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Midwest League 1999

South Bend Silver Hawks


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This page profiles the 1999 South Bend Silver Hawks, a Single-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks and a member of the Midwest League.

Except when another date is specified, statistics on this page are through the end of the season.

  • South Bend, Indiana.
  • Affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Manager: Mike Brumley.
  • Coaches: Vic Ramirez, Dave Jorn (pitching), Jim Reinebold.

Post-Season Profile

South Bend's squad was thoroughly mediocre, but that's a large improvement on recent Silver Hawk history. Actually, there's some promising talent on this staff, particularly among the pitchers: Andrew Good, Jason Jensen, Chris Cervantes, Mike Koplove, and Mike McCutcheon pitched well, and consistently. The offensive squad was competent, but the Hawks didn't have a real horse to carry the team; Jamie Sykes is promising, but still learning, and although Carlos Urquiola won the MWL batting title, he's a pretty narrow talent.

Finally: A decent team in South Bend. It's about time.


MWL Fan's Guide

Season Summary

  • First Half: 32-37 (.464), 3rd place, 5.5 behind
  • Second Half: 36-34 (.514), 3rd place, 5.5 behind
  • Pitching: 68-71, 4.38, 36 saves, 1003 strikeouts
  • Hitting: .262, 642 runs, 63 HR, 108 steals (60% success)
  • Errors: 208 (1.50 per game)
  • April: 11-11 (.500)
  • May: 14-13 (.519)
  • June: 11-16 (.407)
  • July: 14-15 (.483)
  • August: 14-15 (.430)
  • September: 4-1 (.800)

  • Best Player on the Team: Starting Pitcher Andrew Good

  • Best Starting Pitcher: Andrew Good (11-10, 4.10, 146 strikeouts) or Chris Cervantes (8-5, 3.13, 89 strikeouts)
  • Bullpen Stopper: Chris Bloomer (1-2, 21 saves, 3.99, 54 strikeouts)
  • Strikeout Pitchers: Chris Bloomer, Mike Koplove, Evan Fahrner
  • Control Pitchers: Andrew Good, Chris Bloomer, Mike Koplove

  • Best Hitter: Jamie Sykes (.286, 15 HR, 83 RBI)
  • Home Run Leader: Jamie Sykes (15)
  • High Batting Average: Carlos Urquiola (.362)
  • High On Base Percentage: Carlos Urquiola (.401)
  • High Slugging Percentage: Jamie Sykes (.493), John Adams (.467)
  • Notable Baserunners: Carlos Urquiola, Lance Downing
  • Notable Batting Eye: Dan Singletary

July Profile

The Silver Hawks have surrendered 532 runs while scoring 496. Their pitching's pretty good, but the hitters need some work.

Outfielder Jamie Sykes is developing very nicely; he's become a complete and very dangerous hitter. He's supported by a few hitters who produce well, but aren't exceptional. Second baseman Carlos Urquiola has no power but has good speed. Catcher Josh McAffee, outfielder John Adams, and third baseman Lance Downing are solid hitters.

The Hawks have some potentially excellent pitchers. Closer Chris Bloomer's been pretty dominant. Andrew Good, the anchor of the starting rotation, shows signs of strength, while long relievers Chris Cervantes and Jason Royer are pitching well in spot starts. Mike Koplove, appearing regularly in short relief, has pitched nearly as well as Bloomer.


June Profile

The Hawks slumped in June, but the D'Backs have retooled the team and changing fortunes are likely. This team's offense is below average, the defense is around average, and the pitching has some potential. This team's not likely to steal bases; when it does run, it's success rate is low.

There's some strength in this lineup, but not enough. Second baseman Carlos Urquiola has a leadoff hitter's skills. Outfielders Jamie Sykes and John Adams are power sources. Catcher Josh McAffee's been contributing. Third baseman Melvin Moye seems quite able.

All of the pitchers are decent, but only closer Chris Bloomer is a proven talent. Several bullpen members are potentially fine pitchers; watch Mike Koplove and Michael McCutcheon, especially.

Notable mid-season loss: Jason Jensen has been promoted.

Also worth watching: Reserve catcher Jose Lopez & pitcher Evan Fahrner.


May Profile

The Silver Hawks are a thoroughly average team, as their won/lost record shows. The team has some good players, but no strong stars. The defense has improved somewhat, but is still poor.

The best hitters on this team are not normally in the starting lineup: Catcher Josh McAffee is a well-rounded hitter, while third baseman Melvin Moye is a free-swinging slugger. The regulars' best hitter is outfielder John Adams, who's a good ballplayer; the usual starting lineup has a couple weak spots, has no stars, but is generally strong.

The pitching staff is similar: Closer Chris Bloomer's the staff's best, and long reliever Jason Jensen's been effective. The starting rotation's OK, but not strong. The best starter's Andrew Good, who's pitching fairly well but isn't an overwhelming talent.


April Profile

The Hawks have a decent team this year, though the defense is awful. Both the pitching and hitting have been around the MWL average, so far. South Bend pitchers lead the league in wild pitches.


Pre-Season Profile

Manager

Mike Brumley managed the D-Backs' Arizona Rookie League team last summer, and the Rio Grand Valley nine in the independent Texas-Louisiana League before that. He seems not to like sacrifice hits or intentional walks, and his starting pitchers never finish games. But he likes watching the guys run the bases.


Where they played last season

These comments and table are based on opening day rosters.

This team was pieced together; last season they played all over the Diamondbacks' system.

Team         League          W/L     Place    Hitters Pitchers
                                    (Teams)
High Desert  California (A+) 82-58   2(10)       3       1
South Bend   Midwest (A)     40-100 14(14)       7       6
Lethbridge   Pioneer (R+)    43-32   3(8)        4       3
Diamondbacks Arizona (R)     24-31   5(8)        4       4

There was lots of movement in the D'Backs system last summer, so many players are counted more than once in this table. One of the new Hawks made a brief appearance in Triple-A ball last season; two did not play professional ball in 1998.


Returning to the Midwest League

Members of last summer's South Bend team.

  • Chris Bloomer (P, 34 games)
  • Kirk Bolling (44 games)
  • J.J. Brock (91 games)
  • Chris Cervantes (P, 21 games)
  • J.D. Closser (4 games)
  • Andrew Good (P, 2 games)
  • Brian Gordon (126 games)
  • Jason Jensen (P, 28 games)
  • Charlie Jones (P, 39 games)
  • Javier Lopez (P, 16 games)
  • Josh McAffee (21 games)
  • Hatuey Mendoza (P, 4 games)
  • Jamie Sykes (26 games)

Oldest & Youngest Silver Hawks

On opening day, the average age of the Silver Hawks was 21.7 years. Follow this link for more information about MWL team ages.

  • Oldest player on the team: Mike Wolff (born December 19, 1970)
  • Youngest player on the team: Hatuey Mendoza (born March 16, 1980)


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