Now that the Midwest League’s regular season is over, it’s time to look at who the league leaders were in the 10 major statistical categories.
A pair of Bowling Green Hot Rods players were tops in batting average. Andrew Toles hit .326, four-tenths of a percentage better than teammate Leonardo Reginatto, who went 3-for-4 Monday to finish with a .325 batting average. Third place went to Quad Cities River Bandits SS Carlos Correa, who batted .320.
River Bandits OF Teoscar Hernandez led the league in runs (97), followed by Cedar Rapids Kernels OF Adam Brett Walker (83) and Fort Wayne TinCaps OF Mallex Smith (81).
Walker led the league with 27 home runs, followed by Beloit Snappers 1B Matt Olson (23) and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers OF Victor Roache (22).
Walker also led the league with 109 RBI, followed by Olson (93) and Beloit’s Chris Bostick (89).
Smith swiped a league-high 64 bases, two better than Toles. Great Lakes Loons OF James Baldwin finished a distant third with 42 SB.
Loons LHP Geoff Brown and South Bend Silver Hawks RHP Jesse Darrah each earned a league-high 12 wins.
TinCaps RHP Roman Madrid notched a league-best 22 saves, followed by South Bend’s R.J. Hively and Lansing’s Arik Sikula, who each saved 19 games.
Dayton Dragons LHP Ismael Guillon struck out a league-high 134 batters. Burlington Bees LHP Ryan Crowley and River Bandits RHP Vincent Velasquez each struck out 123.
TinCaps RHP Zach Eflin had the league’s best earned-run average, 2.73. Clinton LumberKings RHP Victor Sanchez had the second-base ERA, 2.78, and Kernels LHP Brett Lee was third with a 2.95 ERA.
South Bend’s Brad Allen led the league with a 1.08 WHIP. Bowling Green’s Jeff Ames and Clinton’s Victor Sanchez each posted a 1.09 WHIP.
Some other notes from the 2013 regular season:
Byron Buxton’s dominance as a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels resulted in him being named Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year. Read more about this and the 2013 Midwest League Postseason All-Star Team here.
The Cedar Rapids Kernels (88-50) finished with the best overall record in the Midwest League. That matches the best single-season wins total for the club since it joined the Midwest League in 1962. (The 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds also won 88 games.)
Six no-hitters were thrown in the Midwest League this season, one shy of the league record set in 1972 and matched in 2000. The Lansing Lugnuts were the victims of three of the six no-hitters.
In addition to being no-hit three times, the Lugnuts had another taste of infamy on July 1 when Santiago Nessy played the Fred Merkle role in an incident similar to the 1908 “Merkle’s Boner” play. News of “Nessy’s Boner” went viral; this post about it quickly became the third-most read item on this website.
It wasn’t all bad for the Lugnuts, however; among the team’s highlights was SS Emilio Guerrero’s 6-for-6 performance (which included a grand slam and 5 RBI) to tie the Midwest League record for most hits in a game.
They also led the way when the Midwest League set a new single-day record for attendance on July 4. A total of 68,243 fans attended the eight MWL games that day. That smashed the previous record of 56,789 that was set on Aug. 14, 2010.
For about two months, the River Bandits had the two most-recent No. 1 overall draft picks on their team at the same time. Last year’s top pick, SS Carlos Correa, batted .320 with 9 HR, 86 RBI and 10 SB in 117 games. This year’s top pick, RHP Mark Appel, went 3-1 with a 3.82 ERA, 27 strikeouts and nine walks in 33 IP (eight starts) for Quad Cities.
Another notable pitcher in the Midwest League this season was Loons LHP Julio Urias, mostly because of his age, but also because of his impressive statistics. Urias made his MWL debut at age 16 (he turned 17 on Aug. 12) and went 2-0 with a 2.48 ERA, 67 strikeouts and 16 walks in 54.1 IP (18 starts). His innings were severely limited this year, so it will be interesting to see what the Los Angeles Dodgers prospect does as a follow-up in his second professional season.
The first round of the Midwest League playoffs begin Wednesday. Click here for the matchups and schedule.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler