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A Literal FLURRY of Roster Moves

Yesterday, many Roster Moves took place in the Tri-Cities, as we have new faces, old faces coming back, and some challenging moves. Let's check in on each individual's stats, good or bad, for all those joining the Dust Devils from Low-A Inland and AA Rocket City, those on their way up to AA, and those who will no longer be with us (like they got released.)

Promoted to AA Rocket City from High-A

  • 06/20/24 RHP Camden Minacci (Angels #16 prospect) was assigned to Rocket City Trash Pandas from Tri-City Dust Devils.

Camden Minacci had a solid 2024 season with the Tri-City Dust Devils, showcasing his abilities as a reliable pitcher over 23 games. He posted a 3.33 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP across 24.1 innings, indicating moderate control and effectiveness. Minacci struck out 33 batters while allowing 11 walks, demonstrating a solid strikeout ability. His opponents hit .242 against him, and his FIP of 1.17 suggests his performance was better than what traditional stats might indicate, showing underlying solid skills. Despite a 1-4 win-loss record, his overall pitching metrics reflect a productive season on the mound.

  • 06/20/24 RHP Brady Choban was assigned to Rocket City Trash Pandas from Tri-City Dust Devils.

Brady Choban, a 6'5" right-handed pitcher, demonstrated solid performance over his limited outings in the 2024 season with the Dust Devils. He maintained a low ERA of 2.39 and an impressive WHIP of 1.03 across 26.1 innings pitched. His strikeout ability was notable, with 23 strikeouts, while keeping opponents to a .219 batting average against him. His FIP of 2.25 suggests that his performance was strong, even when accounting for fielding. Despite the limited sample size, Choban's season showed promise and effectiveness on the mound.

  • 06/20/24 RHP Jared Southard was assigned to Rocket City Trash Pandas from Tri-City Dust Devils.

Jared Southard had a solid 2024 season with the Tri-City Dust Devils, displaying effective pitching over 20 games. He maintained a 3.41 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP across 29 innings pitched, reflecting reasonable control and limiting baserunners. Southard struck out 26 batters while allowing 10 walks, holding opponents to a .225 batting average against him. His FIP of 3.46 suggests that his ERA fairly represents his performance, accounting for the outcomes he could control directly. With a win-loss record of 2-2, Southard demonstrated reliability and effectiveness on the mound throughout the season.

Promoted from Low-A Inland to High-A Tri-Cities

  • 06/20/24 SS Adrian Placencia assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from Inland Empire 66ers.

Welcome back, Adrian Placencia (Angels #12 prospect) had a strong 2024 season with the Inland Empire 66ers, showcasing his offensive skills over 57 games. He maintained a batting average of .258 with an impressive on-base percentage of .411 and a slugging percentage of .521, resulting in a robust OPS of .932. Placencia demonstrated good power, hitting 11 home runs and accumulating 99 total bases. He also showed patience at the plate, drawing 44 walks. While his strikeout rate was relatively high (74 strikeouts), his ability to get on base and hit for power made him a key offensive player for his team. Additionally, he contributed on the base paths with 4 stolen bases.

  • 06/20/24 C Juan Flores (Angels #18 Prospect) assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from Inland Empire 66ers.

Juan Flores, an 18-year-old catching prospect, had a solid 2024 season with the Inland Empire 66ers. Over 48 games, he posted a batting average of .280, demonstrating good contact skills. His on-base percentage was .345, and he slugged .425, resulting in a respectable OPS of .770. Flores showed some power potential with 16 doubles, 1 triple, and 3 home runs. He drove in 25 runs and scored 32 times, contributing significantly to his team's offense. Flores also exhibited discipline at the plate with 12 walks and managed to steal 3 bases. His ground out to air out ratio of 1.11 indicates a balanced hitting approach. Flores's performance highlights his potential as a well-rounded and promising catching prospect.

  • 06/20/24 OF Joe Redfield (2023 4th round pick) assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from Inland Empire 66ers.

