Wednesday, September 5, 2012

MINOR details: 2012 recap edition - AAA Louisville Bats

All of the Reds minor league organizations are through with baseball for this season except for Billings (2 regular season games 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 start with Triple-A Louisville.

Louisville Bats
The Bats finished 51-93, last place in the International League West standings and 38 games back of the Indianapolis Indians.

It was a forgettable year for manager David Bell and the Louisville Bats. Their best players from last year's winning team (73-71) moved on to Cincinnati, and most of the rest of the Reds minor league talent was to be found in Pensacola and Bakersfield. The Bats best hitters (Dioner Navarro, Xavier Paul) and their best pitchers (Todd Redmond, J.J. Hoover) all came from outside the organization and were not in the Reds system last year.

The statistical leaders among the Bats were as follows:

AVG: Dioner Navarro (.319)
*Xavier Paul hit .332 in 66 AAA games this year, but only six were with the Bats. He did hit .480 in those six games though.
HR: Denis Phipps (15)
RBI: Neftali Soto (59)
R: Soto (55)
SB: Kristopher Negron (17)

W: Sean Gallagher (10)
ERA: SP - Chad Reineke (4.57) RP - J.J Hoover (1.22)
*Todd Redmond made 25 starts in AAA and had a 3.63 ERA. In seven starts with the Bats, his ERA was 3.77.
**Jeff Francis recorded a 3.72 ERA in 12 starts with the Bats, but he exercised his June 1st opt-out clause and was released at his request to pursue other opportunies around the league.
SV: Hoover, Jordan Smith (13)
SO: Reineke (108)
***Redmond recorded 136 total strikeouts, but only 40 with the Bats.

To be honest, the best or most notable moment from Louisville's miserable season was probably when it ended as they were far and away the worst team in all of Triple-A baseball this year. The next-worst team finished nine games above the Bats in the standings. It was either that or when Joey Votto graced them with his mere presence.

They've still got that beautiful Louisville Slugger Field though so here's to hoping for a better 2013! Go Bats!

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