Record: 54-83

Team Stats

  • Batting Average – .232 (12 of 12)
  • On Base Percentage – .285 (12 of 12)
  • Slugging Percentage – .333 (12 of 12)
  • ERA – 3.77 (9 of 12)
  • WHIP – 1.40 (12 of 12)
  • Walk % – 8.8% (8 of 12)
  • Strikeout % – 16.4% (12 of 12)

This team was downright terrible. Offensively the team finished dead last in just about every category and finished in the bottom 4 on the pitching side of things as well. Its no shock that they had the worst record in the league.

Individual Position Players

Yonder Alonso hit .303/.383/.497 with 24 walks and 30 strikeouts over 201 plate appearances before earning a promotion to AA. Has he had enough PA, he would have lef the tetam in AVG, OBP and SLG by a wide margin.

Dave Sappelt hit .295/.328/.406 after being promoted from Dayton. Sappelt had a 4.8% walk rate and a 10.7% strikeout rate to go along with 21 steals and 11 caught stealing.

Devin Mesoraco (pictured above) led the team in OPS for players with at least 300 plate appearances as he hit .228/.311/.381. The numbers look bad at face value, but with a walk rate of 9.8% and a strikeout rate of 21.3% coupled with an isolated power of .153 there are lots of things to like.

Denis Phipps hit .240/.288/.386 over the full season. Phipps led the team in doubles (32) and HR (10) while posting a 5.7% walk rate and a 19.8% strikeout rate.

Neftali Soto came into the season as the 2nd best prospect on the team, but he struggled  as he hit .245/.280/.360. Soto posted a 4.3% walk rate and a 17.5% strikeout rate to go with his .115 isolated power.

Best Positional Prospect

Yonder Alonso and it wasn’t particularly close. He was the only hitter on the team who showed an ability to get on base and slug at high levels.

Individual Pitchers

Mace Thurman was lights out from the Sarasota bullpen. The lefty posted a 1.10 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 49 innings. Thurman had a walk rate of 7.2% and a 24.2% strikeout rate.

Enerio Del Rosario spent the first part of his season dominating the FSL with a 1.98 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP for 50 innings. Del Rosario posted a 3% walk rate, 16.5% strikeout rate and a 66% groundball rate before earning a promotion.

Zach Stewart dominated from a starters role in Sarasota before earning a promotion and later, being traded. Stewart had a 2.13 ERA in 42.2 innings.

Joseph Krebs is another in the line of dominant bullpeners for Sarasota this year. The lefty posted a 2.45 ERA over 55 innings for the Reds before earning a promotion.

Scott Carroll returned mid season from a suspension to post a 2.68 ERA over 40.1 innings pitched. He had low walk and strikeout rates of 3.7% and 8.6%, but posted a high 59% groundball rate.

Jeremy Horst posted a 3.25 ERA over 133 innings for the Sarasota Reds. The lefty had a 7.2% walk rate and a 17.8% strikeout rate.

Matt Fairel was promoted from Dayton later in the year and threw 50 innings of 3.24 ERA baseball. Fairel had a 9.1% walk rate and a 14.4% strikeout rate.

Lance Janke threw 32.1 innings with a 3.34 ERA with a 7.4% walk rate and a 19.1% strikeout rate after a promotion from Dayton.

Josh Beal had an ERA of 3.44 in 52.1 innings pitched for the Sarasota Reds. The righty had a 7.9% walk rate and a 14% strikeout rate.

Justin Freeman posted a 3.48 ERA over 64.2 innings pitched. Freeman coupled a walk rate of 3.6% with a 17.6% strikeout rate.

Best Pitching Prospect

Well it would have been Zach Stewart had he not been traded, so that leaves it as a tougher decision. However I am going to go off the board on this one and give it to Matt Klinker, who posted a 4.89 ERA in Sarasota. His ERA is very decieving though as he had a BABIP of .390. His FIP was 2.82 with the Sarasota Reds and well, things evened out after he was promoted and performed extremely well.

Overall Impression

The team had a bunch of very good pitching performances, but that is going to happen in most years of the Florida State League. Lots of solid guys coming through though. Offensively the team was just downright terrible though and didn’t have a legit consistent hitter in the lineup once Yonder Alonso was promoted. I think some of the guys will rebound next season if they make it out of the league, as some guys showed strong peripherals but dealt with the FSL effect.

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