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Organizational Leaderboard, With Some Schmidt Notes

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Taken from Baseball Reference

Batting (minimum 170 AB)

Batting Average: Matt Kemp - MLB- .348
On Base Percentage: Travis Denker - A+ -.422
Slugging Percentage: John Lindsey - AAA -.589
OPS: John Lindsey - AAA - .979
Home Runs: John Lindsey - AAA - 14
Hits: Chin Lung Hu - AA - 88
Doubles: Chin Lung Hu - AA -25
Triples: Ryan Rogowski - A+ - 7
Runs: Delwyn Young - AAA - 53
RBI: Delwyn Young - AAA -50
Walks: Anthony Ragliani - AA - 46
Strikeouts (Least): Luis Gonzalez - MLB - 20
Strikeouts (Most): Xavier Paul - AA - 72
Stolen Bases: Juan Pierre - MLB -23

Pitching (minimum 55 IP)

ERA: Clayton Kershaw - A - 1.89
K/BB: James McDonald - A+ - 4.94
WHIP: James McDonald - A+ - 1.09
Home Runs (Least): Clayton Kershaw - A - 1
Home Runs (Most): Miguel Pinango - AAA - 12
Strikeouts: Randy Wolf, James McDonald - 84
Walks (Least): James McDonald - A+ - 17
Walks (Most): Greg Milller - AA - 52
Average Against: Clayton Kershaw - A - .178
OPS Against: Clayton Kershaw - A - .506
Innings Pitched: Derek Lowe - MLB  - 102.1
BABIP (Lowest): Cory Wade - A+ - .248
BABIP (Highest): Eric Stults -AAA - .426
Wins: Cory Wade - A+ - 9
Losses (Least):  Brad Penny, Eric Cyr, Marlon Arias - 1
Losses (Most): Josh Wall - A - 7
Saves: Takashi Saito - MLB - 19

The leaderboard doesn't attempt to prove anything, it's just something that I like doing and it points out some notable performances that might not get as much attention. For example, James McDonald quietly becoming one of our better pitching prospects. Leading the organization in both strikeouts and walks is sure to turn some heads.

Even though Mitch Jones left the team a few weeks ago, he still leads the Dodgers in almost every power category.

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I got an E-Mail from Will Carroll explaining why his labrum article from 2004 is now obsolete.

The reason the article is "essentially obsolete" is that techniques in both surgery and rehab have changed so significantly. Whether it's newly constructed bone anchors, changes in surgical methodology, or having far too many pitchers to practice on, it's not a death sentence for pitchers any more. It's not good by any stretch, but it's not as bad as it was just a few years back.

I now feel much better about Schmidt's chances than I did a couple days ago. While there's still a chance that Schmidt might never be an effective pitcher for the Dodgers, there's also hope he can come back and be a useful member of the Dodger rotation. Thanks to Will for the clarification.