The Louisville Bats had high expectations thrown on them at the start of the season due to their roster. While the team was only at .500 or worse for a total of two days all season, the Bats struggled to really break out aside from one win streak that took them from 4 games over to 12 games over .500. From that point forward the team was in a slow, but mostly steady decline. Toward the end of the year the Bats were decimated by promotions to the Majors of Cozart, Sappelt and Alonso before losing a handful of other guys for the last few days of the season with September call ups.
While the Bats did finish with a winning record at 73-71 and peaked at 12 games over .500, they were never really in the race for the division as the Columbus Clippers ran away with the division with 88 wins and actually slowed down on part of the season. Lehigh Valley took the wild card as the Bats finished 7 games back and missed the playoffs for the first time in several seasons.
Top Position Prospect
Devin Mesoraco was an easy choice despite other strong prospects on the team. He possesses a potentially All Star bat behind the plate with good power, a solid average and good defensive tools behind the plate. Mesoraco hit .289/.371/.484 with 52 walks and 83 strikeouts as one of the 10 youngest every day players in the league.
Top Pitching Prospect
I usually don’t give these things to a relief pitcher, but Brad Boxberger is the best pitching prospect on this team. He has the stuff to profile as a closer with a fastball that has touched 98 MPH. He put up strong numbers this year between Carolina and Louisville, with a 2.03 ERA between the two stops and 93 strikeouts with 28 walks in 62 innings pitched.
Among the League Leaders (must qualify)
- Jeremy Hermida – 2nd in average: .319
- Jeremy Hermida – 3rd in OBP: .400
- Jeremy Hermida – 3rd in SLG: .524
- Jeremy Hermida – 2nd in OPS: .924
- Devin Mesoraco – 4th in doubles: 36
- Danny Dorn – 10th in doubles: 30