The Pensacola Blue Wahoos first half is over. They finished in last place of the South Division at 25-44, 14 games out of first place and with the worst record in the Southern League. The Southern League is like most other minor league levels where there is a first half and a second half, so the Blue Wahoos have a fresh start to get things going in the right direction and still make the playoffs. Let’s take a look at their performance over the first half.

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After a 4-3 start to the season the Blue Wahoos never topped .500 again. They would finish April at 10-13 before really taking a nose dive in May that included a 9-game losing streak that began in the middle of the month. Pensacola would finish May with a 9-21 record. Things were a little better in June, but the Blue Wahoos still finished 6-10 to close out the first half.

Position Player of the First Half

There were really only two choices here as most of the team really struggled to hit. Bryson Smith led the team in AVG/OBP/SLG across the board, but Tucker Barnhart was right there with him. With Barnhart being a catcher, I give him the slight edge over Smith who unfortunately looks like he will miss most of the second half. Barnhart hit .270/.340/.376 with 21 walks and 36 strikeouts. He had 12 doubles, a triple  and two home runs to go along with 21 RBI. He started 77% of the Blue Wahoos games behind the plate and threw out 30% of attempted base stealers and had just one passed ball.

Starting Pitcher of the First Half

The Blue Wahoos rotation has been pretty good across the board with all five starters having an ERA of 3.88 or lower. One guy stood out from the rest though. Chad Rogers finished the first half on the disabled list, but he posted a 2.08 ERA in 60.2 innings and a 1.06 WHIP. He had 21 walks and 46 strikeouts.

Relief Pitcher of the First Half

The bullpen was a weakness for pitching staff, but Loek Van Mil provided the most stability from the bullpen as he posted a 3.82 ERA in 33 innings over the first half. He recorded 6 saves for the team with 13 walks and 22 strikeouts while posting a 1.18 WHIP.

Individual Stats

Player PA  2B  3B  HR  RBI  SB  BB  SO  BA  OBP  SLG
Ryan LaMarre 273 9 0 4 16 10 28 52 .227 .315 .315
Devin Lohman 265 12 0 4 28 6 20 45 .234 .309 .336
Brodie Greene 263 7 0 2 16 2 20 29 .225 .288 .280
Travis Mattair 259 8 0 7 23 2 20 60 .216 .296 .342
Bryson Smith 238 10 1 5 15 2 20 33 .275 .363 .406
Tucker Barnhart 218 13 1 2 21 1 22 36 .271 .343 .380
David Vidal 150 2 0 1 9 0 15 40 .206 .286 .244
Theo Bowe 138 5 1 3 10 6 14 31 .203 .283 .333
Luis Durango 113 1 0 0 3 5 19 16 .250 .378 .261
Joe Mather 102 4 0 2 10 1 14 28 .174 .287 .291
Steve Selsky 99 2 0 0 12 0 10 20 .181 .281 .205
Donald Lutz 85 4 2 5 14 2 7 21 .211 .294 .513
Mike Gilmartin 81 1 0 1 3 0 14 26 .169 .316 .231
Ray Chang 60 3 0 2 9 0 3 11 .386 .417 .544
Danny Vicioso 59 1 0 1 3 0 3 13 .164 .220 .236
Corey Wimberly 33 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 .172 .250 .172
Marquez Smith 11 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 .182 .182 .273
Matt Kennelly 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

 

Player ERA  SV  IP HR  BB  SO  WHIP 
Ryan Dennick 3 7 3.13 0 77.2 68 6 17 54 1.09
Tim Crabbe 3 6 3.36 0 77.2 76 9 19 60 1.22
Josh Smith 5 6 3.66 0 76.1 74 7 27 70 1.32
Daniel Renken 1 5 3.88 0 67.1 58 7 32 58 1.34
Chad Rogers 3 2 2.08 0 60.2 43 5 21 46 1.06
Drew Hayes 1 1 5.19 2 34.2 41 4 20 35 1.76
Loek Van Mil 0 3 3.82 6 33.0 26 3 13 22 1.18
Shaun Ellis 2 1 3.38 0 32.0 29 2 12 18 1.28
Wilkin De La Rosa 1 4 5.88 0 26.0 27 4 15 23 1.62
Josh Ravin 0 2 7.27 0 26.0 35 3 20 25 2.12
Chris Manno 2 2 6.66 0 25.2 32 4 17 26 1.91
Lee Hyde 2 4 4.12 2 24.0 24 0 12 17 1.50
Brian Pearl 3 0 4.20 0 15.0 18 1 4 12 1.47
Yohan Pino 0 0 0.00 0 11.0 3 0 0 11 0.27
Curtis Partch 0 0 2.16 4 8.1 6 0 2 14 0.96
Kyle Lotzkar 0 1 11.88 0 8.1 16 0 11 8 3.24
Trevor Bell 0 0 0.00 1 5.0 2 0 2 7 0.80
Manny Parra 0 0 0.00 0 5.0 3 0 1 5 0.80
Logan Ondrusek 0 0 0.00 0 2.1 1 0 0 1 0.43
Jamie Walczak 0 0 54.00 0 0.2 4 0 1 1 7.50

3 Responses

  1. The Duke

    Ryan Lamarre seems to have progressively worse results the longer he’s is in AA. It’s he hurt again, or has he just hit a developmental wall?

  2. Scott from upstate NY

    If you are looking for story ideas I would like to see more inside the box score analysis of what went wrong or what went right for the Wahoos. For instance, you mentioned the rotation did relatively well – how many starts were quality starts? Of their earned runs how many were inherited by a reliever and allowed to score? How many starts were victimized by bullpen blown saves? The Wahoos didn’t hit is clear, so if you want to focus on the positive I think there would be benefits to more pitching analysis, when time allows.

  3. Mel

    Doug and friends. Here in Montgomery work work work . Being from Pensacola (part time) and being able to work in my area I get to see a bunch of games . From here I go to back to Pensacola , so life is good. I read your reports on pensacola and just want to add a few things. I have lived this life as a scout for many many years and trust me its a labor of love and it is Grind. Now multiply that by 10 and you have the life of a minor league ball player

    Guys I talk to these young men everyday ,from all walks of life and this is not easy. Hotel to hotel(not 5 star) food (not very good) No family or friends and for many a culture shock. Oh and get this , you have to perform at a very high level. Not glamorous and not easy.

    Minor league guys prospects or fillers take 2 steps forward 1 step back and so on and so on. Its the way of the world
    as fans we get impatient but as a scout I have remain neutral and just scout

    so let me speak to you from both points of view
    most players if not all have underachieved and have taken a step back
    the only improvements or progress the 1st half have been Barnhart, smith and the starting pitchers. most have taken a step back.
    to me it is not a big deal , players know whats up. they understand that they have to finish strong . Guys like Lamarre Greene,Travis, pretty much across the board are not getting the job done. This also includes our bullpen De La Rosa, Ravin, Manno, Hayes have all taken steps back but to me i say so what. Of course I would love to see guys progress every day,week, month and year. but that is not baseball. So omy reason for writing this is to assure fans and friends of the Pensacola club , that these players are aware of the grind , they understand the process. Those who choose to brush it off their shoulder will be the ones who have a better chance of getting to the promise land