Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Season Recap: Boise Hawks

Season Recap: Boise Hawks

Some of you may have been wondering what happened to the TD staff, as we have made few posts of late. Well, my mom is kicking me out of the basement, Jumbo is too big to reach the keyboard or leave his house to buy a wireless keyboard, and no one has heard or seen Arthur in weeks. But, I have returned to provide you loyal TD readers with a season recap of all the Cubs minor league affiliates. Today, the Boise Hawks.

Record: 43-33, 2nd place

The Hawks finished 10 games above .500, but ended up 8 games out of first place, thanks to a 51-25 season for Spokane. If the Hawks would've been in the other division, they would've won the division.

All Stars:

2B Josh Harrison
SS Ryan Flaherty
3B Josh Vitters (only unanimous selection)
DH Ryan Keedy

Top Ten Prospect Players: Josh Vitters

Josh Vitters, the Cubs #1 prospect according to Baseball America, hit .328 for Boise in 61 games with a .498 slugging percentage. He amassed 129 total bases to lead the team, thanks to a league-leading 25 doubles. But overall, I would have to say his season was just slightly above average, at least for a #3 overall pick (he was the highest draft pick playing the league). His .328 BA was second on the team and fourth in the league, but he was 4th on the team in HR's, Runs, and RBI's. As for his defense, he committed 14 errors, the second most on the team. I would expect the Cubs to move him up a level next year, but given that he just turned 19 a few days ago, I'm sure the Cubs will move him along slowly.

Offensive POY: Ryan Keedy

This was a difficult choice, because there were a number of guys whose numbers were pretty close, including Vitters and Josh Harrison, who was named an All Star despite playing in only half the games before being promoted to Peoria. But Keedy hit .333, 5 points higher than Vitters and good for 3rd best in the league. He was 3rd on the team in RBI's and total bases, but those number are slightly skewed, as he played in more games than anyone else. But it was his walk numbers that stuck out with me and was the determining factor for me. In 70 games, he walked 35 times. That gave him an OBP for the year of .419, good for 5th in the league. So he gets the nod, although I will admit that I am usually partial to the non-big time prospects when I determine these things.

Pitcher of the Year: Dan McDaniel

Dan McDaniel, the Cubs 14th round pick of this year, was the Hawks closer. Essentially, he had the award locked up by the time the calender turned to August. In 10 games in July, he didn't allow an earned run to cross the plate, allowing only 5 hits and 5 walks in 16 and 1/3 innings pitched. Opposing batters hit .094 off him. He came back to earth in August, giving up 6 earned runs in 16 innings pitched (3.38 ERA), but finished the season with 7 saves and a 1.67 ERA. His WHIP for the year was under 1, at 0.94. He pitched roughly every three days, but usually pitched more than an innings, even going as high as 2 and 2/3. The only two numbers that are of any concern with McDaniel were his wild pitches (5) and that he allowed 36.4% of the runners he inherited to score. To put some context in the inherited runners scoring, 36% is a little above MLB average...Carlos Marmol allowed only 12.2% to score last year (which was 3rd in all of baseball).

Other Notables:

Ryan Flaherty (1st round supplemental, 2008): .297, 8 HR's, .511 slugging, 16 errors

Aaron Shafer (2nd round, 2008): 2-2, 3.09 ERA

Chris Carpenter (3rd round, 2008): 4-2, 4.22 ERA, 1.69 WHIP

Justin Bristow (5th round, 2008): 2-1, 9.00 ERA

James Leverton (8th round, 2008): 1-3, 4.61 ERA, 1 HR in 54 innings pitched

Michael Brenly (Bob's son): .325 BA

Kyler Burke (Acquired in the Michael Barrett trade, 1st round pick, 2006): .261 BA, 7 HR's

Notable Promoted Players Numbers at Boise:

Andrew Cashner (1st round, 2008): 1-1, 4.96 ERA

Josh Harrison (6th round, 2008): .351, 27 Runs, 25 RBIs, 23 walks, 12 SB's in 33 games

Luis Flores (7th round, 2008): .167 in 9 games

Jay Jackson (9th round, 2008): 0-0, 5.00 ERA in 3 games

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