Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Corpus Christi Hooks: Minor League Snapshot

The AA Corpus Christi Hooks are currently in first place in their division, 12.5 games ahead of the second place Midland RockHounds (A's) in the South Division. Their .694 win percentage (43-19) is tops in the Texas League with the North Division Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals) trailing them for the second best record in the league with a 37-25 record (.597 win percentage).

More importantly, the Hooks have already clinched a playoff berth at the end of the season by virtue of winning the South Division for the first half of the season. And yesterday, the Hooks announced the Hooks players who received All-Star nods for the Texas League All-Star game which will be held on home turf on June 30th: 1B Conrad Gregor; 2B Tony Kemp (since promoted to AAA); RHP Travis Ballew; RHP Chris Devenski; RHP Jandel Gustave: RHP Lance McCullers (since promoted to Houston); RHP Vince Velasquez (since promoted to Houston); reserve 3B/DH Tyler White; and injury replacement C Roberto Pena.

Here is how the team stacks up against other teams in the league in various categories ...

3.11 ERA - 1st of 8 teams
1.256 WHIP - 1st
177 BB -8th
447 SO - 5th

Chris Devenski
0.65 ERA - 1st in the league*
0.909 WHIP - 2nd

*That ERA is not a typo and goes with a 7-0 record in 11 games (7 starts).

(Editorial Note: I have no idea why Devenski hasn't been promoted to AAA yet and it's starting to really, really annoy me.)

Chris Devenski - August 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Mike Hauschild (recently promoted to AAA)
3.20 ERA - 8th in the league
1.204 WHIP - 4th

Jandel Gustave
8 Saves - Tied for 1st in the league

Numerous pitchers have ERA's and or WHIP's that would rank them as league leaders if they had enough innings to qualify: Travis Ballew (1.20 ERA/1.110 WHIP); Chris Cotton (2.18 ERA/1.152 WHIP); Jandel Gustave (2.73 ERA/1.253 WHIP); Brian Holmes (2.85 ERA/1.137 WHIP); Aaron West (2.95 ERA/1.160 WHIP); Josh Hader (1.298 WHIP); and Michael Feliz (1.231 WHIP).

Special note needs to be made of Joe Musgrove who started the season with Low A Quad Cities, was promoted to High A Lancaster in early May and was recently promoted again to AA Corpus Christi. Musgrove hasn't spent enough time at any of the levels to qualify as a league leader, but his numbers stack up against the best: 1.58 ERA, 0.926 WHIP, 2BB to 69SO in 62.2 innings.

.279 BA - 1st of 8 teams
.361 OBP - 1st
.409 SLG - 3rd
86 SB - 1st
256 BB - 2nd
442 SO - 6th

Tony Kemp (recently promoted to AAA)
.358 BA - 1st in the league
.457 OBP - 1st
36 runs scored - T7th
59 hits -5th
35 walks - 7th
15 SB - T4th

Tyler White
.412 OBP - 3rd in the league
32 walks - 8th

Teoscar Hernandez
41 runs scored - 3rd in the league
56 strikeouts - 10th
14 SB - 7th

Carlos Correa (since promoted to AAA and Houston)
15 doubles - T5th in the league*
7 home runs - T9th*
32 RBI - T9th*
15 SB - T4th*

*Correa's 15 doubles came in only 29 games at AA; the leader has 19 in 61 games. Correa's 7 home runs came in 29 games; the leader has 12 in 62 games. Correa's 32RBI came in 29 games; the leader has 46 in 61 games. Correa's 15 stolen bases came in 29 games; the leader has 24 in 51 games.

Conrad Gregor
14 doubles - T8th in the league
31 walks - T9th

Andrew Aplin
4 triples - T3rd in the league*
11 SB - T8th in the league

*Aplin's 4 triples came in only 27 games at AA; the leader has 6 in 61 games.

Jon Kemmer
7 home runs - T9th in the league

In addition, these players have batting line numbers (BA/OBP/SLG) that would rank as league leaders if they had enough at-bats to qualify: Chan Moon (.311 BA at AA); Andrew Aplin (.333 BA & .448 OBP at AA); and Jon Kemmer (.504 SLG).

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1 comment:

  1. Agree with you on Devenski. How did Hauschild get promoted before him? And rumors are that Appel will now get promoted.... Maybe Appel is deserving based on his last several starts, but Devenski has been lights out the whole year. And I've heard his fastball is now sitting in the mid-90s. Who knows what factors in?