Of the 120 teams in minor league affiliated baseball, the Lakewood BlueClaws pitching staff has the lowest team earned run average of them all. After the weekend the BlueClaw’s staff ERA fell to 2.56, the best in minor league baseball.
Every day or so I review the minor league top five offensive and pitching categories by the four minor league classifications. For the first time in my memory, one team has four of the top five starting pitchers with the lowest ERA by classification. See the MiLB Class A Top Five ERA list below:
Above from the MiLB web page.
The staff lowered its ERA, thanks to lefties Damon Jones on Saturday and David Parkinson on Sunday. Each pitched seven shutout innings followed by two shutout innings in each game by the relievers.
The fifth starter in the six-man Lakewood rotation is another lefty Kyle Young, who after three starts has a 2.00 ERA.
The two Lakewood closers have excellent ERAs, as well. Addison Russ has a 0.98 ERA and Kyle Doty has a 1.00 ERA.
The Lakewood staff leads or is second in most pitching categories in the South Atlantic League. In addition to ERA, they lead the league in shutouts (11), fewest runs allowed (172), fewest hit batters (14) an most strikeouts (524).
Who should be given the credit to coaching up the Lakewood staff to the best in minor league baseball? His name is 32- year-old Brad Bergesen who got his start the Baltimore organization. Then, he pitched briefly with the Diamondbacks before moving on to Japan. He most recently he pitched with the Lancaster Barnstormers in the independent Atlantic League in 2017. He is in his first season as a minor league pitching coach. What a way to start out your coaching career!
With the Phillies need of left-handed starting pitching, names to remember in the Lakewood rotation are the left-handed starters Will Stewart, David Parkinson, Damon Jones and, Kyle Young. The top right-handed starter is Ramon Rosso and out in the pen the pitchers to watch are Addison Russ and lefty Kyle Dohy.