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2012 Nashville Sounds Season In Review

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The Nashville Sounds finished the 2012 season with a 67-77 record, finishing second in the PCL American Conference Northern Division, 16 games behind division champion Omaha. The Sounds recorded the PCL’s 12th-best overall record. It was just the franchise’s 13th losing season in 35 years of competition and a five-victory dropoff from last season’s 72-71 record.Nashville drew 321,042 fans to 67 home openings at Greer Stadium in 2012, an average of 4,792 per contest, placing 14th in the Pacific Coast League. It was an attendance decrease of four percent from the previous season (335,143); however, the Sounds lost a PCL-high five home dates due to weather. The largest crowd to watch a game at Greer was an attendance of 10,044 on June 2nd, when the Sounds hosted New Orleans.

First baseman Sean Halton was named the 2012 Sounds team MVP in voting by team players and coaches. The infielder — playing his first season at the Triple-A level — led Nashville in home runs (17), RBIs (57), and slugging percentage (.497). Infielder Eric Farris– who led the Sounds in games played (131), hits (138), and stolen bases (35) – was voted the 2012 Sounds Fan Favorite in an online poll of Sounds fans.

Nashville compiled a .259 team batting average, which was the 15th-best mark in the PCL. Jordan Brown’s team-leading .306 batting average ranked 26th in the PCL.

Sounds hitters produced zero grand slams, two pinch-hit home runs (both by Halton), zero five-hit games, and eight four-hit games. Sounds hitters registered eight multiple-homer games, including a team-high three by Halton. Nashville pinch-hitters batted .261 (24-for-92) with two home runs and 11 RBIs; Halton led the club with a .400 pinch-hit average (4-for-10), while Corey Patterson had the most PH opportunities (14 AB). The Sounds stole 97 bases on the year to rank 8th in the PCL.

Farris ranked 4th in the circuit with a team-best 35 thefts. Logan Schafer established new career highs with nine triples (ranking 7th in the PCL) and 11 home runs.

Farris moved up the Sounds’ career leaderboards throughout the year, finishing 8th in stolen bases with 80 over three seasons and tying for 9th with 347 hits.

Schafer tied a PCL single-game record on May 30 at Oklahoma City, when he was hit by a pitch three times in the contest.

Sounds hurlers posted a 4.29 ERA, which ranked 4th in the circuit. Nashville pitchers racked up 1,058 strikeouts on the year, reaching the 1,000 K plateau for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons.

Twelve different pitchers started a game for the Sounds in 2012 and five different pitchers recorded a save, led by All-Star Jim Henderson’s 15. The Sounds allowed the 3rd-fewest home runs in the PCL (119). The Sounds produced a league-high 12 shutouts on the season (tied with New Orleans) and one complete-game shutout, a seven-inning three-hitter by Mike Fiers on May 14 vs. Reno. Seven different starting pitchers on the staff threw a quality start, totaling 44 on the year (four fewer than the previous season).

Wily Peralta placed 5th in the PCL with a team-high 143 strikeouts, led the circuit with a career-high 81 walks issued, and tied for 4th in the league with 28 starts. Additionally, he ranked 5th among PCL starting pitchers in strikeout per nine inning ratio (8.78, 143 K’s in 146.2 IP).

Donovan Hand ranked 2nd among league relievers in fewest walks issued per nine innings (1.76, 13 BB in 66.2 IP). Seth McClung, who spent the majority of the year with Nashville before joining Iowa in August, led the circuit with 15 losses. His 13 losses as a Sound tied for the 3rd-most single-season defeats in club history.

Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year Hiram Burgos, who tossed quality starts in six of his eight outings for the Sounds following an August promotion from Double-A Huntsville, led the Brewers organization and ranked 3rd in the minor leagues with a 1.95 ERA in 28 total appearances.

