Saturday, September 6, 2008

9/5 Hudson Valley pitching update & notes

Marquis Fleming
Hudson Valley lost at Staten Island 17-0 last night. RHRP Marquis Fleming (24th round, 2008), who had not allowed a run in his last 18 IP, made his first professional start, and possibly his last:

Fleming just can't pitch on the road:
Home ERA: 0.00
Away ERA: 5.06

Robert Della Grotta
Robert Della Grotta (37th round, 2007) relieved Fleming and could do no better:
Della Grotta1.033020

Della Grotta also can't pitch on the road:
Home ERA: 1.15
Away ERA: 4.58

Matthew Long
Then it was Matthew Long's (34th round, 2008) turn to get torched:

Long continues the road woes:
Home ERA: 3.08
Away ERA: 11.57

Finally Thomas Rafferty (28th round, 2008) closed out the game with a scoreless inning:

And guess what, Rafferty's splits:
Home ERA: 0.00
Away ERA: 7.50

YTD totals for the four:
Della Grotta23.918033.12.974.133.868.

Tonight was supposed to be the final game of the year, but the game has been cancelled. On Friday the Rays announced Hudson Valley will remain a Rays' affiliate through 2010:

"The American League East-leading Rays and the Fishkill franchise signed a two-year extension of their player development contract Friday morning, keeping the Renegades as Tampa Bay's short-season, Class A affiliate for throughout the 2010 season.

"One of the things you look for in any relationship is stability," said Marvin S. Goldklang, part owner of the Renegades. "There has been a consistency and stability to the relationship which isn't commonly found these days."

Tampa Bay and Hudson Valley forged those ties more than a decade ago, two full years before the former even fielded a major-league team.

Beginning as a Texas Rangers affiliate when they began play at Dutchess Stadium in 1994, the Renegades became a co-op team for both Texas and Tampa Bay minor-leaguers in 1996."

Bowling Green (A in 2009, replacing Columbus) already has a radio deal, now if they would just pick a name (Mammoths?).

"Bowling Green Pro Baseball, the Class-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and Forever Communications today announced a two-year partnership that will make "1340, WBGN, The Ticket" and the radio home for all 140 Bowling Green Pro Baseball games, home and away, through 2010."

And finally, BA has a nice article on Princeton's LHSP Matt Moore (8th round, 2007). Here are some highlights:

"Moore uses an arsenal that includes a four-seam fastball that sits 92-95 mph along with a changeup and a slider. Moore has been on a pitch count limiting him to 75 pitches per game, [Princeton manager Joe] Szekley said

"I think he'll be a major league starter if nothing happens to him and he stays healthy," an American League scout said. "He's got three pitches and he keeps getting better, so I don't see why he can't be a major league starter."

Another AL scout went a little further, saying that Moore's combination of stuff and makeup gives him the potential to be a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher in the big leagues.

"I'm going back a ways, but he kind of reminds me of Tom Browning," the scout said. "He's kind of got that bulldog-type of approach. Those types of guys just win — they get to the big leagues and they stay there.""

Matthew MooreMoore's final stats for 2008:


  1. Those home/road splits are really telling(and disappointing) since the Renegades park is known as a pitcher's park.

  2. I meant to include team home/road ERAs and park factors after I noticed these four, but I wanted to get the notes in and I was under a time constraint. Actually, all the pitchers plus team plus park factors would be a nice article. Actually, that on all six US-affiliates would be even better. Get right on that Kevin, shouldn't take much time. :)