PGCBL Midseason Report

Midseason Report: Mark Williams, shown here batting against Albany, is tied for the most home runs in the league with four. Photo Courtesy: Corey Mansfield

We have reached the halfway point of the 2014 PGCBL season. Almost every team has played 24 games, with Albany and Mohawk Valley being the exceptions. Below you will find some statistics that have stood out for each team and an update as to where they are in the league.

Adirondack Trail Blazers

  • The Adirondack Trail Blazers currently sit in fourth place in the West Division, trailing the Watertown Rams and Elmira Pioneers by 3.5 games. The Trail Blazers have won 8-of-10 and now sit at 11-15 after starting the season 3-13.  

  • Leadoff man Mike Carter is putting together a very nice season for coach Matt Leahy. Carter is hitting a PGCBL-best .448 in 21 games and is tied for second in the league with 11 stolen bases. Carter has posted an OBP of .565, second best in the PGCBL, and a slugging percentage of .612, tops in the league by 22 points.

  • The go-to guys out of the bullpen have been strong for the Trail Blazers so far. Woody Bryson, Pat Gearaghty and Christian Doughty, three guys who have thrown solely in relief, each have an ERA lower than 2.90. Geraghty has finished seven games for Adirondack, four more than any other pitcher. Despite the strong efforts, Adirondack has the highest team ERA at 5.55. That ERA has been lowered from 6.63, what it was before the Trail Blazers started their 8-of-10 stretch.

  • Rollie Lacy has proved to be a workhorse both in the bullpen and in the rotation. Lacy has appeared in eight games, four in relief and four as a starter. He is tied for fourth in the league with 30.1 innings pitched. The right-hander has struck out 28 batters and posted an ERA of 2.37.

  • Adirondack is hitting .343 off left-handed pitching so far this season. That’s more than one hundred points higher than their batting average against right-handed pitching (.241). That batting average against left-handers is almost 50 points higher than the next closest team in the PGCBL, the Glens Falls Golden Eagles.

Albany Dutchmen

  • The Albany Dutchmen are currently in third place in the East Division, trailing the Amsterdam Mohawks by 4.5 games. The Dutchmen started the season 8-1 before going on a five-game losing streak and winning 7-of-18. They now sit a game over .500 at 12-11.
  • The Dutchmen have been led by Will Miller, who has a triple slash line of .290/.380/.414. Miller has scored 12 runs and is tied for the team lead with 11 RBIs. As a team, Albany has the third lowest batting average in the league at .242. Miller is also tied for the most triples in the league with three, three-baggers.
  •  A team ERA of 4.55 has put runners on base, but Albany pitchers are tied for first in the league with eight pickoffs on the year.
  • The Dutchmen have struggled against left-handed pitching so far this season. As a team they are hitting just .186 against southpaws, compared to .255 against righties.
  • The Albany batters are putting themselves in a position to score, however. The leadoff man of each inning is hitting .396 on the season, third best in the PGCBL. The Dutchmen are hitting .255 with runners in scoring position, but have just 29 two-out RBIs, second fewest in the league.

Amsterdam Mohawks

  • It wasn’t the ideal start to the season for Amsterdam, going 2-6 to start the year. But coach Keith Griffin was able to right the ship and now the Mohawks are 17-7 and in first place in the East Division. Amsterdam has won back-to-back PGCBL championships and looks to be in a good position to make a run at a third straight.

  • Not only do the Mohawks have the highest team batting average at .272, but the pitching staff has the lowest team ERA at 2.38, a full point and a half lower than the next closest team. Amsterdam leads the league with 142 runs scored, 22 coming in the first inning of games.

  • Josh Gardiner has been a source of stability for Amsterdam. The second-year second baseman is hitting .440, second best in the league, and a .588 OBP, best in the league. He is leading the league with 33 hits and was named the PGCBL Player of the Week for the week of June 26-July 2.

