The Billings Mustangs season came to an end yesterday with a loss in the playoffs to Idaho Falls. The Mustangs won the second half North division title. Overall on the season they finished 39-37. That was the third best record in the league. They had the best record in the second half of all teams in the league.
Impressive team stats
The Mustangs pitching staff had the best ERA in the league at 3.95. They were third as a pitching staff in strikeout-to-walk ratio with a 3.29 mark. Their 8.6 hits allowed per 9-innings pitched was the second best mark in the league. They also led the league in WHIP at 1.29.
Offensively the team didn’t stand out nearly as much. They did have the second most hits in the league. They finished with the third best average in the league. Their 30 sacrifice flies were tops in the league.
Top Hitting Performance
There wasn’t a true standout performance for any of the Billings Mustangs hitters this year. There was only one hitter who had an OPS over the .800 mark. The offense, as a whole though, was good across the board. No one was great, but no one was bad either. It made for a quality lineup. But Eric Yang did stand out a little more than anyone else. The Reds 7th round pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft hit .290/.428/.420 with 9 doubles, 4 home runs, 23 walks, and he had 44 strikeouts in 51 games played. His on-base percentage led the team by 42 points, and his OPS led the team by 63 points.
Top Pitching Performance
On a strong pitching staff there were more than a few guys that should be considered here. Noah Davis had a 2.10 ERA over 8 starts, Jeffry Nino had a 2.45 ERA in 19 relief appearances, Omar Conoropo had a 3.36 ERA in 59.0 innings – mostly out of the bullpen. But this one goes to Miguel Medrano. The 21-year-old posted a 3.13 ERA over 14 starts and 60.1 innings pitched. His WHIP was 1.09 and he had just 14 walks to go with 66 strikeouts on the season.
As always, this is subjective and without being there on a daily basis, it’s based mostly on the stats at hand. That said, the winner for me is Quin Cotton. The Reds 8th round selection in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft hit .283/.376/.409 on the year with 8 steals, 14 doubles, 2 triples, and 4 home runs. He also walked 34 times with 49 strikeouts in 279 trips to the plate. Cotton played more than anyone else on the team and was a stand out defender in center field.
If you would like to see the entire stats for the team you can click here and head on over the team page at Baseball-Reference.