Saturday, May 06, 2006

April's Top Performers: Myrtle Beach

The strength of the Myrtle Beach team so far has been the relief pitching. The hitting has been poor but that is to be somewhat expected in a pitcher’s park like Myrtle Beach. The starters have been ok with the exception of Matt Harrison who has been terrific. The relief pitching has really lead this team to a lot of victories.

Brandon Jones, OF, Myrtle Beach:

Brandon Jones came in as the top prospect on this team and showed why. After missing a few games early in the year, Jones currently has a .284 average with 13 runs driven in. He has also swiped 4 bags in 5 chances. The power is not there yet but Myrtle Beach is a pitcher’s dream so power will be down for everyone.

Matt Young, OF, Myrtle Beach:

Another starting outfielder for Myrtle Beach, Matt Young, is also having a good season so far. He is hitting .283 and has an OBP of .421. Young has looked very comfortable at the plate with 16 walks and only 13 strikeouts. He has also stolen 6 bases and been caught only twice.

Matt Harrison, SP, Myrtle Beach:

Matt is 3-2 with a sterling 2.39 ERA in six starts this season. His WHIP is also terrific at 1.06 and he has only walked 6 batters compared to his 26 strikeouts. Harrison has made a steady climb so far through the Brave’s system and it looks like he will continue to do so.

Arthur Santos, RP, Myrtle Beach:

Arthur Santos pitched pretty will for Rome last year but has been lights out so far in Myrtle Beach. Santos has allowed 1 run in 16 innings for a 0.56 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is 10/2.

Zach Schreiber, RP, Myrtle Beach:

Zach has been almost as dominant as Santos with a 1.10 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 16.1 innings. Zach has even had the opportunity to save 3 games. His 18 strikeouts in 16.1 innings have also been impressive.

Dan Smith, RP, Myrtle Beach:

Another great reliever for Myrtle Beach, Dan Smith has 5 saves and a 1.13 ERA in 8 innings pitched. Of course he has also been called up to Mississippi already thanks to his fast start.

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