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Lancaster makes the playoffs thanks to their league leading line-up

Tim Deblock

Much like the two clubs higher up the chain, the Lancaster JetHawks won games with their line-up. First thought might be something along the lines of "Captain Obvious." But, in the words of a senile Lee Corso, "NOT SO FAST!" They weren't exactly dominant in the high velocity wins of The Hangar.

They went 39-31 at home this season which is obviously good but nothing like Rancho Cucamonga's 44-25 record at home this season. RC is actually fairly neutral as a park. San Jose is closer to being pitcher friendly than anything and they were 41-29 at home. High Desert is actually the most hitter friendly in runs (Lancaster is most home run friendly), and they were even at home. So, I wouldn't focus on the environment as the culprit for their win-loss record.

The offense lead the league in triples, home runs, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and of course....runs. Yes, the environment helps there.

Twenty-three players stepped into the batters box for the JetHawks and all but six had OPS' over .800.Not surprisingly, four of those were catchers.

Four played in 100+ games; J.D. Davis, James Ramsay, Chase McDonald, and Ronnie Mitchell

Seven had double digit home runs.

Of the eleven hitters with OBP over the team average of .369, only four played in less than sixty games.

Just amazing contributions all the way up and down the lineup from the 82 games of ridiculousness from A.J Reed, to the thirty home run season of McDonald, to Ramsay's 127 games with an OBP over .380.

Pitching was a bit of a different story, as you'd probably expect. The thirty-three pitchers who toed the rubber had a wide variety of results. The team ranked pretty much around the middle in just about every category except walks where they had the second most. Not a good stat to be a leader in, especially in that environment.

But, that's what you get when you put thirty-three different bodies out there. You spread the sample sizes awfully thin for some and it's a tough environment to get used to. It's common for pitchers in this league to post high walk rates compared to norms.

The ERA's spanned from 0.49 to 12.27.

You had Joe Musgrove who walked one in thirty innings. But, then you had Troy Scribner who walked 54 in a hundred innings. By the way, Scribner was the leader in innings and the man in second was Bryan Radziewski who had 84 innings and had an additional 22 for QC. Daniel Mengden is technically listed as second but only had 50 for Lancaster. His Stockton numbers are included since they're at the same level and league.

Scribner was also the only one with triple digits in strikeouts.

Interesting fact to close out. Three players from the 2015 draft class appeared in Lancaster. Two were pitchers.

Steve Naemark (40th Round): 2 G, 4 1/3 iP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2.08 ERA

Michael Freeman (7th Round): 7 G, 18 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 8 BB, 19 SO, 0.49 ERA, 2 SV (promoted to CC)

Alex Bregman (#2 overall): 37 G, .319/.364/.475, 3 HR, 12 BB, 17 SO, 8 SB