- Batting Average – .263 (6 of 14)
- On Base Percentage – .322 (12 of 14)
- Slugging Percentage – .416 (2 of 14)
- ERA – 3.47 (2 of 14)
- WHIP – 1.29 (2 of 14)
- Walk % – 7.4% (2 of 14)
- Strikeout % – 18.9% (3 of 14)
The pitching that went through Louisville was the best in the league and kept them at the top of their division. The hitting was sub par at finding first base, but they some good sluggers on the team to take advantage of their base runners.
Individual Position Players
Adam Rosales got off to an incredible start with the Bats. Over 125 plate appearances he hit .349/.408/.596 with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 5 HR, 4 steals, 12 walks and 15 strikeouts. He would be promoted and spent most of the season coming off of the Reds bench.
Much like Rosales, Jonny Gomes got off to a great start in Louisville as he hit .282/.361/.580 with 10 doubles, 1 triple and 9 HR in 147 plate appearances. When he got called up in June, he kept doing the same.
Kevin Barker (pictured above) was the teams best hitter over the season as he would hit .285/.376/.551 with 22 doubles, 3 triples and 22 HR. He also walked 12.9% of the time while striking out 19.2% of the time.
Darnell McDonald started in Cincinnati but was demoted and had 304 plate appearances in Louisville while hitting .314/.349/.539.
Drew Sutton was another guy who split time in Cincinnati and Louisvlle, but he would hit .261/.381/.471 with the Bats over 190 plate appearances.
Danny Dorn stumbled out of the gate big time, but rebounded well and finished with a .275/.337/.457 line overall. April/May had an OPS of .629 while June-September saw Dorn’s line at .324/.393/.551 for an OPS of .944.
Chris Heisey was promoted at midseason after destroying the Southern League and while he slowed down, his .278/.323/.465 line certainly helped the Bats make their playoff run. 17 doubles, 1 triple and 9 HR proved the power is here to stay, but his 5.2% walk rate was concerning.
Danny Richar spent the second half on the DL, but hit .290/.330/.438 with the Bats over 181 plate appearances.
Wes Bankston provided some stability to an ever changing Bats line up as he hit .267/.313/.449 with 26 doubles, 3 triples and 17 HR in his 493 plate appearances.
Drew Stubbs was a bit of an interesting case for the Bats. He hit .268/.353/.360 in 472 plate appearances for the Lousville, but the power drop was concerning. Of course since being called up the power has been at a 40 HR pace, evening out his total season back to its normal spot. Combined Stubbs also haas over 50 steals this season.
Juan Francisco got an August promotion to help the Bats as the season wound down and he absolutely obliterated the ball to the tune of .359/.384/.598 with 5 doubles, 1 triple and 5 HR in 99 plate appearances.
Best Positional Prospect
Drew Stubbs may not have been the best hitter on the team, but his entire package provides the highest upside of anyone on the team when you consider his position. If the power is around to stay (well, not 40 HR pace power like he has shown in the majors, but 20 HR power) he has a chance to be a 4 win player which is a win better than anyone on the Reds this season is going to be.
Justin Lehr was the leagues top pitcher. Lehr didn’t spend all of his AAA season with the Bats, but upon his arrival he went 8-1 with a 2.51 ERA over 75.1 innings with a 3.5% walk rate and a 14.1% strikeout rate.
Homer Bailey spent half of his season in AAA with the Bats and threw 89.2 innings of 2.71 ERA with a 7.1% walk rate and a 21.6% strikeout rate.
Jeff Kennard was another one of the Bats sub 3.00 ERA pitchers as he posted a 2.83 ERA over 54 innings wih a 9.1% walk rate and a 20.9% strikeout rate.
Matt Maloney was the biggest cog in the Bats pitching machine as the lefty threw 143 innings of 3.08 ERA. The former Phillies prospect had a 1.17 WHIP, 4.1% walk rate and 21.2% strikeout rate before being promoted to Cincinnati.
Travis Wood finished his season up with the Bats throwing 48.2 innings of 3.14 ERA baseball with an 8.1% walk rate and a 16.2% strikeout rate in what may be the best starters season a Reds minor league prospect has had in a long time.
Several relievers made strong contributions in limited innings for the Bats. Enerio Del Rosario posted a 1.09 ERA in 24.2 innings, Logan Ondrusek posted a 1.74 ERA in 20.2 innings, Carlos Fisher had a 2.00 ERA in 18 innings before being promoted to Cincinnati, Robert Manuel had a 2.70 ERA over 46.2 innings before being promoted and then traded, and Lee Tabor threw 20.1 innings with a 3.10 ERA.
Best Pitching Prospect
Given that Travis Wood was given the call in AA, I will give it to Matt Maloney. While Maloney isn’t expected to be a world beater, he does have the stuff working for him to be a major league starter for a while in the big leagues. He would be my front runner for the #5 spot in the Reds rotation in 2010 if I were making the calls.
This team was far and away the best of the Reds farm system. Despite having over 50 players get a plate appearance and over 30 guys throw an inning, the team hardly slowed down all season on its way to winning the division under Rick Sweet. They look good for next year as well, as just about everyone on the team should be returning next year.