Saturday, September 26, 2009

2009 Year in Review: Durham Bulls (Overall)

Durham BullsOver 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 Durham Bulls.

The Durham Bulls were the 2009 AAA Champions. The path to the championship began with the Bulls finishing 83-61 and winning the International League Championship earning them a trip to Oklahoma City to play the Pacifica Coast League Champions. The Bulls defeated the Memphis Redbirds in the AAA Championship game and were crowned the 2009 AAA Champions. The 09 Bulls also put two players on the International League All-Star team with Reid Brignac and Dale Thayer representing the Bulls. Jon Weber was named the Durham Bulls MVP for 2009 by the Tampa Bay Rays with Desmond Jennings and Jeremy Hellickson also taking awards for best minor league hitter and pitcher respectively.

Final Standings:
International League South Division
1. Durham Bulls (83-61)
2. Gwinnett Braves (81-63)
3. Norfolk Tide (71-71)
4. Charlotte Knights (67-76)

Team Hitting Stats (league rank):
Average: .264 (5 of 14)
Slugging: .414 (3 of 14)
On Base Pct: .340 (2 of 14)
Hits: 1315 (2 of 14)
Doubles: 295 (tied 1 of 14)
Triples: 2 (10 of 14)
Home Runs: 137 (1 of 14)
Runs Scored: 683 (1 of 14)
Stolen Bases: 118 (6 of 14)

Team Pitching Stats (league rank):
ERA: 3.75 (4 of 14)
Runs Allowed: 616 (10 of 14)
Strikeouts: 1050 (1 of 14)
Walks: 522 (13 of 14)

8th best in International League
448,385 total in 72 games for 6,783 average per game (68% capacity)
Durham Bulls Athletic Park Total Seating: 10,000

2009 Durham Bulls Roster:
Winston Abreu
Bateman, Joe
Jeff Bennett
Chad Bradford
Jason Childers
Randy Choate
Jason Cromer
Wade Davis*
Dewon Day
Julio DePaula
Matt DeSalvo
Jeremy Hellickson*
Carlos Hernandez
James Houser*
Jason Isringhausen
Jorge Julio
Scott Kazmir
Chris Medlock
Jon Meloan
Joe Nelson
Rayner Oliveros
Chad Orvella
Paul Phillips
David Price*
Heath Rollins*
Andy Sonnanstine
Mitch Talbot*
Dale Thayer
Michael Wlodarczyk

Craig Albernaz
Michel Hernandez
Alex Jamieson
John Jaso*
Shawn Riggans

Reid Brignac*
Brandon Chaves
Joe Dillon
Matt Hall
Rhyne Hughes
Akinori Iwamura
Elliott Johnson*
Adam Kennedy
Henry Mateo
Chris Nowak
Ray Olmedo
Chris Richard
Sean Rodriguez

Rashad Eldridge
Desmond Jennings*
Matt Joyce
Fernando Perez*
Justin Ruggiano*
Ray Sadler
Jon Weber

Coaching Staff
Manager: Charlie Montoyo
Hitting Coach: Dave Myers
Pitching Coach: Xavier Hernandez

*denotes 2009 Rays Prospects Top Prospect

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