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Midwest League 2001

Season Highlights

Batting Leaders

  • Batting: Jason Bay (Clinton/Expos) .362
  • Home Runs: Samone Peters (Dayton/Reds) 28
  • Runs Batted In: Wily Mo Pena (Dayton/Reds) 113
  • Stolen Bases: Christopher Morris (Peoria/Cardinals) 111

Pitching Leaders

  • Wins: Ryan Mottl (Dayton/Reds) and Chad Qualls (Michigan/Astros) 15
  • Won/Lost: Ramon Castillo (Kane County/Marlins) 11/2, .846
  • Saves: Henry Bonilla (Quad City/Twins) 25
  • Earned Run Average: Josh Hall (Dayton/Reds) 2.65
  • Strikeouts: Clint Nageotte (Wisconsin/Mariners) 187


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2001 Season
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Post-Season All-Star Team

Catcher                 Garett Gentry, Michigan
First Base              Adrian Gonzalez, Kane County
Second Base             Pedro Liriano, Wisconsin
Third Base              Blair Barbier, Lansing
Shortstop               Miguel Cabrera, Kane County
Outfield                Wily Mo Pena, Dayton
                        Jamal Strong, Wisconsin
                        Will Smith, Kane County
Designated Hitter       Samone Peters, Dayton
                        Jim Kavourias, Kane County
Left Handed Pitcher     Luke Lockwood, Clinton
Right Handed Pitcher    Chad Qualls, Michigan
Left Handed Reliever    Feranc Jongejan, Lansing
Right Handed Reliever   Henry Bonilla, Quad City

2001 Individual Leaders


Batting

Games           Wily Mo Pena, Dayton                135
At Bats         Will Smith, Kane County             535
Runs            Jason Maule, Michigan               101
Hits            Jaime Bubela, Wisconsin             161
                Adrian Gonzalez, Kane County        161
Home Runs       Samone Peters, Dayton                28
Runs Batted In  Wily Mo Pena, Dayton                113
Stolen Bases    Christopher Morris, Peoria          111
On Base Pct     Jason Bay, Clinton                 .449
Slugging Pct    Craig Ansman, South Bend           .623
Batting Avg     Jason Bay, Clinton                 .362
     batting title awarded to Bay over Jason Maule (.347) on basis of
     Section 10.23 of the Baseball Rules--5 additional at bats would
     have qualified him for the title, and adding those at bats would
     not have reduced his average below Maule's

Pitching

Games           Steve Sawyer, Kane County            55
Complete Games  Luke Lockwood, Clinton                3
                Chad Qualls, Michigan                 3
Shutouts        Rett Johnson, Wisconsin               2
                Jose Cueto, Lansing                   2
                Chad Qualls, Michigan                 2
                Brian Wolfe, Quad City                2
Innings Pitched Casey Daigle, South Bend            164.0
Strikeouts      Clint Nageotte, Wisconsin           187
Saves           Henry Bonilla, Quad City             25
Won             Ryan Mottl, Dayton                   15
                Chad Qualls, Michigan                15
Earned Run Avg  Josh Hall, Dayton                  2.65

Accomplishments

Players

  • Craig Ansman (South Bend) .330, 21 home runs
  • Blair Barbier (Lansing) .314, 16 home runs; 17 game hitting streak
  • Jason Bay (Clinton) .363
  • Henry Bonilla (Quad City) 25 saves
  • John Castellano (Wisconsin) .334
  • Garett Gentry (Michigan) .299, 24 HR, 103 RBI
  • Adrian Gonzalez (Kane County) .312, 17 home runs, 103 RBI
  • Josh Hall (Dayton) 2.65
  • Pedro Liriano (Wisconsin) .326, 65 stolen bases
  • Luke Lockwood (Clinton) 2.70
  • Nook Logan (West Michigan) 67 stolen bases
  • Jason Maule (Michigan) .347, 101 runs scored, 56 stolen bases
  • Chris Morris (Peoria) 111 stolen bases
  • Ryan Mottl (Dayton) 15 wins
  • Clint Nageotte (Wisconsin) 187 strikeouts
  • Wily Mo Pena (Dayton) 113 RBI
  • Beltran Perez (South Bend) 2.81, 12-4, 157 strikeouts
  • Samone Peters (Dayton) 28 home runs
  • Chad Qualls (Michigan) 15 wins
  • Kevin Reese (Fort Wayne) .329; 18 game hitting streak
  • Ray Sadler (Lansing) .341
  • Brandon Watson (Clinton) .327
  • Todd West (Beloit) .983 fielding percentage at shortstop

Teams

  • Dayton attendance: 578,578
  • Dayton hit 144 home runs.
  • Kane County attendance: 523, 222
  • Michigan hit 54 triples.

Notable Games

  • April 10
    • Quad City 14, Cedar Rapids 2
      • Terry Tiffee & Rob Bowen (both QC) hit grand slam home runs
      • Justin Morneau (QC) had 3 doubles
  • April 23
    • Craig Ansman (South Bend) 4 doubles
  • April 29
    • Aaron Krawiec (Lansing) 17 strikeouts vs. South Bend (2 hits, no walks; 8 innings)
  • May 3
    • Fort Wayne hitters drew 10 walks (vs. West Michigan)
  • May 6
    • Michigan: 5 double plays. 5 errors.
  • May 9
    • Jim Kavouris (Kane County) hit for the cycle
  • May 10
    • Dayton 18, West Michigan 5
  • May 15
    • Wisconsin 3, Fort Wayne 2 (15 innings)
  • June 3
    • Garett Gentry (Michigan) had 10 RBIs and 3 homers in a double-header (7, including a grand slam, in game 1)
  • June 14
    • Gustavo Lopez, Chris Key, & Michael Flannery (Kane County) no hitter vs Fort Wayne (game had 83 minute rain delay)
  • June 25
    • Beloit pitchers struck out 19 Peoria hitters
  • June 26
    • Burlington 18, Cedar Rapids 3
      • Chad Santos (Burlington): 7 RBI; 2 HR (grand slam)
  • July 13
    • Fort Wayne 16, Clinton 1
      • Fort Wayne had 23 hits
  • July 20
    • South Bend 8, Quad City 7 (15 innings; 4 hours, 20 minutes)
  • August 9
    • Dayton 21, Cedar Rapids 5
      • Dayton hit 6 home runs
      • Wily Mo Pena (Dayton): 3 home runs
  • August 12
    • Brian Wolfe (Quad City) no hitter vs Dayton, 2-0
  • August 13
    • 53,322 fans attended Midwest League games
      • Kane County attendance was 13,408
  • August 27
    • Derrick Van Dussen (Wisconsin) no hitter vs Cedar Rapids, 2-0 (next to last game on old Veterans Memorial stadium)
  • September 1
    • Michigan 18, Lansing 17 (10 innings; 3 hours, 46 minutes [followed by fireworks]!)
      • 38 hits (Michigan 21, Lansing 17)
      • 115 plate appearances (only 97 at bats)
      • 7 errors; 11 unearned runs
      • 22 position players and 9 pitchers took part in the contest
      • T.J. Soto (Michigan) 4 for 5, 5 RBI



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