Posted: 9:38 am Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Stat Tuesday: Five takeaways from this week’s baseball stats 

By Matt Porter

The area’s baseball stats leaders are published in the Post on Tuesdays. There’s always something interesting that pops off the page. Here are five items of note from this week’s stats report, with an eye on the upcoming district tournaments:

Click here to view the latest stats report, through games of March 24, 2012.

Murray

Murray


1. Top of the Hill.
Forest Hill boasts the area’s leaders in pitching strikeouts and batting average. Mike Murray (right) was a strikeout machine last season, and the big senior leads the area with 71, not including the 10 he posted in Monday’s win over John I. Leonard. (Interestingly, Murray still hasn’t had a decision; he’s 0-0 with a 2.00 ERA in 35 innings). Teammate Bryan Ofarrill is batting a blazing .564, getting hits in 22 of his 39 at-bats. The Falcons are 11-5, but sit third in District 13-7A and are guaranteed a first-round date with Santaluces in the district tournament.

2. Not Wild. Before the season, Royal Palm Beach senior Justin Lauginiger was touted by his coaching staff as a “legit ace.” He’s proven them correct. The right-hander is still perfect on the year, going 6-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his 30 innings of work. He’s whiffed 47. The Wildcats, at the top of a four-team District 13-7A, can rest him in the first round against Palm Beach Lakes and save him for the Santaluces/Forest Hill winner. Lauginiger has a full ride to Palm Beach State. By the way: his brother, Jordan, is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.

3. Power down. As expected, this season’s change to BBCOR bats has sapped home run totals across the area. The area’s homer leader, Martin County’s Josh Thorne, has been sitting on four dingers for three weeks. Last year’s champ, St. Andrew’s Danny Young, has three. It doesn’t look like anyone will approach the total (10) Young hit last year.

4. Tigers stay hot. Martin County, off to the best start in program history, has three of the top seven hitters in the area. Matt Reardon (.538), Cullen Cormier (.516) and Jeremy Vazquez (.500) have helped the Tigers begin the year 15-1, better than any of the program’s 74 years in existence.

5. New Chief. Santaluces lost ace Kyle Smith, who is now pitching in the Kansas City Royals farm system. A guy like that is irreplaceable, but Hunter Kyzar has filled in just fine for the Chiefs. The senior lefty has one of the better all-around stat lines so far this season. On the mound, he’s 5-1 with a 0.94 ERA and 36 strikeouts 37.1 innings. He’s also hitting .419 with 14 RBI, tied for fifth among large schools.

The Post's Top 10 for March 26, 2012

The Post's Top 10 for March 26, 2012