  • The long ball hasn’t been the medicine for the Mohawks so far. They’ve hit just seven home runs, which is tied for fifth most in the PGCBL. Both John Razzino and JaVon Shelby have two home runs. 

  • EJ Ashworth has been the ace of the pitching staff so far. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA and opponents are hitting just .179 off him. He has 28 strikeouts in 31 innings. Fellow Mohawk Thomas Hackimer has struck out the second most batters in the league with 31 Ks.

Elmira Pioneers

  • The Elmira Pioneers are currently tied for first place in the West Division with the Watertown Rams. Both teams have a 14-11 record and they will face one another three more times over the course of the remaining month.
  • The duo of TJ Dixon and Christian Santisteban has led Elmira thus far. Dixon is hitting a team-best .348 with 23 runs scored and 9 stolen bases. Santisteban is hitting .329 with three home runs and a team-best 21 RBIs. The first baseman has drawn 15 walks, which has boosted his OBP to .465, also a team-best.

  • The Elmira pitching staff has been solid thus far for coach Matt Burch. Opponents are hitting just .232 off the Pioneers and they have a team ERA of 4.11. Matt Horton has been rock-solid out of the bullpen. The southpaw has appeared in nine games, all in relief, and has an ERA of 0.84.

  • The rotation has been even more dominant. Bryson Hough, Taylor Ahearn, Sam Sinnen and Roberto Suppa, each of whom have four starts on the year, all have ERAs under two. Hough leads the pack with a 1.17 ERA and Sinnen has three wins in his four starts.
  • As a team the Pioneers are hitting .280 with runners in scoring position, third highest in the league. On the mound, Elmira has a 1.6 K/BB ratio, which is right on line with the league average.

Glens Falls Golden Eagles

  • The Glens Falls Golden Eagles are currently in fourth place in the East Division, trailing the Amsterdam Mohawks by seven games. The Golden Eagles are 10-14 on the season, good for a winning percentage of .417.

  • Garrett Bernardo and Brennan Price have proved to be the rocks in the Glens Falls lineup. Bernardo has a triple slash line of .366/.444/.507 while Price posts a batting average of .328, an on-base percentage of .500 and a slugging percentage of .463. Both players have scored 15 runs and Bernardo has a team-leading 26 hits. Price has the most walks in the league with 20.

  • The pitching staff has posted an ERA of 4.73, which is third worst in the PGCBL. There have been bright spots, however, specifically out of the bullpen. Tyler Ehlers has yet to allow a run in seven appearances and has struck out 14 batters. Kevin Cowan has a 1.42 ERA in seven appearances as well and Michael Harrington is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in six appearances, two being starts.

  • Against left-handed pitching, the Golden Eagles are hitting .294, compared to a .237 mark against righties.  With runners in scoring position, the team is hitting .281 and is tied for second in the league with 26 two-out RBIs. 

Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs

  • The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs are currently in second place in the East Division, trailing the Amsterdam Mohawks by one game. The DiamondDawgs have won 10-of-13 and are 15-7 overall.

  • Both the team batting average (.256) and team ERA (4.04) are good for third in the league. Jayson Sullivan is the DiamondDawgs’ leading hitter, posting a batting average of .339 in 20 games. Trey Stover and Zach Collett are also hitting above .300, with marks of .318 and .301. Collett is tied for the PGCBL lead with four home runs.

  • Starter Nick Petrella has emerged as the ace of the Mohawk Valley rotation. The right-hander has an ERA of 1.80 and is 3-0 in four starts. Opponents are hitting just .226 off him and he has struck out 18 batters. His 1.80 ERA is fourth-best in the PGCBL.

  • The DiamondDawg bullpen does have the most saves in the league with eight. Enzo Esposito, Matt Pidich and Anthony Pastrana each have two to their name.

  • The first inning has proved to be a key inning for Mohawk Valley. The DiamondDawgs have scored 26 first inning runs, compared to their opponents’ 11. When leading after the first frame, Mohawk Valley is 6-3.

