Bad pitching. Bad hitting. The New Britain Rock Cats stumbled terribly out of the gate in 2010, as they lost all but four of their first 20 games. As a team, they finished last in the system in team batting average and earned run average, leading to the worst record in the organization. They scored only 54 runs all month long, averaged an error per game, and the pitching staff gave up better than five runs a game. They need to get it together fast if they hope to make up ground in the Eastern League.
One prospect that had a great month was Rene Tosoni, who should be in Rochester very soon. The sweet-swinging lefty led the team with a .338 batting average, which was over 30 points better than Mark Dolenc .304 average, which ranked second. The two outfield prospects were the only hitters to bat over .300 for the month, which is why the team hit only .221 as a whole.
Ben Revere showed some good speed, swiping six bags, and also looked good at times at the plate. Incredibly, top prospects like Joe Benson, Chris Parmelee, Juan Portes, and Steve Singleton all batted under .200, as the team struck out over seven times per game in April.
David Bromberg, Deolis Guerra, Mike McCardell, and Tyler Robertson all started games for the Rock Cats in April, and they all had ERAs under 4.00. Bromberg was nearly unhittable, posting a 1.13 earned run average in his four starts, while Guerra held his opposition to a batting average under .250.
Spencer Steedley was a beast out of the bullpen, as he appeared in seven games for the Cats. The left-hander posted a 1.23 earned run average, and struck out better than a batter per inning. Cole Devries appeared in seven games, making one start, and has a solid 3.45 earned run average.
The Rock Cats have a collection of some of the better talent in the organization, and they need their big name guys to step up. This lineup is made to score runs, and it is only a matter of time before some of the young guys get used to hitting in the Eastern League. The starters have been fine, and if a handful of relievers can get it going, the Cats can make up ground fast.