I didn't get the opportunity to listen into the game, so my ability to recap the game is completely inadequate. I will, on the other hand give you the link to the ValleyCats website which will probably have a recap posted by tomorrow evening. I will also give you a link to some photos from the win and the celebration. I will give a box score after the jump as well.
Tri-City pulled off the sweep in the Championship with a 5-1 victory over Brooklyn! But, before that, I want to highlight what that means for this organization. It's no secret that this farm system has struggled for years mostly to do with poor drafting and it has effected the quality of the product on the field. That is why we have lost affiliation with Round Rock and was probably a factor in losing Salem that stuck us with Lancaster. I put zero stock in the win/loss columns because it's all about development of the players, not winning the game. Things like pinch-hitting a struggling player in a critical situation does nothing for the players but could win a game. I'm not for that.
But, puting up a solid record and winning a whole league is something to take notice. Why, because I can tell you this team has won because of talent and hard work. This is the result of the progress the organization has shown. Sure, it is the lower levels, but that talent will develop and trickle into the upper levels over the next few years. Lexington was rumored earlier this year to be upset with the talent over the past couple of years, but they should be excited that a large portion of this championship team will be regulars on next years roster. Plus, they have some great young arms from Greeneville coming too.
- Carlos Quevedo (3.75)-7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 SO-He was the best pitcher in the season, so it's only fitting for him to lead this team to a championship with a dominant outing. I'm almost wondering if he'll be fast traced to Lancaster next season.
- Jorge De Leon (0.00)-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
- Ben Orloff SS (.333)-2-5
- Kike Hernandez (.286)-3-4, 2B, BB
- Adam Bailey RF (.176)-1-4, 2B, SO
- Mike Kvasnicka DH (.313)-3-4, 2B
That's it for this season's Minor League Recaps. Once the Arizona Fall League and the other winter leagues start up I'll post a weekly update for all of those players participating to help you make it through the off-season. I think we regularly have 20-30 minor leaguers participate in all of the different leagues.