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2002 Scouting Report

Beloit Snappers

Major Change

2002 Teams
Cedar Rapids
Fort Wayne
Kane County
Quad City
South Bend
West Michigan
  • Beloit, Wisconsin.
  • Affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers.

This page profiles the 2002 Beloit Snappers, a Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers and a member of the Midwest League.

  • Manager: Don Money.
  • Coaches: R.C. Lichtenstein (pitching), Jason Bates.

End of Season Profile

The Snappers started out OK, then kept getting worse. Beloit's pitching was always terrible, the defense came apart around mid-season, and by season's end the offense had tanked, too. Brad Nelson's brilliant season was wasted.

Now that I've panned the pitching staff, let me praise a handful of specific pitchers. Starter Matt Yeatman had an excellent season, as did closer Tony Stavros. Utility pitcher Dan Hall's may have been better. And closer Chris Saenz pitched better than his record.

First baseman Brad Nelson had a spectacular season at Beloit, then got promoted with 99 runs batted in and a month to go in the summer. He was replaced at first by Prince Fielder, who may be a similar talent but wasn't for the Snappers. Second baseman Scott Candelaria's an impatient but promising hitter, and catcher Florian Villanueva's a significant power source. These were supported by a set of adequate hitters, but the Brewers' promotions decimated the team's lineup.

The Snappers used 19 position players and 21 pitchers during the 2002 season. Position players Dan Boyd, Scott Candelaria, and Hector Garcia all pitched an inning or two in mop-up roles and are included in both counts.

Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics on this page are through the end of the season.

MWL Fan's Guide

Season Summary

  • Second Half: 27-43, .386 (7th place, 17.0 behind)
  • First Half: 30-39, .435 (5th place tie, 12.5 behind)
  • Pitching: 57-82, 4.56, 37 saves, 1020 strikeouts
  • Hitting: .255, 606 runs, 67 HR, 90 steals (67% success)
  • Defense: 177 errors (1.27 per game); .666 defensive efficiency
  • April: 11-11 (.500)
  • May: 14-17 (.452)
  • June: 10-16 (.385)
  • July: 10-17 (.370)
  • August & September: 8-25 (.242)

Leading Players

  • Best Player on the Team: First Baseman Brad Nelson

  • Best Starting Pitcher: Matt Yeatman (2.48, 11-7, 127 strikeouts)
  • Bullpen Stopper: Tony Stavros (1.68, 5-2, 17 saves, 72 strikeouts)
  • Strikeout Pitchers: Matt Yeatman, Mike Jones, Tony Stavros, Chris Saenz, Dan Kolb
  • Control Pitchers: Carl Michaels, Chris Saenz, Dan Kolb

  • Best Hitter: First Baseman Brad Nelson
  • Home Run Leader: Brad Nelson (17)
  • High Batting Average: Scott Candelaria (.325)
  • High On Base Percentage: none notable
  • High Slugging Percentage: Brad Nelson (.520)
  • Notable Baserunners: Brad Nelson, Jason Belcher, Ralph Santana, Chris Barnwell, Hector Garcia, Elio Ayala
  • Notable Batting Eye: Jason Belcher

July Profile

Brad Nelson was promoted as the month ended. He'd have broken some team records, and threatened the MWL record for runs batted in.

With Nelson gone, the Snappers are a lot less interesting. Beloit's team now features the MWL's worst pitching staff and the remnants of a once-potent lineup. This team's defense continues to deteriorate.

The Snappers still run a decent lineup out there. All of the regular players hit for decent average, most draw a few walks, and many have a bit of power. Second baseman Ralph Santana's the only player with proven basepath skills, but he's among the league's best.

The pitching? Well, no team can be expected to win very often when the team's allowing nearly 6 runs, 5 of them earned, every game. Matt Yeatman's no longer a dominant starter, though he's still having a good season. Most of the short relievers have pitched well; Dan Hall, in particular, deserves mention. The rest of the staff is awful.

The Snappers have scored 505 runs; their opponents have scored 604 runs.

June Profile

The Snappers' June performance probably accurately reflected their talent; this isn't a real good team, though they hit pretty well. The defense declined a bit, and is now below average for the league. Brad Nelson may still be the MWL's best hitter, though his numbers are bit less dominant than they were after May.

Notable Midseason Loss: Second Baseman Scott Candelaria.

Worth Watching: Closer Mike Adams.

May Profile

The Snappers play high-scoring games. This team combines an excellent offense with terrible pitching; it's balanced out, so far, and they've won nearly as many as they've lost. The team's defense is about average for the MWL. There are two players on this team who can justify your ballpark admission.

Brad Nelson's knocked in an incredible 60 runs in Beloit's 53 games; he's also leading the league in home runs and is clearly a leading MVP candidate at mid-season. Outfielder Dan Boyd is a fine and disciplined high-percentage hitter, while second baseman Scott Candelaria's similar numbers were generated by a hitter who swings at nearly every pitch. The supporting cast is doing well. These guys don't run often, but are usually successful when they try.

Starting pitcher Matt Yeatman is also an MVP candidate; he goes out there and throws strikes, which has paid off well. Mike Jones, Chris Saenz, and Tony Stavros have also pitched well. Beyond those few? Well, it's pretty easy to see why Don Money's been putting position players on the mound.

April Profile

This could be an interesting team. Florian Villanueva's got a chance to be a star, and there's some good talent throughout the lineup. They play excellent defense in Beloit, too. The pitching's an oddly mixed lot, though.

Pre-Season Profile


This is Don Money's fifth season as a professional manager, all of them at Beloit. Money is a very conventional MWL manager, except that his teams bunt far more often than most.

First Round Draft Selection

  • Mike Jones, 2001; twelfth player selected

Team Age Information

  • Average Team Age: 21.0
  • Pitchers: 20.9
  • Hitters: 21.0
  • Oldest Player on the Team: Pitcher Mike Adams (born July 29, 1978)
  • Youngest Player on the Team: Infielder Ozzie Chavez (born July 13, 1983)

The average player in the Midwest League this season is 21.6 years old. Average ages were calculated from the opening day roster; age as of July 1, 2002.

This website has more information about team ages.

Where they played last season

This is a brief portrait of how the team was put together. These summaries are based on the team's opening day roster and will not be revised to reflect roster changes.

Beloit's team is basically last summer's Ogden team, with a few players each from Beloit and the AZL teams.

Team        League          W/L    Place    Hitters Pitchers
High Desert California (A+) 71/69   5(10)      0       0
Beloit      Midwest (A)     67/71   7(14)      3       1
Ogden       Pioneer (R+)    36/38   6(8)       8       8
Brewers     Arizona (R)     27/29   4(7)       4       4

All of the new Snappers were under Milwaukee contracts last summer. Four of these players appeared on two teams and are counted twice in this table. One did not play professionally in 2001.




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