 2IP, 2H, R, 2BB, 3K, 0-0, 4.50ERA
Tyler Thornburg (’11): G, 1.1IP, H, 2R, 2BB, 0-0, 13.50ERA

Game #7 for the Javelinas is today at 2:35pm CDT against Phoenix.  Click here for the scoreboard and follow along on gameday.

Where the MWL rates…offensively

I keep forgetting to link to this Baseball America blog post by Matt Eddy.  Well, I guess I didn’t forget today.

He takes a look at the league averages for all of the leagues in minor league baseball.  And – sit down, because this may come as a shock – it turns out the Midwest League is a bit of a league for pitchers.

If you take a look at the first table that is provided at the link, you’ll see what I mean.

Of the ten full season (Scheduled for 140 or more games) leagues  in MiLB, the MWL is 10th in five of the 10 categories provided.  The MWL is ninth in three of those ten categories.  Here are the categories, the stats, and the rankings.

Average: .250 (T-9th)
On Base Percentage: .323 (9th)
Slugging Percentage: .370 (10th)
Runs per 9 innings: 4.50 (9th)
Walks %*: 8.4 (7th)
Strikeouts %*: 20.6 (10th)
Isolated Power: .120 (10th)
Batting Average for Balls in Play: .306 (9th)
Home Runs: 85 (10th)
Runs: 606 (10th)

Another table to study is the one down at the bottom of the post.  It provides a comparison between the Midwest League and the South Atlantic League in all of those categories…and two bonus categories…from 2007-2011.

The bonus categories?  Average age of the hitters and the pitchers.

Average Age of Pitchers:
MWL: 21.8
SAL: 21.9

Average Ave of Hitters:
MWL: 21.5
SAL: 21.6

*-The walks and strikeouts stats have been taken as a percentage of plate appearances.  If I read the stat correctly, that would mean that 20.6% of all plate appearances in the Midwest League ended in a strikeout and 8.4 percent of all MWL plate appearances ended in a walk.**

**-Does not include intentional walks.

Final stats breakdown from 2011

Part five of the stat wrap on the season.

First, the inning-by-inning scoring. Note: The X stands for runs scored in all Extra Innings during 2011.

2011 RUNS SCORED BY INNING
1st: 90
2nd: 63
3rd: 68
4th: 68
5th: 82
6th: 72
7th: 62
8th: 50
9th: 40
X: 13
TOTAL: 608

2011 RUNS ALLOWED BY INNING
1st: 72
2nd: 75
3rd: 79
4th: 90
5th: 70
6th: 67
7th: 61
8th: 46
9th: 40
X: 19
TOTAL: 619

To wrap this up with a couple of links:
Here are the individual stats for the 2011 Timber Rattlers
Here are the game-by-game results for the Timber Rattlers
Overall 2011 Midwest League Standings
Midwest League Team Hitting stats
Midwest League Team Pitching stats
Midwest League Individual Hitting stats
Midwest League Individual Pitching stats

Previously on STAT WRAP:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, & Part 4

Notes on 2011 Timber Rattlers hitters

Part 4 of a season stat recap.  The multi-hit and multi-RBI games and hitting streaks involve only those players who were on the roster (Active or DL) at the end of the year.  The starts by batting order and starts by position are for everyone who played for the Rattlers during the 2011 season.

It goes without saying that all errors are all on me.

MULTIPLE HIT GAMES2….345+Total
Brownstein…………………101…………….11
Hawn…………………………2171………..29
Hopkins……………………..215……………26
Keen………………………… 1592……….26
Macias………………………..5…………………..5
Mittelstaedt……………….23811……33
Neda…………………………..1…………………..1
Paciorek………………………53……………..8
Pechek………………………..41………………5
Ramirez………………………51………………6
Rogers………………………1431…………18
Romero………………………76……………..13
Shaw…………………………238……………..31
Stang…………………………1251…………18
Walker……………………….1371…………21

MULTIPLE RBI GAMES2345+Total
Brownstein…………………11………1……..3
Hawn……………………….101…………….11
Hopkins……………………..522…………9
Keen………………………….71……………..8
Macias……………………………1……………..1
Mittelstaedt………………1011……….12
Neda…………………………1………………….1
Paciorek……………………3………1…………4
Pechek………………………2………………….2
Ramirez…………………….2………11…….4
Rogers………………………63……………..9
Romero…………………….212…………5
Shaw…………………………71…………….8
Stang
Walker……………………..11511…..18

