We already took a quick look back at the Bradenton Marauders’ 2022 season earlier in the week, so now a breakdown of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
The Grasshoppers playoff hopes were already slim heading into the final week of the regular season, but after dropping four straight against Bowling Green, even the last game of the season getting canceled due to rain wasn’t going to help them.
The South Atlantic League is one of the more hitter friendly leagues in the minors, as hitters as a whole slashed .244/.334/.391, and the average pitcher sported a 4.48 ERA.
All five of the Grasshoppers hitters that qualified (players with 2.7 plate appearances per team games played) finished above average when it comes to OPS (.724) — Endy Rodriguez (.936), Dariel Lopez (.805), Abrahan Gutierrez (.767), Jacob Gonzalez (.756), and Hudson Head (.730).
Lopez finished sixth in the league in hits (112), as well as fifth (tie) in home runs despite missing a couple of weeks with an injury. Despite struggling this season, and spending an extending amount of time in the Florida Complex League, Sammy Siani finished in the top 10 when it comes to stolen bases.
On the pitching side of things, Nick Garcia finished with the third best ERA at 3.66 among qualified pitchers (0.8 IP per team game). Cameron Junker finished second in saves with 12, one behind the leader and this is after getting promoted to Altoona to close out the season.
Jared Jones had an interesting season, he was hit around a lot and could never really find his footing in the league, but there was still plenty to like. He finished second in the SALLY in innings pitched with 122 2/3. He also led the league in strikeouts with 142. He nearly doubled his innings from a year ago when he threw 66 with Bradenton.
Overall on the season, Greensboro finished with a 58-70 record, and posted a -117 run differential.
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