It is Monday, so it is time to once again see how well you know your farm system. Today’s question is on the pitching side of things. The job of the pitcher is to not give up runs, and not giving up runs starts with not giving up hits. Of those pitchers who have pitched at least ten innings this year, who has given up the fewest hits?
I’ll give you the first one, because he comes with an asterisk. Tyler Ihrig allowed just 4 hits in 10.2 innings between Iowa and Myrtle Beach, but he no longer qualifies as an answer since he is no longer part of the organization. The Cubs released him on May 9. Had he still been in the organization, he would be on top of the list.
Let’s see if you can come up with the next three spots on the leader board. It shouldn’t be too hard given that they are all playing for the Iowa Cubs right now. Answers will appear at the end of the article, and, as always, no cheating!
Good luck (you’ll need it).
- Felix Pena: 2 IP, 2 BB, 1 K
- Shane Victorino: 0 for 2, 2 BB
- Taylor Davis: 2 for 4, 2B
- Dan Vogelbach: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
- Kristopher Negron: 2 for 4, 2B, 3B
- Duane Underwood: 3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 4 K. He made 72 pitches, 34 for strikes.
- Juan Paniagua: 3 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
- David Berg: 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 K
- Corey Black: 1 IP, 1 K
- Chesny Young: 1 for 4, SB
- Jacob Hannemann: 1 for 4, 2B, 2 BB, SB
- Mark Zagunis: 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB
- Jeimer Candelario: 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB
- Billy McKinney: 2 for 5
- Victor Caratini: 3 for 5
- Carlos Penalver: 1 for 3, BB
- Kelly Dugan: 2 for 2, 2B, 2 BB
- Jake Stinnett: 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 K
- Ryan McNeil: 1.2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 K
- Rashad Crawford: 0 for 4, BB, SB. No hits, but he squared up a couple of ball in this game.
- Gleyber Torres: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
- Ian Happ: 2 for 5, 2B
- Jason Vosler: 2 for 5
- Cael Brockmeyer: 1 for 4, HR. That was a massive home run. Into the wind, and way out.
- Jeffrey Baez: 2 for 4, SB. He did a nice job of getting into the pitcher’s head when he was on base. They were terrified of Baez running.
- Trey Martin: 1 for 3, 2B
- Charcer Burks: 2 for 3, 3B, HR, BB. I leave him off the Top 40, and he shows me one of the best games of his career. Well played, Mr. Burks.
- Ryan Kellogg: 4 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 4 BB, 1 K
- Scott Effross: 1.2 IP, 1 H
- Andrew Ely: 1 for 4, BB, SB
- P.J. Higgins: 1 for 4, BB
- Donnie Dewees: 0 for 3, 2 BB
- Eddy Martinez: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB, SB
- Tyler Alamo: 1 for 4, 2B
- Sutton Whiting: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
- I was at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans game yesterday, so I’ll have much more on that soon.
- Today you were trying to come up with the three pitchers (minimum 10 innings) who have given up the fewest hits this season. Two of them should have been very easy, especially once I mentioned Iowa: Gerardo Concepcion (with 5 in 19.2 total innings) and Spencer Patton (with 6 in 12 IP). Then in third place we have a tie between C.J. Riefenhauser (7 in 10.1 IP) and Felix Pena (7 in 17.1 IP). If you missed any of them, my guess is you missed Riefenhauser. His ERA of 5.23 is a ways away from the rest of these pitchers. Concepcion and Patton are both at 0.00, and Pena’s is 2.08.
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