Welcome back; Joe Redfield had an impressive 2024 season with the Inland Empire 66ers, demonstrating strong offensive performance over 57 games. He posted a solid batting average of .288, an on-base percentage of .380, and a slugging percentage of .411, resulting in an OPS of .791. Redfield showed a good balance of power and speed, with 4 home runs, 7 doubles, 4 triples, and 15 stolen bases. His 33 walks further highlighted his ability to get on base. He also scored 50 runs and drove in 30, making him a key contributor to the team's offense. His ground out to air out ratio of 1.07 indicates a balanced approach at the plate, with a mix of ground and fly balls. Overall, Redfield's season showcased his all-around hitter and base runner abilities.

  • 06/20/24 RHP Jose Fermin was assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from Inland Empire 66ers.

Jose Fermin had a strong 2024 season with the Inland Empire 66ers, primarily as a relief pitcher. Over 18 appearances, he posted a solid 2.70 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP across 30 innings pitched. He held opposing hitters to a .154 batting average, demonstrating excellent control and effectiveness on the mound. Fermin struck out 33 batters while allowing 16 walks and 16 hits, including 2 home runs. His ground out to air out ratio of 0.54 indicates that he allowed more fly balls than ground balls. Despite a 1-3 win-loss record, Fermin successfully converted 4 saves out of 7 opportunities and proved a reliable bullpen arm for the 66ers.

  • 06/20/24 RHP Roman Phansalkar was assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from Inland Empire 66ers.

Welcome back, Roman, after being demoted on May 14th, 2024. Roman has been working his butt off to get back to High-A, and the numbers speak for themselves.

Roman Phansalkar had a compelling 2024 season with the Inland Empire 66ers, showcasing strong pitching across nine games. He maintained an impressive ERA of 1.84 and a WHIP of 1.02 over 14.2 innings pitched. Phansalkar demonstrated reasonable control and effectiveness, holding batters to a .204 average and a .648 OPS against him. His strikeout rate was 6.14 per 9 innings, and he allowed just 0.61 home runs per 9. He faced a total of 58 batters with a BABIP of .225, reflecting his ability to limit hits on balls in play. Despite a balanced win-loss record of 2-2, Phansalkar's underlying statistics indicate a strong performance as a reliable relief pitcher.


Demoted from AA to High-A

  • 06/20/24 RHP Luke Murphy was assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from Rocket City Trash Pandas.

Luke is back with the Dust Devils after spending the last bit of the 2021 season with the team after being drafted in the 4th round; overall Pick: 110.

Luke spent all of 2022, 2023 and the start of the 2024 season with Rocket City. He will now work to regain his form to get back to AA and beyond. Luke had a challenging 2024 season with the Rocket City Trash Pandas, struggling to maintain consistency across his 17 appearances. With an ERA of 6.38, Murphy struggled to limit runs and hits, allowing 22 hits and 15 runs (13 earned) over 18.1 innings pitched. His strikeout rate was solid at 22 strikeouts, showing his ability to miss bats, but he also gave up 4 home runs and hit 6 batters. His WHIP of 1.42 indicates that he allowed a relatively high number of baserunners per inning. Despite these challenges, Murphy recorded 3 holds, suggesting he had moments of effectiveness, particularly in high-leverage situations.

  • 06/20/24 LHP Houston Harding assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from Rocket City Trash Pandas.

Harding is back in the Tri-Cities and continues his young career trend of switching between Rocket City and the Tri. He opened this season at the highest level of competition yet with the AAA Salk Lake Bees and was demoted on May 29th down to AA Rocket City and now finds himself another rung down the ladder with the Dust Devils. Houston Harding had a mixed 2024 season across two minor league levels. In Double-A with the Rocket City Trash Pandas, he showed promise with a 3.86 ERA over 4.2 innings, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 3, while keeping a low WHIP of 0.64. However, his time in Triple-A with the Salt Lake Bees was more challenging. Over 5 games (4 starts), he posted an 8.40 ERA across 15 innings, allowing 21 hits and 14 earned runs, resulting in a high WHIP of 1.93. Harding's overall performance indicates potential, especially at the Double-A level, but he faced difficulties with consistency and control at the Triple-A level.


