The Billings Mustangs finished the season with an overall record of 44-32, best in their division. In the first half of the year they went 20-18 and finished five games back and out of the playoffs. In the second half of the season they went into the final week of the season in first place by a game, but lost a 2 game series to the team in second place and saw themselves fall a game back. They went into the final game of the year needing a Great Falls loss and a win for themselves to get into the playoffs. The Mustangs did their part in 13 innings, but by the 6th inning news had come that Great Falls had won and the Mustangs were eliminated.

Despite having the best overall record, the Mustangs missed the post season as the Pioneer League send four teams, all division winners from each half to the playoffs. Still, it is tough to say the season was a disappointment when you finish 12 games over .500 and the overall best record in your division (and second best in the entire league).

Top Pitching Prospect

Picking the top pitching prospect on the team was a little tough. I let the numbers decide for me though and went with Tony Cingrani. The big lefty posted a 1.75 ERA in 51.1 innings with just 6 walks and 80 strikeouts while allowing just one HR. He features a plus fastball, but his offspeed pitches clearly lag behind his fastball, which is what made the choice even a little tough as he may profile as a reliever due to that fact.

Top Hitting Prospect

I am relying on scouting for this one and going with Junior Arias. He didn’t post the best numbers on the team and frankly wasn’t close to it. However he does have good hitting tools and was just 19 for the season. Overall he hit just .251/.320/.452, but his numbers improved every month of the season, showing significant increases in OPS in each month. In August/September the third baseman hit .280/.351/.517.

Among the League Leaders (must qualify)

  • Robert Maddox – 8th in SLG: .553
  • Sean Buckley – 9th in SLG: .551
  • Sean Buckley – 10th in OPS: .923
  • Kyle Waldrop – 3rd in doubles: 22
  • Robert Maddox – 5th in doubles: 19
  • Kyle Waldrop – 2nd in triples: 9
  • Robert Maddox – 2nd in HR: 16
  • Sean Buckley – 3rd in HR: 14
  • Robert Maddox – 5th in RBI: 51
  • Kurtis Muller – 3rd in steals: 24
  • Brooks Pinckard – 1st in saves: 10
  • James Allen – 5th in saves: 7
  • Wes Mugarian – 8th in innings: 71.1
  • Tony Cingrani – 4th in strikeouts: 80