Lobos in the Pros: 2009 Season Wrap Up
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/08/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 8, 2009


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M--The University of New Mexico was well represented in Major League Baseball this summer. Two former Lobos earned MVP accolades for their respective leagues while two other Lobos chipped in brilliant bullpen work. Check out how all14 Lobos in the Pros wrapped up the 2009 season.

"Lobos did a great job in pro ball, " said head coach Ray Birmingham. "I have 30 years of coaching under my belt. I've learned a lot from many professional players and coaches. We try to continue to improve on what they want our kids to be able to do with the bat, glove and the game of baseball. I've sent a lot of kids to pro ball because we try to teach them that way. There will be a lot of Lobos drafted over the next several years."

Danny Ray Herrera ('06)-Cincinnati Reds
(4-4, 3.06 ERA, 10 holds)

  • spent the entire season with the big-league club, ranking second on the squad with 70 appearances
  • held the fourth lowest bullpen ERA for Cincinnati and ranked third on the team with 10 holds
  • picked up first Major League win on June 6 with three scoreless innings over Atlanta
  • recorded the fourth lowest bullpen ERA for Cincinnati
  • ranked third on the team with 10 holds
  • fanned 44 over 61.2 innings
  • went 3-0 over the final two months of the season with a 3.32 ERA in 19 innings
  • did most of his pitching in the sixth inning or later, racking up 51.1 innings from the sixth innings and beyond
  • limited left-handed batters to a .183 average
  • recorded two outings of three innings, his longest of the season
  • allowed only 11 of 52 inherited runners to score
  • season-high four strikeouts in three innings vs. Milwaukee on May 6
  • strung together six straight outings with a strikeout from August 10 through August 20

    Scott Strickland ('97)-Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA), Los Angeles Dodgers
    (2-1, 2.98 ERA, 34 saves, 57 strikeouts)

  • led the PCL in saves with 32 earning him a spot on the postseason All-PCL squad
  • set the Albuquerque professional baseball record for most saves in a season with his 25th save on August 10, previously mark set in 1980
  • appeared in 50 games with 48.1 innings pitched, holding opposing batters to a .220 average
  • converted eight straight save opportunities from July 16-August 2
  • earned five straight saves from June 26-July 6
  • collected two saves in one day during a doubleheader on August 2
  • struck out the side in seven ninth-inning appearances, six resulting in a save

    Matt Young ('04)-Mississippi Braves (AA)/Gwinnett Braves (AAA), Atlanta
    (.284, 87 runs scored, 43 stolen bases, 36 RBI)

  • started season with Double A Mississippi Braves, batting .289 with 33 RBI, four home runs, 22 doubles in 130 games
  • led the Southern League with 42 stolen bases and ranked second in triples with 10
  • batted .330 in 26 games in August with a season-high nine-game hitting streak from August 4-August 15 before being promoted to Triple A Gwinett where he appeared in seven games
  • named Southern League Best Hustler and a Mid-Season All-Star
  • will be playing for Mayos de Navojoa in the Mexican Winter Leagues Ryan Barba ('06)-Rome Braves (A), Atlanta (.201, 41 runs scored, 30 RBI)
  • appeared in 120 games
  • recorded 15 multi-hit games, including three with three hits
  • collected 20 doubles and two RBI

    Chris Carlson ('06)-Lakeland Flying Tigers (A), Detroit
    (.247, 29 RBI, 13 HR)

  • led team in home runs
  • reached base in 13 straight games from May 21 through June 6

    Jordan Pacheco ('07)-Ashville Tourists (A), Colorado
    (.322, 145 hits, 13 HR, 79 RBI)

  • named the South Atlantic League MVP, ranking second in batting average, third in hits and fifth in RBI in 117 games...led team in RBI
  • named a SAL Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star and SAL Player of the Week on April 27, batting .335 before the all-star break and .308 after the all-star break
  • pieced together a 14-game hitting streak from April 26 to May 14
  • homered in back-to-back games twice
  • reached base in all but 17 of 117 games with a hit in all but 20
  • struck out just 44 times in 451 at-bats

    Scott Gracey ('08)-Auburn Doubledays (A), Toronto
    (2-8, 5.42 ERA, 58 strikeouts, 79.2 innings pitched)

  • started 15 games for the Auburn Doubledays, nine of which were five innings or more
  • threw season-high seven innings, allowing six hits and no earned runs in no decision
  • struck out seven in six innings for first win
  • began season with Dunedin Blue Jays appearing in two games and starting one

