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Best & worst of Giants minor leaguers in the last 999 days

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Semi-meaningless stats that are fun to look at now and forget about later.

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The 2014 Minor League Roster Predictions are done. So, the next logical thing to do was scour Baseball Reference for anything amusing. In the process, I discovered that since May 29, 2011, the Giants minor league pitcher with the lowest WHIP (in a minimum of 75 innings pitched) is Brett Bochy. Yes, that's Bruce's son. Not only is he Bruce's son, but he seems to have been grossly under-appreciated. So who else deserves a little kudos for being good at baseball stuff?

BEST

WORST

WINS: Jack Snodgrass — 26

LOSSES: Mike Kickham — 26

ERA: Cody Hall — 2.00

ERA: Jeff Soptic — 5.46

WHIP: Brett Bochy — 0.97

WHIP: Dan Runzler — 1.66

SO/BB: Chris Johnson — 6.58

SO/BB: Luis Rojas — 1.05

SO/9: Bryce Bandilla — 12.2

SO/9: Shane Loux — 4.0

StS: Carlos Alvarado — 39.0%

StS: Shane Loux — 6.0%

HBP: Josh Osich — 0

HBP: Justin Schumer — 32

BABip: Mitch Lively — .267

BABip: Steven Neff — .408

Highest ground ball/fly ball ratio: Tyler Mizenko — 2.09

Highest pop-up percentage: Brett Bochy — 15.0%

Most appearances made: Phil McCormick — 142

Most innings pitched: Justin Fitzgerald — 418.0

Most saves: Heath Hembree — 68


Note
: While the pitchers report dates back 999 days, the following batters report dates back only 600 days (July 1, 2012) due to constrictions made by Baseball Reference.

BEST

WORST

BA: Christian Arroyo — .326

BA: Royel Astacio — .184

OBP: Nicol Parra — .435

OBP: Rafael Rodriguez — .268

SLG: Mac Williamson — .521

SLG: Hengerber Medina — .250

OPS: Jeremy Sy — .909

OPS: Eric Sim — .566

Most RBIs: Devin Harris — 123

Most home runs: Mac Williamson/Adam Duvall — 34

Most triples: Chris Lofton — 12

Most strikeouts: Jarrett Parker — 243

Most walks: Jarrett Parker — 91

Most HBP: Mac Williamson — 25


Quick recap: Josh Osich has pitched in 83 professional games, totaling 103 innings, and has never hit a batter. Jarrett Parker somehow leads all Giants minor leaguers in strikeouts and walks since July 1, 2012. Shortstop Jeremy Sy was sneaky productive in just one season. Tyler Mizenko's "heavy mid-90s sinker" clearly works.

And it's okay if you've never heard the name Nicol Parra, mostly because he's 19, not named Gustavo Cabrera, and has been hiding in Santo Domingo playing for San Francisco's Dominican Summer League team since 2011. But worth noting is that his .416 on-base percentage in 471 career plate appearances is a ridiculous 203 points higher than his career batting average. That puts his BB% at 22.2 percent, two percentage points higher than the Giants' new hitting instructor named Barry.

So what does all of this mean? It means you are free to kindly ask opposing pitchers to stop plunking Mac Williamson, who has been hit by a pitch once every six games since being drafted in 2011. For comparison, Craig Biggio was hit an average of once every 10 games in his 20-year major-league career, and now stands second all-time in HBPs.

And it means that Brett Bochy may be a victim of the Pacific Coast League's wrath. In three pro seasons, including a disappointing 2013 in Fresno, Bochy has still managed to hold his career WHIP below one.

Here's to Bruce and Brett sharing a major-league dugout one day.