Doucette’s New York Penn League Notes

The recent New York Penn League All-Star game held in Troy, NY was a good show for the fans. Five thousand were on hand to watch the best the league had to offer go head-to-head for one night. In the end, the South prevailed by breaking a 2-2 tie with a three run top of the ninth inning, taking the game by a final of 5-2.

Mason McCoy of Aberdeen is quietly putting together a nice season with the lumber. His batting average of .315 has him third in the league batting race. McCoy is fifth in slugging percentage at .477 and is third in on-base percentage at .423. He is also fourth in lowest TPA/SO Ratio at 8.75.

The Vermont Lake Monsters are back in first place in the Stedler Division of the NYPL. They have been going back and forth with Tri-City. Jordan Devencenzi has been part of the reason the Lake Monsters have been near the top of the standing all season long. He ranks ninth in batting at .295 while leading the league in lowest TPA/ SO Ratio at 11.92. Vermont will see Tri-City very soon.

On the pitching side of things, West Virginia starter Scooter Hightower has been consistent this season. Sporting a 2-0 win loss record, he is second in the NYPL in innings pitched at 57 innings, and is also second in WHIP at 0.93. His ability to throw strikes is impressive allowing only five walks in those 57 frames. Forcing hitters to put the ball in play can sometimes be a pitcher’s best friend.

Reggie Johnson of Tri-City is part of a trio of relievers that are making life easier for their starting staff, not to mention the Manager. Johnson is second in lowest batting average against at .151 11H in 73 AB’s. He is right behind his teammates Colin McKee who leads at .142 15 for 106. Johnson also is tops in fewest baserunners IP Ratio at 6.33 15 in 21.1 innings of work.

With just three weeks left in the season the race for the four playoff spots, not to mention the three division races, are heating up as we head down the stretch run. We will be back next week to keep you informed on what is happing in the NYPL.

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