Tim Dillard and Mitch Stetter moved up the Sounds’ career leaderboards throughout the year. Dillard pulled into a tie for the all-time club victories lead by earning his 35th victory as a Sound on August 14 vs. Tacoma. The right-hander finished the year ranked 2nd in innings pitched (505.1), 3rd in appearances (167), 4th in strikeouts (302), runs allowed (267), and home runs allowed (42), and 5th in walks allowed (170). Stetter ranks 2nd in club history with 183 appearances.

Sounds fielders registered a league-leading .983 fielding percentage and committed only 89 errors over their 144-game schedule. Farris led PCL second baseman in fielding at his position for the second straight year, finishing with a .988 mark.

Nashville catchers threw out 26.7% of potential basestealers (40 of 150), the 11th-best percentage in the PCL. Sounds pitchers registered five pickoffs.

Nashville tallied 125 transactions during the 2012 season. Eight players spent the entire season with the Sounds (pitchers Hand and Amaury Rivas, catcher Dayton Buller, infielders Erick Almonte and Halton, and outfielders Caleb Gindl, Patterson, and Schafer). Nashville used 25 different position players and 26 pitchers, including Almonte, during the season.

Sixteen members of the Sounds also appeared as a Brewer this season. Eleven players from Nashville’s Opening Day roster were promoted to the major leagues at some point during the season. Three Sounds players – infielder Jeff Bianchi and pitchers Henderson and Peralta – made their Major League debut during the campaign. Four different Milwaukee Brewers players made rehabilitation assignments with the Sounds.

Henderson was named to the PCL squad in the mid-season Triple-A All-Star Game at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, New York. He was selected as a reserve by the PCL office and threw a scoreless inning in the PCL’s 3-0 victory.

Four Sounds garnered PCL Player of the Week honors during the 2012 season (click links for individual press releases): infielder Brooks Conrad (May 21-27), starting pitcher Wily Peralta (July 2-8), outfielder Caleb Gindl (August 20-26), and starting pitcher Hiram Burgos (August 27-September 3).

PCL Player of the Week Stats

INF Brooks Conrad (May 21-27)
.417 AVG, PCL-high 5 HR, 15 RBIs in 6G

RHP Wily Peralta (July 2-8)
2 GS, 2-0, 0.00 ERA, allowed only one unearned run with 12 K’s in 12.2 IP

OF Caleb Gindl (August 20-26)
.533 AVG, PCL-high 10 RBIs, 8 of 16 hits for extra bases

RHP Hiram Burgos (Aug. 27-Sept. 3)
2 GS, 2 quality starts, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.0 IP, .196 opp. avg. (9-for-46)

Most Common Batting Order
Logan Schafer, CF
Jeff Bianchi, SS
Caleb Gindl, RF
Jordan Brown, LF
Sean Halton, 1B
Andy Gonzalez, 3B
Eric Farris, 2B
Jason Jaramillo, C
Pitcher

Batting Leaders

Batting Average Jordan Brown .306
Games Played Eric Farris 131
At-Bats Eric Farris 483
Hits Eric Farris 138
Total Bases Logan Schafer 203
Runs Scored Logan Schafer 72
Runs Batted In Sean Halton 57
Home Runs Sean Halton 17
Triples Logan Schafer 9
Doubles Caleb Gindl 27
Stolen Bases Eric Farris 35
Walks Sean Halton 43
Strikeouts Caleb Gindl 98

Pitching Leaders

Earned Run Average Wily Peralta 4.66
Games Amaury Rivas 50
Games Started Wily Peralta 28
Wins Wily Peralta & Claudio Vargas 7
Losses Seth McClung 13
Saves Jim Henderson 15
Complete Games Mike Fiers 1
Strikeouts Wily Peralta 143
Innings Pitched Wily Peralta 146.2
Hits Allowed Wily Peralta 154
Runs Allowed Seth McClung 82
Walks Allowed Wily Peralta 78
Home Runs Allowed Seth McClung 16

 

 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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