Moved to the Low-A or ACL

06/20/24 C Ronaldo Flores assigned to ACL Angels from Tri-City Dust Devils.

06/20/24 LHP Quinton Martinez was assigned to Inland Empire 66ers from Tri-City Dust Devils.

06/20/24 RHP Ben Thompson was assigned to Inland Empire 66ers from Tri-City Dust Devils.


Released

  • 06/20/24 Tri-City Dust Devils released 1B Mason Martin.

Martin was signed in April 2024 and is a local hero. The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Martin in 2017, Round 17, with an Overall Pick of 508.

Martin's performance showed a vital power element with five home runs and a decent number of extra-base hits (10 total, including doubles and a triple). However, his batting average was relatively low at .191, indicating he struggled with making consistent contact. His on-base percentage was boosted by a good number of walks (13), and his slugging percentage of .415 reflects his power-hitting ability. The high strikeout number (49) suggests he faced challenges with strikeout rates, a common issue for power hitters. While his ability to draw walks and hit for power was evident, improving contact consistency and lowering the strikeouts leads me to speculate about his release.

  • 06/20/24 Tri-City Dust Devils released OF Joe Stewart.

Joe was drafted by the Angels organization in 2022, Los Angeles Angels, Round: 9, Overall Pick: 268. He has played for the Dust Devils since his debut.

Joe Stewart's career with the Dust Devils shows steady participation, notable strengths in stolen bases, and a consistent on-base percentage. His batting average has been around the .238 mark over his minor league career, with a slight drop in 2024. His power numbers, represented by home runs and slugging percentage, have remained modest, and he has a relatively high strikeout rate. However, his ability to steal bases is a significant positive aspect of his game, demonstrating speed and base-running acumen.

Year-over-Year Analysis:

  1. Batting Average (AVG):

  • 2022: .232

  • 2023: .244

  • 2024: .219

  • Analysis: Joe Stewart's batting average dropped from .244 in 2023 to .219 in 2024, indicating a dip in his hitting consistency.

  1. On-base Percentage (OBP):

  • 2022: .302

  • 2023: .309

  • 2024: .315

  • Analysis: Despite his lower batting average in 2024, Stewart maintained a decent OBP, improving slightly to .315. This suggests he continued to draw walks effectively.

  1. Slugging Percentage (SLG):

  • 2022: .320

  • 2023: .327

  • 2024: .263

  • Analysis: There was a noticeable decline in his slugging percentage in 2024, dropping from .327 to .263, indicating a decrease in his power numbers and extra-base hits.

  1. On-base Plus Slugging (OPS):

  • 2022: .622

  • 2023: .636

  • 2024: .578

  • Analysis: His OPS also declined from .636 in 2023 to .578 in 2024, reflecting the combined effect of a lower batting average and slugging percentage.

  1. Strikeouts (SO) and Strikeout Rate:

  • 2022: 43 in 125 AB (34.4%)

  • 2023: 134 in 471 AB (28.5%)

  • 2024: 33 in 114 AB (28.9%)

  • Analysis: While his strikeout rate remained relatively consistent between 2023 and 2024, the overall high strikeout numbers continue to be an area for improvement.

  1. Stolen Bases (SB):

  • 2022: 7

  • 2023: 42

  • 2024: 11

  • Analysis: His stolen base numbers dipped significantly in 2024 compared to the previous year, dropping from 42 to 11, indicating a decrease in base-stealing opportunities or success.

Summary:

Joe Stewart's 2024 season showed a decline in batting average and slugging percentage compared to 2023, which resulted in a lower OPS. While his ability to get on base remained steady, his power numbers and stolen base success saw significant dips. Maintaining a consistent OBP despite a lower batting average suggests resilience in plate discipline. However, overall performance points to areas needing improvement, particularly in making more consistent contact and maximizing his base-stealing potential.


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