LONGEST HITTING STREAKS:
Brownstein:……8 – 7/25-8/3 13-for-29
Hawn:………….17 – 6/29-7/17 27-for-68
Hopkins:………12 – 5/30-6/12 22-for-50
Keen:……………8 – 5/29-6/5 13-for-39
Macias:………..3 – (4x) Last: 9/1- 4-for-11
Mittelstaedt:6 – (2x) Last: 8/26-8/30 12-for-23
Neda:…………..2 – 8/25-8/27 3-for-8
Paciorek:……..7 – 7/26-8/4 10-for-26
Pechek:………..3 – 5/28-5/31 3-for-11
Ramirez:………4 – (2x) Last: 8/23-26 6-for-17
Rogers:………..8 – 8/19-8/28 14-for-33
Romero:…….13 – 4/27(GM 2)-5/12 18-for-50
Shaw:…………14 – 7/22-8/7 21-for-59
Stang:………….8 – 6/29-7/8 16-for-33
Walker:……….7 – (2x) Last: 7/13-20 10-for-28

2011 STARTS BY BATTING ORDER:
1st: Shaw (67), Keen (48), Garvey (2), Mittelstaedt (17), Brownstein (1), Gomez (4)
2nd: Keen (28), Hopkins (7), Garvey (2), George (1), Shaw (56), Mittelstaedt (27), Hawn (1),
Brownstein (14), Stang (2), Macias (1)
3rd: Hawn (73), Walker (16), Dennis (4), Mittelstaedt (35), Shaw (1), Keen (1), Hopkins (3), Rogers (3), Brownstein (2), Stang (1)
4th: Rogers (48), Walker (26), Dennis (20), Hawn (2), Hopkins (30), Ramirez (8), Paciorek (1), Stang (4)
5th: Walker (60), Hopkins (13), Garfield (2), Hopkins (6), Garvey (1), Dennis (9), Romero (1), Keen (1), Roberts (2), Hawn (16), Rogers (5), Ramirez (16), Mittelstaedt (1), Stang (5), Paciorek (1)
6th: Garvey (10), Hopkins (23), Walker (2), Mittelstaedt (11), Garfield (1), Romero (15), Keen (1),
Pechek (2), Roberts (3), Dennis (15), Brownstein (1), Hawn (10), Rogers (7), Paciorek (5), Stang (13), Ramirez (11), Macias (6), Neda (3)
7th: Roberts (22), Garfield (3), Mittelstaedt (8), Garvey (12), George (2), Romero (8), Pechek (6),
Keen (12), Hopkins (13), Brownstein (11), Stang (24), Paciorek (8), Dennis (2), Rogers (1), Macias (6), Neda (1)
8th: George (18), Mittelstaedt (5), Pechek (31), Romero (5), Hopkins (8), Garvey (6), Roberts (15),
Rivera (9), Brownstein (5), Stang (4), Paciorek (23), Macias (5), Neda (5)
9th: Romero (56), George (5), Pechek (5), Roberts (2), Keen (15), Garvey (4), Rivera (21), Shaw (1), Hopkins (8), Mittelstaedt (2), Stang (9), Brownstein (9), Macias (2)

2011 STARTS BY POSITION:
C: Roberts (44), Garfield (4), Pechek (44), Paciorek (38), Neda (9)
1B: Hawn (71), Rogers (4), Walker (27), Dennis (4), Ramirez (31)
2B: Shaw (60), Hopkins (24), Mittelstaedt (26), Brownstein (25), Macias (4)
3B: Walker (43), Hopkins (81), Brownstein (2), Macias (12)
SS: George (26), Shaw (65), Rivera (31), Brownstein (13), Macias (4)
LF: Garvey (16), Mittelstaedt (59), Rogers (32), Dennis (19), Stang (13)
CF: Keen (103), Garvey (3), Romero (4), Stang (25), Gomez (4)
RF: Romero (81), Garvey (18), Mittelstaedt (15), Stang (24), Keen (1)
DH: Rogers (29), Walker (35), Hawn (29), Garfield (2), Mittelstaedt (9), Dennis (27), Keen (1), Ramirez (5), Shaw (1), Brownstein (1)

2011 TIMBER RATTLER PINCH HITTERS
Hopkins: 0-for-1
Keen: 1-for-1, RBI

Pitching & catching stats for 2011

Continuing the season stat wrap. Here are the splits for the pitchers & catchers from the 2011 Timber Rattlers season.

2011 Timber Rattlers pitchers

…………………………….IP……….H……R……ER……BB…….K…..WP….HR…..ERA
Starters
……………..718.0…..705394….339…..278…..572…..60……55…….4.25
Position Player*……2.0………2…….0……..0………0………0…….0……..0……0.00
Relievers…………..477.2…..415225…..195…..219……473……58……26……3.67
TOTAL……………1,197.2..1,122619…..534…..4971,045….118……81……4.01

Balks (16): Howell (3), Thornburg (3), Bashara (2), Keeling (2), Dunn (1), Hall (2), Nelson (1), Miller (1), Wawrzasek (1)
Pickoffs (13): Bashara (3), Nelson (3), Howell (4), Rosario (2), Miller (1)

*-That would be TJ Mittelstaedt and his two games of knuckleballing relief.

