The 2010 season was something of a transitory one for the West Tennessee DiamondJaxx, as only three position players and five pitchers were full-season contributors to the team due to transactions and injuries galore. They saw a number of early season contributors shuffle around, many heading up to AAA Tacoma, with a handful of their struggling players shipping down to High Desert.
The DiamondJaxx made the playoffs regardless, and despite their first-round exit, the 2011 season looks like a very interesting one indeed with a new crop of promising prospects inbound, and a new team name: the Jackson Generals.
Final 2010 Record: 73-66, lost in first round of playoffs
2010 Batting Leaders: Carlos Peguero 23 HR | Alex Liddi 92 RBI, .281 BA
2010 Pitching Leaders: Michael Pineda 8 W, 2.22 ERA
Mauricio Robles 120 K’s
High Desert was once again an offensive haven and a pitcher’s nightmare, as the team based in Adelanto, California saw three batters with at least 20 homers and six with at least 20 doubles, and a stunning 992 runs were scored in the 70 games played in their home stadium (fedora tip to Kevin Goldstein for that last tidbit).
Strangely though, the team fared better on the road than in their offensive paradise of a home park, with a 31-39 record at Stater Brothers Stadium, and a 44-26 record away from it. Still, the Mavericks would earn a playoff spot, one of seven Mariners affiliates to do so, but they would fall two games to none against Rancho Cucamonga.
Final 2010 Record: 75-65, lost in first round of playoffs
2010 Batting Leaders: Johermyn Chavez 32 HR
Kyle Seager .345 BA | Rich Poythress 130 RBI
2010 Pitching Leaders: Andrew Carraway 11 W, 120 K
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The Tacoma Rainiers Opening Day roster for the 2011 season has been announced, and we finally know who we’ll see take the field against the River Cats on Thursday in Sacramento. Expectations are high after a Pacific Coast League championship in 2010, and there will be a number of talented prospects on the team to start things off in 2011. So what roster will be ushering in a new era of Rainiers baseball, with new owners and a newly rebuilt Cheney Stadium?
Final 2010 Record: 74-69, defeated Memphis Redbirds for PCL Championship
2010 Batting Leaders: Greg Halman 18 HR, 80 RBI | Matt Mangini .313 BA
2010 Pitching Leaders: Luke French 11 W, 2.94 ERA | Andy Baldwin 87 K’s
The first of the Mariners’ minor league organizations to announce their 2011 Opening Day roster this year was the Clinton LumberKings, who won the Midwest League Western Division Title in 2010 before falling to the Lake County Captains in the MWL Championship series.
Final 2010 Record: 82-56, lost in League Championship series
2010 Batting Leaders: Nick Franklin 23 HR
Vince Catricala .302 BA, 79 RBI
2010 Pitching Leaders: Taylor Stanton 12 W
Brian Moran 1.34 ERA | Erasmo Ramirez 117 K’s