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2008 Scouting Report

Fort Wayne Wizards


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This page profiles the 2008 Fort Wayne Wizards, a Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres and a member of the Midwest League.


Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics on this page are through the end of the 2008 season.

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Season Summary


  • Second Half: 34-36, .486 (5th place, 9.0 behind)
  • First Half: 37-33, .529 (third place, 2.0 behind)
  • Pitching: 3.78, 71-69, 39 saves, 55 holds, no complete games, 1137 strikeouts
  • Hitting: .255, 631 runs, 66 HR, 116 steals (73% success)
  • Position Players used: 24
  • Pitchers used: 22
  • Pitchers per game: 3.71

Leading Players


  • Best Player on the Team: Relief Pitcher Jackson Quezada

  • Best Starting Pitcher: Jeremy Hefner (3.33, 10-5, 144 strikeouts)
  • Bullpen Stopper: Jackson Quezada (2.12, 2-4, 27 saves, 2 holds, 79 strikeouts)
  • Strikeout Pitchers: Jeremy McBryde, Jeremy Hefner, Jackson Quezada, Corey Kluber, Bryan Oland, Omar Gutierrez
  • Control Pitchers: Jeremy McBryde, Jeremy Hefner, Wynn Pelzer, Jackson Quezada, Corey Kluber, Bryan Oland, Robart Woodard, Allen Harrington, Cory Luebke, Colt Hynes, Geoff Vandel, Dylan Axelrod

  • Best Hitter: Lance Zawadzki (.273, 7 HR, 58 RBI; 28 steals)
  • Home Run Leader: Felix Carrasco (16)
  • High Batting Average: Luis Durango (.305), Anthony Contreras (.304)
  • High On Base Percentage: none
  • High Slugging Percentage: none
  • Notable Baserunners: Lance Zawadzki, Brad Chalk, Andrew Cumberland, Luis Durango, Robert Perry, Luis Martinez
  • Notable Batting Eye: Luis Durango

May Profile

Things haven't changed: The Wizards have a lot of potential, but they aren't living up to that promise. There is real talent in the pitching staff; the hitting's a bit mixed, but ought to be adequate. The Fort Wayne defense needs some work. Sometimes this stuff's a mystery.

This pitching staff isn't cleanly divided between starters and relievers; nearly everyone has started a few games, and every pitcher's thrown at least a few innings in relief. Allen Harrington's done best, so far (1-0 in three starts, and 3 saves in three relief appearances), and Jeremy Hefner's pitched quite well. Derek McDaid's been very effective in a few middle relief innings. The rest are letting too many runners on base, but most look like they're capable of pitching well against this league.

Second baseman Andrew Parrino can apparently do everything; he gets on base, has some power, and steals effectively. If he keeps this up, we're all going to notice him. OF Danny Payne's only played a few games, but has hit well. The rest of the lineup is good enough that they ought to be winning more often than they've managed.


Pre-Season Profile

If only the Padres didn't move folks so much....

On paper, this looks like an interesting team; the pitching's certainly adequate, and the hitting is, well, promising. Last year they didn't deliver much, though. I really want to see if Doug Dascenzo can make something of this bag of talent.

Manager

Neither of Doug Dascenzo's teams has run much, so far. Otherwise, he's been fairly conventional.


First Round Draft Selections

  • Drew Cumberland (2007 sandwich; 46th selection)

Team Age Information

  • Average Team Age: 22.0
  • Pitchers: 22.5
  • Hitters: 21.5
  • Oldest Player on the Team: Steve Delabar (7/17/1983)
  • Youngest Player on the Team: Yefri Carvajal (1/22/1989)

The average player in the Midwest League this season is 21.9 years old. This information is based on opening day rosters as published on MILB.com and will not be updated.


Where they played last season

This summary is based on the team's opening day roster and will not be revised to reflect roster changes.

The 2008 Wizards have some resemblance to the 2007 Eugene Emeralds, though with all the player movement in this system it's unsafe to take this claim seriously. About half of the pitchers appeared in Wizards uniforms at some point last summer.

Team          League             W/L    Place    Hitters Pitchers
                                       (Teams)
Lake Elsinore California (A+)   74/65   4(10)       0       1
Fort Wayne    Midwest (A)       55/84  13(14)       2       6
Eugene        Northwest (A-)    34/42   6(8)       11       8
Padres        Arizona (R)       28/28   4(9)        8       2

Sixteen (!) of these players appeared at two levels last summer; fourteen are counted twice on this chart. Two of the new Wizards had brief appearances at the Triple-A level in 2007; another has never played professionally




The Midwest League plays Single-A, professional baseball in America's agricultural and industrial heartland. 16 teams play a 140 game schedule which begins in early April and ends Labor Day weekend.

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