By The Numbers: The 2013 Staten Island Yankees
With the New York-Penn League’s All-Star break now in the books and the final stretch run upon them, we spotlight how the Short-Season Class-A Baby Bombers have done so far in the latest edition of By The Numbers.
22-30: The Staten Island Yankees were 22-30 in the first half of the season, and while they were in last place in the McNamara Division at the break, they were just five games back of division-leading Aberdeen with 23 to go.
6: The SI Yanks had six players named to the NYPL All-Star Game: 1B/DH Bubba Jones, SS Jose Rosario, 3B Eric Jagielo, OF Yeicok Calderon, RHP Stefan Lopez, and aptly-named RHP Rookie Davis.
8: Calderon, who played in the GCL last season and spent some time in Charleston before the NYPL season started, was tied for second in the NYPL with eight homers at the break, and he also led the Yankees in RBI (27), total bases (75), runs scored (22, tied), and slugging (.412).
22: The man tied with Calderon for the runs lead is Jones, who leads all qualified hitters on the team with a .291 average and is in the Top 3 in RBI (21, tied for second), total bases (60, third), hits (44, second), slugging (.397, second among qualifiers) and on-base percentage (.361, second among qualifiers).
26: Jagielo, the Yankees’ top draftee this year, got a later start because of a hamstring injury, but he has posted a .248-1-13 line in 32 games; he’s also fourth on the team in doubles with seven, is tied for third in walks with 15, and his .694 OPS is fourth on the squad among qualifiers.
2011: Mr. Davis isn’t quite a rookie, as he was drafted in 2011 and played in the GCL in 2012 – but, his 35.1 innings pitched is third on the team, his 2.55 ERA would be 13th in the league if he had the innings pitched he needs to qualify (he’s six short as of the break), and his 34 strikeouts tie him for second on the team.
1.37: That’s the team-leading ERA of Lopez, who is 1-1 with a 1.37 ERA, two saves, and 32 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched over 14 relief appearances. He has been one of the lockdown late-inning relievers in the NYPL this season, and is much improved in his second go-round in the NYPL.
.268: And, in singling out all of the All-Stars, we can’t leave out Rosario, who is second on the team among qualifiers with a .268 average and is third on the SI Yanks with six stolen bases.
3: Somehow, third-round draftee and famous Yankees legacy Michael O’Neill wasn’t named to the All-Star team, despite being third among team qualifiers with a .250 average, second with 62 total bases, and tops on the team with eight steals and 14 doubles.
12: Last but not least we must profile RHP Caleb Smith, another All-Star snub who is 1-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 36.2 innings pitched over 10 games (six starts); Smith has posted a remarkable 0.98 WHIP in the first half, which would be seventh in the league if he qualified, and his 44 strikeouts also place him in the NYPL Top 10.