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Clever Farming-Related Title, Part V

First off, I'd like to welcome anyone visiting from the RoyalBoard and apologize for taking so long to get to the Royals' Double-A team and I'll try to get both Single-A teams up by tomorrow. Anyway, on to the Wichita Wranglers.

Wichita Wranglers Batting Stats
Player Age AB BB SO XBH H BB/AB SO/AB BB/SO XBH/H
Cory Aldridge 26 268 15 59 32 75 0.056 0.22 0.254 0.427
Justin Huber 22 249 38 55 27 82 0.153 0.221 0.691 0.329
Mike Avils 24 240 16 34 27 70 0.067 0.142 0.471 0.386
Brennan King 24 224 14 29 18 58 0.063 0.129 0.483 0.31
Josh Pressley 25 183 32 31 19 56 0.175 0.169 1.032 0.339
Mathew Tupman 25 175 24 24 8 49 0.137 0.137 1 0.163
Mel Stocker 24 147 16 27 7 32 0.109 0.184 0.593 0.219
Wilkin Ruan 26 140 8 13 3 28 0.057 0.093 0.615 0.107
Donnie Murphy 22 115 9 13 10 35 0.078 0.113 0.692 0.286
Brett Groves 26 110 8 19 3 25 0.073 0.173 0.421 0.12
John Draper 24 99 14 17 8 28 0.141 0.172 0.824 0.286
Rudy Gomez 30 78 11 11 2 15 0.141 0.141 1 0.133
Mitch Maier 22 53 0 6 4 14 0 0.113 0 0.286


A quick check for age appropriate players returns first baseman Justin Huber, second baseman Donnie Murphy and outfielder Mitch Maier.

Huber is a solid prospect. He's walking a lot, but his relatively (that's relative to walk totals) low strikeout totals and high batting average suggest a swing with few holes. He's also hitting for solid power. Even Huber's non-peripheral numbers are pretty: .329/.420/.518. Kansas City fans can feel good about having this guy in the system

Murphy doesn't walk as much as you'd like and his low strikeout totals suggest that he doesn't get deep into counts. His XBH% also leaves something to be desired. Luckily for him, he's batting over .300 and in most systems that's good enough to keep getting promoted, anyway. Color me unimpressed.

Our last age appropriate player, Maier, has actually managed to go 53 AB's without walking. Unfortunately for him, but fortunately for Royals fans, he's hitting a meager .264 and will be kept where he belongs, or at least closer to it as I'm not certain he really belongs in Double-A.

The only other particularly interesting player is first baseman Josh Pressley. Pressley is walking more than he strikes out and hitting for solid power. He's also hitting over .300. It makes you wonder why the 25 year old is still in Wichita.

Wichita Wranglers Pitching Stats
Player Age IP K BB HR K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9
Kyle Middleton 25 89.7 50 23 7 5.02 2.31 2.17 0.7
Brian Bass 23 75.3 40 27 7 4.78 3.23 1.48 0.84
Mike Stodolka 23 62 27 18 3 3.92 2.61 1.5 0.44
Derrin Ebert 28 53 33 14 3 5.6 2.38 2.36 0.51
Barry Armitage 26 46.3 37 20 2 7.19 3.89 1.85 0.39
Jonah Bayliss 24 42.3 48 21 4 10.21 4.47 2.29 0.85
Thad Markray 25 38.3 21 13 5 4.93 3.05 1.62 1.17
Trae McGill 27 36.3 30 18 2 7.44 4.46 1.67 0.5
Colt Griffin 22 35 20 33 2 5.14 8.49 0.61 0.51
Shawn Sonnier 28 32.3 45 12 0 12.54 3.34 3.75 0
Nate Hoelscher 25 27.7 17 14 2 5.52 4.55 1.21 0.65
Ryan Baerlocher 27 10.3 5 5 2 4.37 4.37 1 1.75


Wichita has only one age appropriate pitcher, Colt Griffin, and he's walking 8.49 per nine innings, while only striking out 5.14.

Shawn Sonnier, 28, has been impressive out of the bullpen striking out 3.75 per one walked and has yet to give up a round tripper in 32.3 innings pitched. Still, he's 28 and in Double-A. They ought to promote him or put him out of his misery.

Jonah Bayliss, 24, also has a K/9 in double digits and despite being a bit wild has held the opposition to 0.85 HR/9. He ought to be given a chance in Triple-A. It isn't as though there's anyone in his way.

The only player on the team that really stands out is Justin Huber, but Justin's quite impressive and at least they're younger than the Major League team.