Single-A Battle Creek Pitching Prospect Review
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Posted Feb 5, 2004


The 2003 Battle Creek Yankees, of the Mid-West League, had a great season finishing second in their division (40-29). They finished very strong going 8-2 in their final ten games, including a three game winning streak to end the season. The hitting and pitching had solid years; here is a break down of the peripheral stats of these future Yankee prospects. The pitching staff was very solid in 2003 for Battle Creek. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

As a staff their record was (73-65), giving the Yankees some quality prospects to replenish their depleted minor league system:

Matt Brumit - RHP

Brumit was the closer for Battle Creek in 2003, and finished 4th in the MWL in saves with 23. He added one more at Tampa giving him 24 total, most of any reliever in the Yankee system. He was absolutely dominating as the season came to end going an amazing (1-0) with 8 saves and (0.00) ERA. On the road he had 11 of his 23 saves, with 0.00 ERA, while at home he compiled 12 saves with (3.69) ERA. In the playoffs he made three appearances and pitched to 0.00 ERA. Here are his peripherals for 2003:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

A

Battle Creek

2.47

47.1

1.29

2.48

5.54

0.38



Ray Clark - RHP

Clark had a good season in 2003 compiling a record of (8-7) with a 3.55 ERA. He had many highlights this past season, including a MWL pitcher of the week honor, two 9 strike out performances, and an incredible streak of 24.2 consecutive scoreless innings. Clark was 6-2 at home, and pitched a clutch 6 scoreless innings in his playoff appearance at Fort Wayne. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

A

Battle Creek

3.55

126.2

121

1.85

6.56

0.35



Jose Garcia - RHP

Garcia was one of the best players in the Yankee farm system. His accomplishments in 2003 set him up to be a prominent figure in the near future. In his 21 starts he went (9-8) with 2.64 ERA, leading Battle Creek in IP (136.1). His accomplishments were numerous including an all-star apperaence, 4 complete games, and a dominating 5 wins at home. Garcia won his only start at Tampa giving him 10 total wins for the season, third most by any Yankee minor leaguer. His K/BB was an unbelievable 90/33. Here are his peripheral stats for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

A

Battle Creek

2.64

136.1

105

2.18

5.95

0.66



Charlie Isaacson - RHP

No longer a part of the Battle Creek Yankees, Isaacson played a huge role in the team’s success in 2003. In his 27 appearances, he hurled 33.1 innings, giving up 2 earned runs, while sporting (0.54) ERA. His record was a perfect 3-0, and like the rest of his numbers, his K/BB ratio was a superb (33/13). In his last 13 appearances with Battle Creek his ERA was (0.00). He has since moved on to AA Trenton, but here are his peripherals for his 2003 season with Battle Creek.

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

A

Battle Creek

0.54

33.1

0.93

3.53

8.97

0.00



Thad Markray - RHP

This 6-4 230 lb right-hander had a good season for Battle Creek, finishing up especially strong. His overall record was (4-4), but had an amazing K/BB ratio of (49/16). In his last two appearances he went 2-0 with 0.00 ERA, while yielding less hits then innings pitched. Markray gave up only three home runs in over 58 innings of work. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

A

Battle Creek

2.91

58.2

1.23

2.47

7.57

0.46



Christian Mendoza - RHP

In his 32 appearances Mendoza put up good numbers like most of the Battle Creek Staff. Along with his perfect (4-0) record, he added 2 saves, while posting a 3.80 ERA. His H/IP was solid (33/47.1), but had a pedestrian BB/K ratio (28/28). Here are his peripherals for the 2003:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

A

Battle Creek

3.80

47.1

1.29

5.35

5.35

0.19



Jaime Saldana - LHP

The Panamanian Lefty was a solid relief pitcher for Battle Creek in 2003. He had one save during the season, and posted a solid 3.65 ERA in 41 appearances. He posted a solid K/BB ratio (43/22), and only yielded one home run. His most impressive stat was his K/9, an amazing 7.88. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

A

Battle Creek

3.65

49.1

1.30

4.03

7.88

0.18



Jon Skaggs - RHP

Skaggs recovered from Tommy John surgery and had a decent 2003 season for Battle Creek. His appearances were limited to 14, while his ERA was a lofty 5.25. In his 72 innings pitched he struck out 55 while only walking 40. He allowed les hits then innings pitched, while giving up 6 long balls. The Yankees are keeping a close eye on his progression this season to see if he has fully recovered. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

A

Battle Creek

5.25

72.0

1.45

4.99

6.87

0.74



Jose Valdez - RHP

This 6’4 right-hander led Battle Creek in wins in 2003 with 11. With his one victory at A Tampa his season total was 12, second most in the entire Yankee farm system. He was second on the team in IP (133.2), had a good K/BB ratio (76/42), but did yield 14 homeruns. Look for Valdez to pitch at a higher level in 2004. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

A

Battle Creek

3.64

133.2

1.30

2.83

5.13

0.94



Steve Wiseman - RHP
Wiseman was a relief pitcher for Battle Creek in 2003. He had a decent season going (2-1) with a 4.41 ERA. His most impressive stat was his K/9 ratio of 8.47, not far behind was his K/BB ratio (48/29). Wiseman did a good job keeping the ball in the yard, yielding only one homerun all season. Here are his peripheral stats for 2003:

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

A

Battle Creek

4.41

51

1.47

5.11

8.47

0.17



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