Newark Pilots

  • The Newark Pilots are currently in second place in the West Division, trailing the Watertown Rams and the Elmira Pioneers by one game. The Pilots were swept in a double-header on July 4, which knocked them out of first. They are now 13-12 on the season.
  • The offense has been the story for Newark so far this season. As a team they are hitting .257, which is the second highest in the league behind Amsterdam. Jack Gerstenmaier is hitting .373 in 15 games played. He has a .448 OBP and a slugging percentage of .412. Luis Silverio, the younger brother of former Pilot and Chicago White Sox Draft pick Louis Silverio, is hitting .300 with a team-leading three home runs in 13 games played.
  • Tanner Giesel has played in and started all 25 games for Newark. The shortstop is hitting .315 and leads the team with 14 RBIs. Giesel is hitting .400 with RISP, which is second best on the team behind Gerstenmaier’s .455.
  • Pilot starter Jayson Yano has proved himself to be one of the league’s best pitchers. He is 3-1 on the season with a league-best 1.08 ERA and 19 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting just .169 off the right-hander, which is second lowest in the league. He has allowed just five runs (three earned) in 25 innings of work. Yano’s command is what really stands out. His 9.5 K/BB ratio is one of the best in the league.

Utica Brewers

  • It hasn’t been a season to remember so far for Utica. The Brewers are in last place in the West Division with a 3-21 record and have just one win since June 16.
  • Despite the league-worst .203 batting average, there have been some bright spots in the Utica lineup. Hayden Kelly is hitting .329 with a slugging percentage of .573. Kelly has three home runs and has driven in 18 runners. Outfielder Cody Burton is hitting .311 and has a team-leading .408 OBP. Burton has driven in 12 runs and is tied for the PGCBL-lead with three sacrifice flies.
  • While the pitching staff has posted a 5.47 ERA, Josh Garran has proved to be a force out of the bullpen. Despite being a relief pitcher and throwing just 23.1 innings so far, Garran has 32 strikeouts, most in the PGCBL. The right-hander has posted a 1.16 ERA and he has notched a save.
  • Cedric Mullins is the league-leader with 16 stolen bases. Mullins has been caught just one time and has posted a .391 OBP to produce more opportunities to swipe a base. He has scored a team-leading 20 runs, which is also good for fifth most in the league.

Watertown Rams

  • The Watertown Rams are currently tied for first place in the West Division with the Elmira Pioneers. The Rams longest win streak has been four games and they hold a 14-11 record.
  • The 2-3 punch of Matt Diorio and Chris Gaetano has led the Watertown lineup. Diorio is hitting .361 on the season with two home runs and 17 RBIs while Gaetano has posted a .328 average and has scored a team-leading 16 runs. The two also have OBPs of .480 and .405, respectively.
  • While Diorio and Gaetano have been solid, the Rams lineup as a whole is hitting just .230 on the season, second lowest in the league. Despite the low batting average, Watertown has scored the fourth most runs in the league with 129. The Rams have been able to capitalize with two outs, driving in 46 runs with two away.
  • The pitching has really been the story for Watertown and the main reason they’re tied for first place. The pitching staff has posted a 3.94 ERA, second best in the league behind Amsterdam. Starter Corbin Powers has a 1.63 ERA in six appearances, four being starts. Powers has struck out 25 batters in 27.2 innings. 13 of those 25 strikeouts have been looking, the most strikeouts looking in the league. Fellow starter Dalton D’Spain is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA and has held hitters to a .161 batting average, lowest in the league.
  • The bullpen combination of Jake Sale and Jon Escobar has been solid for Watertown thus far. Sale, the eighth inning setup man, has appeared in a league-leading 12 games and is 3-0. Escobar, the closer, is tied for the PGCBL lead with five saves and has a 0.73 ERA in 11 appearances. Escobar has struck out 23 batters in 12.1 innings, a 16.78 K/9 rate.

It should be an exciting second half of the PGCBL season. There will be tight pennant races and division battles. Enjoy.

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