Baseball Roundup: #4 ASU 33-15, 16-5 Pac-10

Coming off a disappointing weekend in Corvallis where the Devils went 1-2, ASU enters this week with some non-conference games against San Deigo and Winthrop.

The team has been fantastic, no other way to say it. We've been absolutely dominating, have outscored Arizona 54-16 (while going 4-0) and have our sights set on the CWS.

Lets go through how each player has been performing by positon:

The Rotation:

Player                 ERA   W-L   APP  GS  CG SHO/CBO SV    IP   H    R   ER  BB  SO  2B  3B  HR  AB B/Avg  

8 Leake, Mike.....1.59 11-1 12 11 4 0/1 0 90.2 53 17 16 18 96 10 1 2 304 .174
45 Spence, Josh...2.23 8-1 13 10 1 0/0 1 72.2 67 21 18 22 93 7 2 1 272 .246
43 Blair, Seth...... 2.77 4-1 11 11 0 0/0 0 55.1 49 27 17 23 58 11 0 4 209 .234





The Big Three? Perhaps. They are all averaging more than a strikeout per inning, and hardly walk anyone. Spence and Leake, particularly,
have been complete studs. Leake is on route to becoming a 1st round pick according to scouts and could land anywhere from 12-30.

We couldn't really ask for anymore out of these guys.

Grade: A+

 

The 4th Starter/Mop-Up Guys:

Player                        ERA   W-L   APP  GS  CG SHO/CBO SV    IP     H   R   ER  BB  SO  2B  3B  HR   AB B/Avg   WP HBP  BK  SFA SHA

40 Lambson, Mitchell 3.15 6-3 23 1 1 0/1 3 60.0 40 24 21 22 65 4 2 5 206 .194
3 Swagerty, Jordan. 3.53 2-1 19 2 0 0/1 4 35.2 32 20 14 9 27 8 0 2 133 .241
48 Annino, Tony..... 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 1.0 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 .200
35 Preach, RJ....... 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 .000
58 Brule, Kyle...... 2.00 0-0 9 0 0 0/1 1 9.0 8 5 2 1 7 2 0 2 36 .222
51 Borup, Jake...... 3.00 0-0 7 0 0 0/0 0 6.0 4 4 2 3 4 1 0 1 21 .190
11 Newman, Matt..... 3.95 2-1 9 6 0 0/1 0 27.1 35 16 12 4 17 3 0 0 114 .307
56 Franzblau, Jason. 3.99 1-2 15 4 0 0/1 0 29.1 36 17 13 11 31 5 1 1 120 .300
36 Ishida, Jeeter... 4.76 0-0 6 0 0 0/0 0 5.2 8 3 3 5 7 1 0 0 24 .333
49 Calhoun, Kole.... 11.57 0-1 11 0 0 0/1 0 7.0 11 11 9 2 6 3 2 2 33 .333

Hmm, sort of a mixed group. Kole Calhoun should stick to the field because he has been garbage in 7 innings.
Mitchell Lambson has been really solid as a rookie putting up a 65/22 K/BB rate in 60 innings. Franzblou has been a bit
of a disappointment, but no one has been too bad. Newman does not have very good stuff. Jordan Swaggerty has been alright.
All in all, an ERA in the 3s is solid, but other than Lambson no one has been spectacular.

Bullpen Grade: B

 

The Position Players:

Player                      AVG  GP-GS    AB   R   H   2B  3B  HR RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB-ATT   PO   A   E  FLD%      OPS

