Thursday, September 6, 2012

MINOR details: 2012 recap edition - AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

All of the Reds minor league organizations are through with baseball for this season except for Billings (1 regular season game left) and Bakersfield (starting the playoffs on Saturday) so it's time to start recapping each team's season. Statistical leaders were chosen among those who played significant time. It's not limited to a certain number of ABs or IPs, really. I just picked who I thought played enough to warrant being mentioned as a stats leader. Melky Cabrera will not be included.

We continue with Double-A Pensacola.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos
The Blue Wahoos finished 68-70 overall, tied for 3rd place in the Southern League South standings and 6.5 games back of the Montgomery Biscuits. In the first half they finished 34-35, 3rd place in the division and 5.5 game behind the Mobile BayBears. For the second half, they went an identical 34-35, which was also good for 3rd place, and 4.0 games behind the Biscuits.

It was a season of mixed results for manager Jim Riggleman and his Blue Wahoos. They finished two games under .500, but managed to sell out 40 games in their inaugural season and secured an extension with the Reds until 2016. They were also named the Baseball Organization of the Year by BaseballParkDigest.com. Some of the best prospects in the Reds farm system played in Pensacola in 2012 as well, including, but not limited to guys like Billy Hamilton, Tony Cingrani, and Daniel Corcino.

The statistical leaders among the Blue Wahoos were as follows:
AVG: Josh Fellhauer (.314)
HR: David Vidal (11)
RBI: Brodie Greene (46)
R: Ryan LaMarre (68)
SB: Billy Hamilton (51)

W: Daniel Corcino (8)
ERA: SP - Tony Cingrani (2.12) RP - Wilkin De La Rosa (2.45)
*Closer Donnie Joseph had 0.89 ERA in 26 games before being promoted to Louisville, and then subsequently traded to Kansas City.
SV: Justin Freeman (16)
SO: Corcino (126)

There were two huge moments for the Blue Wahoos this season.

The first occurred against the Mobile BayBears on June 16th when one of the Reds top pitching prospects, Daniel Corcino combined with Wilkin De La Rosa to throw the first no-hitter in Pensacola history. Corcino struck out nine over eight hitless innings, while De La Rosa struck out the side in the final hitless frame.

The second was a record-breaking moment against the Montgomery Biscuits. On August 21st, Billy Hamilton used a four-steal game to break Vince Coleman's record of 145 stolen bases in a season set in 1983. Hamilton would go on to run the record up to 155 steals by the time the season ended.

Go Blue Wahoos!

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