Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Season 18 League Leaders

With the regular season in the rear view mirror, let's pause and look back at the Season 18 league leaders!

In the AL, it was another dominant season for Sherman Dunston of San Francisco who led the AL in Slugging and OPS.  Bernie Jackson of New York took the batting tied and led the AL in on-base percentage, while Boston's David Frias led the AL in hits and runs.

In the NL, powerful, young slugger Alex Sanchez of Tucson led the NL led the league in home runs, hits, and runs, quite the impressive feat, but perhaps outdone by Buffalo's Jeremy Randall, who won the batting title, and led the league in slugging, on-base percentage, and OPS.  That's not all, his OPS of 1.145 is the third highest in world history, while his .509 OBP is a new Kenny Powers single season record!

Here are the complete offensive league leaders!

American League

Batting Average Bernie Jackson New York .357
Home Runs Jose Reyes Pawtucket 54
RBI Albert Aardsma Toronto 142
Stolen Bases Weldon Rando Toronto 87
Hits David Frias Boston 202
Runs David Frias Boston 129
OBP Bernie Jackson New York .449
SLG Sherman Dunston San Francisco .654
OPS Sherman Dunston San Francisco 1.098

National League

Batting Average Jeremy Randall Buffalo .354
Home Runs Alex Sanchez Tucson 60
RBI Richard Brohawn Honolulu 140
Stolen Bases Patrick Grieve Louisviile 69
Hits Alex Sanchez Tucson 206
Runs Alex Sanchez Tucson 134
OBP Jeremy Randall Buffalo .509
SLG Jeremy Randall Buffalo .636
OPS Jeremy Randall Buffalo 1.145

In the AL, Matty Posada of Nashville grabbed headlines by leading the league in ERA, WHIP and tying for the lead in quality starts. Valerio Baez of New Britain led the AL in innings pitched, complete games and tied for the lead in wins. Atlanta's Ubaldo Merced tied for the league in wins and quality starts, while Pawtucket's Ted Wagner led the league in strikeouts and shutouts.  Looks like it will be quite the race for the AL Cy Young, with no one dominant contender!  Surprisingly, of the above only Baez is listed on the ballot.

On the NL side, a number of hurlers broke top 5 single season marks. Jim Forbes of Burlington had the 5th most innings pitched in Kenny Powers history and tied the record for shutouts with 6! Syracuse's Alberto Campos posted the 4th lowest ERA of all-time with a microscopic 1.76 mark, while posting the 3rd lowest WHIP, but was topped by teammate Tim Blair who posted the 2nd lowest! Leading the league in wins was Jimmie Soto of Buffalo, who also tied for 5th all-time in Quality Starts. Tampa Bay's Ellis Brock tied for 4th most Complete Games with 11 and led the league in strikeouts. Finally, all-time saves leader Jamie Mancuso put together another gem of a season, tying for 2nd most Saves in Kenny Powers history with 56. What a season for pitching in the NL!

Here are the complete Pitching leaders!

American League

ERA Matty Posada Nashville 2.37
Wins Valerio Baez New Britain 20

Ubaldo Merced Atlanta 20
Strikeouts Ted Wagner Pawtucket 200
Saves Mitch Cooper Pawtucket 39
WHIP Matty Posada Nashville 1.10
Innings Pitched Valerio Baez New Britain 255.2
Quality Starts Matty Posada Nashville 24

Ubaldo Merced Atlanta 24

Tony Gwynn New Britain 24
Complete Games Valerio Baez New Britain 8
Shutouts Ted Wagner Pawtucket 3

National League

ERA Alberto Campos Syracuse 1.76
Wins Jimmie Soto Buffalo 21
Strikeouts Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 238
Saves Jamie Mancuso Memphis 56
WHIP Tim Blair Syracuse 0.88
Innings Pitched Jim Forbes Burlington 270.0
Quality Starts Jimmie Soto Buffalo 30
Complete Games Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 11
Shutouts Jim Forbes Burlington 6

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