    Bobby LaFromboise ('08)-Clinton Lumberkings (A), Seattle
    (8-9, 4.03 ERA, 119 strikeouts, 138.1 innings pitched)

  • pieced together four consecutive wins from April 27 to June 11, culminating in an eight-inning, eight-strikeout outing
  • went 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA in the month of May
  • appeared in 38 games with 19 starts
  • posted a 2-1 record with a 2.89 ERA in 14 games as a reliever with two saves
  • tossed nine scoreless innings over four outings from April 26-May 3

    Steve Smith ('08)-Great Lakes Loons (A), Los Angeles Dodgers
    (4-1, 2.67 ERA, 5 saves)

  • fanned 54 in 67.1 relief innings, making 28 appearances from the bullpen
  • opened season with 6.1 scoreless innings over three games
  • racked up 10 outings with of three or more innings
  • struck out a season-high seven in 4.2 innings on May 22
  • posted a 3-0 record with a 1.59 ERA in August and a 4-0 record with three saves after the all-star break

    Mike Brownstein ('09)-Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A), Milwaukee
    (.299, 72 hits, 14 doubles, 25 RBI, 22 stolen bases)

  • jumped from Rookie Arizona League to Class A Pioneer League after posting a .435 (10-for-23) average in six games with the AZL Brewers
  • appeared in 44 games for the Helena Brewers, batting .305 with nine doubles, 22 RBI and 17 stolen bases
  • appeared in four games with Double A Huntsville (3-for-8) before finishing the season at Class A Wisconsin with 13 games for the Timber Rattlers
  • collected 13 multi-hit games with Helena including four straight games with two base knocks during an eight-game hit streak
  • collected a hit in all but 10 games and reached base in all but six games with Helena
  • went 4-for-5 with four runs scored on July 15
  • saw action in at all four infield positions and all three outfield positions with the majority of his action coming at second, third and center field
  • struck out just 33 times in 241 total at-bats

    Brian Cavazos-Galvez ('09)-Ogden Raptors (A), Los Angeles Dodgers
    (.322, 18 HR, 63 RBI)

  • named the Pioneer League MVP after beginning pro career on June 23 with the Ogden Raptors 70 games
  • split time between left and right field
  • batted third in 60 games with a .329 average and 55 RBI from that slot
  • racked up four RBI on three hits, two of which were home runs, on July 18
  • recorded 21 multi-RBI games
  • finished with a .618 slugging percentage
  • ranked first in hits (97), doubles (29), extra base hits (50), runs scored (59) and second in RBI and slugging percentage (.618) while batting average was eighth highest and home run total tied for first
  • earned the Dodger Pride award for the month of August after batting .350 (41-for-117) with nine doubles, four homers, and 26 RBI in 27 August games
  • was chosen as one of three outfielder's on the league's post-season all-star team
  • won the MiLB Roundtripper Award for short-season

    John Hesketh ('09)- Everett Aquasox (A), Seattle
    (4-1, 2.93, 64 strikeouts, 43 innings pitched)

  • began season 2-0 with the AZL Mariners, recording 19 strikeouts in 11 innings over five games with just two runs allowed
  • fanned seven over 2.2 innings in first pro win on July 15
  • appeared in three games with Midwest League Clinton before advancing to the Everett Aquasox of the Northwest League
  • went 1-0 in seven games, four starts, with Everett posting a 1.67 ERA over 27 innings of work
  • struck out 11 in final game of the season, a seven-inning start after fanning nine in five innings and eight in 4.2 innings in previous two starts
  • held right-handers to a .151 batting average (73 at-bats) with Everett

    Cameron Monger ('09)-AZL Padres (R), San Diego
    (.295, 32 RBI, 29 stolen bases)

  • ranked second in the AZL with 29 stolen bases and fourth with 64 hits
  • fell a home run short of hitting for the cycle in a 4-for-4 performance on August 11
  • reached safely in 12 of last 15 games
  • pieced together an eight-game hit streak from June 26-July 5

    Cole White ('09)-Burlington Bees (A), Kansas City
    (3-2, 1.67 ERA, 36 strikeouts, 3 saves)

  • began season with Pioneer League Idaho Falls Chukars, appearing in 12 games with 23 strikeouts and just three earned runs in 21 innings while limiting opposing batters to a .205 average
  • promoted to Class A Burlington for eight games and 16.2 innings with a 2.16 ERA
  • picked up first win on June 30 with five strikeouts in 2.2 innings
  • while with Idaho Falls, held right-handers to a .155 batting average (58 batters faced)
  • did not allow any of eight runners inherited to score while recording scoreless outings seven times in 12 appearances
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