Minor League Notes: Gronkiewicz Promoted to AAA

Posted Jul 14, 2005

On Sunday he was pitching for New Hampshire against Portland in the final game of the first-half of the season. On Wednesday he picked up a save in the Eastern League All-Star Game with a scoreless ninth inning. Beginning today he will take his twenty-four saves that he has accumulated with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and join the Syracuse Sky Chiefs.

Lee Gronkiewicz has finally received the promotion he deserved all season after going 2-0 with twenty four saves and a 1.41 ERA at Double-A. The right-hander allowed just twenty-four hits in thirty-eight innings while opposing batters hit just .179 off him. Gronkiewicz will be making just his second appearance at Triple-A since entering professional baseball in 2001. His lone Triple-A experience came last season when he was in the Indians organization and pitched in just one game.

The twenty-six year old is 10-12 with ninety-five saves in 181 career minor league games with a 2.57 ERA. In 217 1/3 innings he has allowed 195 hits while issuing 70 walks and has recorded 234 strikeouts.

All-Star Games

John-Ford Griffin started in left field for the International League and batted cleanup. He went 1-for-1 with a single to right field and an RBI. Ryan Roberts played second base for the North Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game and went 0-for-2 with a run scored and two walks. Josh Banks made his appearance in the sixth inning and allowed two solo home runs in his inning of work.

Sixth Best

The Toronto Blue Jays have the sixth best winning percentage in minor league baseball. Toronto is 212-188 with a .530 winning percentage. The Detroit Tigers have the best winning percentage with a 229-160 record (.589). The Dunedin Blue Jays have the best record in the organization with a 55-35 mark. Lansing is the second of four teams with a winning record standing at 46-42. New Hampshire is 46-43 while Syracuse is one game over .500 with a 46-45 record.

Power, Power, Power…

Chip Cannon has twenty-six home runs this season, the second most in all of minor league baseball. Brandon Wood of the California League has thirty home runs and leads the minor leagues. Cannon also ranks third in runs batted in with seventy-seven. Leo Daigle (AAA) has eighty nine RBI and leads the minor leagues.

Top Pitcher…

Casey Janssen has the second best ERA in the minor leagues with a 1.76 ERA. Only Justin Verlander with a 1.43 ERA is ahead of him. Janssen also has a batting average against mark of .192 which ranks him ninth in the minor leagues. Lee Gronkiewicz has twenty-four saves in the minor league which ranks him third in the minor leagues. Edwin Almonte is ranked first with twenty-six saves. Zach Jackson is tied for fourth with wins in the minor leagues. His ten wins are just four behind the leader Dallas Braden.

Not the Leader Board You Want…

David Purcey has walked fifty-two hitters this season, the ninth most in the minor leagues.

Contact Hitter

Jayce Tingler is striking out once every 14.32 plate appearance, which is the ninth best ratio in the minor leagues.

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