Wednesday, September 23, 2009

2009 Year In Review: Bowling Green Hot Rods (Overall)

Bowling Green Hot RodsOver the next few weeks I will recap the 2009 season of each affiliate. This week will focus on the overall season, next week will cover the hitting leaders and the final week will be pitching leaders. Like the week in reviews earlier in the season, each day will bring attention to a different affiliate as we work our way through the franchise. Today we take a look at the overall team stats of the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

The Bowling Green Hot Rods completed their inaugural season in 2009 with a 64-74 overall record which left them in the basement of the South Atlantic League. The Hot Rods were represented by Chris Andujar and Tim Beckham in the All-Star Game. This season was the Hots Rods first and last season in the South Atlantic League as they move to the Midwest League in 2010.

Final Standings:
South Atlantic League Southern Division (Overall)
1. Augusta Green Jackets (76-63)
2. Charleston River Dogs (74-65)
3. Greeneville Drive (73-65)
4. Asheville Tourists (68-70)
5. Lexington Legends (68-72)
6. Rome Braves (66-73)
7. Savannah Sand Gnats (65-72)
8. Bowling Green Hot Rods (64-74)

South Atlantic League Southern Division (First Half)
1. Greenville Drive (39-29)
2. Charleston River Dogs (39-31)
3. Lexington Legends (36-34)
4. Augusta Green Jackets (35-34)
5. Rome Braves (35-35)
Savannah Sand Gnats (35-35)
7. Bowling Green Hot Rods (34-36)
8. Asheville Tourists (26-43)

South Atlantic League Southern Division (Second Half)
1. Asheville Tourists (42-27)
2. Augusta Green Jackets (41-29)
3. Charleston River Dogs (35-34)
4. Greenville Drive (34-36)
5. Lexington Legends (32-38)
6. Rome Braves (31-38)
7. Savannah Sand Gnats (30-37)
8. Bowling Green Hot Rods (30-38)

Team Hitting Stats (league rank):
Average: .243 (15 of 16)
Slugging: .357 (12 of 16)
On Base Pct: .308 (14 of 16)
Hits: 1088 (15 of 16)
Doubles: 234 (7 of 16)
Triples: 40 (4 of 16)
Home Runs: 65 (10 of 16)
Runs Scored: 538 (14 of 16)
Stolen Bases: 99 (14 of 16)

Team Pitching Stats (league rank):
ERA: 4.05 (13 of 16)
Runs Allowed: 639 (13 of 16)
Strikeouts: 1039 (13 of 16)
Walks: 446 (13 of 16)

8th best in South Atlantic League
232,987 total in 66 games for 3,530 average per game (78% capacity)
Bowling Green Ballpark Total Seating: 4,500

2009 Bowling Green Hot Rods Roster:
Chris Andujar
Jamie Bagley
Nick Barnese*
Joey Callender
Joseph Cruz*
Jairo De La Rosa
Frank De Los Rosa
Shawn Dyer
Diego Echeverria
Marquis Fleming
Tyree Hayes
Michael Jarman
Deivis Mavares
Matt Moore*
Tommy Rafferty
Juan Santana
Josh Satow
Neil Schenk

Tyler Hauschild
Jake Jefferies*

Jeremy Beckham
Tim Beckham*
Robi Estrada
John Mollicone
Michael Sheridan*
Isaias Velasquez
Henry Wrigley

Jason Corder
Kyeong Kang*
Justin Reynolds
Anthony Scelfo
Jason Tweedy

Coaching Staff
Manager: Matt Quatraro
Hitting Coach: Hector Torres
Pitching Coach: RC Lichtenstein

*denotes 2009 Rays Prospects Top Prospect


  1. That is a collection of some pretty bad stats. Considering this group of players was supposed to have some of the Rays brightest prospects, what happened? Were most of these players over hyped and over rated, or was it the on field management, or both? I would like to hear the opinions from those of you who follow the Rays farm system.

  2. Moore was fantasic, Beckham was underwhelming, Sheridan REALLY struggled, Jefferies was nothing special, Kang was really the only outfielder who produced. None of the guys who were really on the prospect radar had truly bad years besides Sheridan.

    The team was committed to giving Mike McCormick playing time and he hit .165, so that was a big problem. And then Jason Corder, Justin Reynolds, Jeremy Beckham, Robi Estrada, John Mollicone, Henry Wrigley, and Jason Tweedy all played at least 45 games and hit under .230.

    So for the most part, the bigger prospects performance wasn't the problem.

  3. It should also be noted that this is a pitcher's league. With it being the first time these boys are using wooden bats, the advantage is really in favor of the pitchers. If you watch these guys later on, you'll see them adjusted to the new bats and really start stepping up the batting power. Also, Mike Sheridan didn't have a horrible year- he just needed some time to adjust to the new bats as well, and after coming off some amazing hitting averages in past seasons, it only looked like he was really struggling. I think he's gong to come out as one of the Rays' future power hitters.

  4. Who didn't use a wood bat last year?

    I agree on Sheridan though, still a prospect, but he's limited by his defensive position as he tries to move up.