Kannapolis, the Sox Low-A affiliate, put up a chubby 5.12 ERA in 2007. In 2008, it dropped more than a full point to 4.08. And here in 2009, it dropped 80 more points to 3.24, 2nd best in the South Atlantic League by just .01. They were also 2nd in strikeouts, 2nd in WHIP, and led the league with 15 shutouts. Not surprisingly they finished the season at 82-57, best record in the 16-team league, despite being below the median in most offensive categories. And the pitching staff that achieved this was filled mostly with players drafted or signed since the 2008 June draft, not much more than a year ago. …
October 2, 2009
July 19, 2009
23-year old Justin Greene was promoted to the Winston-Salem Dash (A+) from the Kannapolis Intimidators (A). Greene was hitting .303/.394/.444/.838 with 66 K’s and 30 BB’s. 23-year old Tyson Corley was promoted to Winston-Salem from Kannapolis too. Corley has a 0.95 ERA (1.105 WHIP) with 38 K’s and 9 BB’s in 38.0 innings.
UPDATE: Greene’s trying to improve on hitting off-speed pitches.