28 Kipnis, Jason.... .383 44-44 162 52 62 16 1 12 58 116 .716 39 7 22 3 .505 6 2 17-21 76 2 0 1.000 1.221
23 Ruettiger, Johnny .357 34-14 56 16 20 4 0 1 6 27 .482 12 3 9 1 .493 0 1 7-9 10 1 1 .917 .975
37 Maggi, Drew...... .333 41-29 102 38 34 2 5 0 16 46 .451 22 3 16 2 .461 1 4 11-12 47 84 8 .942 .912
11 Newman, Matt..... .327 44-43 162 30 53 8 1 5 40 78 .481 26 0 31 1 .411 4 0 3-6 46 11 0 1.000 .892
55 Ramirez, Carlos.. .323 45-45 161 40 52 8 2 13 47 103 .640 28 6 40 1 .434 3 0 1-2 380 38 3 .993 1.074
25 Wilson, Zach..... .290 33-23 69 7 20 3 1 0 7 25 .362 6 3 14 1 .367 1 1 0-0 0 0 0 .000 .729
30 Torrez, Riccio... .287 38-27 101 14 29 7 2 4 25 52 .515 10 4 27 3 .371 1 3 2-2 168 20 4 .979 .886
29 Torrez, Raoul.... .275 45-43 138 38 38 7 1 1 21 50 .362 21 8 38 1 .401 0 10 15-20 26 66 8 .920 .763
2 MacPhee, Zack.... .272 44-40 136 34 37 6 1 4 28 57 .419 28 5 30 3 .409 2 7 5-10 60 101 8 .953 .828
49 Calhoun, Kole.... .252 43-36 139 32 35 9 1 6 27 64 .460 22 5 24 1 .369 2 2 8-10 57 1 4 .935 .829
22 McDonald, Jared.. .250 41-25 84 20 21 4 3 3 13 40 .476 19 1 19 4 .394 0 3 4-7 151 36 1 .995 .870
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13 Barnes, Austin... .364 15-0 11 3 4 0 1 0 2 6 .545 0 0 1 2 .364 0 0 0-0 27 1 3 .903 .909
20 Ruiz, Abe........ .303 23-6 33 7 10 3 1 1 15 18 .545 5 1 9 0 .390 2 0 1-1 34 3 3 .925 .935
8 Leake, Mike...... .303 15-8 33 10 10 4 1 0 4 16 .485 2 0 7 0 .343 0 0 0-0 44 36 2 .976 .828
46 Workman, Andy....286 29-12 42 10 12 4 0 0 7 16 .381 10 4 9 1 .464 0 0 1-2 11 0 0 1.000 .845
4 Murphy, Mike..... .222 9-6 18 1 4 1 0 0 5 5 .278 1 1 3 0 .286 1 0 0-0 3 19 2 .917 .564
3 Swagerty, Jordan. .147 20-5 34 7 5 1 0 3 10 15 .441 5 1 8 1 .275 0 0 0-0 46 10 2 .966 .716
15 Magee, Brandon.. .000 10-0 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 2 1 7 0 .250 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 .000 .250

So, yeah. Jason Kipnis is the man. Slugging over .700, gets on base over 50% of the time, has not made 1 error and has 17 steals. The team who takes him
in the supplemental first round or second round will be very happy. Carlos Ramirez is everything he was billed to be. He has been a rock behind the plate and has
been absolutely crushing the ball. Riccio Torrez has been playing good D and has been a solid bat. Really everyone on the team has provided some offense, with a
few odd exceptions. Why does Zach Wilson, who has a .726 OPS in almost 70 at bats, not play the field? He is not much of a bat, so...why is he playing? Raoul Torrez is not nearly
as good as his younger brother. Also, Bench has some weird bats; Swagerty can hit homers, that is about it, Brandon Magee I feel badly for. I hope it is just because he has been at spring drills for football.
Mike Murphy - eh. Mike Leake is a stud. Jared McDonald has been fantastic, his defense has been amazing and he has been great at the plate. Overall, this team has been
everything we could have hoped for. The defense has it's issues, but what can you say, theyre in college trying to field balls hit by metal bats.

Position Players: A

 

The team has been fantastic. Kipnis, Ramirez, The Big Three and the rest of the cast has been much more than many thought they would be - and more than Pat Murphy thought they would be. He laughed when people picked them to win the Pac-10, but it looks like we will be able to pull it off. The team needs to gain some momentum heading into the CWS though. We are 3-3 in our last six and need to finish strong. I would not be surprised to see us in the final four come the end of the year. We will keep you updated from here on out.

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