The Arizona Fall League is in its final week, but the rest of the baseball winter leagues are in the…
2011 Year In Review: Midland Pitchers
Midland Rockhounds Pitching At A Glance Team ERA: 4.92 (sixth out of eight teams) Strike-outs/Walks: 989/480 (fifth-most out of eight teams/fourth-most of eight teams) Team WHIP: 1.51 (second-worst in the league) Note: this article covers all pitchers who threw at least 35 innings for the Midland Rockhounds in 2011. It was a down year for the Oakland A's Double-A affiliate. The Rockhounds never really got on-track in 2011 and despite having a talented roster, finished with the third-worst record in the league at 14 games under .500. The pitching staff struggled for much of the year, especially the team's starting rotation. A number of the Rockhounds' starters were pitching full seasons in Double-A for the first time and a number of them struggled with what many believe is the most difficult transition in minor league baseball (from Single-A to Double-A). One of the pitchers who struggled with the transition to Double-A was right-hander Shawn Haviland. Haviland had a solid 201...
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