Transitioning Baseball Updates

With the transfer to mgoblog in progress, I’m not really sure of the posting etiquette for the next few weeks, if not months.  I’m not sure what is expected and will post things here for the time being.  And since it’s been a few weeks since my last update, this will be a bit long.  Bare with me.  Here’s the last update’s link as of July 4th weekend.  I’m planning on one of these recaps once every two weeks until the season ends, which means one or two more before I can shut it down for the real off season and the football season.

The Cape Cod League – Tyler Burgoon has continued to be the best Michigan player this summer and ergo making the most news.  As of the 20th, he’s racked up 17.1 innings of work with a 1-1 record and a 0.00 ERA.   His 9 saves lead the league and his 27 strikeouts (14.2 per 9 innings) is ridiculous.  He made the Cape Cod All Star Game at Fenway, but alas, the rain ended the game in just the 4th inning.  He was slated to throw the 9th (or as necessary).

Meanwhile, Ryan LaMarre still struggles, but less badly by comparison.  He’s now got his average up to .243, good for third on the Gateman team.  He’s also second on the team in RBIs with 12.

Honors – Several players have received honorable mention for Pitcher and Hitter of the Nights, as well as Team Players of the Week.  Charts:

Date Player League/Team Award Detail
7/9 Tyler Mills Northwoods Hitter of the Night Honorable Mention
7/11 Tyler Burgoon Cape Cod Pitcher of the Night Honorable Mention
7/16 Kevin Vangheluwe Northwoods Pitcher of the Night Honorable Mention
7/17 Matt Miller Northwoods Pitcher of the Night Honorable Mention
7/24 Chris Berset Leesburg Player of the Week

Prospect League – Garrett Stephens represented UM and the Richmond RiverRats at the Prospect League All Star game.  He’s currently 8th in the league with 21 RBIs.  John Lorenz hasn’t seen much playing time since the last update.

Lima Locos – Lots of good has been coming out of Lima lately.

Anthony Toth Turns Two

Kolby Wood has his ERA down to 0.66 in 11 relief appearances stretching 13.2 innings.  His three saves are good for second on the team, which makes me contemplate his role next season for Michigan.  Could we see another attempt at moving Burgoon to starter and put Kolby Wood as the closer?    Looks good on paper right now.

Meanwhile, Anthony Toth has raised his average from .215 to .281 and has played solid defense.  The last Michigan player with the Locos is Bobby Brosnahan.  Brosnahan is cruising right along with a 2.35 ERA over 15 innings pitched thus far.  He’s making his case to be a middle inning or set up guy next season as a redshirt freshman.

Also, Toth was interviewed in a piece about baseball gloves by the  To give you a small sample of why baseball budgets are fairly large:

“We have a contract at Michigan with Louisville Slugger. The rep just came, had a bunch of models out and we got to pick out whichever one felt best. I went with that one and it worked out pretty well. … I think this is a $320 glove.”

That’s just one glove for one player.  Not multiply that by the 20 or so on the roster, plus backup gloves each player probably has, you’ve got yourself quite the bill just for fielding gloves.

Alexandria Beetles – Again with the closers Michigan’s been developing, Matt Miller has 7 on the season, 4 in the last three weeks.  He’s dropped his ERA a full run over that time.  Kevin Vanghelwue also is pitching better and has lowered his ERA almost 2 runs.  Tyler Mills isn’t playing much.  The freshman is just 6/36 hitting in limited playing time.

Valley League – At Fort Royal, Jeff DeCarlo is pitching so far above his normal level I’m just perplexed.  The guy has a 2.35 ERA now, and since the last update he’s thrown 5 appearances (9.2 IP) and only given up one earned run.  He hasn’t even hit a batter in that stretch. He got a save?  Who is this guy?  His teammate Kevin Krantz has tailed off and seems to be seeing less and less playing time.  His defense has been spotty at best at third/shortstop. His batting average has also fallen .050 points to .239.

At Winchester, Brandon Sinnery’s had a rough 3 starts, but his team has bailed him out each time.  His ERA jumped from 2.00 to 4.31, but he has kept his 9 K’s-per-9-IP.  Teammate Matt Gerbe continues to watch his ERA fall, this time from 9.69 to 6.29.  It’s good to see he’s doing better since moving back to the bullpen.

Mike Dufek For the Lightning

Leesburg Lightning – Alan Oaks went 1-1 over three starts in the last 3 weeks.  His ERA has dropped to only 3.89, but his strikeout to walk ratio over the last 3 starts is 9:7 which isn’t good.  Those walks have to go down.  Eric Katzman has just one relief inning in three weeks.  He’s become buried in the pitching depth it looks like.

Mike Dufek has held down the closer role for the most part, recording 2 saves in 3 outings in the last three weeks.  Not much playing time, but he’s made the most of it to a 0.93 ERA.  At the plate, Dufek is only hitting .268, but he has cut down his K’s per At-Bat to just about 1-in-5.  During the season he was closer to 1-in-4 at bats.  It became crippling at times.  I think our strategy for next season should mimic the MLB All Star Game.  Let’s just throw 5 closers to shut down every game.

Travis Smith – Looks like Smith has lost his spot in the rotation.  After a few tough luck losses of the 1-0 variety, he lost two ugly starts over the last 3 weeks and was then used out of the bullpen.  He’s currently 0-5 with a 4.58 ERA.  Not good my friends.

Coley Crank – He’s struggling.  He’s still the everyday catcher, but his average is down to .198, third lowest on the team and lowest regular starter.

Matt Broder – Despite his team’s horrible website, I ran by an article in The Observer.  Broder went the full 7 innings complete game, facing only 24 batters in the effort.  Great job Matt.


One Response to Transitioning Baseball Updates

  1. JJ says:

    Great to see you blogging again. Thanks for the updates on our players. Great stuff!

    I’m a little surprised to see as many closer roles as well. Would have hoped to see more starters this summer. Still good… we’ll see what turns out.

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