I thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of the individual parts of what made up the 2012 Texas League Champions. For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to feature the top 5 hitters (according to regular season wRC+), the top 5 pitchers (according to regular season FIP), and a few honorable mentions. If you feel like I’ve neglected any players, feel free to discuss them in the comments section.
Need a refresher course on wRC+ or FIP? Check out FanGraphs’ glossary. Read about wRC+ here and FIP here.
Before following the jump to the rest of the post, enjoy a video recap of Springfield’s triumphant season:
One of the surprise stalwarts for the 2011 Johnson City Cardinals was Kyle Hald. I’ve mentioned his impressive command during his time there last year when he walked just 12 batter sin 53.2 innings. That’s a walk rate around 2 per 9 IP. Hald was old for his level but the command was still noteworthy.
What may have been overlooked was the 2011 work of Seth Maness, which was split between Batavia, Quad Cities and Palm beach. Maness clearly out-controlled Hald during his 53 innings of work walking just 5 batters. Now, Maness finds himself in the midst of a 34 inning walkless streak. (He ended 2011 with 5.2 walkless innings so you can mentally tack those onto the streak if you’d like.)