2011 Timber Rattlers Catchers

PLAYER……..G…..CS…..ATT…...PCT…..PB…..E…..REC
Garfield………..4…..….2.…...9…...222…..….3……0…….1-3
Neda…………..10…..3…..24…..…..125…..0……2…....5-4
Paciorek………39…..21…..63…..…...333…...12…...9…..17-19
Pechek………..47…..14…..43…..…...326…..5……6…..20-27
Roberts……….46…..20…..59…..…..339…..9…...7…..24-19
Total…………..…..….60198…..…..303……29….24…..67-72
And a few defensive stats:

2011 DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED BY DEFENSE: 

RATTLERS: 116
OPPONENTS: 86

2011 OUTFIELD ASSISTS: 46
Keen: 15
Romero: 9
Stang: 9
Mittelstaedt: 5
Garvey: 3
Dennis: 3
Rogers: 1
Gomez: 1

Khris Davis: Statistically

Bernie’s Crew has selected Khris Davis as their Brewers Minor League Player of the Year.  And they back it up with statistics.

Khris Davis began the season under-the-radar due to his injury issues that kept him from playing more than 10 games in his first professional season.  The Brewers drafted him out of Cal State Fullerton, which has traditionally churned out quality bats year-in and year-out.  In fact, Davis and Komatsu both played together at Cal State Fullerton — so the hitting pedigree there is easy to see.

2010 marked a record breaking year for Davis in Appleton.  The long balls kept coming and coming all season.  He set the record for most home runs hit by a Timber Rattler in one season with 22.  The 22-year-old also won the Home Run Derby in the Midwest League All-Star Game.  Both were impressive power performances and firmly vaulted him into the eyes of the Brewers’ faithful.

The young man hit .278/.396/.497 in one of the toughest environments in all of the minor leagues.  For example, the average hitter in the Midwest League hit .255/.329/.373 in 2009.  Davis obviously blew those numbers out of the water, especially the power numbers and the OBP (the two factors that most directly create runs, getting on base and clearing the bases).

Davis brings two specific tools to the table that are particularly valuable in a corner outfielder, power and patience.

Though barely tasting professional baseball the season before, he began the season on a tear and never turned back.  Davis finished the year with a .219 ISO and a .893 OPS — both of which are well above-average offensively, even for a corner outfielder.  As an example, Prince Fielder posted a .209 ISO in 2010 for the Brewers.  The pure power is there and legit.

ISO is isolated power.  Here is the wiki on that. I thought a good idea to compare Davis to Fielder would be a look at Fielder’s ISO and OPS from his 2003 season in the Midwest League.  Now, granted, Fielder was 19 years old at the time, but it seems like a decent comparison.

Prince Fielder’s 2003 OPS: .935
Prince Fielder’s 2003 ISO: .285

.285?  Did I do that correctly?  If so…that’s, um, that’s, well…wow.  Even when you take into account the 8-foot high fence and that it’s only 380 feet to center field at Pohlman Field that’s…good…right?

Head over and read the rest of the case for Khris Davis at Bernie’s Crew.

Categorizing

This entry is for the new wave stats readers and for those who may want to learn more about these new metrics.

I’ll let Jim Breen over at Bernie’s Crew set it up for you, since he did all of the hard work – you know, math & stuff – in this post to categorize pitchers in the Brewers Minor League system.

Without delving into hardcore statistical analysis, I found that the
strikeout rate was the only major factor that changed between minor
league levels.  The average and median strikeout rate decreased as one
went up the prospect ladder.  Walk and groundball rates, though, seemed
to remain remarkably steady.

Therefore, I opted to alter the average strikeout rate depending on
the level, but kept the walk rate and groundball averages similar to
the big league averages.  Take these numbers with a grain of salt, as
they are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but here are
the averages I used per level:

K/9  —  8.00 K/9 in A, 7.50 K/9 in High-A and AA, and 6.75 K/9 in AAA

BB/9  —  3.00 BB/9

GB%  —  46%

And here are the results for Brewers prospects that threw at least
70 innings in 2010 (and remember, these should be used as a jumping off
point for discussion, not as a hard-and-fast rule for good/bad
pitchers).

So keep that in mind when you go over to the link and see one of your favorite Rattlers in a spot lower than what you thought he might be on a list like this.

To act as a Rosetta Stone for those of you who may not know…

K/9 = Strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (High # is good)
BB/9 = Walks per 9 innings pitched (High # is bad)
GB% = Percentage of ground balls (High % is good)

Click through and take a look at another way to rate pitchers.

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