The Cubs have had a number of very good pitching performances in their farm system lately, including a couple more yesterday. Particularly in the lower levels of the system, it looks like there are a lot of promising arms who are going to finish the year with a good run of innings.
It has been awhile since I did a Monday quiz, so this seems like a good time to do a pitching related one. If I’m not mistaken we’ve looked at strikeouts before, so this time we’ll take a look at walks. Or walk rates, to be specific. What I’m looking for today are the five pitchers with the lowest BB/9 (minimum of ten games). Starters and relievers are both eligible for this one.
To get these answers you will need to really know the lower levels of the system (although two of them are now in Double A). One of them is a full time starter, one has worked both in the rotation and the bullpen, and the other three are pure relievers.
One more bit of help: the next three names on the list after the five you are looking for are Erick Leal, Ryan Kellogg, and Jeremy Null. For some of you, I suspect that just removed three of your guesses from consideration.
Answers at the end of the column.
- Rob Zastryzny: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K. Zastryzny has not allowed an earned run in his last three starts.
- Armando Rivero: 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 K
- Albert Almora: 3 for 4
- Kristopher Negron: 2 for 4
- Stephen Perakslis: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 K
- James Farris: 2 IP, 1 H
- Ian Happ: 1 for 1, BB
- Victor Caratini: 2 for 6
- David Freitas: 3 for 6, 2B
- Ben Carhart: 1 for 5, 2B, BB
- Kelly Dugan: 2 for 5, HR
- Carlos Penalver: 2 for 4, 2B
- James Pugliese: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K
- Craig Brooks: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
- Tommy Nance: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K
- Daniel Lewis: 1 IP
- Charcer Burks: 1 for 3, BB
- Donnie Dewees: 1 for 3, BB, SB
- David Bote: 3 for 4
- Jeffrey Baez: 1 for 3, HR, BB
- Justin Steele: 6 IP, 1R, 6 H, 6 K
- John Williamson: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Scott Effross: 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 K
- P.J. Higgins: 2 for 4, 2B
- Matt Rose: 3 for 4, 2B, HR
- Adonis Paula: 2 for 3
- Pedro Silverio: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K
- Marc Huberman: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB
- Josh Conway: 1 IP, 2 BB, 1 K
- Chad Hockin: 1 IP, 2 K
- Mark Malave: 1 IP, 2 K
- Yeiler Peguero: 1 for 2, 2 BB
- Chris Pieters: 2 for 4, SB
- Kevonte Mitchell: 1 for 4, 2B
- Sam Tidaback: 1 for 4, HR
- Matt Swarmer: 3 IP, 1 BB, 6 K
- Andry Rondon: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 K
- Jordan Brink: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Kwang-Min Kwon: 2 for 4
- Isaac Paredes: 1 for 4, 2B
- Kevin Zamudio: 2 for 3, HR.
- Yohan Matos: 1 for 3, 2B, SB
- Myrtle Beach has now won nine straight games.
- The five pitchers with the lowest BB/9 and a minimum of ten appearances are: Jared Cheek (0.80) with South Bend, Casey Bloomquist (1.00) with South Bend, Zach Hedges (1.70) with Tennessee, David Berg (1.80) with Tennessee, and… the one I suspect no one would have gotten… Yapson Gomez (1.80) with Arizona.
- Of that group, Hedges was the full time starter and Bloomquist was the guy who had floated between the two roles.