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DSL Season Wrap-up Part One: The Pitchers

DSL Season Wrap-up Part One: The Pitchers

The DSL season just wrapped up yesterday with an 8-3 loss to the Rays team, but overall it has to be considered a successful year for the team. They finished 3 games over .500 at 37-34 which was a 6 game improvement over last year (8 in the win column). They also did it with a huge roster turnover and, as you will see in the pitchers and hitters write-ups, some of the best guys from a prospect standpoint didn't have such a great year, so you can have high hopes for even better things next year. Like the VSL wrap-up I'm going to split this up into pitchers and position players just because there is so much to cover.

Despite the good performance in the win-loss columns, the team struggled as a group in the pitching category. They finished 29th out of 34 teams in team ERA(4.36). In the other major categories they finished 26th in strikeouts, 28th in WHIP and allowed the 4th most walks. About the only thing they did right as a group was pitch just well enough to win more games than they...

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