Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2012 Season in Review
By Andrew Zajac
September 7, 2012
Final Record: 30-45, Fifth place.
Final Team Offensive Stats:
- Average: .241 (seventh in the league)
- Runs: 294 (tenth in the league)
- Hits: 610 (sixth in the league)
- Doubles: 124 (fifth in the league)
- Triples: 19 (seventh in the league)
- Home runs: 27 (eleventh in the league)
- Runs batted in: 266 (eigth in the league)
- Walks: 222 (tenth of the league)
- Strike outs: 626 (first in the league)
- Stolen bases: 54 (ninth in the league)
- On-base percentage: .310 (ninth in the league)
- Slugging percentage: .337 (seventh in the league)
- On-base plus slugging percentage: .647 (ninth in the league)
Hitter of the Year: INF Joeseph Wendle
61 G, .327 AVG, 32 R, 15 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 37 RBI, 4 SB, 15 BB/25 K, .375 OBP, .469 SLG, .844 OPS
One of the toughest tasks for most young players who play their first season of professional baseball is fighting through the whole season and not seeing their performance slip in the last few weeks due to fatigue. However, Wendle was the model of consistency all season long and didn't miss a beat. Now that the Scrappers season is officially over, he was promoted to help the Lake County Captains in their playoff run.
Wendle finished the season third in the league in average, seventh in hits, tenth on on-base percentage, third in slugging, and fourth in on-base and slugging percentage (OPS).
His best tool is his glove, but he shows a good, patient approach at the plate as well. Wendle will be an intriguing player to watch going forward and could end up within the top fifteen prospects in our system the start of next season.
Final Team Pitching Stats:
- ERA: 3.78 (tenth in the league)
- Hits allowed: 648 (fourth in the league)
- Runs: 347 (fifth in the league)
- Earned Runs: 278 (fifth in the league)
- Home runs allowed: 39 (fourth in the league)
- Walks: 248 (seventh in the league)
- Strike outs: 513 (twelth in the league)
- WHIP: 1.35 (tenth in the league)
Starter of the Year: RHP Luis DeJesus
4-2, 14 GS, 2.02 ERA, 80.1 IP, 57 H, 18 ER/24 R, 5 HR, 17 BB, 52 K, .197 BAA, 0.92 WHIP
The Scrappers had for the most part a very solid starting rotation all season long. On top of that rotation, DeJesus was the anchor to the rotation and was the starting pitcher for the American League in the New York-Penn League All Star game. After getting off to a rough start in Lake County, he really settled in once he came to Mahoning Valley.
DeJesus finished sixth in the league in ERA (technically fourth excluding relievers), second in innings pitched, and fourth in WHIP.
He has good size and athleticism, and scouts also like his arm action and delivery. One of the biggest tasks going forward will be for DeJesus to build more strength and muscle. His fastball sits between 90-93 MPH with some good action. If he can add more upper body strength, he can add a few more ticks onto his fastball.
He can project as a starter or a reliever at this point, although I believe the Indians might give DeJesus every chance to succeed as a starter and can project as a solid middle of the rotation to end of the rotation starter.
Reliever of the Year: RHP Scott Peoples
1-1, 16 G, 2.28 ERA, 23.2 IP, 17 H, 6 ER/8 R, HR, 8 BB, 21 K, .200 BAA
This was a tough category to choose because the Mahoning Valley bullpen was fairly unreliable all season long. This is no knock on Peoples, but there are very few, if any, intriguing bullpen arms that will come from this team.
On a more positive note, however, Peoples has good build and improved his overall command from his days in college. He's still a project arm, but going forward, he could be a sixth/seventh inning type reliever.
Top Prospects Going Forward
- SS Dorssys Paulino - Paulino made a case for being the top prospect in the organization ahead of Lindor. His bat is his clear plus. His fielding still needs a lot of work, but Paulino has good power and bat speed. He has the potential to be a top of the order bat in the majors.
- CF Tyler Naquin - There seem to be those who hate the Naquin selection and I suppose I'm in the minority who still supports the pick. He missed a month due to a lower back strain and returned to action at the season's end and received a promotion to Lake County to help their playoff run. He has average to slightly above average speed, plus plus arm strength (and accuracy), above average fielding, and a solid approach at the plate. His swing can get a little loopy and long at times, but when healthy, he's a guy who I can see hitting .300 annually. He'll never be a guy who hits more than 10 HR a year, but he has good gap power.
- RHP Jake Sisco - While the former third round selection had a disappointing season, I still have faith in Sisco as a prospect. He's a powerful pitcher with a plus fastball, as well as two different breaking balls that have the potential to be very good as well. The thing that hurt him most this season is his command. He still projects as a potential #2-3 type starter. He's still very young, so don't give up on Sisco just yet.
- 3B Joseph Wendle - see above.
- RHP Jacob Lee - He's not an overly flashy guy, but has a solid three pitch mix with the ability to enduce ground balls when he shows consistent command of his pitches. The Indians are fully committed to Lee as a starter and he projects as a back of the rotation starter.
- RHP Luis DeJesus - see above.
It is no wonder why this franchise is in the condition it is in. Wasting a high first round pick on a meatball like Tyler Naquin tells us all we need to know